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Scenic cycling tour begins and ends in Goldendale


Andrew Christiansen

INTO THE SUN: The first rider hit Bickleton Highway at 6:28 a.m. He made it to the Rock Creek bridge at 7:15 a.m. about 15 minutes ahead of the next rider.

A large group of bicycle riders and support people filtered into Goldendale on Saturday, the prelude to Bicycle Northwest's bicycle tour around Washington. Starting a little after sunrise on Sunday morning, the first of 280 riders, ages 13 to 84, headed east on the Bickleton Highway on the first leg of a seven-day tour called "Grape Vines and Mountain Climbs."

The itinerary for the ride took cyclists to Sunnyside via Bickleton on day one, a trip of 70.7 miles. The long, winding road down to Mabton was the reward for a day that had the early challenge of Rock Creek Canyon.

• Monday was a relatively leisurely ride through the Yakima Valley farm country. The riders skirted downtown Yakima...

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