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Friday Quote: Ronde van Palouse

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle." Ernest Hemingway

In2Light photo of the Palouse.

There’s something about riding the Palouse that is hard to define until you’ve done it. The beautiful, rolling hills take on a more appreciative meaning like Hemingway said. On Saturday April 10th, the Ronde van Palouse (tour of the Palouse) will go down as one of the Spring classic races and the course consists of a 23-mile circuit in the farm country near Spangle. According to the description, “the roads have good pavement with the exception of four miles of graded gravel road. The constant rollers and the nearly constant wind of the Palouse will make this a challenging circuit that should favor the strongest all-around riders. The finish line is on Kentuck Trails Road about two miles northeast of Liberty High School. Puncture resistant tires are recommended.”

Download the race flyer HERE. After the jump is a map courtesy of and more race details from our very own Spokane Rocket Velo.

* Category scored separately but racing together

** One sprint prime per field

Directions: From Spokane, go 17 miles south on Hwy 195. Exit the highway left on East Cheney-Spangle Road. This is the second Spangle exit. Continue into the town of Spangle, where the road becomes "1st" Street. Continue to the stop sign at Main/Old 195. Turn right on Old SR 195 and proceed south for approximately one mile. Turn left on Spangle-Waverly Road. Proceed 3.5 miles to the staging area at Liberty High School.


Start Time




Men 1, 2
Men 3 *

11 a.m.

71 miles


Men 1, 2 Medals 3 deep
Men 3 Medals 3 deep
North Division Cash Sprint Primes **

Men 4, 5
Master Men 40+ *
Master Men 50+ *

11:05 a.m.

48 miles


Men 4, 5 Medals 3 deep
Master Men 40+ Medals 3 deep
Master Men 50+ Medals 3 deep
North Division Merchandise Sprint Primes **

Women 1, 2, 3
Women 4 *

11:10 a.m.

48 miles


Women 1, 2, 3 Medals 3 deep
Women 4 Medals 3 deep
North Division Merchandise Sprint Primes **



$25 day-of or...

$20 pre-registration

$10 one-day license (Women 4 / Men 5 only)

$5 unattached rider fee (except Women 4/ Men 5)

Registration: Pre-registration will be available until Friday April 9th. Click here to pre-register using PayPal. Day-of registration will be available. Check-in and registration will be from 8 -10:30 a.m. in the Liberty High School parking lot. Riders should check-in no later than 30 minutes before the start of the race.Frequently Asked Questions:

*Race numbers will be provided at registration

*Support vehicle for each field will be “wheels in-wheels out”

*No neutral feed zone. A feed zone is available for teams and individuals with their own support person. Your soigneurs should be instructed to stand in the feed zone near the top of the hill east of Mount Hope (see map)

Other Rules:
All USA Cycling rules apply. Riders outside the "race caravan" must obey the standard rules of the road. Racers must present valid 2010 USA Cycling license at registration, no exceptions. Helmets must be worn any time the participant is on a bicycle--before, during, and after the race.

Organizer: Mike Sirott
Chief Referee: Alex Renner
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 509.868.8604.




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