Revised map keeps cyclists on track

A new map of bike routes around the Valley is available for free.

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WALLA WALLA -- Cyclists in the Walla Walla Valley have a new resource to find routes based on elevation and length of the ride.

A revamped map of city and country bike routes was published in 2009 showing local and visiting bikers where to ride.

"This (map) has the full spectrum. It has routes for everyone," said Steve Rapp, co-owner of Allegro Cyclery. The new map contains descriptions of popular routes, elevation profiles, and length of each ride.

Rapp says Allegro Cyclery gave input for which routes should be on the map. For Rapp, a favorite ride is up to Tollgate, where the elevation is 4,880 feet, because the ride down is so fun.

Tourism Walla Walla helped to fund the printing and distribution of the map project as well as advertisers.

"Even though this was a city (of Walla Walla) project, they promoted routes throughout the Valley," said Michael Davidson, president/chief executive officer of Tourism Walla Walla.

A previous Valley bike map was published in 2005. Davidson said he is pleased with the new map's visual appeal, detail, and size. Tourism Walla Walla is looking into publishing an off-road biking map as well, he said.

Fifteen thousand maps have been printed and are available for free at Bicycle Barn, 1503 E. Isaacs Ave., Allegro Cyclery, 200 E. Main St., or at Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce, 29 E. Sumach St. The maps can also be ordered online at www.wallawalla.org.

The map's cover photograph was selected from a group of images provided by the Whitman College Cycling Team.

Jennifer Jorgenson can be reached at jenniferjorgenson@wwub.com.

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