CYCLING: Tour de Pierce offers new 30-mile loop

Families and individuals can bike through central Pierce County during the Tour de Pierce June 29. The annual event is designed to promote fitness, fun, bicycle awareness and safety.

This year’s ride features three routes:

12-mile route: This is a flat, easy ride suitable for families and novice riders.

30-mile loop: This is a new route that extends the ride past farms, flower fields and more scenic views of Pierce County’s waterways and Mount Rainier.

50-mile course: This will take riders through parts of Puyallup, Sumner, South Prairie and Orting.

All the routes begin in the Gold parking lot of the Washington State Fair in Puyallup and wind through Puyallup, Sumner and area farms. There will be a rest stop with light refreshments, entertainment and restrooms for riders. Riders will receive a map of the course the day of the ride.

All riders will be required to wear CPSC-approved helmets.

The course will be open from 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and riders can start anytime between 7:30 a.m-11:30 a.m. A sag wagon will sweep the course at the end of the day.

Registration will be open 7:15-11:30 a.m. on the day of the ride. Registration fees include refreshments, entertainment and number bib. The day-of-the-event cost is $18 per person, $54 for a family of four and $14 for each additional family rider. Register online at piercecountywa.org/parks.

Competitor T-shirts will be $25 at the event while supplies last.

To help promote safe biking, Good Samaritan Hospital’s Celebrate Seniority program will be selling custom-fit bike and multi-sport helmets from 8-11 a.m. A limited number of cycling and multi-sport helmets will be available for children and adults. The cost is $7-$10, depending on the model. The person who will be wearing the helmet must be present for a custom fit.

Because the event uses local roads, no tricycles or bikes with training wheels are allowed. Proceeds from the ride are used by the county parks department to fund programs for bicycle education and youth in Pierce County.