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- Days until the the next Tour de MadisonMay 19th, 201825 days to go.
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.
Donations were also made to the Culpeper Amateur Radio Association, which patrolled the route and provided necessary communication, and the Madison County Rescue Squad.
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)
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 MapMyRide.com).
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 MapMyRide.com).
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.
Appalachian Spring Ride by Best of Virginia Bike Tours – Multiple Route options totaling 100 miles, April 26, 2014. Rockbridge. Details at www.bestofvabiketours.com
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 bikevirginia.org
Mountains of Misery– Challenging 100 and 124 mile routes, May 25, 2014, Blacksburg. Details at www.mountainsofmisery.com
DR 100- Metric Century and Half Century Routes, Harrisonburg, Va. Fund-raiser for cycling initiatives in Harrisonburg area. May 3, 2014. Details at dr100.org
Richmond Multisports Triathalons- Events February to October are on the 2014 Calendar. Various Locations. Details at www.richmondmultisports.com/race-calendar.htm
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 stormingofthunderridge.org
Tour De Chesapeake– Multiple route choices, Mathews, Va. May 16-18, 2014 Details at tourdechesapeake.org
Tour De Madison 20, 45 and 65 miles, Madison Va, May 17, starting and ending at Graves Mountain Lodge. tourdemadison.com
Virginia Off Road Test Series- Mountain bike races across the state. 2014 Dates to be Announced Soon. www.virginiaoffroadseries.com
The 26th annual Tour de Madison was once again a huge success, thanks to the efforts of all the volunteers and to the hospitality of Graves Mountain Lodge. They even provided a blazing fire in the huge stone fireplace to take the chill off returning cyclists. In spite of the drizzle, we had a huge turnout! Final stats: 394 pre-registered and 55 on-site, giving us a total of 449 paid registrations, with 425 actual participants. A few photos from the ride today are below. Click any of the photos to see a few more in a Facebook album.
(If you’re on Instagram, and took photos today, hashtag them #tourdemadison. We’d LOVE to see them!!)
A quilt made by Nancy Knighting, representing her 22 years doing the administrative work for the Tour de Madison, will be on display for this year’s Tour starting at Graves Mountain Lodge. Photos are below. The quilt is made from Tour t-shirts from each of the years. Sorry, but the quilt is NOT for sale.