Fourth annual ride tops 300

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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!

Last Minute Details for the 2015 Ride

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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!

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Summing up the ride

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The second annual Tour de Lavender was held on August 2-3, 2014 for 232 cyclists and hosted by 65 volunteers along with the 5 member farms of the Sequim Lavender Farmers Association. It coincided with Ride the Hurricane to make a very successful Pedal Power Weekend for the Olympic Peninsula. This recreational ride was comprised of two parts which consisted of a long ride, the Metric Century Plus, and a shorter ride, the Family Fun Ride. Both rides started in Sequim at the Boys and Girls Club, making good use of the Olympic Discovery Trail and the hosting lavender farms. In addition to the farms, the long ride took the cyclists through Port Angeles and out to the Elwha River Bridge and back. The Family Fun ride covered both days complementing with friends and family who were participating in the more challenging Ride the Hurricane up into the Olympic National Park.

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The riders’ feedback was very positive with comments praising the volunteers and the lavender farms for their cheerful support and wonderful hospitality. The ride was adjusted this year to begin in Sequim, instead of Kingston, and avoided the highway traffic. The riders enthusiastically embraced this change. Better marking along the trail was also a major improvement. The cyclists love the slower pace of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley and the scenic Olympic Discovery Trail. The riders appreciated packets that included cycling swag and lavender gifts.

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Riders were encouraged to visit all of the lavender farms using a Passport and  collecting stamps at each farm. All riders who successfully collected all of their stamps were then entered into a drawing for a beautiful bike. The oldest cyclist was asked to draw the winning Passport, and the winner was a rider from Oregon – a nice ending to a great weekend.

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There is little doubt that Tour de Lavender brought a lot of business and goodwill to the Olympic Peninsula and will go a long ways in bringing tourists back to this unique bike-friendly community that has grown a reputation for its beautiful lavender farms and scenic byways.

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Many of the riders from the inaugural event returned this year and brought friends and family with them. A sizable donation will also be given to the Olympic Trails Coalition to be used for the Olympic Discovery Trail’s maintenance and development. Tour de Lavender has gained a good reputation among cyclists and will continue to grow in the years ahead. We look forward to an even better ride next year!

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Destinations on the ride

The Tour de Lavender ride will cover two incredible days (August 3-4, 2013) with cyclists riding from Edmonds, Kingston and the Kitsap Peninsula to Port Gamble, across the Hood Canal Bridge and up into the heart of the Olympic Peninsula. Saturday’s ride will discover the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, home of the famous purple fields, at the peak of the lavender harvest. On Sunday, the ride will continue from Sequim to Port Angeles and connect with “Ride the Hurricane“, taking you up into the Olympic National Park, where the alpine meadows and views will make it well worth the effort.

Spread the word with other members in the Cascade Bicycle Club and the Spoke Folk or any other bicycle club in the area!