In Lake County’s second annual Tour de Outback, the Lake County Chamber of Commerce, its hosting organization, saw a slight drop-off in participation but a high returning percentage for riders.
Taking place from Friday, Aug. 2 to Sunday, Aug. 4, the event saw 44 riders split amongst the separate riding distances, according to Chamber Dir. Tallulah Chiono.
There were 12 century riders who rode 100 miles, while the other riders were split between the beginner 10 and 20 mile routes, in addition to the intermediate 46 mile routes, all of which were round trip.
All rides began at the Chamber of Commerce, directly out of E street and Stock Drive and continued their respective rides from there.
Friday night featured a pre-ride “Ski & Brew” event that wasn’t supported but offered a coupon for a beverage from Hunter’s Hot Springs and RV Resort, starting from that location, heading to the Warner Mountain Ski Area, and returning back to the Resort.
Saturday was the day for the official, supported rides of the Tour de Outback, which were marked by aid stations and offered free Subway lunches for its participants.
Riders all started together in their respective groups, but they finished at their own paces.
Participating riders came from Klamath Falls, Bend, Corvallis, Summer Lake and Lakeview. There were also two recumbent bicycle riders, cyclists who have a full chair, lean back, and have the pedals in front of them so that they are not hunched over, said Chiono.
There were returning riders from last year’s event in addition to new cyclists.
Those who registered and participated in the event also received a Tour de Outback shirt.
When asked how she felt the event went, Chiono noted the remarkable weather and seeming satisfaction of the participants.
She also had ideas for how to improve the ride for upcoming years.
The money raised from the event will be donated to the Lake Health District’s cancer treatment facility. A dollar figure raised by this year’s event was not available by press time.