Southern Tandem Rally 2014
Meet us in Columbus, Georgia…..Lets explore the city together.
In 2014, the Southern Tandem Rally in its 37th year (yes…..a 37 year tradition!) will return to Georgia after 14 years. The 2014 Rally will be held in the antebellum river front community of Columbus, Georgia.
Just The Facts
Southern Tandem Rally dates: October 24-26, 2014
(packet pick-up desk will be open beginning the afternoon of Thursday, October 23)
On behalf of Peaches Tandem Club, Jose and Sherry Rodriguez, Ron and Shari Scheiblauer
Rally Cost and Lodging Information
Rally Price STR 2014 includes ride routes and maps, ride amenities, T-Shirts, Thursday and Friday night social, Saturday lunch and banquet for a tandem team of two
- $209.00 registrations postmarked May 16-September 15
- Late registration $219.00 for registrations postmarked after September 15 (T-shirts cannot be guaranteed with late registration)
- $50-70 for each additional team member depending on age
Lodging is at the first-class national landmark historic Marriott hotel built around a restored 1861 cotton mill. Upon receipt of your registration packet, a link will be sent to you via email for the STR rate of 129.00 per night. This rate includes breakfast vouchers for two full breakfasts each day, free parking and WiFi.
For those interested in camping, please check out Lake Pines RV Park & Campgound thirteen miles from STR Headquarters. Click on the picture below to go to their website.
Attractive jerseys are available this year for $59.00 each and may be ordered with your rally registration. If you plan to order a Jersey, your registration and jersey order must be received by August 1, 2014 to ensure delivery. Please Click Here to check out the Jerseys and Size Chart.
A post-rally tour is now in the planning stages. Team Wood-Osgood (Linda Wood and Eric Osgood) are organizing a no frills bicycle event to bridge STR 2014 and the Florida Tandem Rally which will be held in The Villages, Florida from October 31-November 2. Current plans are to spend Sunday and Monday nights after STR in a location in South Georgia. Tuesday and Wednesday nights would likely be in a location in North Florida. Loop rides of varying distances will be offered from both locations. Hotel information, maps/cue sheets and group starts for the rides will be provided by the organizers. Group dining options will be provided (everyone pays for their own meal) for those who want to eat as a group. Final locations will be announced in a few months after we get a feel for how many want to participate. Be sure to check the “yes” box on question #8, page 1 of the rally registration if you are interested in the post-rally tour.
Here are reasons why you won’t want to miss Columbus and a little preview of what we have planned. Check this web site often and/or join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/southerntandemrally for the latest updates.
This year’s rally will be a ‘park it and forget it’ ride. Drive your vehicle to the host hotel, park it in the hotel parking lot and leave it all weekend. All off-tandem activities are within walking distance.
- Explore 15 miles of the beautiful Chattahoochee RiverWalk where city scapes blend with untouched natural surroundings that team with wildlife. Columbus has 26 miles of connected bikeable trails that include the RiverWalk and the Fall Line Trace.
- Come early or stay over and raft or kayak 2.5 miles on the longest urban whitewater course in the world. USA Today has published a feature listing “12 of the greatest man-made adventures on the planet,” and listed Columbus’ own urban whitewater course as the world’s No. 1 man-made whitewater attraction. Read more HERE
- Fort Benning, Georgia is home to the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. Sunday’s rides will take us past the museum and onto the base where parts of the 2002 film “We Were Soldiers” was filmed.
- Take the walking tour of Heritage Corner, Georgia’s largest 26 block historic district. Walk the ancient oak lined cobblestone streets and view century old homes, including the home of Dr. John Pemberton. Dr. Pemberton’s French wine d’coca later became Coca-Cola.
- Columbus is home to Columbus State University’s Coca Cola Space Science Museum with interactive exhibits and planetarium.
The Line Up
RIDES: We will host mostly flat and gently rolling rides on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday visiting nearby villages and rural communities. Roads in the area are gentler than many in other parts of the south and should please all levels of cyclists (particularly those from flatter states).
THURSDAY: Packet pick-up and an informal Thursday social reception for those arriving early.
FRIDAY: Friday’s ride will take you to surrounding areras sure to please! Those arriving after the ride start on Friday may use the easy to follow ride cue sheet and map for a ride on your own… or, visit some of the many sites in Columbus.
Friday’s social dessert reception will put you in the heart of the historic city and feature local entertainment. Dinner before is on your own in one of many restaurants within walking distance.
SATURDAY: Saturday’s ride will feature several options of ride lengths in Columbus and surrounding areas with a delicious lunch near the end.
Saturday’s banquet will be at the historic Columbus Convention and Trade Center, a century old manufacturing complex, Columbus Iron Works- 1853, that produced the materials to build the historic mill town of Columbus.
SUNDAY: Sunday’s rides will take you to Fort Benning — home of the National Infantry Museum and set for seven movies including We Were Soldiers (2002) and The Green Berets (1968).
Here’s a little video to whet your appetite:
For those who want to spend more time in the area before or after the rally or who want to bridge the time between the Southern Tandem Rally and the Florida Tandem Rally in The Villages, there are plenty of significant destinations in the area. Below are just a few:
Visit the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus.
Just south of Columbus and Phenix City Alabama is Fort Mitchell, a stockade fort built in 1813 along the Federal Road that was an important post in the Creek Indian War.
Visit Andersonville National Historic Site, site of the confederate military prison.
Visit world-renowned Callaway Gardens and visit the butterflies in North America’s largest glass enclosed tropical conservatory.
Visit Warm Springs Georgia and tour The Little White House, the only home President Franklin D. Roosevelt ever owned.
Visit Plains, Georgia – home of President Jimmy Carter.
Explore and hike Providence Canyon State Park.
Explore the 1850’s Village of Westville. This living history village has 33 antebellum structures with basket weaving, candle making, cane grinding and other demonstrations.
October 24-26, 2014