The days have been warmer than normal. Balsamroot and lupine have exploded on the hillsides and in the foothills. The ample snowpack in the mountains has framed the Cascades in total white, set against the blue sky.
In short, the Wenatchee Valley is having its best spring in years.
And that means good things for the upcoming Apple Century Bike Ride. This annual event, which takes pride in the scenery that unfolds for riders, will be utilizing its classic Wenatchee Valley course on June 4. Riders will pedal through the Wenatchee Valley’s orchard and wine country as well as around the scenic Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee areas.
The rides this year are 25 miles, 50 miles and 100 miles in length. For those who aren’t up for the longer two rides, the 25-mile jaunt is ideal as there no big climbs, just a couple grades. You also get to follow the Wenatchee River as it flows down the valley to the Columbia River.
The start and finish area is at Walla Walla Point Park in Wenatchee (on the banks of the Columbia). Post-ride festivities will include lunch, music and a no-host beer and wine garden.
For those of you who live outside the Wenatchee Valley, the host organizing group Wenatchee Sunrise Rotary is arranging discounts at several restaurants. Please check for that info at the registration tables on Friday night at Cycle Central, 34 N. Wenatchee Ave., and on Saturday morning at Walla Walla Point Park.
To register for one of the Apple Century rides: http://www.active.com/wenatchee-wa/cycling/races/29th-annual-apple-century-bike-ride-2016?int=
For more info on the event: http://www.applebikeride.com/