Southern Tandem Rally 2015
October 2nd – 4th
Thank you to all of the teams that braved the rain to make STR2015 memorable!
The 37th Annual Southern Tandem Rally is headed to Virginia for the first time. Richmond, Virginia’s rich Southern history and hospitality will provide the ideal backdrop for locating this year’s event. Richmond (also referred to as “RVA”) is also the site of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships. The Worlds, September 19-27, will be a great lead-up to a fabulous weekend of cycling and camaraderie for tandem enthusiasts. If you have never visited Richmond or attended a major cycling event, we encourage you to come early and see everything that Richmond has to offer.
- $125 per adult
- $80 per child (age 16 and under)
- Entries postmarked after August 31, 2015 should include an additional $15 per individual
What is included in the fee:
- Friday evening reception: local beer, wine and desserts
- Catered luncheon on Saturday
- Saturday night banquet dinner and entertainment
- STR logo apparel
- STR swag
- If you find that you need to cancel your trip to STR, please send an email notification as soon as possible to 2015@SouthernTandemRally.com. Refunds will be available through August 31, 2015 less a $30 cancellation fee.
Routes have been organized for you to view on Ride with GPS. The routes are always subject to change if needed but these will provide a very good idea of ride lengths and terrain, etc. Click Here
Rest Stop Updates
Friday #1 – M.L. Kersey Store
A classic country store with a few collectibles and antiques and lots of history and atmosphere. Sure to be a tandem rally favorite. Be sure to chat with owner and proprietor Matt Kersey. Port-a-potties will be available. Medium and Long options only.
Friday #2 – TBD
Saturday #1 – Montpelier Pharmacy
The friendly ladies at Montpelier Pharmacy are looking forward to welcoming STR 2015. Say hi to Bunny, Gigi, and Linda. They will be stocked up with POWERADE, water, and various soft drinks and snacks. There is one restroom inside – cleanest ever! – and an additional port-a-potty located at the back of the parking area. Medium and Long options only.
Saturday #2 – Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown
Not just a rest stop, but a historic treasure! Patrick Henry lived in this home when he delivered his famous “give me liberty, or give me death” speech in downtown Richmond. Guided tours are available for a discounted rate of $5 person to see the inside of the house and kitchen. Standard tour is 45-minutes. Cycling shoes are not allowed inside. Cell phone tours are free, self-paced, and cover all outside portions of the grounds. A great Friday or Saturday afternoon activity if you’re worried about missing lunch Saturday. Visit the bookstore and experience some American history – Virginia style! Brochures included in your registration packet. Scotchtown is also part of the historic Bicycle Route 76 or the TransAmerica Bike Route. They welcome cyclists and provide open air camping in their fields and access to their restrooms –even leaving them open after hours. This is an opportunity to appreciate Scotchtown’s contribution to supporting cyclists and preserving our important history. Watch for Bike Route 76 signs throughout the day. The Conte’s tent will be set up with cold drinks and snacks. There are three restroom facilities available and also an additional port-a-potty for your convenience. Medium and Long options only.
Saturday #3 – Ashland Coffee and Tea
A local favorite for cyclists on Saturday mornings – there might be a crowd! They will have ice water available to refill bottles. Also known for their homemade treats and hot and cold drink options. Restrooms available. Perfect half-way hangout for short option riders. All routes go through Ashland. Ashland is known as the “Center of the Universe” by its residents for its central location within the state. 60% of the U.S. population is within 750 miles of Ashland.
Sunday – TBD
What else should I know?
- Registration is limited to the first 100 paid teams
- Teams will receive confirmation of their paid registration via email
- To register, click the “Register Here!” link above or just click HERE.
The host hotel for STR 2015 is the beautiful Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump. Located in the west-end of Richmond, the hotel is conveniently accessed by major interstates and yet allows easy access to beautiful cycling routes in the rolling Virginia countryside. A block of rooms has been reserved for $129 per night plus taxes that includes parking and a hot breakfast buffet. The STR rate is available three days before and three days after the event. Please call 1-800-445-8667 or 804-364-3600 to make reservations. You must mention Southern Tandem Rally to receive this special rate. Please call and reserve your room early so that the hotel can add additional rooms of our block.
Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump
12042 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia, 23233
Several major interstates run through or near to Richmond: I-64, I-85, I-95 and I-81. The following are a sampling of distances to Richmond from:
- Atlanta, GA (530 miles)
- Charlotte, NC (291 miles)
- Orlando, FL (739 miles)
- Philadelphia, PA (248 miles)
- Raleigh, NC (170 miles)
- St Louis, MO (822 miles)
- Washington, D.C. (109 miles)
If you are traveling by air, the Richmond International Airport is located just 20 miles from the host hotel. Serviced by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways, a wide variety of flight options should be available.
- RVA Travel and Tourism Guide: http://www.visitrichmondva.com/
- UCI World Road Championships: http://richmond2015.com/
- Many more to come…
STR is being co-coordinated by Ryan Courville/Christen Hunter and Smith Doss/Claude Monnier.
If you have any questions, please email us at 2015@SouthernTandemRally.com. Also, please check back here (SouthernTandemRally.com) often as additional information will continue to be posted as we near the event.
LATEST PRE-TOUR UPDATES!!
JULY 16, 2015
If you have not yet registered for STR 2015, then you have missed the deadline of July 15 to register for this year’s STR PreTour. Registration is still open for STR but not the PreTour. If you did register for STR before the July 15 deadline and expressed interest in the PreTour and have not received your PreTour informational email by end of day July 16, please email us at 2015@SouthernTandemRally.com.
This year’s STR PreTour will offer the opportunity for those interested in riding and socializing with other tandem teams between the UCI World Championships in Richmond ending on Sunday, Sept. 27 and STR 2015. PreTour organizers Eric Osgood and Linda Wood and local tandem teams Reed and Karen Nester and Jim and Martha Gullo will be hosting 4 days of riding in historic Williamsburg and the surrounding area Sept. 28 – Oct. 1. Two rides will depart from the host hotel and will cover “America’s Historic Triangle” (Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown), and two will be remote starts. This will be a no-frills, no registration cost event with scheduled rides, recommended accommodations and group dining options. Each team will be responsible for driving to and from Williamsburg, booking and paying for their own room, meals, attraction admission tickets, and driving to and from remote starts and restaurants. The PreTour host hotel is located about 65 miles from the STR 2015 host hotel.
For more information, click HERE.