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)

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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 map below to see route on MapMyRide.com).

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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.”

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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 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

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Tour de Madison 2013

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!!)

May/18/13:   Tour de Madison 2013.  Vineyards of Madison County.

May/18/13:   Tour de Madison 2013.  Vineyards of Madison County.

May/18/13:   Tour de Madison 2013.  Vineyards of Madison County.

May/18/13:   Tour de Madison 2013.  Vineyards of Madison County.

May/18/13:   Tour de Madison 2013.  Vineyards of Madison County.

May/18/13:   Tour de Madison 2013.  Vineyards of Madison County.

May/18/13:   Tour de Madison 2013.  Vineyards of Madison County.

May/18/13:   Tour de Madison 2013.  Vineyards of Madison County.

May/18/13:   Tour de Madison 2013.  Vineyards of Madison County.

May/18/13:   Tour de Madison 2013.  Vineyards of Madison County.

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Quilt on Display

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.

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Pre-Ride BREAKFAST and Overnight Accommodations

We are pleased to announce that Graves Mountain Lodge will have some breakfast items available for cyclists prior to the Tour de Madison.

Of course, your registration includes the post ride BBQ.
 
Also, Tour de Madison registrants may reserve a room at Graves Mountain Lodge at a special rate.  Please call 540 923-4231.
 
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2013 Tour de Madison Routes ANNOUNCED!!

First up, the Family Route.  The longer routes will be announced in the coming weeks.  Check back often :-)……and REGISTER!

The Family Ride is the least challenging of the options available as part of the Tour de Madison.

Our route this year is the same as last.   It provides an opportunity to enjoy the beauty around the Syria area without the challenging climbs or distances the longer routes involve.

Like all the routes in the 2013 Tour de Madison, the Family Ride starts with a wonderful four-mile run down the Old Blue Ridge Turnpike, a road built in the 1850s to connect the farms in the Shenandoah Valley with the railhead at Gordonsville.  You will be riding through the gorgeous valley created by the Robinson River.  At the intersection with Rt. 231, Family riders will turn around and head back toward Syria.

About a mile and three quarters after the turn around, past the village of Criglersville, you have the option to turn left across the Robinson River onto Quaker Run Rd.  Enjoy the gentle climb through a charming mountain vale.  Be sure to turn around before the serious climbing starts and head back to the main road.  This is the road that President Herbert Hoover used to get to his Presidential Retreat, “Camp Hoover,” high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

After another half mile on Route 670, the main road back to Syria, you can take a right turn onto Bohannon Rd. and enjoy the narrow winding route along the river, much of it near enough to hear the babbling brook.  You might even have a chance to visit with a trout fisher along the way.

At the end of Bohannon Rd., take a right on Weakley Hollow Rd. and go as far as you wish up toward to the White Oak Canyon trail parking lot.  (Don’t go past it.  We may never see you again!)  This is a gentle climb toward the headwaters of the Robinson River with a few short sections that will provide your legs and lungs a challenge.  The beauty of the forest and the nearby river makes it well worthwhile.

Head back down Weakley Hollow Rd. all the way to Syria.  Turn right on Rt. 670 and you’ll soon be back to the starting point at Graves Mountain Lodge where great food will satisfy the ravenous appetite you have generated.  Did we mention the cold beer and local wines to slake your thirst?  Maybe you will be inspired to visit one of the nearby vineyards after the ride for a full wine-tasting experience.   We recommend of course our partners this year: Early Mountain, Prince Michel, and DuCard.

Here’s a link to the map:   http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/86068747

And here’s the link to the Cue Sheet for the Family Ride:  Cue.2013.Family

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“LIKE” us on Facebook

The Tour de Madison how has a Facebook page.  Please click on over and “Like” us there…and “Share” our page with your friends.

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