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Since 1986, the Northwest Tandem Rally has been bringing you premiere destination rides throughout Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and British Columbia. Drawing hundreds of tandem teams from around the nation, the rally is hosted in a new city or town venue each year and is organized by local cycling clubs or related non-profit organizations. The NWTR exists to bring together tandem bicycle enthusiasts once a year to promote bicycle tourism, camaraderie, and to raise funds for bicycle infrastructure and awareness.
The 2023 Northwest Tandem Rally will take place in Sequim, Washington, and is brought to by Peninsula Trails Coalition, with support from Peninsula Adventure Sports, Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce and the City of Sequim. Peninsula Trails Coalition is the primary benefactor of NWTR 2023, with any rally proceeds used to support the maintenance and construction of the Olympic Discovery Trail.
The routes will have a lot of diversity and will include rural country riding, rest stops at small family farms or other fun and scenic locations, and a full tour of the Olympic Discovery Trail, an amazing non-motorized paved trail that will eventually cross the entire Olympic Peninsula. Some rides will go farther and climb higher into the hills, some will go close to the water with views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Some will do both! You will see the iconic rivers of the Olympic Peninsula and you will have Olympic National Park at your ready.
The Sequim Rally will include two days of self-supported riding, two days of supported rides with routes in a variety of distances, a vendor expo fair, beer garden, Saturday picnic, Saturday night UN-banquet dinner and party, and an optional add-on picnic on Sunday after your ride. We are working on some other fun things as well! We will be announcing these and adding them to the Rally Schedule as they are confirmed - check back often!
The event headquarters will be based out of Carrie Blake Park for anyone planning ahead for lodging. Dry camping is available 1.5 miles from Carrie Blake Park.
"The Olympic Peninsula in May?" you may ask. And have asked. We hear you. But trust us that May is GORGEOUS in Sequim - the flowers! Sequim is in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains and is know for being in the "blue hole". Sequim has an average of only 17 inches of rain per year. The average precipitation for the month of May in Sequim is only 1.25 inches (it rains an average of 5 days in the month of May, although overcast is likely). The average high temperature in May is in the low 60s (June averages upper 60s, and Memorial Day is on the cusp of June!) Perfect riding weather! Mornings will be quite cool, but we'll get you out on the course moving and warmed up in no time! One of the riding days does wander farther west (into slightly wetter territory in Port Angeles, although Port Angeles is also in the rain shadow, just not quite as far) for the longer routes, but we can adjust by swapping east and west days as needed, and making sure everyone starts early enough (it is typically dry in the mornings!). The main event hub activities at Carrie Blake Park will be under covered as needed.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Price: $135.00 Race Fee + $9.10 SignUp Fee (per person) - YOUTH PRICING (15 and younger) is $60.00
Registration: Price increases to $160.00 November 1, 2022 and to $180 on April 1, 2023. Pricing stays at $60.00 for youth.
In addition to an epic outdoor experience in the far northwest corner, you can expect a professionally organized event included well-marked courses, pre-ride snack (including coffee) and loaded rest stop snacks, Saturday lunch and beer, mechanical support, a piece of custom event swag, and of course post-ride expo and festivities. This is a fun event where you will meet like-minded tandem and cycling enthusiasts, people who will become friends for life and you will see every year at Northwest Tandem Rally.
For additional purchase are the Saturday night UN-Banquet (a less formal version of the normal banquet - and shorter program) and the Sunday picnic lunch. Dry camping is available 1.5 miles from Carrie Blake park for just $15 per person that covers three nights. Saturday and Sunday post-ride we will have a beer garden and Expo. We are working on some other fun activities for you as well!
Full refunds are available until April 15th, 2023. No refunds after that date.
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