POWERS — This summer, road bikes will once again roam the hills of Southwest Oregon in the area’s oldest cycling tour.
The 16th annual Tour De Fronds ride between Powers and Glendale will be held June 15. Organizer Donna Freeman, in her first year at the helm, said the town of Glendale won’t be actively participating as in years past.
Instead, tour organizers will head to Glendale in advance to coordinate riders.
This years event is being sponsored by the Powers Lions Club, as opposed to the Powers Action Team which backed the tour in years past.
The main route is 72 miles long one-way, and can be started from either the Powers side or the Glendale side of the route. The climb from Glendale will be slightly less intense, at 4,100 feet versus 5,300 feet from the Powers side.
Cyclists will also be able to choose from six alternate rides, which range from 30 miles to 77 miles in length.
Freeman said tour volunteers will be at the Kiwanis Doernbecher Memorial Bicycle Tour at Coquille’s Sturdivant Park May 18 to help promote the ride.
Registration is $35 for the original 72 mile route if received by June 3.
A website for the event is under construction at www.tourdefronds.com.
To register or for more information, call Donna Freeman at 541-439-2418, or contact the Powers Action Team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.