Interestingly enough, registration is now open for the October 7-9, 2016 Southern Tandem Rally. The registration form is now on on the Website but not much else: http://www.southerntandemrally.com/
Last year’s inaugural event drew 33 tandem teams to the home turf of what is a very active Tandems of the Ozarks cycling club; there’s a lot of traffic on their Facebook page which is very exciting to see!!
As for the outline of this year’s event, it follows the traditional tandem rally format:
Friday June 3rd:
- Afternoon rally check-in from 12-4pm at the host hotel, the DoubleTree in Springfield
- An on-your-own ride from noon – 5:30pm with maps for three different routes
- Added feature is an optional wine tasting stop at Tyler Ridge Winery
- Dinner on your own at any one of a number of excellent local restaurants
Saturday June 4th:
- Early morning rally check-in from 6:30 – 7:00am
- Included breakfast for DT guests from 6:30 – 7:30am
- Mass ride start from the hotel at 8:00am with 42 or 63 mile route options
- Optional stops: Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield & Museum, Springfield Downtown Square & History Museum, Commercial Street, Farmers Market, art galleries and Pedalers Bicycle Museum, etc..
- Lunch from 10:30 – 2:00 at the Botanical Gardens
- Dinner from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the Gracie room in the DoubleTree Hotel
Sunday June 5th:
- Included breakfast for DT guests from 6:30 – 7:30am
- Mass ride start from the hotel at 8:00am with 18 or 25 mile route options
- Hotel Check-out at Noon
- Lunch on your own & have a safe trip home
We received a note from Mike Kennedy, a cycling – tandem riding – trigeek from Lexington, Kentucky wherein he wanted to let us know that this year’s Horsey 100 organizers are reaching out to the tandem cycling community. Full details regarding what the organizers are doing to make they Horsey tandem friendly can be found on the Horsey 100 website. However, here’s a quick overview of the Horsey & tandem related accommodations.
- What: The Horsey 100
- When: May 27-27
- Where: Georgetown, Kentucky
The Horsey Hundred is the premier cycling event of the Bluegrass Cycling Club. The inaugural Horsey Hundred was held at the Kentucky Horse Park (Lexington, KY) in 1978 and featured a 50 mile route option on Saturday and Sunday with an optional Century ride on Saturday. No records exist of how many participated the first year, but the next year (1979) had sixty-five participants. In 1983 the Horsey Hundred moved to Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY and now draws over 2,000 riders from all over the world. The weekend begins with fun and festivities on Friday featuring optional rides throughout the Bluegrass Region, a large number of cycling related vendors, food trucks and entertainment. Saturday is the flagship day with five route choices ranging from 25 miles to the iconic Century. Post-ride Saturday you will enjoy a sumptuous meal at Georgetown College as part of your registration. Saturday evening the cities of Georgetown and Midway offer you party options featuring food, drink and live music. Sunday you have your choice of four rides ranging from 25 – 75 miles. Before you leave for home or for more fun in the Bluegrass you’ll be treated to a post-ride meal under the Big Tent. On either day you will wind your way through and around the Bluegrass region and be treated to some of the most beautiful scenery you can imagine including horse farms, stone fences, rivers, streams, lush pastures, historic towns, and bourbon distilleries. And, one of the recurring comments we get is how nice our roads are. The ride is fully supported with rest stops featuring the right nutritional items chosen to fuel your ride, onsite and roaming mechanic support and SAG support in case you need it. Oh, and we do provide some “tasty treats” along the way like orange and root beer floats.
Friday Tandem Ride – If you come to town early, Mike Wirth and Pell Wardrop will be leading a tandem ride on Friday, May 27th from Darlin Jean’s Apple Cobbler Café in Midway at 1:00 p.m.. The route will travel from Midway to Versailles and back and is approximately 26 miles.
Friday Evening Tandem “Meet and Greet” Under the Big Tent – The Horsey 100 tandem team leaders plan to organize a meet and greet for tandem teams under the big tent on the Georgetown College campus on Friday evening.
Saturday and Sunday Tandem Meet-Up – We will have a special meet up place for tandem teams who want to ride with other tandem teams on Saturday and Sunday mornings on the starting circle. There will be an easily-identified “Tandem Team” banner on the starting circle. Meeting time both days is 8:15 a.m. and we will take a tandem team photo of the group each day at 8:20 a.m.. The planned route for Saturday is the metric century and for Sunday the 52 mile route, although teams may meet up and decide to ride one of the other distances.
Tandem Storage – Tandem storage will be available in the Davis-Reid Alumni Gymnasium on the Georgetown College Campus for those of you planning to stay in dorms.
The Horsey Hundred is not an official tandem rally, but we know a lot of teams who have attended year-after-year and rave about the spectacular scenery and enjoyable rides.
I received a nice note from Lynn Dexter who, along with her husband Patrick Gibbons, opened the Tandem Cycle Works of Colorado back in 1996 — about the same time that Debbie and I entered the tandem cycling world. We’ve shared notes on a variety of different topics over the past 20 years so it’s always good to hear from them.
However, this time it was some really big news that I wasn’t aware of: they sold the Tandem Cycle Works of Colorado to Kevin & Stephanie McCutcheon, a couple who have been tandem cycling since 1999. I must have been asleep at the wheel as I truly was not aware of this so congrats to both couples for achieving major life and career milestones! It’s good to know that Tandem Cycle Works will continue to serve the tandem cycling communities needs under the watchful care of Kevin & Stephanie.
As for Lynn & Patrick, they began participating in tandem tours for their vacations and after several years found themselves developing and leading their own tandem cycling tours as time would allow given the needs of running the tandem shop. The decision to sell their brick & mortar tandem shop — one of only three that I know of in the US — was driven by a desire to focus their attention on their new endeavor, Tandem Bicycle Tours, Inc.
As an example of what type of tours they’re offering to clients, here’s a link to the Southern Italy Tour that still has a few openings: The two-week tour of Puglia, Calabria and Basilicata begins on May 14 in Naples and visits the best of the “foot” of the Italian peninsula with stops in Maratea, Matera, Lecce, Alberbello, and more.
In terms of their tour philosophy, they believe teams should ride at their own pace, stop when they wish and explore as they desire. They are on the road with you and while they will know where you are, you are free to ride at your own level of comfort and enjoyment. They often have 2 night stays in charming towns, so no need to pack up every day. Their tours are small and intimate with just 12-15 couples. The Southern Italy tour is certain to be truly delightful and memorable, as our guide Giovanni is Italian and he especially enjoys our visits to his homeland.
For more information send an Email to Lynn and Patrick: TandemDoc@me.com
Sadly, Debbie and I have not ridden a motorcycle together since December 13th. Between cold & wet winter weather and the holidays, there just hasn’t been a day when it was clearly a good day to go for a ride on Blue II. So, we get by with a tandem bicycle ride on some of those “just too cold for a motorcycle ride” days, make plans for the spring and I get my fix by riding a motorcycle to work each day:
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- A Look Back at 2015 and a Look Ahead at 2016
- Limited Riding in our Weekend Winter Wonderland…
- 47 or 52 Days Until Daytona… Decisions, Decisions
- Thank Goodness for Heated Gear!
- 62 Days Away & Daytona’s Booking Up Fast…
- The weekend in review & the longest ride on Blue II to date!
The PANTHERS’ Sebring Rally will be held on March 11-13 at the Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Florida. The Sebring Raceway is the home of the 12 Hours of Sebring and headquarters for the Sebring Rally.
The room rate at the Chateau Elan starts at $110 per night. As of 30 December there were only a couple of the least expensive rooms still available, so make your reservations soon to be certain that you get the room of your choice at the rate you prefer. The room price includes Chateau Elan’s hot buffet breakfast to include eggs, potatoes, oatmeal, waffles, cereal, bagels, assorted fruits, juice and beverages. However, you must mention the PANTHERS Tandem Club or Sebring Tandem Rally for this room rate. You may contact them for your reservations at (863) 655-7200 or visit their website at www.cesebring.com .
The event hosts will arrive on Wednesday evening and route sheets will be available for those who wish to start the weekend early, noting that several teams plan to ride on Thursday. The following is more information as to the daily rides and scheduled events for each day.
If you arrive on Friday, packets will be available early morning and afternoon. Due to different arrival times there will not be a mass start on Friday.
Friday evening, from 7:00pm to 8:00pm, there will be an ice cream party for all in the Ball Room. This will be hand dipped vanilla or chocolate ice cream with all of your favorite toppings and sprinkles. Meet new tandem friends and visit with those teams whom you have not seen since last year.
Routes of 33, 44 and 60 miles have been scheduled for Saturday. Rest stops will be convenience stores along the indicated routes. If you are planning to arrive Saturday morning, you are encouraged to get there early so that you may sign in and be ready for the Riders Meeting at 8:20am and the Mass Start at 8:30am. This year the starting point will be at the exit from the parking lot.
After you have completed your route, a Deli Lunch will be served from 11:00am to 2:00pm in the Ball Room. Create your own sandwiches with a choice of breads, with turkey, ham, lettuce, tomatoes, fruit salad, pasta salad, and potato soup.
Beginning at 6:00pm the cash bar will be open in the hotel’s Hairpin Lounge for your favorite beverage, and promptly at 7:00 pm you will be invited to take your seats in the Ballroom for Dinner Duet Buffet. After a short welcome the buffet will be open serving a Garden Salad with your choice of Ranch or Italian Dressing, Tilapia, Herb Roasted Chicken, Roasted Baby Red Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, rolls, and Chocolate Cake with Coffee. Cash prizes, recognitions and a drawing for a free registration to the Florida Tandem Rally 2016 will be awarded after the meal.
Riders meeting will begin at 7:50am with a mass start at 8:00am. You will have the choice of rides of 31 and 42 miles. Rest stops will be convenience stores along the indicated routes.
If you are not yet a member, please print our membership application and join the PANTHERS…a tandem club for those who support and enjoy riding with good friends.
PANTHERS Tandem Club, Inc.
For more information go to http://www.floridatandemclub.org/