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- Days until the the next Tour de MadisonMay 19th, 2018The big day is here.
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.
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.
Put this on your list! Registration for the 31st annual Tour de Madison opens Jan 1, 2018 at 12:01 AM. Here’s the link to register: Registration for 31st Tour de Madison
It’s OK to peak …here are some highlights:
We look forward to seeing your registration in the New Year. In the meantime, Merry Christmas and Healthy Happy Holidays!
The Tour de Madison Team
Another Tour de Madison is in the books. After last year’s challenging weather situation, we were surely fortunate to have comfortable temperatures and cloudy skies, but no rain, for the 2017 edition.
We had 365 registered cyclists this year, though the folks running our on site registration desk report that there were about 30 no-shows who had pre-registered. It was great to see more than 330 cyclists out on the roads of Madison County.
Thanks are owed to the many wonderful groups that volunteered to provide essential services. First, we should thank the Rochelle Ruritan Club whose folks always do such a great job with the parking. Your entry fees make possible a $1000 donation to their college scholarship program.
The next folks you encountered were the women of the Madison Running Club. For their help in making on-site registration run smoothly, we make a $500 donation to the Cancer Center at the University of Virginia.
As always, the young people who play in the Madison Youth Hockey League made the rest stop at Brightwood Ruritan Club one to remember. Not only is the food they prepare always good, the cyclists really appreciate the roadside service.
The Madison County High School Band Boosters do the work that makes the great food at Good Hope Church rest stop possible. Those various roll ups are always a treat.
And who could forget the smiling faces and the potassium rich potatoes at the Hoover Ridge rest stop? Those are the children of the Madison County 4-H Club.
The treats awaiting the cyclists back at Graves Mountain Lodge are always appreciated. A great BBQ meal served up by the staff there, plus the tunes laid down by Bud’s Collective, and, the massages provided by Erin Haggerty and her colleague were all appreciated.
Of course what makes the Tour de Madison truly special are the road and the scenery. Each of you can decide who to thank for these.
The 31st Tour de Madison will offer more of the same. Mark your calendars now for May 19, 2018!
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.