Online registration for the 2016 for 29th Tour de Madison on May 21, 2016 is...
Despite the rain, I saw nothing but smiles as I travelled around the routes taking photos. I’m sure the rain wasn’t enjoyable, but everyone, well over 100 or you, made the best of it.
Click on any of the photos below to see a Facebook album of photos from this year’s Tour.
The Tour de Madison will go on, rain or shine!
In anticipation of heavy rain overnight prior to Saturday’s ride, we are announcing that the Intermediate and Metric Century routes have changed slightly to avoid a low water bridge on Lillard’s Ford Road.
The following are the actual routes we will use. They deviate from originals just after the first rest stop (around 20 miles) and returns to the original route at just after 26 miles. Road arrows are being painted today for using THESE routes, rather than the original ones.
New Metric Century +
* Significant numbers of cyclists will ride, regardless of the weather. Safety is always our number one priority AND rain increases the probability of accidents. This means that the route coverage by SAG drivers and the Culpeper Amateur Radio folks is even more important. Please please please be careful! As you all know, wet roads and bicycles don’t always get along and we do not want to see any get hurt. Bring your rain gear! And a helmet – no one rides without a helmet and will be pulled from the route if they are spotted trying to become an organ donor. Oh, and bring some warm, dry clothes for the after-party!
* Regardless of the weather or how may people ride there will be a great party at GML from noon to three on Saturday.
* We do not give refunds. We advertise that up front. There is no way we can plan and pay for the t-shirts, the food for rest stops, the post ride meal and entertainment without this policy. However, we budget on the expectation of around 400 cyclists. We would need to get 80 walkups on Saturday for us to meet that. With the forecast as it is, we are not confident that will happen.
* We cannot run the Tour de Madison without the support, hard work, and commitment of the staff at Parks and Rec and all our wonderful volunteers. We also know that all of our lives, whatever our role on Saturday, may well be made more difficult by the weather. Please be prepared to deal as well and pleasantly as we can with the less than ideal conditions.
Far Gohn Brewing has donated a growler and $20 gift certificate as a post ride trivia context prize.
Online registration for the 2016 for 29th Tour de Madison on May 21, 2016 is now open! ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES ON MAY 14 at 5:00pm EST!!!
We have held steady on the registration fees! No price increase. Both Metric Century and Intermediate riders who register before May 4 will pay only $40; after May 4 the price goes up to $55.
For Family riders the fee is only $20 before May 4, after May 4 – $35.
There is no longer mail-in pre-registration.
On Site Registration is from 7:00 to 9:00am at the picnic pavilion at Graves Mountain Lodge. On-site registrants may not receive a t-shirt. NOTE: Cash or check only. No credit card payments on site.
Only early registrants are guaranteed a Tour de Madison tech t-shirt.
New this year:
- Routes are the same but the first rest stop will be at the Brightwood Ruritan grounds just across Rt. 29 from the Brightwood General Store on the east side of Route 29.
- Because several of you asked for something a bit more challenging, on the return there will be an extra, optional, bonus loop from Criglersville to Etlan and the back to Syria across the mountain. This will add 8 miles to the either the 45 mile or 65 mile routes. And it adds a Cat. 4 climb!
- Map for 45 mile ride plus bonus loop
- Map for Metric Century plus bonus loop
Graves Mountain Lodge will have a la carte breakfast items available for sale during registration.
Ride will be held rain or shine.
No refunds will be given.
2016 Ride Start Times
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.
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. First rest stop is at Brightwood Ruritan Club grounds just after you cross Rt. 29, 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)
Added new in 2016, a bonus loop adding an additional 8 miles and a Cat 4 climb! See map below (click the map to see the route on MapMyRide.com).
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.First rest stop is at Brightwood Ruritan Club grounds just after you cross Rt. 29, 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)
Added new in 2016, a bonus loop adding an additional 8 miles and a Cat 4 climb! See map below (click map below to see route on MapMyRide.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