Tour of Walla Walla

Cyclists race along East Main Street in Walla Walla during the April 2019 Tour of Walla Walla.

The Tour of Walla Walla bicycle race is returning to Walla Walla Valley roads and streets starting Friday, June 4, through Sunday, June 6.

The races are the first in the Tour of Washington Stage Race Series.

The tour is broken into four stages: Wilson Hollow Time Trial, in the Waitsburg area on Friday morning; Waitsburg Road Race, in the Waitsburg area Friday night; Downtown Criterium, all day Saturday in downtown Walla Walla; and the Kellogg Hollow Road Race in Waitsburg on Sunday morning.

Tour of Walla Walla

Tour of Walla Walla racers wait at the Main Street start line for the start of a Downtown Criterium race in April 2019.

Many downtown Walla Walla streets will be closed to traffic Saturday, aside from the racing bicyclists, of course.

The downtown portion of the races, called the Downtown Criterium, is a circuit around Walla Walla’s downtown blocks.

The first group of racers start at 9 a.m. Saturday with the final group starting at 6:15 p.m.

The start and finish line will be in front of Allegro Cyclery at 200 E. Main St.

Tour of Walla Walla

Racers come into a turn on Alder Street during the April 2019 Tour of Walla Walla.

According to information from event organizers, the following streets will be closed Saturday:

  • East Main Street from South Second Avenue to South Palouse Street
  • South Palouse Street from East Main Street to East Poplar Street
  • East Alder Street from South Park Street to South Colville Street
  • South Colville Street from East Poplar Street to East Rose Street
  • North Spokane Street from East Rose Street to East Main Street

The listed streets will be closed from 5 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Vehicles still parked in the designated areas starting at 4 a.m. Saturday could be towed at the owner’s expense.

Tour of Walla Walla

Cyclists race along Main Street in Walla Walla during the April 2018 Tour of Walla Walla.

Live music will happen from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the plaza on South First Avenue.

A children’s race will start at 1:45 p.m. for ages 2-12, and free children’s bike helmet fittings and giveaways will occur throughout Saturday near Land Title Plaza on East Main Street.

Organizers have asked spectators to leave dogs at home or keep them on a leash if they must be with you.

More information about the event can be found at ubne.ws/tourofww.

Jedidiah Maynes is a reporter for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin covering a variety of topics including local court cases. He enjoys making music and puns.