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Tour de Madison 2014

The 27th annual Tour de Madison bicycling event will take place on May 17th, 2014, starting and finishing once again at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, Virginia. 

The Routes:

As in the past, three ride options are offered.  

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 General Store (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 a. m.

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 General Store (at 19 miles) and Hoover Ridge near the town of Madison (at 31 miles).  There are no short cut options this year incorporated into the route plan.  Those choosing the intermediate route will leave at 8:45am.

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.

Registration and Fees

Early Registration (January 1, 2014 - May 1, 2014)

Early registrants are guaranteed a  pair of Tour de Madison socks and are eligible for one of our door prizes.  The fee for Metric Century and Intermediate riders who register early is $40.  For Family riders the fee is only $20.  

There will be no mail-in pre-registration.

Online (after May 1) and On Site Registration

Those who do not register early may register online or in person at the picnic pavilion at Graves Mountain Lodge between 7:30 and 9:30 am.  On-site registrants may not receive a socks and are not eligible for door prizes.  Registration fees after May 1, 2014 are $55 for Metric Century and Intermediate Riders and $30 for Family Riders.

To register online go to: http://tourdemadison.com/online-registration/

Pre-Ride Breakfast: Graves Mountain Lodge will have a la carte breakfast items available for sale during registration.

What we support:

Your registration fees pay for all expenses related to supporting the ride and the post-ride party.  Our “profits” support the following:

Madison County Parks and Recreation’s Hoover Ridge Project.  In particularly, we have pledged up to $1000 toward the development of the Tour de Madison Pavilion at Hoover Ridge.Madison County Parks and Rec Youth Sports Teams:Rochelle Ruritan Club:  Up to a $1000 has been pledged to the clubs 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.  $250 has been pledged.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:

a) Start at the designated times or no later than 9:00 am.

b) Wear a helmet and wrist band.

c) Bring a well-equipped bicycle in good working condition, adequate clothing, water bottles, spare tubes, a pump, and extra cash.

d) Observe safe and legal cycling practices staying always to the right and not riding abreast in the presence of vehicular traffic.

Post-ride party.

Graves Mountain Lodge will host a post ride party at the picnic pavilion from 11:30am to 2:00 pm at no cost to all registered cyclists.  Your friends and family can join you for $15 per person.

The post-ride meal will feature Pork BBQ, grilled boneless chicken breast, or a vegetable wrap. Also included will be slaw, baked beans, French fries, desert, and a drink.

Live music will be provided from 1:00 to 3:00pm.  More later on the music….

Bring along some extra cash to enjoy the local Madison County wines that will be available from the Early Mountain, Prince Michel, and Ducard Vineyards. There will also be something for the beer lovers featuring central Virginia breweries.

The cash bar will be open until 3:00pm

Don’t forget to wear your Tour de Madison Cycling Jersey.

Graves Mountain Lodge will have rooms available to Tour de Madison registrants at $75. Call[masked] or email [masked].

 

Notes:

• Ride will be held rain or shine therefore no refunds will be given once registration is completed.

• Rest Stop and SAG support will end at 2:00PM.


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  • Kim H.

    First l I no ride of the season. Amazing weather. A perfect day for a ride. Tour De Madison organizers rock.

    May 17, 2014

  • Mary J.

    Beautiful ride and when weather was awesome! Thanks Tanya, Regina, Kim, Mark and John for helping me with my flats!! You guys are the best!

    May 17, 2014

    • Kim H.

      Anytime. Glad you made it to the finish.

      May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So jealous. Wish I could go but have to fly out to west coast. Sounds like a blast. I love long rides. Have fun,

    1 · May 16, 2014

  • John

    Carpool anyone? I'm leaving Friday, May 16th and will be staying at Graves Mountain Lodge. To avoid traffic, I plan to leave the Loudoun/Fairfax area before 4:00 PM and hope to be at Early Mountain Winery by 6:00 PM.

    May 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rick it probably won't be until 7pm. They close at 8pm but serve food and wine up until 8 and don't kick you out for a while after that.

    May 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those of you staying Friday night Mark and I will be stopping at Early Mountain Winery first to get something to eat and listen to some music. Everyone is welcome to join us.

    May 5, 2014

    • Rick B.

      Sounds good, I'm in. About what time?

      May 5, 2014

    • Mary J.

      Excellent idea -- see you there!

      May 5, 2014

  • Reid

    I just found out I have a work related function the same day as the ride. If anyone is attending and still needs a registration I would like to sell mine for $40.

    April 20, 2014

  • Susana

    I will be driving up on Friday May 16 and staying at theGraves Mountain. I am leaving from Alexandria, in case anybody needs a ride.

    April 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Waking up a conversation on lodging! The Graves Mountain seems convenient. Where is everyone deciding on staying?

    February 18, 2014

    • Rick B.

      I will staying at Graves Mountain Lodging, very convenient. I also stayed there last year.

      February 18, 2014

    • Mary J.

      I just booked Graves Mtn Lodge -- how bad could it be?! Wait - don't answer that! :-)

      April 18, 2014

  • Dave

    Longest

    April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yea, I'm in, don't want to miss the metric in this scenic country. But I'll need to drive down early Saturday morning due to commitments on Friday.

    February 20, 2014

  • Reid

    Based on some of the comments below I think I will be opting out of staying at Graves Mountain. I am leaning toward driving down from NVA very early on Saturday morning.

    February 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hate to be the weenie here, but does anyone know the elevation gain on the metric?

    December 30, 2013

    • kevin m.

      Elevation Gain: 3,330 ft
      Elevation Loss: 3,320 ft
      Min Elevation: 326 ft
      Max Elevation: 1,004 ft

      December 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Not much, but constant hills!

      December 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There is a Lot of Climbing on this ride, not long just endless hills. We did the route last yr as a part of our spring training camp. Great roads, low traffic.

    December 31, 2013

  • John

    I stayed at the lodge last year both the night before the ride and the night after. I didn't eat at the lodge but the room itself was fine. In fact several members stayed at the lodge and we had a pretty nice party together!

    December 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We stayed there for 4 days in April and resorted to leaving the bathroom sink filled with soapy water with the light on so the stink bugs would go there and not in our beds.

      December 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I plan to stay somewhere else now...thanks for the update on the lodge.

    December 30, 2013

  • kevin m.

    good ride last year, that last hill in the rain was a ... be ready to ride with some 25's this year if it rains, gets slippery out there.

    December 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    BTY i think they recycle their cooked food from past events, they did for us last yr. As in they put out a lot, and what is not eaten gets served tomorrow.

    December 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rooms have stink bugs! Food is way over priced at the lodge, some rooms don't have TV, no internet access..or on your phone. Great ride but you might want to look for alternate lodging.

    December 30, 2013

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