Slow Food Cycle
Photo by Dave Steers
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The annual Pemberton Slow Food Cycle is happening this Sunday August 21st! Participants bike up the beautiful Pemberton Meadows road (50km round trip) and stop off for food and drink at a number of farms along the way.
The Slow Food Cycle has grown rapidly since its inception in 2005 with about 400 riders. Last year the event saw 3000 riders and this year is going to be bigger. Don’t miss out on this special day – experience amazing scenery, get some exercise and sample fresh locally produced food and drink.
What you need to know about the Slow Food Cycle:
Anyone can participate in the event and no pre registration is required. You can register on the event day in the village of Pemberton anytime after 8am and the farms close around 4pm. Follow the signs into town to parking and registration. Sign the waiver, collect your map, and off you go! There is no mass start, no tour guides. You start when you want, using your map to find your way. Open farms will have signs at the entrance. Please go only where invited.
The Slow Food Cycle is completely free. You are encouraged to bring food and drinks. Whilst there will be food and drink available at each stop, supplies are not guarantee to last. A budget of $30 will cover your lunch and several snacks on the ride. Crafts locally roasted coffee beans, vegetables and extra baking on top of that. Bring cash, not cards.
You will also need a bike and helmet! Bike rentals, service and equipment are available at the Bike Co, next to the Pony Restaurant. Phone ahead to reserve your bike in advance.
The 50km round trip route up the Pemberton Meadows road is flat and is suitable for all ability levels. On a nice day, with no head wind, it can take at least an hour to ride from the north end of the valley (the route turn-around) back to the village of Pemberton. There is plenty to see all along the road, so don’t force yourself to go all the way to the end if you are doubtful about your ability to get back again. Especially with kids, and especially if it is hot.
Please do not bring your dog on this event. It is a 50km bike ride on an open road and dogs are not suitable to be around livestock on the farms.
After the event:
The 2nd Annual Augustfest Beer Garden hosted by The Rotary Club of Pemberton will take place from 1-7pm at Pioneer Park in Pemberton. This event is fun for the whole family with live music and a bouncy castle. There will be a bike check to keep your bike safe while you partake of all the fun.
Enjoy Pemberton produced Bratwurst, giant pretzels, kettle corn and ice cream as well as refreshing drinks in the beer garden. This event raises funds for The Rotary Club of Pemberton's local and international projects & programs.
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