Tour de Madison 2020 is CANCELLED!

In light of the public health measures related to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have sadly and reluctantly decided to cancel the 2020 Tour de Madison.   For those of you who have already registered we will be working with to set up procedures for refunds or transferring your registration to the 2021 Tour de Madison.

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Take the Leap! Tour de Madison registration discount!

Leap day comes only once every four years. To commemorate this special day, the Tour de Madison committee is offering a $5.00 discount, February 29, 2020. Starting just after midnight February 29 you can register with this coupon code, Leap2020.  Use it for as many registrations as you like. The coupon will expires 24 hours later.

33rd Annual Tour de Madison  May 16, 2020

Register here:

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As on every 3rd Saturday in May for the last thirty-two years, cyclists from around Virginia and beyond will gather to cycle across the rolling hills of Madison County on May 16, 2020.  Registration is now open here:

Much will be the same as in recent years.  We will gather at Graves Mountain Lodge, in Syria, Virginia.  There will be three route options, great rest stops, and SAG support.  When you return to the starting point, there will be a great meal and entertainment awaiting you.

The routes will be a bit different this year.  As a result of safety concerns crossing Route 29, the revised routes will only cross at stop lights near the town of Madison.

The revised metric century route, will now include what we used to call the bonus loop: an extended return by way of Criglersville and Etlan before returning to Syria across the mountain on Etlan Road.   Here is that route:

The revised intermediate route, which follows the long route for the first and last 19 miles (without the bonus loop unless you so choose).

Here it is with the bonus loop added:

The family route is unchanged:

Cue sheets are available below for each of the rides:

Metric Cue Sheet

Intermediate Cue Sheet

2020 Traffic Control Plan if you’d like to read it, includes maps.

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New Ride Partner: Back Alley Bikes/East Coast Bicycle Academy

Les Welch of Back Alley Bikes/East Coast Bicycle Academy will be providing additional mechanical support for the 2019 Tour de Madison.  He will be set up at the Hoover Ridge Rest Stop to assist with any minor repairs that become necessary during the ride.    As usual, Veloconcepts of Culpeper Virginia will be set up to provide mechanical support at Graves Mountain Lodge.
We are grateful both to Les Welch and to Joe Coppola for their support for the 2019 Tour de Madison.   We want to make sure all our cyclists have a great experience!
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Three Opportunities for $5 Off New Tour de Madison Registrations

Do you like beer? Do you like discounts? Well, the Tour de Madison is pleased to announce three opportunities to get those two things you like at the very same time. TdM Representatives will be present at Peloton Station in Charlottesville on Sunday, April 14, 4-6pm; Pale Fire Brewery in Harrisonburg on Monday, April 15 from 5-7pm; and at Triple Crossing Brewery’s Fulton location in Richmond on Tuesday, April 16 from 6-8pm. Come on out, buy a beer, and sign up for the Tour de Madison and we will discount new registrations by $5. Our hope with these events is to show our appreciation for our friends in Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, and Richmond, and, of course, to attract more people to our great event.

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2019 Tour de Madison T-shirt Sponsors

We are thankful once again for our primary T-shirt sponsor Gayheart and Willis PC, Attorneys at Law of Culpeper, Va.  This is the second year that the folks at Gayheart and Willis have made a major contribution enabling us to provide a high-quality, attractive T-shirt for the first 350 registrants for the ride.

This year we have added two secondary T-shirt sponsors: Peloton Station of Charlottesville and Senterfitt Cattle Company of Radiant, Va.   We are grateful for their support for the Tour de Madison.

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Registration for the 32nd Tour de Madison is NOW OPEN!

Are you ready for the 32nd Annual Tour de Madison?  What could be more appealing than the beautiful mountain views, rolling hills, friendly rest stops and yes, even the occasional cow in the road! (“cow up” :-))  Routes are available here.

Registration is now open. Once again we are planning to stage the ride from Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria. Preparations are under way for another great after-party with picnic food free for registrants and great entertainment on tap.

Here’s the link to register:

We are excited to announce that we are once again selling our 30th Anniversary Commemorative Tour de Madison cycling jersey (and matching cap) through Cutaway USA.  If you order by March 15, shipping is free, and the jersey will be waiting for you at the Tour de Madison. You can order from the registration page.  It’s easier to see the size chart here.

Stay tuned for updates. We look forward to seeing you May 18!

The Tour de Madison Team

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A few photos from the 2018 Tour

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2018 Tour de Madison Sponsors

We are pleased to announce two very generous sponsorships for the 2018 Tour de Madison.

Gayheart and Willis of Culpeper, who provide a full range of legal services, is our first ever
official T-shirt sponsor.

Box-In- Box Out, an order fulfillment and inventory management service in Madison, whose chairman is Tour de Madison founder Peter Rice, has provided fund to enable us to purchase directional signs that will be used to mark key points on the intermediate and metric century routes.

We are deeply appreciative of the support of both these fine local businesses. The purpose of our budding sponsorship program is to enable us to continually improve the Tour de Madison experience while having more funds available to support important projects at the Hoover Ridge complex of the Madison County Parks and Recreation Authority.

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Ransom Harmony featured at 2018 Post-Ride Party

The Tour de Madison is pleased to announce that local band, Ransom Harmony will entertain cyclists at our traditional Post-ride party and BBQ at Graves Mountain Lodge. The band describes itself this way: “Hailing from the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia, we are a five-piece string band that plays bluegrass, country, gospel, and some pop with a bluegrass flare! We consist of a guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, bass, and, of course, five-part harmonies. We thoroughly enjoy playing and singing together and believe that our enthusiasm is evident at our shows.”

Ransom Harmony’s performance at the 2018 Tour de Madison continues our tradition of
featuring up-and- coming bands with a connection to Madison County and the surrounding area. The Ransom Harmony appearance reflects a partnership between the Tour de Madison and Bald Top Brewery in Madison. After the ride, if you want to hear more of the band, AND, enjoy some incredible local beer from an award winning micro-brewery, head on over to Bald Top on Thrift Road a mile west of the town of Madison. Ransom Harmony will be performing at Bald Top in the evening. Thanks to Dave Fulton and crew at Bald Top for this unique partnership that enables us to bring you the joyful sounds of Ransom Harmony.

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