Mark your calendars for the weekend of August 5th…the cyclist’s dream weekend on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula!
The fifth annual “Tour de Lavender” takes place on August 5, 2017, showcasing the world-loved lavender farms of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. You can ride easy on the scenic, cyclist-friendly Olympic Discovery Trail to visit lavender farms and other great places. More challenging options can take you up into the hills, along the Dungeness River and all around the Olympic Peninsula.
Make it a full weekend of cycling fun. There are lots of overnight lodging options available to you and your family. Summer is at its best and you won’t want to miss out on the Olympic Peninsula’s incredible mountain and ocean vistas. Book early to avoid disappointment.
The “Tour de Lavender” includes options which will appeal to the broadest range of cyclists and their families. In addition to a Metric Century, there is the Fun Ride that takes you on a more leisurely visit to see from one to seven of the eight farms on the Tour, depending on your cycling skill and/or age. The two day “Pedal Power Weekend” also includes “Ride the Hurricane” when cyclists have the famed Hurricane Ridge Road up into the Olympic National Park all to themselves–free of vehicles– from 7AM to Noon on Sunday, August 6, 2017.
So come join us, take home some lavender–and some great memories to hold you over ’til 2018…. See you on August 5, 2017 for an amazing Pedal Power Weekend!
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!
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.
Check back for updates and additional details on this year’s exciting ride.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
You can win this new Specialized Sirrus bicycle and enjoy a great ride!
Registered riders who visit all 5 sponsoring Lavender Farms during the 2014 Tour de Lavender rides will be entered in a drawing for a new Specialized Sirrus bicycle, provided in part by All Around Bikes.
How it works:
Contest is open to registered riders only
Riders may be registered for either the Metric Century + Ride or Farm Tour
One Farm Passport per registered rider per event.
Passport is only good on the day it is issued.
Passport is good for Saturday and Sunday.
All farms must be visited by a single registered rider – Passports cannot be shared.
Riders who visit all 5 farms on either ride on Saturday or Sunday will be entered in the drawing.
At each farm riders will have their “passport” stamped.
One winner will be drawn on Sunday Aug 3 at 4:00PM at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club.
Winner need not be present at the drawing.
Winner can select a men’s or women’s model bike.
If a specific size / gender model is not available one will be ordered and may be picked up at a later date. Bicycle must be picked in Sequim.
Happy 100th anniversary of the Dungeness Railroad Bridge! Imagine the contrast on its “life” over the past century…from trains to bikes. The grading for the bridge started in 1914, and the first train passed over it in July of 1915. Click here for more history on the bridge. Come celebrate with us and ride this summer. It’s on both the “Metric Century Plus” ride and the “Fun” ride.