2013 Club Tours: Lotteries open in November!

After another great year of tours, we’re excited to announce our line-up for the 2013 Cascade Club Tours. Every season, dedicated Cascade members organize a variety of multi-day tours taking place from April through September.  In 2013, there will be three long-weekend tours and two week-long tours ranging from steady to brisk paces. These fully-supported tours travel the scenic byways of Eastern Washington, Central California, Oregon, and beyond. Expect jaw-dropping views, quiet farm roads, epic climbs, historic sites, wonderful National Parks, as well as good camaraderie, laughs, and lasting memories.

The registration will be by lottery and for club-members only. You can enter the lottery at any time until it closes, and up to four people are allowed per entry. Lotteries are drawn at random and if your lottery entry is drawn, everyone in your party will get into the event.  The lottery for our first two tours is coming up on Monday, Nov. 5, and will remain open for one week so mark your calendars!

Tours at a glance:

Central California 8 Day Tour
April 20 - 27, 2013
Brisk/Moderate

Get an early start to your season with a visit to Steinbeck country!  Starting and ending in San Luis Obispo, CA, this route explores little known roads in and around the Salinas and Carmel valleys, one of California’s best kept secrets, as well as the spectacular California coastline south from Monterey.  Visit wineries, explore Pinnacles National Monument, and spend your Monterey rest day visiting its world famous Aquarium and Cannery Row.  Saving the best for last, we enjoy the prevailing tailwinds as we cycle south through Carmel, Big Sur, and Cambria to our journey’s end.

Eastern Washington 4 Day Tour
May 30 – June 3
Brisk/Moderate

This is the flagship tour of the Regional Tours Program, having been run every year since 2003. It starts in Chelan and goes through the Methow Valley and over Loup Loup to Omak.  The next day climbs over Wauconda Pass to the tiny town of Republic. On the third day, we cruise down the Sanpoil River, over a big hill and down into Coulee Dam to stay at the base of the dam.  The final day includes a climb out of the Columbia River valley, a ride across a rolling plateau, a descent of stunning McNeil Canyon and the return to Chelan.  This tour is gorgeous and has been considered by many repeat participants as the necessary training ride for a summer of great riding.

Bend and Central Oregon 4 Day Tour
June 20-24, 2013
Steady/Moderate
4-Day Hub and Spoke (All 4 nights same Hotel)

Mountain views, river canyons, quiet roads through scenic farmland, and sunny weather highlight this four day tour in the Bend area.  Cycle to Sisters with an optional climb to McKenzie Pass with its stark lava moonscape, enjoy the scenic bikeway to Smith Rock State Park, and cycle through high desert , canyons, and along the Crooked River. A short drive is required to some daily start points on this tour.


Long Beach Cruise 4 Day Tour

September  13 – 16, 2013
Steady
4-Day Hub and Spoke (All 4 nights same Hotel)

Cycle in the footsteps of the Lewis and Clark Expedition's "Corps of Discovery".  Cruise past dunes, 200 year old National Park Service sites, lighthouses, wildlife preserves, and through Oysterville with its buildings listed on the National Historic Register.  Cycling is relaxed, no day exceeds 50 miles and there are few hills.  What to do with your spare time? Visit the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, fly your kites, go bird watching, build sandcastles, hike the headlands, or wander along the boardwalk with its informative interpretive signs.  Long Beach is a great destination.

Oregon Wallowas and Hell’s Canyon 6 Day Tour
September 22-27, 2013
Moderate

Explore the stunning beauty of Eastern Oregon, where cowboy country and wilderness meet the deepest canyon in the U.S.  Bucolic back roads populated by cattle, miles and miles of wilderness roads with nary a car in sight, diverse and breathtaking landscapes, historical landmarks, and activities to complement the scenery.  Be sure to bring walking shoes to enjoy the art and bronze works in Joseph, the hiking trails on Mt. Howard (after the tram ride!), the interpretive walk in Hells Canyon (after your jet boat ride!) and the Oregon Trail interpretive center.  Bring your swimsuit for Wallowa Lake and of course your camera to capture it all!

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