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Greetings Cyclists and Blazing Saddles supporters!
Our 2020 committee has been evaluating our situation re having our wonderful Blazing Saddles ride this year, and I am pleased to say that at this time we are planning to hold the event with a few changes to help protect everyone and still enjoy this beautiful scenery.
First, it will be necessary for our area – Stevens County, Washington to be in
phase 3 of the governor’s phased process for returning to “normal”. This phase allows groups of up to 50 people to gather. We already organize our rides by distance with staggered start times and will incorporate our day-of registration similarly. I encourage you to register in advance by paper/mail or online at the Active website.
Second, we take the safety of our riders and our staff very seriously and therefore will be doing the following to help protect everyone.
What we are doing to protect our riders and our staff:
What you can do to help maintain yours and other’s safety:
*Note: Rendezvous Days in Colville has been cancelled for this year, and so the Beer Garden will also not be available.
FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE POSTED AS WE APPROACH OUR EVENT DATE!
The 2020 Blazing Saddles bike ride kicks off on Saturday morning, August 1. It will be held in conjunction with the annual weekend Colville Rendezvous Community Celebration in the City Park. After the ride enjoy the festivities of Colville’s largest festival, including food booths, vendors, and displays of the region’s history and heritage. There will be live bands and performances on two separate stages all day and into the night. Relax after the ride in the Beer Garden. Ride and then Celebrate.
2020 features the HUCKLEBERRY FERRY RIDES: The 100 and 68 milers challenge themselves with an early morning summit climb over the Huckleberry Range, and then a long descent to the shores of Lake Roosevelt. The 68 milers follow the lake north. The 100 milers travel south to catch a free ferry to the other side of the lake and back to join up with the 68 milers. The 45 milers explore the iconic Colville Loop, showcasing the best of the Colville Valley. The Huckleberry Ferry ride was introduced in 2017.
Start and finish of all routes is at the picnic shelter on Elm Street on the west edge of City Park. Each registrant receives a goodie bag that includes a t-shirt. The finish line features great post ride food, but you will also want to explore everything that the Rendezvous Celebration has to offer.
Price is $65 per rider until July 15, and $75 per rider thereafter.
Registration and goodie bag pick-up will be available Friday night, July 31, from 4pm to 6pm at the picnic shelter on Elm St on the west side of the City Park. Linger at the park and enjoy the food, music and beer garden the night before the ride. Day of ride registration is also available up to 30 minutes before the ride.
2020 Ride Day Schedule:
2020 Blazing Saddles- Huckleberry Ferry Ride Routes
All rides depart from the picnic shelter on Elm St on the west side of City Park. The 100 and 68 milers head west on the climb over the Orin-Rice summit and down to Lake Roosevelt. The 45 milers head east out of town and then around the Colville Loop, Colville’s signature ride, in a clockwise direction. All rides eventually merge to go around Colville Mountain in a clockwise direction and all riders return to Colville from the east on Graham Rd.
Printable pdf Maps:
Please note that all routes are subject to change in response to road conditions or safety concerns.