For about a century the Tour de France has showcased some the best scenery France has to offer as cyclists battle through small villages, pastures and mountains. This year Lane County is hosting its very own inaugural Tour de Lane Aug. 3-5 with rides kicking off from Richardson Park in Junction City. This non-competitive cycling festival will provide participants with a number of rides of varying lengths and difficulty.
Each ride is intended to showcase a different venue in Lane County as well as the beautiful Oregon scenery. On the tour, cyclists will choose between themed rides. The Bike Builders’ Tour will take riders to three local, high-end bike manufacturers to tour the facilities. The Winery Ride will let riders explore designated wine tasting stops. Two supported century rides will be provided for ambitious all-day riders.
“This is the kind of event where people don’t have to feel in a hurry,” event organizer Ian Sholz says. “We want to make sure everyone has a good time and will come back and visit this area after the tour.”
All non-motorized wheels are welcome on the tour, according to Sholz. If you can ride it, it’s most likely acceptable. Participants should bring all gear necessary for bicycle maintenance and comfort, such as tire tubes, pump, bike clothes, bike shoes, helmet and hydration. Camping gear is recommended, as participants are invited to camp at the park, which provides restrooms, pay showers and campsite electricity and water facilities.
Life Cycle Bike Shop will provide extra bicycle support to help riders with easy repairs or adjustments at the park. Participants will receive a breakfast buffet in the morning and dinner with sponsored beer and wine gardens on each day of the tour.
Registration is still available online at http://www.tourdelane.com