There were 428 registered riders for the 2017 Tour de Lavender, and that’s a 34% increase over the previous year! The ride benefits cycling on the Olympic Peninsula and also helps to sustain the iconic Sequim lavender farms that make it possible.
Here are some comments that were received:
Rosanna said, “What a beautiful way to showcase the people of this event. Great volunteers and hosts. The scenery is a bonus.”
Aimee said: “I strongly recommend the Tour de Lavender. It’s a great course, beautiful ride, and fun event. The course was well manned and help was a phone call away if needed. The farms were lovely and offered great snacks, beverages and goodies. Everyone was very helpful and knowledgeable. I strongly encourage this ride to others. I will definitely do this again next year. I cannot thank all the volunteers for making this event a success. Your support on the course yesterday provided me a peace of mind and comfort.”
Briana said, “I’m in for next year!!!”
We hope are in for next year as well! Mark your calendar for August 4, 2018, always the first Saturday in August.
This year’s ride is less than a month away with registrations up 50% from last year. It is also our 5th year with the ride showcasing the uniqueness and wonder of this Northwest paradise, known as the Evergreen Playground. Come and enjoy our amazing summer here on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula where “mountains roll down to the sea and lavender grows so well”!
Mark your calendars for the weekend of August 5th…the cyclist’s dream weekend on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula!
The fifth annual “Tour de Lavender” takes place on August 5, 2017, showcasing the world-loved lavender farms of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. You can ride easy on the scenic, cyclist-friendly Olympic Discovery Trail to visit lavender farms and other great places. More challenging options can take you up into the hills, along the Dungeness River and all around the Olympic Peninsula.
Make it a full weekend of cycling fun. There are lots of overnight lodging options available to you and your family. Summer is at its best and you won’t want to miss out on the Olympic Peninsula’s incredible mountain and ocean vistas. Book early to avoid disappointment.
The “Tour de Lavender” includes options which will appeal to the broadest range of cyclists and their families. In addition to a Metric Century, there is the Fun Ride that takes you on a more leisurely visit to see from one to seven of the eight farms on the Tour, depending on your cycling skill and/or age. The two day “Pedal Power Weekend” also includes “Ride the Hurricane” when cyclists have the famed Hurricane Ridge Road up into the Olympic National Park all to themselves–free of vehicles– from 7AM to Noon on Sunday, August 6, 2017.
So come join us, take home some lavender–and some great memories to hold you over ’til 2018…. See you on August 5, 2017 for an amazing Pedal Power Weekend!
Lots of work and planning have gone into the exciting summer ride to 8 wonderful lavender farms in the Sequim Valley on Saturday, August 5, 2017! Volunteers will be staffed at each of these farms with their “SAG stops” providing all the help and food to meet any cyclist’s need. The ride will be lots of fun for all levels of cyclists. Come and experience the “sweetest ride in the Pacific Northwest” now in its 5th season!
Here are the eight farms that will be participating in 2017:
Minds and bodies come together at George Washington Inn in mid January and start planning for the upcoming ride, which is scheduled for August 5, 2017. The second weekend of August, known as the Pedal Power Weekend, incorporates both the Tour de Lavender and Ride the Hurricane. Each year feedback is received from the growing number or riders, who love to return and invite their friends to come with them to ride the Olympic Discovery Trail out to the famous lavender farms of the Sequim Valley with additional options for the serious cyclist.
We appreciate your suggestions and try to incorporate as many of them as we can in making an even better experience for the hundreds who now love to experience the Olympic Peninsula in an amazing panorama of snow-capped mountains, blue ocean and hospitable lavender farms. Mark your calendars now, come early and enjoy our million acre national park and let’s experience another great ride out to the farms and up into the hills this summer!
Smiling faces were everywhere. Old and young alike enjoyed a great day of riding around the Olympic Peninsula discovering the hospitality and beauty of its iconic lavender farms. The ride’s fourth year saw a healthy increase with 320 registrants, a 23% increase from the previous year. More than $5,000 was raised to benefit the Olympic Discovery Trail.
The riders’ feedback was very positive with comments praising the volunteers for their cheerful support and the lavender farms for their wonderful hospitality. The lavender farms were considered SAG stops this year and carried refreshments and snacks for the riders. Both rides, the Metric Century and the Farm Tour, remained within the Sequim-Dungeness Valley and avoided highway traffic as much as possible. Commendations on the route’s markings were received. The cyclists love the slower pace of the Sequim Valley and the scenic Olympic Discovery Trail. The riders also appreciate the traditional cycling swag that included T-shirts, caps, cycling accessories and lavender gifts.
The Tour de Lavender is an excellent way to discover the beauty of “America’s Provence”, where the mountains roll down to the sea and lavender grows so well. There is also little doubt that the ride whets the cyclists’ appetite to come back with their friends and families to this bike-friendly community that has established a reputation for its beautiful lavender farms and scenic byways. All net proceeds from registration fees are divided between a large donation to the Peninsula Trails Coalition for the maintenance and development of the Olympic Discovery Trail and prefunding the following year’s event.
A huge “thank-you” is extended to this year’s riders, volunteers and sponsors who made this unique ride to the Sequim lavender farms possible. We look forward to an even better ride next year on August 5, 2017 and another exciting Pedal Power Weekend!