The ride starts on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula in the town of Sequim, showcasing the renowned lavender farms of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley nestled between the snow-capped Olympic Mountains and the blue waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, also known locally as the Salish Sea. Connected by the scenic, cyclist-friendly Olympic Discovery Trail, the 2018 routes are mostly the same as last year but a key bridge across McDonald Creek on the Old Olympic Highway will be open! That means a simpler, more straightforward navigation from farm to farm out west of Sequim.
Tour de Lavender has two basic options which will appeal to the broadest range of cyclists and their families, from novice to expert.
The Fun Ride course opens at 8:30 a.m, and cyclists can time their start from then until noon. As it has in previous years, the Fun Ride heads east at the start from the Boys & Girls Club at 400 West Fir, and visits seven farms, with abundant views of open prairie, water, and mountains. A short side-trip to visit the 3 Crabs Wetlands Reserve is always worthwhile. The total distance is 34 miles with little elevation gain and the ride may be tailored to individual lengths, interests and destinations.
The 2018 Metric Century course opens at 7:30 a.m. and riders can time their departure on this route until noon, though we caution that the mid-way SAG stop at Blyn will close at between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. and vehicular SAG and bicycle-mounted outrider support will end at 4:00 p.m. Cyclists embarking on this more challenging ride will head west from the starting line at the Boys & Girls Club, 400 West Fir Street, and visit at least eight farms en route. The hillier sections, which will again include the Bell Hill challenge, are encountered in the first third of the ride when temperatures are cooler but the views are just as stunning. A mid-way SAG stop with snacks and beverages is located at the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Cultural Center in Blyn on Sequim Bay. Please note that, as with most supported metric century rides (as distinct from true 100-mile routes), no lunch or other major meal is provided. Ample refreshments and nourishment will, however, be available at the mid-way SAG stop and at each farm stop. More substantial fare is, of course, readily available in downtown Sequim.
Come and bring your friends and family for another great ride. There’s something for everyone! All routes are on paved trail and local roads. Well marked and well supported with food / beverage available at each farm and the Registration / Start-Finish area. Map and directions for the rides and to all Lavender Farms will be included in your registration packet and GPS Route support is available.
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