Tour de Lavender Door Prizes I

Here’s a look at one of the door prizes we’re giving away at the After-Ride Celebration Party following this year’s Tour de Lavender. Thanks to Sam and Clara Chandler, Ben’s Bikes is donating this Trident Spike to the cause of making this the best TdL EVER!

The Trident Spike is an entry-level recumbent trike, but it’s packed full of features:

  • Trident’s exclusive Aluminum Seat that adjusts for
    both height– 14 5/8 Inches (370mm) to 16 1/2 ” (420 
    mm) and angle (42-52 degrees).
  • Folding Chro-Moly Powder Coated Frame.
  • Anodized Aluminum Boom.
  • Aluminum Seat Frame with Water Bottle Cage
    attachment bracket.
  • Shimano 7 Speed Deraileur/Shifter.
  • Mechanical Disc Brakes.
  • Safety Flag and Alloy pedals.

Now, to have a chance at winning this $1500 prize, you have to be a registered rider at this year’s Tour de Lavender. And you’re in luck because TdL registration is OPEN! Just visit the Tour de Lavender website at tourdelavender.org and sign up!

Once you’re registered, you simply have to come enjoy the day with us and…

Once you’re here, you simply have to stay for the After-Ride Celebration Party.

No, really…you do because you have to be present to win!

But that won’t be a sacrifice ’cause we’ve got a kickin’ party planned and you won’t want to miss that anymore than you’ll want to miss a chance at this or ANY of the door prizes we’re giving away at the party!

See you August 4th!

PS, Registration’s been open for just nine days but we already have 30 riders signed up.
So this year’s shaping up to be not only the best, but the biggest TdL EVER!

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Registration is Open

lavender-field-1595602_1920 (1)Registration for this year’s Tour de Lavender is officially open!  Check the registration page, click on I’m In! Sign Me UP!” and you’ll be taken straight to the registration form with additional details.

We’re looking to make this year’s Tour the “bestest” ever–and we expect it to be the biggest as well!  We can hardly wait to welcome all those who’ve ridden with us in previous years and every single newcomer as well, so we get to share with everyone the extraordinary beauty of the Olympic Peninsula–this magical place we get to call “home.”

We’ve also got a brand new jersey design in the works, and just to whet your appetite (and provide even more reason to sign up–and order one), here’s what it looks like.Screen Shot 2018-02-02 at 4.29.20 PM

So register early, register often, get your jersey order in, and we’ll see ya on August 4th for the Sixth Annual Tour de Lavender, the Olympic Peninsula’s premier event for all cyclists!  And remember, this is “More than just a ride…It’s an Experience!”

Planning your Tour de Lavender Vacation

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Registration for the 2018 Tour de Lavender opens officially this Friday, February 2nd.  Maybe you’ve already started thinking about your visit to the Sequim-Dungeness Valley and the Olympic Peninsula. If you’ve been part of the Tour de Lavender before you may have everything all laid out—you may even have your lodging reservations made because you’ve got your favorite place and you know you need to lock in your booking well in advance.

If this is your first Tour De Lavender, though, or if you want to explore other lodging options, here are some pointers we hope you’ll find helpful.

Explore all your options. Hotels, motels, Bed & Breakfast inns, vacation rentals by owner (VRBO), recreational vehicle (RV) parks and public as well as private campgrounds offer visitors a wide range of choices for overnight and longer stays.

Of course you may intend to come just for the Tour de Lavender itself and head back home right after the event…but we hope you’ll stick around a bit longer!

After all, since your making the journey, you might as well give serious thought to staying at least one night (or two).  If the Tour de Lavender wasn’t quite enough exercise for you, there’s always the “Ride the Hurricane” event the very next day—Sunday, August 5th.  So staying the night in between…well, it just makes perfect sense. And if you decide to take on the challenge of doing both events, it stands to reason you’ll want to rest and recuperate Sunday afternoon and evening and head home on Monday!DSC_0100

Of course there are lots of ways to find lodging and other information about the area, but for cyclists a “one-stop” shop is the Olympic Peninsula Bicycle Alliance (OPBA) website, olympicpeninsualcycling.com. You’ll find the Tour de Lavender listed on their Events page and lodging options, along with contact information for each place on their Services page.

 Book as soon as you can. July and August are the height of the tourist season here in Sequim and occupancy rates at every hotel, motel, B&B, and vacation rental are close to 100%. While there are plenty of great places to stay in and around the Sequim-Dungeness Valley or relatively close by in Port Townsend or Port Angeles, the choices available are already starting to narrow as people who know the area and come here summer after summer, are already making their reservations.

Are there places to rent a bike if I can’t or don’t want to bring my own?

 Absolutely!  You’ll find a listing of bike rental shops nearby on the OPBA website Services page and some local lodging establishments have arrangements for getting your rental bike delivered. Wherever you decide to book, check with the lodging management or the bike rental shop—you might well be able to get this all settled in advance as well.

Ride the OP with the locals! We hope that visiting the lavender farms on the Tour whets your appetite for further exploration of this whole new world of cycling adventure here on the Olympic Peninsula (the “OP”). So, whether before or after the Tour itself, you want to see more, you can join one of our local cycling groups or check the page on the OPBA website where you’ll find the answer to “Where can I ride?” and “Who can I ride with?”Palo Alto Route 5

There are currently 25 routes on OPBA’s website already, with more being added each week—a mix of road, mountain bike, and mixed surface routes, each rated in terms of difficulty and each with a gpx file of the route you can download to your smartphone, Garmin, or other route tracking device.

Check the “Group Rides” page of the OPBA website for details and contact information on the numerous local groups that gather during the week for rides in and around the Sequim-Dungeness Valley.

Another reason to stick around for at least one night…. This year we’re planning a kickin’ after-ride celebration party, with some fantastic door prizes you won’t want to miss out on. So book a place to stay at least for Saturday night and enjoy some time hanging out with new (or old) friends. A new Italian restaurant, Tedesco’s, and the Peninsula Tap Room have already opened, and any day now Salty Girls’ Chowder & Oyster Bar will join the growing list of great places in Sequim to eat, drink, and be merry! They’ll also be our partners in putting on the after-ride celebration party.

So…. Don’t wait! Make your plans now and we’ll see you in August!

 

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What to Expect for TdL 2018

The Tour de Lavender planning team started their work shortly after we wrapped up TdL 2017 with an after-ride assessment meeting that looked at all the pros and cons of the event, took into consideration all the comments and feedback we received, and started thinking about ways we could make the 2018 Tour the best ever.  We let all that “marinate” for a couple of months before getting down to the serious preparatory work in November.  Since then the team has been hard at it, committed to giving our 2018 riders, new and returning, more than just a ride–an experience they’ll enjoy, remember, and bring their friends to in 2019.

What can you look forward to in the 2018 Tour de Lavender?  Well….

DSC_0931The stunning backdrop of the Olympic Mountains and the Salish Sea (a.k.a the Strait of Juan de Fuca), fields of sweet-smelling lavender in hues of purple and white, the warm hospitality of the lavender farm owners (and the people of Sequim and the Dungeness Valley in general), will remain a huge part of the experience!  This is one event where you can discover and explore the whole new world of cycling adventure on the Olympic Peninsula.

An event geared to cyclists of ALL abilities and experience. 

  • The Metric Century route, 62.5 miles that includes some challenging hill climbing, is designed to give even expert cyclists a demanding workout–if they want it.  With at least eight farms to visit and a mid-way SAG stop to re-energize with snacks and beverages, however, it also affords even hard-core cyclists ample opportunity to “stop and smell the lavender” with a more relaxed pace.DSC_0040
  • The Fun Ride is meant for cyclists interested in a casual, leisurely ride. For the family that rides together it’s perfect.  This route is over generally level terrain, most of it on the Olympic Discovery Trail,  a paved, multi-use trail that is the “crown jewel” of the Peninsula’s scenic bikeways.  The complete loop is 34 miles, and even beginner cyclists have, in the past, used this to chalk up a personal best as a stepping stone to more demanding rides.  Riders opting for this ride do have multiple options that enable them to find their “Goldilocks” distance and pace–not too hard, not too easy, not too far, not to short…just right.  This is the ride the kids will love!

A streamlined, more efficient check-in and registration process. In anticipation of more than 500 participants this year, the planning team has completely re-vamped the lay-out and the procedures for pre-registrant check-in and for those who need to register when they arrive at the event.

Outstanding rider support everywhere–on the routes and at every stop.  Coordinating logistical support for nine or more stops has been a challenge in past years but we’re implementing improvements this year to make sure every rider, from first to last, can take full advantage of the snacks, beverages, and mechanical support we provide.

A dynamite after-ride celebration party with some fantastic door prizes you won’t want to miss.  Within an easy pedal or walk (you won’t have to drive at all!) the After-Ride Party is where you can kick back, relax, and cement new friendships made earlier in the day.  Tedesco’s Italian Restaurant, Salty Girls Chowder and Oyster Bar, the Peninsula Tap Room, and the City of Sequim are partnering with us to put on what we hope will become a Tour de Lavender tradition.

Better weather!???? Well, we’re going to try…. At the very least we hope to have clearer skies unaffected by wildfires in other parts of the Pacific Northwest. August is one of the best months, weather-wise, on the North Olympic Peninsula, with mild temperatures and little to no rain.  We have had some chilly starts and some exceptionally warm–hot–years, so come prepared for a range of possible conditions, though most of that range  is in the moderate part of the weather spectrum.  

Everything you’ve loved about the Tour de Lavender if you’ve ridden with us before, and everything great you’ve heard about it if this is your first.

We can hardly wait to see you in August and we promise you you’ll find that the Tour de Lavender is indeed…

More than just a ride…It’s an Experience!