WEEKEND: Tour de Lavender for cyclists on Saturday, Sunday

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SEQUIM — The inaugural Tour de Lavender, with various routes suitable for families and hardcore cyclists, is set for this weekend.

The lavender circuits Saturday and Sunday are paired with Ride the Hurricane, Sunday morning's climb up to Hurricane Ridge Road above Port Angeles. (See related story today.)

“Ours is like Ride the Hurricane, but our hills are more spread out,” said Tom Coonelly of Sequim, the ride director.

Details of this weekend's Tour de Lavender rides — routes, registration, sites along the way — are at www.TourdeLavender.wordpress.com and at the office of the Sequim Lavender Farmers Association, which is hosting the ride, at 360-452-6300.

The lavender rides begin Saturday with a metric century — 100 kilometers, or 62.5 miles — starting in Kingston and then visiting lavender farms across the Dungeness Valley.

Cyclists will use the highways for part of the route, then turn onto Old Gardiner Road, Old Blyn Highway and other back roads, Coonelly said.

The shorter, adjustable “family fun ride” can be done Saturday, Sunday or both.

That circuit can be up to 35 miles, with stopovers at several lavender farms.

Registration for the family ride is $35 per person, including a T-shirt, water bottle and lavender souvenir.

The starting point is the Sequim unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula, 400 W. Fir St., which will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Registration for the longer ride is $50, including a cyclist's cap, water bottle and souvenir at Village Green Park, 12850 Dulay Road N.E. in Kingston.

Registration will be open at the park from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday.

For those who want to take on Ride the Hurricane, bus transportation will be available, Coonelly said.

Cyclists should inquire about this when signing up for the Tour de Lavender.

Last modified: August 02. 2013 1:30AM
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