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!
This year lots of work and planning has already gone into the amazing summer ride to eight Sequim Valley lavender farms on Saturday, August 6, 2016! This is the largest number of farms to participate in our four-year history. Volunteers are coming together to make each of these farms “SAG stops” with all the personnel and food on site to meet any cyclist’s need. It will be lots of fun for all levels of cyclists. Come and experience an amazing weekend on the Olympic Peninsula!
Here are the farms that will be participating in 2016:
Online registration is now available:
Volunteers and lavender farmers met today to brainstorm and celebrate this past year’s successful ride to the farms. Each year we find ways to improve and make our beautiful Sequim-Dungeness Valley farms with their unique link to the Olympic Discovery Trail an amazing destination.
260 riders in all…record registration again in our 3rd year!
- 105 stayed in hotels, B&Bs, and vacation homes
- 29 stayed in campsites and RVs
- 6 stayed with friends
- 10 live in the area
- 110 returned home on the same day
A donation of $3,900 was given to the Peninsula Trails Coalition for the benefit of the Olympic Discovery Trail.
We are eagerly anticipating the 3rd annual Tour de Lavender Metric Century and Family Fun Ride this coming weekend, August 1-2, 2015. As a registered rider (If not, register here: Go to Registration), we want to provide you with the following updates and information.
Both rides begin at the Boys & Girls Club, 400 W Fir Street in Sequim. The Metric Century check-in begins at 7 AM on Saturday and continues through 1 PM. Ride support extends through 5 PM on Saturday.
The Family Fun Ride check-in runs from 10 AM to 1 PM on Saturday and again on Sunday. (If you are part of a group or family that is participating in both rides, you are welcome to start as early as 7 AM on Saturday.)
Please be sure to bring some form of ID with you when you check in at the registration table.
Pre-ordered ride jerseys and t-shirts as well as your complimentary cap/t-shirt, swag, maps, and turn-by-turn directions may all be picked up at the registration table. A limited number of jerseys and t-shirts will also available for purchase if you didn’t pre-order them. Jerseys are $90 each, t-shirts are $15 each. We can accept payment by credit card or cash.
Day-of registrations are accepted, but complimentary items are available only while supplies last.
We look forward to seeing you this weekend.
Dan Abbott, Event Director (2015)
Greg Stone, Ride Director (2015)
Be there or be square. Hope to see all of you eager cyclists there!
Link to route with turn-by-turn instructions: 2015 TDL 100k turn list (Discontinued – see current)
Registrations are exceeding last year’s event! The early-bird discount will be over soon. Don’t miss out…
The following lavender farms will be on the 2015 Tour de Lavender route this year and host the cyclists who ride out to their farms:
“Nestled on the tip of the Olympic Peninsula lies the rolling Sequim-Dungeness valley and the Olympic Discovery Trail. Scenic coastal roads skirt acres of farmland all devoted to one singular crop — lavender. Designated as the top cycling trail in Washington State by Cascade Bicycle Club, the Olympic Discovery Trail spans over 130 miles across the Olympic Peninsula. The path is ensconced in between the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountain Range and its wide, paved surface make riding accessible for all levels of cyclists as well as other non-motorized users.” ~ from “Olympic Peninsula Riding — From the Lavender to the Ridge” by Emilie Schnabel (Bicycle Paper – June 2015)
Have you discovered the beautiful lavender farms of the Sequim Valley that are scattered along the Olympic Discovery Trail? If you haven’t, ride the Tour de Lavender in mid summer at the peak of the lavender harvest.
Named as one of the top rides in Washington State by the Cascade Bicycle Club, the Olympic Discovery Trail allows you to slow down and see “not only our spectacular mountains, lakes and rivers, but also the small things along the side of the road like spring wildflowers, birds and waterfalls.” (Seattle Times: Cascade Bicycle Club leader names top 10 Washington bike rides)
Come and ride with us. You can make an amazing Pedal Power Weekend out of it with Ride the Hurricane which also takes you up into the Olympic National Park!