More than 600 tandem cyclists from around the Pacific Northwest are expected to descend on Channeled Scablands for the 35th annual Northwest Tandem Rally July 3-5. The theme for this year’s event is “Wandering the West Plains,” and rides feature tandem-friendly routes through historic communities, scenic byways, and the unique mix of flood-carved landscapes and farmland surrounding Cheney and Eastern Washington University. Organizers note that the selected routes are routinely ridden by area cyclists due to the excellent road surfaces, the endless supply of route options, and low level of vehicle traffic.

Tandem bikers get ready to roll.

Participants will travel from British Columbia, California, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and beyond for this annual gathering of tandem cycling enthusiasts. The NWTR offers fully supported rides on well-marked routes that include food-stops and mechanical support. Single-person bikes are also welcome and multiple socials are planned. Organizers are also looking for additional volunteer support as well (email nwtrspokane@gmail.com for details). Info at Https://2020.nwtr.org