The 31th Tour de Madison
May 19, 2018
The 31th annual Tour de Madison bicycling event will take place on May 19th, 2018, 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.
As in the past, we will offer three ride options. NOTE: Rest Stop and SAG support will end at 2:00 PM.
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 Ruritan Club (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 AM.
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 Ruritan (at 19 miles) and Hoover Ridge near the town of Madison (at 31 miles). Those choosing the intermediate route will leave at 8:45 AM.
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.
Bonus Loop – We have added an additional loop specifically for those cyclists who are craving a little more mileage and more climbing. The loop goes from Criglersville to Etlan by way of Poorhouse Road and FT Valley Road, then back to Syria on Etlan Road. It adds 8 miiles to the route and includes an additional 800 ft. of climbing, including a Cat 4 climb of 3.9 miles at an average of 2.5% grade.
Registration and Fees:
Early Registration online only until May 4.
The fee for Metric Century and Intermediate riders who register before May 4 is $40; after May 4 – $55. For Family riders the fee is only $20 before May 4; after May 4 – $35. Online registration closes at 5 PM. on May 16. There is no longer mail-in pre-registration.
On Site Registration: from 7:00 to 9:00 AM Saturday, May 19, 2018
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 t-shirt. On site registration is $55 for Metric Century and Intermediate Riders and $35 for Family Riders. NOTE: cash or check only. No credit card payments on site.
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.
30th Anniversary Jersey
We are pleased to announce that our 30th Anniversary Tour De Madison Jersey will be available for sale agains this year. You may order them on the registration page.
- The jersey was designed in co-operation with Cutaway USA.
- Be sure to order BEFORE MARCH 15, to assure delivery at the event on May 19, 2018.
- Big thanks to our jersey sponsors: Plow & Hearth, Early Mountain Vineyard, BoxInBoxOut, Weaver Works, and Early & Powell Attorneys.
What we support:
Your registration fees pay for all expenses related to supporting the ride and the post-ride party. Last year we were able to donate over $5000 to help local organizations. Our proceeds support the following:
- Madison County Parks and Recreation’s Hoover Ridge Project. We donate proceeds toward the development of the Tour de Madison Pavilion at Hoover Ridge.
- Madison County Parks and Rec Youth Sports Teams, Madison County High School Band, and the 4-H Club. Our Rest Stop folks have gained quite a reputation for providing excellent, different food at each stop. Wonder what they will think of this year?
- Rochelle Ruritan Club: We have pledged to support the club’s 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.
- 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.”
- Mt. Zion UMC Missions for providing SAG support
All Riders Must:
1. Wear a helmet and wrist band
2. Start at the designated time, or no later than 9 AM
3. Bring a well-equipped bicycle in good working condition with spare tubes, water bottles, adequate clothing, a pump and extra cash.
Post Ride Party:
Graves Mountain Lodge will host our post-ride party at no cost to Tour de Madison registered participants. Your family and friends may join you for $15 per person. Live music will be provided from noon to 3 PM. The meal will consist of traditional picnic fare, with a vegetarian option available. Bring along some extra cash to enjoy the local Madison County wines that will be available from Early Mountain, Prince Michele and DuCard Vineyards. Regional micro-brews will also be available for the beer lovers in the crowd. The cash bar will be open until 3 PM.
Graves Mountain Lodge will have rooms and campsites available for registered cyclists so plan to come and make a weekend of it! For more lodging information, call 540-923-4231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget to wear your Tour de Madison jersey