POWERS — The 18th annual Tour de Fronds, held on June 20, hit an all-time high with 171 participants from all around the state as well as California, Washington state and Kansas. That’s 65 more cyclists than in 2014.

The riders had abundant praise for this event. The cyclists enjoy seeing familiar faces at each of the rest areas, at registration and the post-ride lasagna meal.

The Tour de Fronds has always been a one-day event on Saturday. However, this year it was extended to include two new meals, one on Friday night and the other on Sunday morning. The Friday night spaghetti dinner at the Powers County Park was prepared by the “Powers Ladies of Faith.” This dinner was for the volunteers and participants, many of whom were camped at the park.

The other event was the Lions Club Sunday Morning Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast at Ross Hall, which was open to everyone. Both meals were well attended, very delicious and great fundraising events.

The cyclists were given an invitation to “linger awhile in Powers and the surrounding area,” which provided information about places to visit while in the beautiful valley of Powers. This also included a list of “sites along the Tour de Fronds route.” The U.S. Forest Service graciously opened the Cedar Bark House to visitors. Kristen Hauge, Forest Service archaeologist, shared information about this one-of-a kind special building and had a crowd of visitors.

 

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Yourgo Artsitas is the Digital Editor at The World and a national award-winning sports columnist.