2017 was a great ride!

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Tour de Lavender (Photo credit: Garland Frankfurth)

There were 428 registered riders for the 2017 Tour de Lavender, and that’s a 34% increase over the previous year! The ride benefits cycling on the Olympic Peninsula and also helps to sustain the iconic Sequim lavender farms that make it possible.

Tour de Lavender riders at Washington Lavender Farm (Photo credit: Leslie Mundy)
Tour de Lavender riders at Washington Lavender Farm (Photo credit: Leslie Mundy)

Here are some comments that were received:

Rosanna said, “What a beautiful way to showcase the people of this event. Great volunteers and hosts. The scenery is a bonus.”

Aimee said: “I strongly recommend the Tour de Lavender. It’s a great course, beautiful ride, and fun event. The course was well manned and help was a phone call away if needed. The farms were lovely and offered great snacks, beverages and goodies. Everyone was very helpful and knowledgeable. I strongly encourage this ride to others. I will definitely do this again next year. I cannot thank all the volunteers for making this event a success. Your support on the course yesterday provided me a peace of mind and comfort.”

Briana said, “I’m in for next year!!!”

We hope are in for next year as well! Mark your calendar for August 4, 2018, always the first Saturday in August.

Bicycle in lavender (Photo credit: Leslie Mundy)
Bicycle in lavender (Photo credit: Leslie Mundy)

 

 

Farms on the Ride in 2017

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Download a registration form here

Lots of work and planning have gone into the exciting summer ride to 8 wonderful lavender farms in the Sequim Valley on Saturday, August 5, 2017! Volunteers will be staffed at each of these farms with their “SAG stops” providing all the help and food to meet any cyclist’s need. The ride will be lots of fun for all levels of cyclists. Come and experience the “sweetest ride in the Pacific Northwest” now in its 5th season!

Here are the eight farms that will be participating in 2017:

Washington Lavender Farm

Victor’s Lavender Farm

Purple Haze Lavender Farm

Olympic Lavender Farm

Lost Mountain Lavender Farm

Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm

Kitty B’s Lavender Farm

B&B Family Farm

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Online registration is now available.

The 2017 Tour de Lavender shapes up

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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!

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A boost for the trail in 2015

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.

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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!

The planning begins

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.

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Check back for updates and additional details on this year’s exciting ride.