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Tour de Madison 45 Mile 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.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

45 mile with bonus and elev

Virginia Bike Event Association

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.

Member Events

Appalachian Spring Ride by Best of Virginia Bike Tours – Multiple Route options totaling 100 miles, April 26, 2014. Rockbridge. Details at

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

Mountains of Misery– Challenging 100 and 124 mile routes, May 25, 2014, Blacksburg. Details at

DR 100- Metric Century and Half Century Routes, Harrisonburg, Va. Fund-raiser for cycling initiatives in Harrisonburg area. May 3, 2014. Details at

Richmond Multisports Triathalons- Events February to October are on the 2014 Calendar. Various Locations. Details at

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

Tour De Chesapeake– Multiple route choices,  Mathews, Va. May 16-18, 2014 Details at

Tour De Madison   20, 45 and 65 miles, Madison Va, May 17, starting and ending at Graves Mountain Lodge.

Virginia Off Road Test Series- Mountain bike races across the state. 2014 Dates to be Announced Soon.

25th Annual Tour de Madison Routes Announced

Click on one of the links below to see the route:




If you have a smartphone, you can download the MapMyRide app here, and have the routes sent to your smartphone.

A note about the Family Ride:  The Family Ride can be as short or as long as you want and is on flat or gently rising and falling roads around the starting point in Syria.  Family Riders can begin by accompanying the 40 mile and metric century riders down to Banco, before turning around and heading back toward Syria. Then riders have the option of going up Quaker Run Rd. as far as they’d like and turning around, or going up Bohannan Rd. to Weakley Hollow Rd and up as far toward the White Oak Canyon parking lot as they want before turning around.

Online Registration for the 2012 Tour de Madison in NOW OPEN!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Tour de Madison Bike Ride and we are planning a special celebration of cycling in Madison County.
The ride is on Saturday, May 19, 2012 this year and will begin and end at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, Virginia.  (UPDATE:  Special Room Rates are available at Graves Mountain Lodge, contact the Lodge for details: 540.923.4231)

There will be three ride options this year:
(Up to) 20 mile, mostly flat Family Ride
40 Mile Ride
Metric Century

Onsite registration begins at 7:00AM, but we strongly encourage pre-ride registration to ensure the availability of the post ride meal.

All rides start at 8:30AM.

T-Shirts are included with registration. Optional Tour de Madison cycling jerseys are available for advance purchase. Please note that if you do not order your jersey prior to March 19, 2012, we cannot guarantee delivery by the day of the ride.

Lunch will be available for purchase following the ride, provided by the staff at Graves Mountain Lodge. Plan on hanging around for some food, drink, and live music with two of Madison County’s biggest bands! Bring along some extra cash to enjoy something special on tap for the occasion.

Register now to make sure you can fully participate in this celebration of cycling in Madison!

Video of 24th Tour de Madison start

On bike video, that is….

The 2009 T-Shirt (drumroll please….)

Everyone will want one!

Everyone will want one!

Let us know you are coming!

Don't forget to sign the back!

Don't forget to sign the back!

Don't forget to sign!

Don't forget to sign!

Tour de Madison XXII May 16, 2009


Tour de Madison is an annual bike ride held in beautiful Madison County, Virginia.  It is not a race, but rather a wonderful way to see the great scenic beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains.  Bring all the entire family; you can choose between routes of approximately 16, 40, and 62 miles along country roads.

For more information, contact us at:

tourdemadisoninfo (at) gmail (dot) com

We’ll be posting more in the next few days, so stay tuned…

Learning about what's ahead!

Learning about what's ahead!

And we are off!

And we are off!

Coming through town!

Coming through town!

Enjoy photos of previous year’s events!