Ride the Olympic Discovery Trail!

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.

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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)

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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!

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Ride is listed with the Cascade Bicycle Club

Tour de Lavender is now listed on the Event Calendar of the Cascade Bicycle Club, the largest cycling club in the country. It will have a century ride, along with shorter 25, 40 & 65 mile rides. Family rides to just the lavender farms along the Olympic Discovery Trail are in the plans as well. More details on the easy to hard segments of the ride will be forthcoming. This family friendly ride will appeal to all skill levels.

Sequim Spoke Folk to assist with ride

Sequim Spoke Folk

Sequim Spoke Folk

After a initial meeting with the event organizer, the Sequim Spoke Folk are ready to assist the lavender farmers with the logistics of this ride. A planning meeting will be held on January 18, 2013 to organize the event. Any member of the Sequim cycling community who is interested in helping out with this exciting event is encouraged to attend.

Tasks:

      • Organize the ride: will there be a return ride (Sequim to Kingston on 8/4?)
      • Do the strip map
      • Plan luggage support
      • Plan SAG and Medical support
      • Coordinate with local law enforcement: Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap Sheriff as well as Sequim and Kingston PD
      • Coordinate with Cascade Bicycle Club for advertising
      • Many questions…: transport to PA for Ride the Hurricane?, mechanical support?, “things to do in Sequim” handout for the riders and others etc.
      • More…Sequim’s Centennial, etc

      Meet at Hurricane Coffee Friday, January 18th after the Friday ride. We need lots of help to make this a successful event.

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!