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
Greg Stone, Ride Director
Be there or be square. Hope to see all of you eager cyclists there!
Metric Century Ride for 2015
Link to route with turn-by-turn instructions: 2015 TDL 100k turn list
Registrations are exceeding last year’s event! The early-bird discount will be over soon. Don’t miss out…here’s the registration link: Tour de Lavender Registration
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!
Here’s our new ad that can be found in the Northwest Tour Guide, coming to newsstands and bicycle shops in WA, OR, ID and BC by March 1, 2015! You can’t miss it as the Tour de Lavender ad will be on the first full-page inside the front cover.
Check back for updates and additional details on this year’s exciting ride.