The Tour de Madison 2017

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!

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New Sponsor: Veloconcepts

The Tour de Madison is pleased to announce that Veloconcepts of Culpeper will provide pre-ride mechanical support near the registration area at Graves Mountain Lodge.  Once cyclists have departed they will move to the Hoover Ridge rest stop to be centrally located to address needs that may arise.
Veloconcepts is more than a bike shop. It’s all about encouraging cycling in general. Whether that’s supporting local events like the Culpeper Century, Tour de Madison or the Vanderkitten Training camp. We want to support organized rides, racing and really want to teach people about riding.
If you looking for a new bike, tailored to your body and riding style, Veloconcepts is the place for you.
Also be sure to check out their really neat service plans.  The most popular plan adds 5 bi-monthly services to the typical pre-season tune up. Those bi-monthly services include wash/wipe down of the frame; cleaning, degreasing and lube of the drivetrain; inspection of the frame, derailleurs, cables, and brakes; adjustment of the brakes and derailleurs, and inspection and trueing of wheels.
Here’s the website:
And this takes you directly to their service plans:
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Photos from the 2016 Tour de Madison

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.

May 21, 2016. Tour de Madison 2016. 29th Tour de Madison.

May 21, 2016.
Tour de Madison 2016.
29th Tour de Madison.

May 21, 2016. Tour de Madison 2016. 29th Tour de Madison.

May 21, 2016.
Tour de Madison 2016.
29th Tour de Madison.

May 21, 2016. Tour de Madison 2016. 29th Tour de Madison.

May 21, 2016.
Tour de Madison 2016.
29th Tour de Madison.

May 21, 2016. Tour de Madison 2016. 29th Tour de Madison.

May 21, 2016.
Tour de Madison 2016.
29th Tour de Madison.
Michael Coleman and his band perform at the after party.

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Far Gohn Brewing is new Ride Partner

Far Gohn Brewing has donated a growler and $20 gift certificate as a post ride trivia context prize.


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Photos-Tour de Madison 2015

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Tour de Madison 2014 Final Report

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.

pic3Gary Misch of the Tour de Madison organizing committee presents a check of $500 to Terri Sisson representing the Youth Hockey League who won the award for “Best Rest Stop.”

pic4 Iris Welsch of the Tour de Madison organizing committee presents a check for $410 to Angela Berry representing the Madison County High School Band Boosters.

pic5 Jane Gray of the Tour de Madison organizing committee presents a check of $410 to Cathy McGhee of the Madison Women’s Four Miler group.

 Donations were also made to the Culpeper Amateur Radio Association, which patrolled the route and provided necessary communication, and the Madison County Rescue Squad.


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Tour de Madison Metric Century

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)

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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

Metric with bonus and elev

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