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This year’s Tour returns to the Pacific Northwest, a spectacular and incredibly diverse landscape.  Coastal mountains cloaked in dense pine, cedar, and fern forests meet the ocean and the snow-capped volcanoes of the Cascades.  Countless shades of green blanket the Skagit Valley’s patchwork farmland, dotted with friendly towns and crisscrossed by quiet country roads, ideal for cycling!  We will celebrate the 11th year of the Tour with two charming overnight locations, beautiful biking routes, and great company.  This year’s Tour is sure to provide us the Ride of a Lifetime!  

Sunday, October 8th:

Sunday's ride will kick off in the Snoqualmie River Valley, east of Seattle. The route takes us along quiet country roads in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains and through rolling farmland as we cover 60 miles on the basic options (View on MapMyRide) or 70 miles on the long option (View on MapMyRide) on a lollipop ride from our first campground, Sky River Park, to the south.

Monday, October 9th:

Monday’s ride takes us north from Snohomish County into the Skagit Valley, known for its annual springtime tulip festival and prolific berry farms. The route will take us through picturesque scenery, as well as a 20-mile car-free section on the Centennial Trail bike path, which is sure to be a crowd pleaser. We have two options today as we travel from Monroe to Burlington: a 72 mile (metric century) option (View on MapMyRide) and a 101 mile (century) option (View on MapMyRide).

Tuesday, October 10th:

Tuesday’s ride is a lollipop ride from Burlington to the north, and perhaps the most scenic.  We will be rolling through fields and forests, alongside bird sanctuaries, and onto Samish Island, which offers views of Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, as we cover 58 miles (View on MapMyRide).

 

Please note: the above route links will take you to routes created with Map My Ride. This year, we have also decided to add routes created with Ride with GPS. To access these maps please click here.



Overnight Locations

Sky River Park:  The city of Monroe will kick us off for this year’s Tour.  Located on the banks of the Skykomish River, this park is a spectacular setting for the start of this year’s Ride of a Lifetime.  
 
Skagit River Park:  The city of Burlington offers us a great location to spend our final two nights of the Tour.  With over 50 acres of open area, the park is located alongside the Skagit River, which drains 10 billion gallons of water a day from the North Cascades into Puget Sound and gives life to the Skagit Valley’s robust agriculture industry.