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The 33rd Tour de Madison

May 15, 2021

The 33rd Annual Tour de Madison  May 15, 2021

Having had to cancel last year’s event because of the coronavirus pandemic, the 33rd annual Tour de Madison bicycling event will take place on May 15th, 2021, 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. DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC PRECAUTIONS, THERE WILL BE NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION THIS YEAR.  YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER BY 5 PM ON MAY 9 TO PARTICIPATE.

Those who registered for last year’s event and have not asked for a refund are already pre-registered for this year.   We will offer refunds for last year’s registration through March 15 only.

Some highlights:

  • Newly Revised routes!  Same unbeatable Madison County scenery
  • Graves Mountain Lodge boxed lunch included in the registration fee!
  • Free t-shirts to those who register before May 3
  • Tasty and unique rest stop snacks, individually packaged for safety
  • Registration opens Jan 1 just after midnight.

Read on for all the details….see you in May!!

The Routes (revised from previous years):

As in the past, we will offer three ride options.  NOTE:   SAG support will end at 2:30 PM.

The Metric Century—A 66-mile ride that takes cyclists all the way to the extreme southeast corner of Madison County at Uno.  It ends with a dramatic and challenging loop from Criglersville to Etlan and back across the mountain to Syria.  (This part of the route used to be a “bonus loop” for those seeking an additional challenge.)  Rest stops will be provided at Hoover Ridge (at 15 miles), Good Hope Baptist Church (at 21 or 32 miles), and Hebron Lutheran Church near the town of Madison (at 48 miles).   There is a “rolling start” this year.  Those choosing the metric century can leave as soon as they check-in, from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM

The Intermediate Route—This is a beautiful and challenging 42-mile route.  The first 19 and final 19 miles shares the metric century route.  It will feature rest stops at Hoover Ridge (at 15 miles) and Hebron Lutheran Church (at 32 miles).  Both are near the town of Madison.  There is a “rolling start” this year.  Those choosing the intermediate route will leave as soon as they check-in from 8:45-9:15 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. There is a “rolling start” this year. These riders will leave as soon as they check-in from 9:30-9:45 AM.

The Rest Stops: 

  • The Hoover Ridge Rest Stop at mile 15 will be staffed from 9:15-11:30 for both Metric and Intermediate cyclists.
  • Good Hope Baptist Church, which is on the Metric Route, at mile 21 and 32, will be open from 9:30 AM to 12:15 PM.
  • Hebron Lutheran Church, which is the last rest stop for both Metric and Intermediate cyclists at 48 miles (Metric) and 32 miles (Intermediate) will be open from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM. 

Registration and Fees:

Early Registration online only through end of day May 3.   Prices go up after May 3.  Registration closes May 9.

The fee for Metric Century and Intermediate riders who register before May 3 is $45; starting May 3 – $60.  For Family riders the fee is only $25 before May 3; starting May 3 – $40. Online registration closes at 5 PM. on May 09There is no longer mail-in pre-registration.

Ride will be held rain or shine.

What we support:

Your registration fees pay for all expenses related to supporting the ride and the post-ride party. Two years ago 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.

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.”

All Riders Must:

  1. Wear a face mask during sign-in and when not riding
  2. Wear a helmet and wrist band
  3. Start at the designated time per the rolling start assigned to your route
  4. Bring a well-equipped bicycle in good working condition with spare tubes, water bottles, adequate clothing, a pump and extra cash.

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

Don’t forget to wear your Tour de Madison jersey!

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