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Ronde Van Palouse


Description: Ronde van Palouse (Tour of the Palouse) is a road race held in the spirit of the Spring Classics. The course consists of a 16-mile circuit in the farm country near Spangle, Washington. The loop features 10 miles of good pavement and 6 miles of graded gravel. The constant rollers and the nearly constant wind of the Palouse make this a challenging circuit that favors the strongest all-around riders. The finish line is about two miles northeast of Liberty High School. Puncture resistant tires are recommended. New for 2012, Ronde van Palouse and Rocky Mountain Roubaix are forming The Champion of the Spring Classics Series. Read more below. 

Update April 7th: The gravel section remains hard and fast, with many pot holes, and some washboard. If the county grades the road before the race the pot holes and washboard will disappear but the roads will be very soft. We have no say in the county maintainance schedule. It is what it is and that's racing!

*Please note the change for Master's fields in 2012: Master's fields are open only to USA Cycling Category 1-4 racers. Category 5 racers (new racers) must race in the Cat 4/5 field. Read more about Master's fields here.

Five (5) riders make a category. Promoter also reserves the right to combine or split fields depending on turnout. 


Driving Directions: From Spokane, go 17 miles south on Hwy 195. Exit the highway left on East Cheney-Spangle Road. This is the second Spangle exit. You'll see the Harvester Restaurant to the left and a gas station on the right as you enter the town of Spangle. Continue to the stop sign at Main/Old 195. Turn right on Old SR 195 and proceed south for approximately one mile. Turn left on Spangle-Waverly Road. Proceed 3.5 miles to the staging area at Liberty High School on the right. Google map.


Entrance Fee: $25 includes sales tax, insurance surcharges, registration fees, and pretty sweet RvP shirt

Registration:  Online registration now open at Day-of registration will be available. Check-in and registration will be from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in the Liberty High School parking lot. Racers should check-in no later than 30 minutes before the start.


The Fine Print:
  • WSBA number required. $10 rental numbers available ($5 refundable) 
  • USA Cycling license required. $10 One-Day Licenses available only for Men Cat 5 and Women Cat 4, no exceptions.
  • Entrance fee waived if racer provides two volunteers. Click here for more info.



Frequently Asked Questions:

  • WSBA torso and frame numbers will be used. Purchase your 2012 WSBA number in advance at Also read Why WSBA Numbers?.
  • Support vehicle for each field will be “wheels in-wheels out”. We also plan to have a "gravel only" wheels car that will be traveling back and forth exclusively along the gravel road.  However, your best bet is to run a wider tire with max air pressure.
  • A feed zone is available for teams and individuals with their own support person. Your soigneur should be instructed to stand in the feed zone on South Rattlers Run (see map below). There is parking at the intersection of Dawson Road and Rattlers Run Road. 
  • Award ceremony will be at Liberty High School after the last field has finished (approximately 2:30 p.m.)

Other Rules: All USA Cycling rules apply. Racers must present valid 2012 USA Cycling license at registration, no exceptions. Riders outside the "race caravan" must obey the standard rules of the road. Helmets must be worn any time the participant is on a bicycle--before, during, and after the race, except while on a trainer.



Host Housing is available with enough noticeContact us at to find a place to stay.  


Organizer: Mike Sirott 

Chief Referee: Marla Emde

Contact: or 509.868.8604

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Current registrations for Ronde van Palouse

Sat 4/14/12Road RaceMenCat 3
Show Rider List Show Race Predictor Riders: 15
Sat 4/14/12Road RaceMenCat 1/2
Show Rider List Show Race Predictor Riders: 14
Sat 4/14/12Road RaceMenMaster 50+ Cat 1/2/3/4
Show Rider List Show Race Predictor Riders: 11
Sat 4/14/12Road RaceMenMaster 60+ Cat 1/2/3/4
Show Rider List Show Race Predictor Riders: 2
Sat 4/14/12Road RaceMenMasters 40+ Cat 1/2/3/4
Show Rider List Show Race Predictor Riders: 6
Sat 4/14/12Road RaceMenCat 4/5
Show Rider List Show Race Predictor Riders: 41
Sat 4/14/12Road RaceWomenCat 4
Show Rider List Show Race Predictor Riders: 3
Sat 4/14/12Road RaceWomenCat 1/2/3
Show Rider List Show Race Predictor Riders: 6

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