The 2014 Tour de Madison drew 413 cyclists and brought in over $17,000...
The 2014 Tour de Madison drew 413 cyclists and brought in over $17,000 dollars. After all expenses were paid, we were able to make donations of $4500 to the various civic groups that provide volunteer support.
Barry Penn Hollar of the organizing committee presents a check of $1500 to Jerry Carpenter of Madison County Parks and Recreation Authority for ongoing development at Hoover Ridge.
Barry Penn Hollar presents a check of $1000 to Hunter Seale of the Rochelle Ruritan Club for their college scholarship and J. L. Taylor Fund.
Donations were also made to the Culpeper Amateur Radio Association, which patrolled the route and provided necessary communication, and the Madison County Rescue Squad.
More Door Prizes!! Two tasting coupons from Ducard will be among the door prizes!
After the Tour, come to DuCard Vineyards, just up the road, for the annual Wineappolooza ! festival, Saturday May 17, from 12-7 pm. DuCard is at the foot of Old Rag Mountain just 5 minutes from the Graves Mountain Lodge headquarters of the Tour, and about 40 minutes north of Charlottesville.
Spend the afternoon at DuCard with wine tasting on the patio plus great music by the Scuffletown Trio and the Local Vocals. Check out local artisan wares in nearly 20 craft tents. Local BBQ and other fare available for purchase. Yes, there might be dancing. Pets welcome and family friendly (always, at DuCard). $10 per person in advance, includes logo wine glass. Go to http://www.ducardvineyards.com/wineappalooza_reservation.html for advance tickets, details and directions. No charge for kids or dogs or designated drivers. You can also buy tickets at the door.
You asked for it, so we brought it back: Live music to accompany your enjoyment of the post ride BBQ and beverages at the 2014 Tour de Madison.
The TdM planning committee is excited to announce that the infamous Chamomile and Whiskey will be enlivening our TdM experience this year. They will be performing on the Graves Mountain Lodge stage from 12:30-2:30 pm.
Be sure to check them out at
They may inspire you to ride another forty miles or so!
Here’s what the Burg Weekly Entertainment Guide said about them: “While there are folkier echoes in the Chamomile and Whiskey repertoire [than in those of the Lumineers or Mumford and Sons], the real vestige of rapture rests in the energy and attitude the band brings to the table, particularly when they’re playing live.”
Tour de Madison planning committee announces this year’s Metric Century route (65 miles). It is similar to the route two years ago and heads from Syria through Banco to Haywood and the Hebron Valley before ascending to Novum. It features a rest stop at the bike friendly Brightwood General Store at about 20 miles. From Brightwood it follows Lillard’s Ford Road to Oak Park and then heads toward Good Hope Church. The route circle from there down to Uno and cyclists can take advantage of the refreshments and facilities there at 33 and 43 miles into their ride. The final stop is at the Madison Parks and Recreation’s Hoover Ridge facility at 51 miles. From Madison the route heads back through the Hebron Valley for gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge on the way back to Syria. (click the photo below to see the route)
Tour de Madison planning committee announces this year’s 45 mile route. It is similar to the route two years ago and heads from Syria through Banco to Haywood and the Hebron Valley before ascending to Novum. It features a rest stop at the bike friendly Brightwood General Store at about 20 miles. From Brightwood it follows Lillard’s Ford Road to Oak Park and then heads to Madison where the second rest stop is at Madison Parks and Recreation’s Hoover Ridge facility. From Madison the route heads back through the Hebron Valley for gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge on the way back to Syria. (click the photo below to see the route)
- Gift basket including tasting for two from Prince Michel Winery
- Gift basket from Early Mountain Vineyard
- Round of golf for two at Greene Hills Country Club
- Wine gift set consisting of Orfila Vineyards 2008 Estate Ambassador’s Reserve Syrah (one bottle), Orfila wine glasses (2) and Orfila corkscrew provided by TriDuo.com Sports Photography.
Welcome Tour de Madison participants. We have seen you breeze past our farm gate for many years and would like to extend our hospitality. Brightwood Vineyard and Farm is at the bottom of the hill on the North bank of the Robinson River on Lillards Ford Road. We will waive our wine tasting fee that weekend for you and your support crew members, and for TdM volunteers who would like to sample local farm wines. We produce a wide range of wines from our certified organic berries, flowers and American grapes with finishes ranging from dry to slightly sweet. We are currently pouring elderberry, elderflower, peach, blackberry and American grape. We also operate a farm stay bed and breakfast cottage in the edge of the woods overlooking the Robinson River. We will extend our weekday rates through the weekend. Our cottage features one double bed and two single loft bunk beds. We can assemble camp cots for a fifth or sixth person. Our weekday rate, extended for May 16-17-18 is $110 per night double occupancy, and $20 extra per additional adult. We welcome anyone associated with the Tour de Madison to visit the farm that weekend to just stretch your legs, visit our animals, tour our greenhouses and walk the trails in our beautiful woods. Preview us and check cottage availability at http://www.brightwoodvineyardandfarm.com/
Virginia Bike Event Association is group of cycling events across the state that work together for a “Collaborative exchange of ideas and resources to support safe and enjoyable cycling events across Virginia so that the state may benefit from increased recreation, wellness, and tourism.”
Together we can grow and learn. Together we can share more opportunities for cycling with residents and visitors. Together our voice is stronger when we ask for legislation, funding, and support from tourism agencies.
Appalachian Spring Ride by Best of Virginia Bike Tours - Multiple Route options totaling 100 miles, April 26, 2014. Rockbridge. Details at www.bestofvabiketours.com
Bike Virginia- Six day cycling tour, with single day and weekend options. Routes 20-100 miles, Chesterfield & Williamsburg, VA. Fundraiser for statewide programs. June 20-25, 2015. Details bikevirginia.org
Mountains of Misery- Challenging 100 and 124 mile routes, May 25, 2014, Blacksburg. Details at www.mountainsofmisery.com
DR 100- Metric Century and Half Century Routes, Harrisonburg, Va. Fund-raiser for cycling initiatives in Harrisonburg area. May 3, 2014. Details at dr100.org
Richmond Multisports Triathalons- Events February to October are on the 2014 Calendar. Various Locations. Details at www.richmondmultisports.com/race-calendar.htm
Storming of Thunder Ridge- 27, 45, 75 and 100 mile options, Lynchburg, Va. Fund-raiser for YMCA of Central Virginia’s Community Support Campaign. May 18, 2014. Details at stormingofthunderridge.org
Tour De Chesapeake- Multiple route choices, Mathews, Va. May 16-18, 2014 Details at tourdechesapeake.org
Tour De Madison 20, 45 and 65 miles, Madison Va, May 17, starting and ending at Graves Mountain Lodge. tourdemadison.com
Virginia Off Road Test Series- Mountain bike races across the state. 2014 Dates to be Announced Soon. www.virginiaoffroadseries.com
The 27th annual Tour de Madison bicycling event will take place on May 17th, 2014, rain or shine, starting and finishing once again at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, Virginia. Riders and their families will have the opportunity to enjoy the complete Graves Mountain Lodge experience. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
As in the past, we will offer three ride options. NOTE: Rest Stop and SAG support will end at 2:00PM.
The Metric Century—A 65 mile ride that takes cyclists all the way to the extreme southeast corner of Madison County at Uno. Rest stops will be provided at Brightwood General Store (at 19 miles), Good Hope Baptist Church (at 33 or 43 miles), and Hoover Ridge near the town of Madison (at 51 miles). Those choosing the metric century will leave at 8:30 a. m.
The Intermediate Route—This is a beautiful and challenging 45 mile route whose first half and final fifteen miles shares the metric century route. It will feature rest stops at Brightwood General Store (at 19 miles) and Hoover Ridge near the town of Madison (at 31 miles). There are no short cut options this year incorporated into the route plan. Those choosing the intermediate route will leave at 8:45am.
The Family Ride—Ride as long as you want on the flat or gently rising roads around Syria. A planned route featuring several out and backs totals 20 miles. These riders will leave at 9:00 am.
Registration and Fees.
Early Registration online only through May 10. Pre-Registration opens January 1!!
Early registrants are guaranteed a pair of Tour de Madison socks and are eligible for one of our door prizes. The fee for Metric Century and Intermediate riders who register early is $40. For Family riders the fee is only $20. There is no longer mail-in pre-registration. Registration fees increase May 1 to $55 for the Metric and Intermediate rides, and the Family ride fee increases to $30. So, REGISTER EARLY!!
On Site Registration: from 7:00 to 9:00am
Those who do not register early may register in person at the picnic pavilion at Graves Mountain Lodge between 7:00 and 9:00 am. On-site registrants may not receive a socks and are not eligible for door prizes. On site registration is $55 for Metric Century and Intermediate Riders and $30 for Family Riders.
Graves Mountain Lodge will have a la carte breakfast items available for sale during registration.
No refunds will be given.
Ride will be held rain or shine.
What we support:
Your registration fees pay for all expenses related to supporting the ride and the post-ride party. Our “profits” support the following:
- Madison County Parks and Recreation’s Hoover Ridge Project. In particularly, we have pledged up to $1000 toward the development of the Tour de Madison Pavilion at Hoover Ridge.
- Madison County Parks and Rec Youth Sports Teams:
- Rochelle Ruritan Club: Up to a $1000 has been pledged to the clubs college scholarship and J. L. Taylor funds. The College Scholarship program helps worthy graduates of Madison County High School pay for a college degree and the J. L. Taylor Fund provides funds to children of Madison County who could not otherwise afford book bags, school supplies, fees to play sports or necessary equipment.
- Madison Women’s 4-Miler Training program. The program helps to prepare local women who want to participate in the Charlottesville Women’s 4-miler, or who simply want to improve their health and fitness through walking or running. All funds collected by the training program are donated to the UVA Cancer Center’s Breast Care program to help women in our area who are facing breast cancer diagnoses. $250 has been pledged.
- Culpeper Amateur Radio Association (CARA) owns and its members maintain radio equipment used for emergency communications in the Piedmont area. Emergency communication services are those needed before, during and after a disaster, which supplement the normal communication services provided by the federal, state, county and city or town governments. Through emergency communication services, the CARA members assist in preventing a “serious situation” from becoming a “devastating crisis.”
All Riders Must:
a) Start at the designated times or no later than 9:00 am.
b) Wear a helmet and wrist band.
c) Bring a well-equipped bicycle in good working condition, adequate clothing, water bottles, spare tubes, a pump, and extra cash.
d) Observe safe and legal cycling practices staying always to the right and not riding abreast in the presence of vehicular traffic.
Graves Mountain Lodge will host a post ride party at the picnic pavilion from 11:30am to 2:00 pm at no cost to all registered cyclists. Your friends and family can join you for $15 per person.
The post-ride meal will feature Pork BBQ, grilled boneless chicken breast, or a vegetable wrap. Also included will be slaw, baked beans, French fries, desert, and a drink.
Live music will be provided from 1:00 to 3:00pm. More later on the music….
Bring along some extra cash to enjoy the local Madison County wines that will be available from the Early Mountain, Prince Michel, and Ducard Vineyards. There will also be something for the beer lovers featuring central Virginia breweries.
The cash bar will be open until 3:00pm
Don’t forget to wear your Tour de Madison Cycling Jersey.
The 26th annual Tour de Madison was once again a huge success, thanks to the efforts of all the volunteers and to the hospitality of Graves Mountain Lodge. They even provided a blazing fire in the huge stone fireplace to take the chill off returning cyclists. In spite of the drizzle, we had a huge turnout! Final stats: 394 pre-registered and 55 on-site, giving us a total of 449 paid registrations, with 425 actual participants. A few photos from the ride today are below. Click any of the photos to see a few more in a Facebook album.
(If you’re on Instagram, and took photos today, hashtag them #tourdemadison. We’d LOVE to see them!!)