Description: Tour de Bloom features four cycling races — a Leavenworth road race that utilizes Highway 2 through Tumwater Canyon and finishes in the Bavarian Village; a hill climb from Squilchuck State Park to Mission Ridge Ski Area (located just south of Wenatchee); a twilight criterium in downtown Wenatchee; and a road race on the Waterville Plateau in neighboring Douglas County — over a three-day period. Wenatchee Valley Velo is the host club.
Views and features: The Leavenworth road race, a first for 2016, incorporates Highway 2 on a closed lane through Tumwater Canyon, and a start and finish in the Bavarian Village. The hill climb is held on a well-paved road through forests of pine and fir up to Mission Ridge. Held on downtown streets, the four-corner twilight criterium is held immediately following the end of the Apple Blossom Festival Grand Parade in Wenatchee. The Waterville road race takes place in neighboring Douglas County, with the start and finish at the North Central Washington Fairgrounds. The Waterville area is marked by rolling farmlands and geologic rocks left behind by the Ice Age Floods. The courses head north and east from the fairgrounds toward Mansfield and then loop back to the fairgrounds.
Start time: 1 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2016, for the Leavenworth road race; 8 a.m., Saturday, May 7, 2016, for the time trial; 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 7, 2016, for the criterium; and 9 a.m., Sunday, May 8, 2016, for the road race
Start lines: Bavarian Village for the Leavenworth road race; Squilchuck State Park for the hill climb; Wenatchee Avenue (between First Street and Palouse Street) for the criterium; the staging area for the road race will be at the Waterville Fairgrounds.
Finish: Same as start lines for all four.
Parking: Ample parking is available for both the Leavenworth road race, Mission Ridge hill climb, and Waterville road race. Since the criterium is being held at the conclusion of the Apple Blossom Festival Grand Parade, which attracts upwards of 10,000 people, there will be limited on-street parking in the area. It is best to arrive early.
Essentials: Each of the races are well supported.
Course map: Coming soon!
Stewardship: Leave no trace. Be kind to our beautiful environment and clean up after yourself. Please don’t abandon trash.