Lake County’s annual premier bicycling event, the Tour De Outback, will be bigger and better than ever this year,
featuring multiple rides for bike enthusiasts showcasing the new Oregon Outback Scenic Bikeway.
Festivities begin with an informal social ride on Friday, Aug. 1 from Hunter’s Hot Springs starting at 5:30 p.m. to Warner Canyon Ski Area for post-ride drinks.
The first of four ride courses for Saturday, Aug. 2 will present the opportunity for riders of all experience levels to participate. For beginners, a 16-mile course will start at Adel at 9 a.m. and travel to Plush, with an optional beginner-B course making the ride a round-trip back to Adel.
For intermediate riders, the metric course will begin at Camas Snow Park at 8:15 a.m., traveling to Plush and south to Adel before looping back to the starting point. Advanced riders will be challenged by the century ride, a 100-mile course starting at the Lake County Fairgrounds at 7 a.m., following the road to Plush and Adel, looping through Camas Snow Park before returning to the fairgrounds.
Seven aid stations will be located along the courses providing water, bathrooms, snacks, first aid and bike repairs as needed. Additionally, sag wagons will bring up the rear to assist riders on the course.
Following the Saturday rides a post-event social hour will be provided for all participants in the event. All riders will be entered in a drawing for a Plush diamond.
Registration for the Tour de Outback is $40, dri-fit commemorative shirts are an additional $25. Participants will receive a goodie bag that includes meal vouchers for the Adel Store, Hart Mtn.Store, or Subway in Lakeview.
Supporters of the Tour de Outback include the Lake County Chamber of Commerce, Subway, Adel Store, Hart Mountain Store, Soroptimist International Club of Lakeview, Summer Lake Store, Mt. Mazama Spring Water, Lakeview Sanitation and Bender’s Promotional Supplies & Apparel.
For more information visit the Lake County Chamber of Commerce at 126 N. E St. in Lakeview or call 541-947-6040.
Check out the Tour de Outback promotional video on the Examiner’s youtube channel or www.lakecountyexam.com.