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Bike Race showcases beauty of the Wenatchee Valley

The region is gearing up for the highly anticipated Tour de Bloom cycle race which will begin on Friday.

Tour De Bloom is a glorious three- day, four- event race which brings the top talent from the Pacific Northwest and Canada to the Wenatchee valley, and three of the four races are held in the surrounding areas of Plain, Malaga and Waterville.

The physical challenge combined with amazing views is a cycler’s dream destination. The race is certified by USA Cycling, which means cyclists from all over the Northwest and beyond show up to attend. The tour kicks off Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Plain, sprinting around the roads of Lake Wenatchee and the Plain Valley. Chelan County sheriff’s deputies will lead race groups for safety, and volunteers from Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue will control traffic at most intersections. 

In Wenatchee—a cycling community at the core— the Tour de Bloom Criterium starts at 2:30 p.m., traveling over a six-block loop in the hours after the Apple Blossom Festival Grand Parade.  Street closures apply until 11 p.m.

The annual bike event which showcases the beautiful scenery of the valley, also features a time trial on Saturday morning, a twilight criterium in downtown Wenatchee on Saturday afternoon and evening, and a road race near Waterville in adjacent Douglas County on Sunday.

“The Queen stage, Saturday evenings downtown Twilight Criterium is an exciting spectacle held in a one- kilometer course which is very spectator friendly,” said race coordinator Steve Johnston. “Racers will pass by every few minutes and spectators are able to get up close and personal as the entire course is accessible.”

There will be a beer garden on the finish line so riders and spectators alike can quench their thirst and watch the riders mix it up for the coveted Criterium winners belt buckle.

Candice Reed

Candice Reed and her husband moved to downtown Chelan in 2009 from California. She wrote about her move for the Los Angeles Times and was featured on Canadian news station, CBC. Eventually, the couple moved to a house up-lake to 25-Mile Creek where she wrote two books and wrote for major newspapers. They bought a vintage Sabre-craft boat and named it “ Sacre Bleu,” and would spend afternoons floating on the lake and the Columbia River. In the winter, they would snow-shoe and wine taste in the Wenatchee Valley. The Reeds moved back to California for family, but Candice visits Eastern Washington as often as she can.
Favorite apple—Any from Eastern Washington—I only buy them if they have the sticker!
Favorite color— All hues of gold.