Over the past few weeks I’ve learned of two tandem rallies that I wasn’t previously aware of by notes dropped in my Email from tandem enthusiast and rando-animal Jeff Sammons up in Tennessee and tandem enthusiast John White from Springfield, Missouri.
Jeff passed along a link to what is being called “Mississippi’s Inaugural Tandem Rally” scheduled for 17-19 April 2015 in Central Mississippi and featuring rides on and around the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway.
As I read more about the event I finally recalled that a couple who has supported our Tour de Cure campaign year-after-year had mentioned a possible rally in their home state of Mississippi and sure enough this appears to be that event.
The Saturday & Sunday rides appear to do out-and-back rides north and then south along the Natchez Trace which, at least in middle Mississippi, is fairly flat. All of the details are on the website, to include ride route sheets and registration options.
The other new-to-me event is the second running of the Southwest Missouri Tandem Weekend on 5-7 June 2015.
Per John’s note, the first-ever southwest Missouri Tandem weekend was held near the Ozarks and Springfield, MO. Last year’s inaugural weekend event drew 17 teams from 5 states and plans for this year’s event are still being finalized; stay tuned for more information via their website.
If you’re curious what the riding looks like in southwest Missouri, the Tandems of the Ozarks have taken care of that too; here’s a link to a short video compilation of on-tandem footage shot during last year’s event:
Yes, we’ll be adding information on these rallies to TheTandemLink.com over the next few weeks.