POWERS — The third Saturday in June, Father's Day Weekend, has become an annual bicycle event in Powers, Ore. The 21st annual Tour de Fronds, is sponsored by the Powers Lions Club, and offers 7 rides, each fully supported: 5 asphalt rides (30-103 miles) and 2 asphalt/gravel adventures of 55 and 72 miles.
Registration and check-in for this year's event will be 6:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Powers County Park, 42720 Highway 242 where the ride begins. Advance registration, rules and other important details are available online at www.tourdefronds.com.
The asphalt rides follow the south fork of the Coquille River to its headwaters, mostly single lane roads through the beautiful Siskiyou National Forest and BLM lands, with elevation gains of 1,000 to 12,000 feet.
The 2 asphalt/gravel rides: one takes you to the world-famous Rogue River with the turn-around at Singing Springs Resort; the other is the 55 miles Big Tree Ride adventure which takes you past the largest Port Orford cedar in the world.
The rides offer challenging climbs and remote riding with SAG vehicles and Ham Radio operators to track riders. Helmets are required.
Fees range from $40-$70 depending on when you register. Fee includes a continental breakfast, snacks and hydration en route, and a delicious post-ride meal, plus a gift for all participants.
Optional activities with additional fees include: Friday night Spaghetti dinner $10 and Sunday Fathers Day Breakfast $8.