Time has finally arrived for the Lake County Tour de Outback.
After last year’s cancellation due to some weather and smoke issues, this year’s ride is sure to bring out the masse and has created some excitement along the way.
The ride will take place this Saturday, June 22 and has expanded from the intermediate (25 miles), metric (65 miles) and century ride (90 miles). Last year was the debut of a running portion on the Noni Trail, a trail that was set up to honor the former Lakeview math teacher. There’s also a mountain biking portion that will debut this year.
The Century ride starts at 7 a.m., followed by the Metric ride at 8 a.m., Mountain bike ride also at 8 a.m. and the trail run starts at 7:15 a.m.
Each of the rides will start at the Lake County Fairgrounds, with the exception of the Metric ride, which will start at Camas Sno-Park, located just east of Lakeview on Hwy 140. The Century ride allows for the most sight seeing, as riders go through and Adel and Plush, before circling back. The Metric ride follows a similar route to the Century ride.
“The mountain biking and the run will both take place on the Noni Trail and encompass 14.8 miles and they will start earlier,” Lake County Chamber of Commerce Dir. Jessica Bogardus said. “What we had been hearing from a lot of our runners in town is that there wasn’t really a big running event of this nature. There are some that are three – six miles, so we really wanted to include the runners and appeal to runners in higher elevations.”
Registration is still available for each of the rides. Cost is $50 and that includes a shirt and dinner.
Everyone is welcome to stick around for the after ride dinner, that will take place in conjuction with the Adel Store and its MC Days. Participants will be bussed out to the store.
While the routes are the same as years past, they will encompass the Outback Scenic Byway, a 171 mile route that runs from the Oregon/California border, through Lakeview and up through Lake County, stopping just before the turnoff to La Pine.
The ride is a good opportunity for those individuals looking to enjoy some sights and scenes along the trails to enjoy and do so for a recreational activity.
With the recent opening of the Noni’s Trail on Sunday, June 2, trail rides and other forms of outdoor activity has been heating up with the summer weather trends.
For questions or concerns be sure to contact the Lake County Chamber of Commerce at 541-947-6040. The Chamber is located at 126 N. E St.