Now that fall is here with windless days, it’s time to ride road bikes. You’re in shape after a summer of pedaling, so sign yourself up for the Echelon Gran Fondotoday. There’s a road ride (30/80/100 miles) and a dirt ride (35 miles). The dirt ride is on a mix of dirt roads and paved roads, with the possibility of adding a little singletrack and riding along with you will be Greg LeMond. Start time is 8am Saturday at Full Sail, and it’s a mass start, so should make for good spectating. The ride is fully supported by Hammer (gel, etc) and Solstice, and Knead, and other local companies. Even if you don’t want to ride, you can still get in on the action. The afterparty runs from 3-6, with $15 getting you delicious food and the chance to hang out with a bunch of smoking hot cyclists. If you sign up between now and Friday, enter the code “hood” and get $25 off.
There’s still not much wind this morning, but it will pick up later today. We’ll see westerlies in the 15-18 range late this afternoon from Stevenson out to Mosier. Tomorrow starts off light, and then we’ll see a brief period of 24-27 at Arlington with gusty, rainy 15-18 near Hood River. In addition, tomorrow afternoon we’ll see snow levels drop to about 7000’, for a pretty white layer on Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams.
Today’s a big day in the Gorge, with lots of events going on. The tennis tournament at the Hood River courts is still going on, raising money to resurface the courts. If you have time today, swing by and cheer on the players. In running world, today is the Flagline 50k running race in Bend. I know, that’s not the Gorge, but it’s still cool enough to get in the report. Or maybe it’s just crazy to run 31 miles.
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While you’re out on the roads today, keep an eye out for cyclists. There are two big events going on today. The Echelon Gran Fondo sends riders toward The Dalles from Hood River and the Hood River Harvest Ride sends people from Hood River up towards Lost Lake and Cooper Spur. These are both fundraisers, so be nice to the riders, and please don’t honk at them. But you probably ride bikes and knew that already. =)
And speaking of biking, one mistake yesterday: Red Hill (despite not being listed as closed on the NWCC website), is closed still. Not that you want to climb Vista Ridge. It hurts. Or it’s great fun. Depends on your attitude.
Coming up tomorrow, there’s the Twin Tunnels 5k and 12k races, meeting at the Twin Tunnels trailhead at 8am. Looks like we’ll see cool weather and maybe a chance of sprinkles tomorrow morning, so it would be great racing weather.
I told you a few times earlier this month, but I’d like to remind you that it’s bike commute challenge month. It’s still not too late to participate. Sign up at bikecommutechallenge.com.
Finally, I want to remind all of you to vote for local band Sunderland in Charter’s center stage contest. Head to Charter.com, click on Center Stage, and vote for our local band. They’re only behind by about a hundred votes, so your vote can make a difference.
Have an awesome day today!
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