Rally Info Updates

This past week a few more rally dates were firmed up.  For the road tandem rallies, the 2017 Southern Tandem Rally (STR) has firmed up their dates and the website / registration will be opening up in a few weeks:

Southern Tandem Rally, 21-24 Sep, Salisbury, NC, $TBA per team, Lodging TBA

On the off-road side of the ledger, AORTA is redefining the Appalachians to include the Ozarks and the Eastern Tandem Off-Road Rally is venturing into a new location this year as well:

Appalachian Off-Road Tandem Adventure (AORTA), 12-14 May, Bass River Resort, Steeleville, MO.

 

Eastern Tandem Off-Road Rally (ETOR), 5-8 Oct, White Clay Park, Delaware


We’re still working on our rally plans, but have decided to join Mel & Barbara Kornbluh for their Tandems East Weekend in July since Manheim, PA, is a mere 45 minutes from my parents home.  We’ll either visit with my folks ahead of the tandem rally or perhaps visit with them after the rally, but it will make for a nice week-long trip back “home” to PA.

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Alabama Tandem Weekend, Registration Now Open

Overview

Alabama Tandem Weekend (ATW) returns this year to Huntsville, AL, the weekend of April 20-23, 2017, for three days of riding around the town known as the “Rocket City” and home to NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. ATW 2017 begins Thursday night, April 20, 2017, with a reception at the Space and Rocket Center. Rides on Friday start in historic Mooresville, AL, one of the oldest towns in Alabama and location of the oldest operating post office in Alabama. Rides on Saturday go through Hayes Nature Preserve out to Guntersville Dam on the Tennessee River. ATW 2017 concludes Sunday morning with a ride through NASA Marshall Space Flight Center to see the Redstone Rocket Test Stand which was used to develop and test fire the Redstone missile, the first missile used to denote a nuclear weapon and the Mercury-Redstone launch vehicle which carried the first American astronaut Alan Shepard into space.

Registration

Registration is open online at imAthlete through April 6, 2017 at http://www.imathlete.com/events/ATW2017 and is limited to the first 40 teams to register. The registration fee is $50 per team. Registration does not include lodging, meals or travel costs. No refunds will be issued after April 6, 2017. Refunds will be assessed a $15 processing fee.

Click the orange REGISTER button on the right of the screen. Do NOT click on the “I am registering someone other than myself” box. Check the two waiver boxes and put your initials in to electronically sign the waiver (this applies for all members of your team).  After you check the boxes and sign the waiver, hit CONTINUE to the next page. Fill out all of the participant information. CONTINUE to the next page. Click on the orange CHECKOUT button. Enter your credit card information and and hit the orange SUBMIT ORDER button underneath your credit card info.  You must hit SUBMIT ORDER to complete your registration. You should receive a confirmation email with your receipt from imAthlete later the same day.

Lodging

A limited number of rooms are available at the brand new TownePlace Suites Huntsville/West Redstone Gateway, 6500 Redstone Gateway, Huntsville, AL 35808, at the ATW 2017 discounted rate of $89 per night plus tax. The rate includes a hot breakfast buffet and is available to ATW 2017 attendees through April 6, 2017. Rooms can be booked at the discounted ATW 2017 rate at the following link: http://bit.ly/2lzkf7A.

Camping is available nearby at the Space and Rocket Center RV Park (http://www.spacecamp.com/travel/rvpark). The RV Park is located at 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805, which is about 5 minutes from the host hotel. Camping is also available at Monte Sano State Park (http://www.alapark.com/monte-sano-state-park), 5105 Nolen Ave., Huntsville, AL 35801, which is 20-25 minutes from the host hotel.

Event Schedule

Thursday, April 20, 2017

5:30-7:30 p.m.       Reception at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration

The Davidson Center offers a truly unique setting showcasing NASA and Marshall Space Flight Center (MFSC) contributions space exploration. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the German Biergarten featuring authentic German cuisine, as well as domestic and imported beers and wines. The Davidson Center is located at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center at One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805, which is about 5 minutes from the host hotel.

Friday, April 21, 2017

6:30 a.m.               Hotel Breakfast Buffet Opens

8:00-8:15 a.m.       Depart for remote start location

The rides start at Southern Carnage Bike Shop located at the Mooresville Mercantile, 5081 Mooresville Rd, Mooresville, AL 35649, which is about 15 minutes from the host hotel. Park in the grass in front of the shop.

8:50 a.m.               Riders Meeting

9:00 a.m.               Ride Start

There are three route options, 38, 55 and 69 miles, through the towns of Mooresville and Athens, with the longer option traveling out to Elkmont.

5:15-5:30 p.m.       Gather in hotel lobby to join a group for dinner

Saturday, April 22, 2017

7:00 a.m.               Hotel Breakfast Buffet Opens

8:00-8:15 a.m.       Depart for remote start location

The rides start at Hampton Cove Elementary School, 261 Old Hwy 431, Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763, which is 20-25 minutes from the host hotel. Park in school parking lot.

8:50 a.m.               Riders Meeting

9:00 a.m.               Ride Start

There are three route options, 30, 49 and 60 miles, through the town of New Market, with the longer options traveling out to Guntersville Dam on the Tennessee River.

5:15-5:30 p.m.       Gather in hotel lobby to join a group for dinner

Sunday, April 23, 2017

7:00 a.m.               Hotel Breakfast Buffet Opens

8:20 a.m.               Riders Meeting

The ride starts at the host hotel, TownePlace Suites,6500 Redstone Gateway Southwest, Huntsville, AL 35808.

8:30 a.m.               Ride Start

There is one route option on Sunday, 31 miles, through NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal. All riders must have a valid driver’s license with them to present at the security checkpoint. Please notify the event host in advance of the ride on Sunday if you are not a US Citizen. Resident aliens or non-US Citizens must have valid passport or resident card to present at the security checkpoint.

11:30 a.m.             Lunch at Panera Bread (at Bridge Street)

12:00 p.m.             Hotel Check Out Time

Ride/Route Info

Copies of cue sheets and route maps will be available at the hospitality room at the host hotel, as well as the Riders Meeting each day.

The roads will NOT be marked. Riders can download course files for their GPS-enabled bike computers and smart phones from the ATW 2017 event page at https://ridewithgps.com/events/29711-alabama-tandem-weekend-atw-2017.

Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at the convenience stores designated as rest stops along the routes. Some of the stores do NOT accept credit cards, so make sure to bring cash with you. We encourage you to patron the stores if you make use of their restrooms.

SAG support will be provided each day to assist with minor mechanical problems and to transport riders and bikes if necessary. Contact info for the SAG driver will be provided prior to the ride each day during the Riders Meeting.

All riders are expected to obey all traffic laws. In the State of Alabama, persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable and shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. For your safety and others maintain control of your bicycle at all times (no texting!). When passing other riders, stay in the right lane and call out “passing”.

Local Bike Shops

Madison Cycles (http://www.madisoncycles.com), 181 Hughes Road, Suite 6, Madison AL 35758, (256) 461-9963

Bicycles Etc (http://www.bicyclesetc.us), 611 Meridian Street, Huntsville AL 35801, (256) 519-9233

Southern Carnage (https://www.facebook.com/SouthernCarnage), 5081 Mooresville Rd, Mooresville AL 35649, (256) 655-5812

Trailhead (http://trailheadinc.net), 2211 Seminole Drive SW, Studio 1000, Huntsville, AL 35805

Blevins Bicycle Company (http://www.blevinsbicycleco.com), 8402 Whitesburg Dr., Huntsville AL 35802, (256) 270-8702

Bicycle Cove (http://www.bicycle-cove.com), 5575 Highway 431 S, Brownsboro AL 35741, (256) 533-2300

 

Things to See and Do

Bridge Street Town Centre (http://www.bridgestreethuntsville.com) is outdoor shopping centering featuring 70 shops and movie theater. Bridge Street is located at 365 The Bridge St #106, Huntsville, AL 35806, which is 5 minutes from the host hotel.

Burritt on the Mountain (http://www.burrittonthemountain.com) is a unique historic park that sits on top of Monte Sano Mountain, overlooking the city of Huntsville. You’ll find several restored 19th century homes, a barnyard, and other exhibits showcasing rural farm life in the area between 1800 and 1900. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. Burritt on the Mountain is located at 3101 Burritt Drive Southeast, Huntsville, AL 35801, which is about 25 minutes from the host hotel.

The Huntsville Museum of Art (www.hsvmuseum.org). The museum collection is comprised of over 3,000 objects, primarily focused on 19th and 20th century American art. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is $10 per person. The museum is located in Big Spring Park in downtown Huntsville at 300 Church St SW, Huntsville, AL 35801, which is about 20 minutes from the host hotel.

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment (www.lowemill.net) is America’s largest independent center for the arts with over 120 working artists, small businesses, restaurants, and live performance venues. Lowe Mill is located near downtown Huntsville at 2211 Seminole Dr. SW, Huntsville, AL 35805, which is about 15 minutes from the host hotel.

Spring Fest (http://www.tangledstringstudios.com/springfest) is a local music and craft beer festival on April 21 and 22, 2017, hosted by Tangled Strings Studios and Yellowhammer Brewing There will be numerous food trucks and craft vendors each day. Gates are open from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Friday and 2:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday. Advance tickets can be purchased online for $25 for one day or $40 for both days (per person). Spring Fest is being held at Campus 805, 2610 Clinton Ave W, Huntsville, AL 35805, which is about 15 minutes from the host hotel.

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center (www.rocketcenter.com) is the largest spaceflight museum in the world. Featured exhibits include America’s first satellite, Explorer I, the Apollo 16 Command Module, the Saturn V Moon Rocket, and Pathfinder, the world’s only full-stack space shuttle display. Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $23 per person (Note: Admission is free admission for Active Military and card holders of Smithsonian Affiliate Reciprocal Membership Program). The Space and Rocket Center is located at One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805, which is a 20-25 min drive from either the host hotel or campground at Monte Sano State Park.

Dining

Belle Chevre Cheese Shop and Tasting Room (http://www.bellechevre.com) features artisan goat cheeses, sandwiches, cheese cake and ice cream all made from the local creamery. Cremery tours are also available. Belle Chevre is located at 18849 Upper Fort Hampton Road, Elkmont, AL 35620, which is along the 69-mile route on Friday’s ride.

Bridge Street Town Centre (http://www.bridgestreethuntsville.com) is outdoor shopping centering featuring a number of full-service restaurants, including: BJ’s Brewhouse, Bar Louie, Kona Grill, BRAVO Cucina Italiana, Texas de Brazil, P.F. Chang’s and more. Bridge Street is located at 365 The Bridge St #106, Huntsville, AL 35806, which is 5 minutes from the host hotel.

Java is the coffee shop the local cyclist stop for a cup of joe. Java serves coffees, teas, pastries and desserts. It is located at 25062 North St, Mooresville, AL 35649, near the start/finish location for the rides on Friday.

Rocket City Tavern (http://rocketcitytavern.com) is full bar serving appetizers, sandwiches, salads and selection of entrees. Rocket City Tavern is located within walking distance of TownePlace Suites at 2100 Rideout Road SW, Huntsville, AL  35808. Rocket City Tavern is open Thursdays until 9 p.m. and Fridays until 10 p.m. It is closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Rosie’s Mexican Cantina (https://www.rosiesmexicancantina.com) is a local favorite for fresh Mexican dishes. Rosie’s is located at 6196 University Dr NW, Huntsville, AL 35806, which is about 10 minutes from the host hotel.

Village Café (http://www.village-café.com) features coffee, teas, sandwiches, smoothies and ice cream. It is located at 317 Old Hwy 431, Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763, near the entrance to Hampton Cove Elementary, the start/finish location for the rides on Saturday.

Connect on Facebook

Connect with other riders attending the Alabama Tandem weekend, get notifications about the event, share your photos and more at http://www.facebook.com/groups/alabamatandemweekend.

Questions

If you have questions, please contact the ATW 2017 hosts:

Charles and Kellie Catterall, rocketcitycyclist@yahoo.com, 256-508-2867

John and Sharon Ortiz, jmosao12@gmail.com, 256-617-3257

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Registration for Canadian Tandem Rally Now Open Too!!!

Our friend Brenda V. from the Great White North dropped us a note to let us know that, (a) they and the  Toronto Tandem Co-Op is alive, well and riding in the Greater Toronto Area and, (b) that the Canadian Tandem Rally is ON for 2017!  We’ve updated the Tandem Club Info list with their contact info and you can find the Canadian Tandem Rally information and links to the Website below (and it’s a really fancy website this year too!)

Join us May 26-29, 2017 for the 13th annual Canadian Tandem Rally in the beautiful region of Simcoe and Norfolk County. On-line registration is available at canadiantandemrally.ca

This spring we’re riding in Ontario’s South Coast, Norfolk County. This is not a race, but a sensory experience. Witness a diverse landscape steeped in history. Port Dover was once the home of the largest fresh water fishing fleet in the entire world. We’ll see beautiful beaches and pristine farms and forests.

Riding the paved mostly flat with some rolling rural roads of Norfolk you’ll pass ginseng, tobacco, orchards, Carolinian forests wineries, beaches and sand dunes or from Port Dover, cyclists who are so inclined can ride all the way to the Kitchener/Cambridge area or Hamilton/Ancaster on uninterrupted scenic rail trails much of which are paved as well.

Come with us for 2 or 3 days of riding around Simcoe and soak in the scenery and experience riding in Ontario’s Garden. Ride with your friends and meet new ones on scenic country roads exploring the south coast of the province at a pace where you can genuinely experience it.

Join us Friday for an optional ice cream ride and finish the evening at the Wine & Cheese get together.

Saturday we ride along some of the Lynn Valley Trail for lunch in Port Dover and top the evening off with our annual banquet at our host hotel Best Western Little River Inn.
On Sunday we wind northwest along country roads to Delhi for lunch at Ramblin’ Road Farm House Brewery.

For those staying with us until Monday we will be riding the Norfolk Sunrise Trail to Waterford for coffee/lunch.

Registration fees go up April 15th by $50 and registration closes May 1, 2017.

For all our American friends the low-cost of the Canadian Dollar makes this year’s rally costs even lower for you!

Looking forward to having you join us there.

David & Brenda Vandevelde

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Fat Bike Worlds… Tandem Style

Our friends Dan & Bevin on their Ventana el Jefe… the lone tandem at the 2017 Fat Tire Worlds in Crested Butte, Colorado, back on 24-28 January.  Personally, I’d love to do this but Georgia Peaches like Miss Debbie wilt when temps dip below 45°F.  Rock-On!

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Highlight reel from the Fat Tire Worlds… keep eye out for Fred & Barney on the tandem!

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Recumbent Cycle Con Trade Show & Convention

Our old friend Charles from Coyne Publishing out on the west coast sent us a recent press release on the upcoming event… 


Coyne Publishing LLC

SAN DIMAS, CA (February 8, 2017) – Coyne Publishing LLC, producers of the annual Recumbent Cycle-Con Trade Show & Convention, has announced the date and location of the 2017 event; October 6 – 8, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, located in Oaks, Pennsylvania.

The Recumbent Cycle Con Trade Show & Convention (RC-C), has been conducted annually since 2011. It is the largest gathering of recumbent bike, trike and tandem manufacturers, importers, distributors and dealers in North America. Exhibitors not only display the latest in ‘bent bikes, but provide demo units for riding on the Outdoor Demo Riding Arena. RC-C provides a unique opportunity to see and ride almost every recumbent model offered by recumbent manufacturers from around the world.

Friday, October 6, is reserved for bicycle dealers and exhibitors only; cycling enthusiasts are welcome on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8, along with additional dealers and their staffs.

In addition to the many recumbent bikes, trikes and tandems on display and available for demo rides, a full slate of interesting and informative seminars and demonstrations is scheduled for each day of the show’s three day run.

The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center is located about 25 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia, and is accessible by bicycle from downtown ‘Philly via the Schuylkill River Trail. It is adjacent to the Valley Forge National Historical Park — also accessible via the Schuylkill River Trail.

Information about the 2017 Recumbent Cycle-Con can be found on the event website: www.recumbentcyclecon.com


Media Contact:
Charles Coyne
Phone: 909-599-2691
Email address: ccoyne@rtrmag.com

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Our Rally Plans??

So, someone was curious as to which rallies we’d be attending this year; fair enough.

  • Maybe the Alabama Tandem Weekend @ Huntsville in April
  • Registered for the Georgia Tandem Rally @ Valdosta in May but may cancel; TBD
  • Quite possibly the Southern Tandem Rally @ Salisbury, North Carolina in October

So, not as many as we’d like to!  We’re about two short of idea where we previously had the Tennessee Tandem Rally in June and one other wild card rally between July and September.  Perhaps if Debbie follows through on her retirement plans this Spring we’ll be able to expand out list a bit.  Oh no, not me… I’m pretty sure I’ll need to keep going to work for a few more years unless the cost of healthcare insurance stops skyrocketing. But, I am sitting on 10 weeks of vacation and earn 4 weeks of it a year, so that would open up a few more rally opportunities for us.

The rallies that we would probably go to with a little more time on our hands?

  • Sebring, Florida in March
  • Southwest @ Paris, Texas in April
  • MATES @ Culpepper, Virginia in June OR
  • Tandems East Weekend @ Manheim, Pennsylvania in July (Although, that one’s still on the might-do list since it’s so close to my parent’s home and in July!)
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Tandem Club List Now World-Wide

Sure enough, as soon as I revisited the links I had for tandem clubs located outside the U.S. I quickly realized that list was also sorely in need of attention.  And, as it was with the U.S. Club list, just making the needed updates to the WordPress page was far easier and efficient than reworking TheTandemLink.com website.

Therefore, as of now, all of the club listing links at TheTandemLink.com now point to the new Tandem Club Listing page here at our blog, to include the former sub-pages for the Tandem Club UK and the interactive U.S. Map page.  Yup, that’s all been sunset.

I’ve listed the Tandem Clubs Around the World first which works well since the last nation in that fairly short list is the United States of America.  Both the World & U.S.A. listings are arranged alphabetically.  You’ll note that several of the clubs around the world are heavily involved in support Visually Impaired (VI) cyclists and/or Paralympic cycling.As before, if anyone has suggested updates, please send them my way.

 

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