An annual bicycle tour that focused cyclist’s attention on the scenic Snoqualmie Valley since the 1990s is going on hiatus for a year.
The organizers of the North Bend-based Tour de Peaks are cancelling the 27th edition of the bike ride in 2016.
In a message on the ride’s Facebook page, the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce announced that there will be no Tour de Peaks ride in 2016.
“Due to some changes within our organizations, we are behind in our planning cycle and do not want to product a low quality event,” the announcement reads. “We hope to rebrand and produce a more robust event in 2017.”
In recent years, the three routes wound throughout the valley with options for 10, 50 and 100 miles. The longer routes rolled all the way up to Duvall.
Depending on the route, cyclists would visit towns with long agricultural heritages, such as Carnation, the original home of “contented cows.” It’s now home to a thriving cut-flower industry.
Closer to the start, cyclists passed through the old railroad and logging town of Snoqualmie, now the base for Northwest Railway Museum.Although named Tour de Peaks, the only climb was the slog uphill from the lower valley to the upper valley at Snoqualmie Falls. After grinding up that hill, no one would doubt these 269-foot falls are higher than the Niagara.
I assume the ride is named for the Mount Si and Little Si, which command the North Bend skyline. They lent their name to the TV show “Twin Peaks,” which was filmed in the area.
This was a nice, low-key ride the years I participated. It drew about 100 or so riders, which was enough so you wouldn’t feel abandoned on empty stretches of road.
I hope they can get their act together again for 2017. The Snoqualmie Valley is such a beautiful area, and the best way to see it is from a bicycle saddle.