Tour de Fronds: Like No Other

Guest post: Slim from Powers, Oregon

Tour de Fronds | June 18 – Powers, Oregon

Perhaps you’ve never experienced a ride quite like Tour de Fronds. It’s a small town event with local folks coming together and giving their best to make riders feel welcome in our community. From Friday night’s spaghetti feed, to the registration table Saturday morning, and the post ride lasagne meal, smiles and sincere hellos welcome riders back to this special ride every year.

Once you have fastened your helmet and located the route arrows, it’s time to pedal. Down the straight-a-way past the pond (give a wave and holler to Dave Stallard and his grandkids, they’ll likely be fishing from the top of the berm). Downtown will come fast, the Powers Tavern won’t yet be open, and you’ll be to excited to stop at Powers Market for a latte. You’ll round the curve by the grade school and in one more block say, “see you later” to the folks who will spend the next few hours hustling to make your ride memorable.

For the next four miles you will pass only a few residences, the toilet at the Orchard Park swimming hole and a herd of rainbow cattle (various colored cows) before reaching the boundary of the Rogue/Siskiyou National Forest. From here the narrative will be your own, certain to contain words that describe old growth trees, crystal clear water, critters large and small, climbs, downhills… and a bounty of unlimited greenery.

Asphalt riders have options from 30-101 miles. There are two rides that combine asphalt and gravel: a 72 mile adventure to the Rogue River and return, and a 55 mile challenging adventure ride past the largest Port Orford Cedar in the world.

Rest stops are your opportunities to hydrate, listen to music and consume more “fun” calories than are necessary to complete the ride.

A serious post ride lasagne dinner will be ready for you when you reach the finish line. If you choose to overnight, the Powers Lions Club will fill you with pancakes Sunday morning before you depart. It is these touches that truly make Tour de Fronds a must-do five star event.

Slim is a guest contributor to ORbike and one of the supporters of Tour de Fronds. For more information, see the Tour de Fronds website.

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