Minds and bodies come together at George Washington Inn in mid January and start planning for the upcoming ride, which is scheduled for August 5, 2017. The second weekend of August, known as the Pedal Power Weekend, incorporates both the Tour de Lavender and Ride the Hurricane. Each year feedback is received from the growing number or riders, who love to return and invite their friends to come with them to ride the Olympic Discovery Trail out to the famous lavender farms of the Sequim Valley with additional options for the serious cyclist.
We appreciate your suggestions and try to incorporate as many of them as we can in making an even better experience for the hundreds who now love to experience the Olympic Peninsula in an amazing panorama of snow-capped mountains, blue ocean and hospitable lavender farms. Mark your calendars now, come early and enjoy our million acre national park and let’s experience another great ride out to the farms and up into the hills this summer!
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.
The free 2014 Northwest Tour Guide is coming soon! The “Closer Look” sections highlight selected events and will include Tour de Lavender this year.
Discover the world-loved lavender farms of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley and ride the scenic Olympic Discovery Trail along the Port Angeles waterfront and out to the new suspension Elwha River Bike Bridge. The Tour de Lavender includes options which will appeal to the broadest range of cyclists and their families. Plan to take advantage of this Pedal Power weekend that includes the mile high ride up into the Olympic Mountains!
More than a dozen volunteers met at George Washington Inn to plan and shape the various aspects of this exciting new summer ride up to the Olympic Peninsula. Refreshment and rest stops were incorporated into the ride. After coming over the Hood Canal Bridge, the ride will divert off Hwy 104 at the Chimicum/Quilcene turnoff and head south on Center Road into Quilcene. It will then head up the Olympic Hwy to Discovery Bay where it will follow along Hwy 101 to Blyn and then connect with the Olympic Discovery Trail.
The second phase of the ride will take cyclists along the Olympic Discovery Trail to visit several of the lavender farms around Sequim. This segment will be the family-friendly part that will add a great deal of interest to cyclists of all levels.
The next planning meeting will be held at the same location on March 4, 2013 at 2 pm.
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.
Mark your calendar! The “Tour de Lavender” will take place on August 3 – 4, 2013.
Come ride from Seattle and tour the beautiful Sequim-Dungeness Valley, home of the Sequim lavender farms, during the peak of the lavender season. Enjoy the fields’ intoxicating smells and the beautiful vistas of rolling farmland, purple flowers, snow-capped mountains and blue seas.
An exciting cycling adventure to “America’s Provence” is in the works and will be known as “Tour de Dungeness”. ”Ride the Hurricane” is that same weekend and can be a great add-on as the ride up Hurricane Ridge Road (Olympic National Park, Port Angeles) is considered one of the premier cycling uphill rides in the country and offers spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains. Initial talks have been conducted with the director in an effort to connect with this event.
The Olympic Discovery Trail, a Rails-to-Trails Conservatory project, will also be a vital part of the route.
Check back for more details.