Local riders will challenge the country’s best

May 28

According to event organizers, the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic will have the largest field of riders of any race in the Northwest this Season. More than 460 riders have already registered, including some of the strongest riders in North America.

As of press time, 11 local riders are registered for the race: Tre Hendricks, Anderson Folts, Ted Cramer, Kristen Dillon, Jill Crimmins, Dana Keleher, Dan Kleinsmith, Jim Pennington, Alice Pennington, Luke Pennington, and David Zimbleman are all in the running for the podium.

Three of Hood River's best racers on that list are Alice Pennington, Luke Pennington, and Dave Zimbelman.

Alice Pennington is known as one of the craziest female mountain bikers in the Northwest. She is a product of the Hood River system and is a 1999 graduate of Hood River Valley High School. Alice is known for her nerves of steel and strong bike handling and descending skills.

Luke Pennington was also a graduate of Hood River Valley High School. Luke is one of the hottest young riders in the nation and is currently competing on the U.S. National team. Luke is a great all-around rider who can time trial, sprint, and climb with the best in the country.

Dave Zimbelman is somewhat of a fixture in the local cycling community. His racing career spans over 25 years. At 50 years old, Dave is one of the most decorated and accomplished masters racers on the west coast.

Here to challenging Hood River's finest and represent the U.S. National Racing Calendar are several of the world's best cyclists teams.

Team Symmetrics has three-time Olympian and eight-time Canadian National Champion Eric Wohlbert.

Team Healthnet has Scott Moniger, who has the highest number of career victories of any active American rider.

Team Kona has Cyclocross champions Ryan Trebon and Barry Wicks.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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