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Bicycles Built For Two

Hospital news | Sunday, July 3, 2016

Contact: Thomas Hottman

A family teams makes it's way down Home dale Road during the 2016 Northwest Tandem Rally Saturday.

Klamath Falls saw the second-largest turnout for the Northwest Tandem Rally on Saturday as the event returned to the area for the second time in its 30-year history.

Organizers said more than 650 people showed up, well above the 500-person estimate for the weekend.

Volunteer Heidi Du Brey said this turnout was "awesome" and, even though it was 150 more than expected, they were still able to accommodate participants.

The event is held annually at venues throughout the Pacific Northwest and provides a family-friendly opportunity for cycling enthusiasts to gather and compete.

Event Director Mike Bliss said returning riders were most common out of this year's cyclists, though a few novice riders managed to drop by.

"Every time there's new ones," he said.

He said participants from as far as the East Coast came by, while others from throughout the region took part. He also said the age range of cyclist varied widely, from grade schoolers to octogenarians.

He added, given the boom in participation this year, it was helpful to have a facility as large as Steen Sports Park to accommodate the event, which included camping space for cyclists, tables of raffle prizes and vendors throughout the arena.

Du Brey said many local groups gave a strong showing of support and said the rally would not have been possible without the generosity of the community.

"For a small community, people really reached out," she said.

Sponsors of the event this year included Sky Lakes Medical Center, First Community Credit Union, Klamath County and Discover Klamath, among others. Du Brey said the event, including donated raffle items and vendors, would not have been possible without these sponsors.

"Having that generosity has been great," she said.