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35th Annual Tour de Madison

May 20

The 35th Annual Tour de Madison May 20, 2023

The 35th annual Tour de Madison bicycling event will take place on May 20th, 2023, rain or shine with a new starting point (at Hoover Ridge Park, just off Fairgrounds Rd, near Madison, VA) and significantly revised routes.   The unbeatable Madison County scenery, well-spaced and supplied rest stops, and helpful SAG support remain the same.

Please note:  

  • THERE MIGHT NOT BE ON-SITE REGISTRATION THIS YEAR.  YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY MAY 14 TO BE ASSURED OF PARTICIPATION.

  • All registered cyclists will have a boxed lunch waiting for them at the end of the ride.

  • All cyclists who register before May 1 will get a 2023 Tour de Madison t-shirt.

  • Order our official Tour de Madison jersey directly from Cutaway: 2022 TdM Jersey  (Order by mid-March to assured delivery prior to the event. Actual jersey will include sponsor logos not shown here.)

  • Matching socks are available here from Ridge Supply, founded and owned by Matt Hawkins, Madison native and an original Tour de Madison participant in 1988.  

Registration and Fees:

Please note:

  • Registration closes May 14.  
  • There is no mail-in pre-registration.
  • THERE MIGHT NOT BE ON-SITE REGISTRATION. (Depends on Covid situation at the time)
  • Early Registration at reduced fees through end of day May 5, 11:59 PM ET.   Fees increase on May 6, 12:01 AM ET.  
  • Ride will be held rain or shine.  
  • Registration can be transferred to another cyclist, BUT FEES CANNOT BE REFUNDED.

Registration Fees:

  • EARLY Metric Century and Intermediate Fee (through May 5): $45;
  • Metric Century and Intermeidate Fee starting May 6: $60.  
  • Early Family Ride Fee (through May 5): $30
  • Family Ride Fee starting May 6: $40.

Fee includes: 

  • Parking at Hoover Ridge Park.
  • Event T-shirt (for those who register before May 1)
  • Cue sheets and maps
  • Access to Rest Stops stocked with food and water.
  • SAG support along the 3 routes.
  • Post-ride boxed lunch from either Over the Top Chef or Catch the Chef Food Truck.

The Routes:

NOTE: SAG support will end at 2:00 PM.

Routes are somewhat different this year because of new starting location. 

All routes on one RideWithGPS site. 

  • The Metric Century—A 65-mile ride that takes cyclists all the way to the extreme southeast corner of Madison County at Uno and a dramatic and challenging loop from Criglersville to Etlan and back across the mountain to Syria.   Rest stops will be provided at Good Hope Baptist Church (at 7 and 18 miles), and at Possum’s Store in Criglersville (at 38 and 51 miles).   There is a "rolling start" this year.  Those choosing the metric century can leave as soon as they check-in, from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM.  

  • The Intermediate Route—This is a beautiful and challenging 46-mile route.  The first 27 miles shares the metric century route.  It will feature rest stops at Good Hope Church (at 7 & 18 miles) and Brightwood Ruritan Club (at 34 miles).  There is a "rolling start" this year.  Those choosing the intermediate route will leave as soon as they check-in from 8:45-9:15 AM.  

  • The Family Ride—This will be an out and back route (turn around anytime you want) from Hoover Ridge to Good Hope Church and Tatum School Road.  The rest stop will be at Good Hope Church (8 and 14 miles).  There is a "rolling start" this year. These riders will leave as soon as they check-in from 9:30-9:45 AM.

 

Rest Stops: 

  • The Good Hope Church Rest Stop, at mile 8 and 18 miles on all 3 routes, will be staffed from 9:15 AM-1:00 PM for all cyclists.

  • The Brightwood Ruritan Rest stop, at 34 for Intermediate Cyclists only, will be open from 9:30 AM-Noon.

  • The Possum Store Rest Stop, in Criglersville on the Metric Century Route at 37 and 51 miles, will be open 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. 

What we support:

Your registration fees pay for all expenses related to supporting the ride. Typically we are able to donate over $5000 to help local organizations.  Our proceeds support the following:

Madison County Parks and Recreation’s Hoover Ridge Outdoor Recreation Center project.   Hopefully, in the not too distant future the people of the county and our guests will have a splash pad, playground, fitness area, pickle ball and tennis courts, basketball court and hockey rink to enjoy.  

Rochelle Ruritan Club:  We have pledged to support the club's college scholarship and J. L. Taylor funds. The College Scholarship program helps worthy graduates of Madison County High School pay for a college degree and the J. L. Taylor Fund provides funds to children of Madison County who could not otherwise afford book bags, school supplies, fees to play sports or necessary equipment.

Madison Women’s 4-Miler Training program.  The program helps to prepare local women who want to participate in the Charlottesville Women’s 4-miler, or who simply want to improve their health and fitness through walking or running.  All funds collected by the training program are donated to the UVA Cancer Center’s Breast Care program to help women in our area who are facing breast cancer diagnoses.  

Culpeper Amateur Radio Association (CARA) owns and its members maintain radio equipment used for emergency communications in the Piedmont area. Emergency communication services are those needed before, during and after a disaster, which supplement the normal communication services provided by the federal, state, county and city or town governments. Through emergency communication services, the CARA members assist in preventing a “serious situation” from becoming a “devastating crisis.”

 

All Cyclists Must: 

  • Wear a helmet and wrist band

  • Start at the designated time per the rolling start assigned to your route

  • Bring a well-equipped bicycle in good working condition with spare tubes, water bottles, adequate clothing, a pump and extra cash.

Don't forget to wear your Tour de Madison jersey!   Our latest jersey (new last year) can be ordered here directly from Cutaway:  2022 TdM Jersey