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SpokeFest among bounty of September cycling events

Hundreds of cyclists begin to move down Spokane Falls Boulevard for the 21-mile road ride at SpokeFest on Sunday. Cyclists could take part in rides of varying lengths and children could ride a 1-mile loop at Riverfront Park. (Jesse Tinsley)
Hundreds of cyclists begin to move down Spokane Falls Boulevard for the 21-mile road ride at SpokeFest on Sunday. Cyclists could take part in rides of varying lengths and children could ride a 1-mile loop at Riverfront Park. (Jesse Tinsley)

CYCLING -- SpokeFest, one of the region's premier bicycling events with courses for every ability level based out of Spokane, is coming up Sept. 7

Register before Sept. 1 to avoid late fees and enter a drawing for a free bike from REI or a night at the Red Lion Inn at the Park..

But SpokeFest is just one of 18 bicycling events scheduled in the region during September, close to home as well as across nearby borders.

Here's a mere sampling:

  • Kootenai River Ride, Sept. 13: Ride 16, 60 or 100 kilometers near Kootenai River out of Bonners Ferry fairgrounds supported by Rotarians, followed by baked potato feed. $20.

    Blazing Saddles Bike Ride, Sept. 20: Combines 20, 40, 62 and 100-mile cycling routes out of Colville, Wash., with the Northwest International Chili Cook-Off and beer garden. Sponsored by Rotary Club. $60 (kids under 10 free), includes t-shirt and entry to chili festival.

    Valleyfest Trail Ride, Sept. 21: Family bike tour on the Centennial Trail starting at noon with other festivities at Mirabeau Point Park. Choice of 6.8-, 8.8- and 15.6-mile routes. $10 or $5 for kids under 11.

    Coeur d’Fondo, Sept. 27: The 3rd annual Gran Fondo style timed event begins and ens in Coeur d’Alene with competitive and non-competitive options. Choice of five distances: 15, 37, 47, 85 or 108 miles.

Check out the details in The Spokesman-Review's 2014 Northwest Bicycling Events Calendar for rides within 300 miles of Spokane.




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