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Cycle on Lavender Lovers
Sequim Gazette staff
The initial Tour de Lavender rode along smoothly for its first year.
More than 180 riders took to two events over the weekend Aug. 3-4 — a 100k Metric Century from Kingston to Sequim, and a 25-mile ride around the different partnering Sequim Lavender Farmers Association farms.
Scott Nagel, executive director of SLFA, said that initially they thought 100 people coming out would be fantastic, but the turnout exceeded their expectations.
Nagel said there were more than 100 cycling events in Washington alone but the lavender tour should grow next year.
“Everyone I talked to was at different levels from avid bicyclists to families. We had people coming from all over Puget Sound and we had local folks who even drove to Kingston from Sequim,” he said.
Some avid cyclists even took to the Pedal Power Weekend to “Ride the Hurricane” up Hurricane Ridge on Sunday, too.
Dan Abbott, co-coordinator of the event, said they’re trying to stretch out people coming over the lavender harvest because they can’t depend on one weekend anymore (Sequim Lavender Weekend) especially after two years of rain.
“It’s all part of Sequim’s tourism and what we can do to help,” he said.
Abbott added that some of the people he spoke with didn’t know about many of the sites in the area.
“They said the roads were so nice to ride on and some didn’t know about the Olympic Discovery Trail,” he said.
Nagel said the lavender farms reported an increase in foot traffic, too.
More than 50 volunteers helped with the event at various spots along the ride including Kingston Heritage Park and the Sequim Boys & Girls Club. Abbott said the Sequim cycling clubs were particularly helpful in making the event a success.