Gorge wind, lots of bike news, and maybe even some rain

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 June 11, 2013

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Good morning,

Wind not right to surf or kite? Stand up paddle and do it right! New Gorge Non-profit Club, the Gorge SUPer Club, Inc., is now offering season memberships for families and adults. Variety of boards brought to the *Site of the Day* each day starting June 21. No more lugging your gear around. Let the SUP Club do the work! All equipment provided for one low membership fee. No rentals. Members only. For complete details, email the SUP club or phone 541-806-2six12.

The forecast is a bit late this morning because I got distracted by shiny things on the internet. Videos making fun of triathletes, to be specific. No, I don’t do Tri. I do other foolish things. But if you know or love an Ironman, or if you understand what endurance athletes endure in the name of “training”, you’ll probably enjoy watching what I did. Maybe wear Depends, just in case.

Wind forecast

Yes, it’ll be windy today. Have fun!!!

Oh, details, details. The western Gorge, as you might have noticed, has some clouds floating around. You’ll be happier (and maybe warmer) heading further east today. The morning gradient is .10 Portland-The Dalles and .11 The Dalles-Pasco (Brandon, that’s for you), plenty of gradient for plenty of wind. Expect 10-15 at Stevenson today, gusty 15-18 near Hood River, and 19-23 building to 25-29 at Doug’s. Further east will be the place to be- you know, Maryhill/Arlington/etc – with 25-29 this morning, briefly hitting the low thirties midday, and backing off to 25-29 mid-afternoon.

Tomorrow starts out light, say, 5-15, building to gusty 21-24 from Hood River to Doug’s late in the afternoon. Thursday starts with 17-21 in the eastern Gorge with sprinkles in the western Gorge. By afternoon, as high pressure kicks low pressure out of the coastal arena, we’ll see 26-30+ east of Lyle.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
8a-11a 11a-3p 3p-dusk
Stevenson 10-15 10-15 10-15 10-15
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 14-17 15-18 15-18 10-15
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 18-22 25-29 25-29+ 25-29
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 19-23 25-29 28-33 25-29
Arlington / Roosevelt 18-23 25-29 28-33 25-29

The Clymb: free membership. Cheap gear. Temira approves. Click to join.

Cycling news

Tonight is Triathlon practice at 6pm at the east end of the Event Site, where you can join triathletes who are training for an Ironman. That’s about biking, right? Never mind that the rest of the road biking world thinks triathletes don’t have bike handling skills. I think they do.

Tomorrow night is the women’s Post and Pinot ride. Leave Dirty Fingers at 5:30 or meet at the bottom of Post Canyon Road at 6pm. Ride. Drink a free beer or free wine when you return to the shop. See, gals, you’re basically getting paid to do this ride. It’s no-drop, no-intimidation, and yes-fun!

Thursday night is the Post and Pint ride. It’s also no-drop, but it’s intimidating, hammering, hardcore pedaling fun. FYI, I can keep up with the back of the pack, so it’s not really that fast. Also Thursday, it’s the last race in the Short Track Series in Cascade Locks. My world has been upturned in a good way by the short track; it’s SO MUCH FUN! Come try out the Cat 3 race (it’s far less scary than the Post and Pint), and you too might convert to the bike racing religion.

Just over a week away, it’s the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic. Raise your hand and volunteer: Chad, Moria, and the rest of the gang need you!

Other Stuff

Athletes for Cancer rockstar Tonia is looking for a personal assistant. Pays little. Rewards much. Much have a solid work ethic, great grammar and writing skills, creativity, and social media experience. Resume builder, yes. Bank account padder, no. Great opportunity? Yes, most definitely. Interested? Use your social media and internet skills to contact Tonia and let her know you’re interested.

Tonight is Ruins Tuesday, with outdoor music (weather permitting?) and food and socializing. This is a kid-friendly event.

Looks like it might rain on Thursday…

Also, the Solstice Kickstarter campaign is still going on.

Have an awesome day today!