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Cycling comes to town -- twice

Trout Lake News for May 27

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Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Maxine Bulick, 395-2101

Sarah Burr Arnold, 395-2669

Seth Bichler

Is Trout Lake becoming the cycling destination of Washington? Two big cycling events in one month! Exciting news!

The Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, the annual Road Bike Race usually held in and around Hood River, will have the second stage of the race here in Trout Lake. The stage starts at Trout Lake school and follows the loop through the GPNF (FR 23, 90, 88). This will take place on Thursday, June 3. The organizers anticipate that there will be about 350 riders participating in the race. Volunteers are needed to help with support for the race. If you can help contact Bev Meyer at 395-2777. This is a wonderful opportunity to help with and observe a professional cycle race without leaving our home town. Even non-riders will find the immediacy of the activity interesting and exciting. It is well worth seeing.

Then on June 26, there is the Mount Adams Country Bike Tour. For more information go to Tour. The e-mail address is Volunteers are also needed to help with this event.

Following the big race the focus of activity will switch to the River. June 4 and 5 will be weekend of White Salmon River connected events that are both educational and recreational. On June 4, Riverfest will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Trail's End Bed and Breakfast. This is an educational symposium and interpretive skill training event for river guides to which the public is also welcome. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. The event cost, $10, includes a salmon bake after the education portion. The event is sponsored by the Headwaters Institute and Wet Planet Rafting. Will be a lot of good information about the White Salmon River, its geology and ecology. If you have an interest in the river this is great opportunity to expand your knowledge.

Then on June 5 there will be both a community raft float open to anyone living in the White Salmon River Watershed and kayak races. The community raft float will cost $15 per person, a really reasonable discounted rate. It leaves from the BZ launch site. Make reservations on the Wet Planet web site. Space is limited so don't delay making a reservation if you are interested. This is the community's chance to experience the river up close and personal.

The kayak races will start at 9:30. A heat will be run every three hours after that. The races are run from BZ to Northwestern Lake. A good observation point would be the Husum Bridge.

There will be a vacation Bible School for young people 4-9 years of age, "Fruit of the Spirit," at the Trout Lake Presbyterian Church June 29, 30, and July 1, from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. For information and to register call 395-2913 or 395-9360.


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