Bicyclists tour valley in Sept. 29 Harvest Ride

Breathtaking views and fall weather are hallmarks of the annual Hood River Harvest Ride on Sept. 29, a benefit for the nonprofit Hood River Valley Residents Committee.

The Harvest Ride is a family-friendly, established bike ride through the less-traveled majestic backroads of the Hood River Valley. In its fourth year, the event will include five routes to choose from — easy, moderate and challenging or a combination for a variety of lengths. The ride is based out of the Hood River Fairgrounds in Odell and is expected to draw more than 400 riders. It will run from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. Preregistration is $50 and increases to $60 on the day of the event.

Along the way are points of interest the region has to offer: panoramic views, orchards, farm stands, forested back roads and ranch critters, including alpacas. A unique feature of this ride is Farm-to-Table by Bike: buy farm fresh fruits and vegetables along the route and they will be delivered back to the finish line.

This well-supported ride provides mechanical and sag help if needed, plenty of rest stops with refreshments and a lunch waiting at the finish with fresh-pressed apple cider. Non-riders can get in on the action via the valley’s own Mount Hood Railroad, which stops in Parkdale, one of the rest stops for the Hood River Harvest Ride.

The Hood River Harvest Ride and Hood River Valley Residents Committee is a permittee of the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Hood River Harvest Ride sponsors include: Keen, Pear Bureau Northwest, Discover Bicycles, REI, Mt. View Cycles, Grand Central Baking Co., Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, Cardinal I.G., Subway, Kuki, Gorge Delights, Gu and Dave’s Killer Bread.

For event information and registration visit www. hrharvestride.com.

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