COVINGTON, GA: MAY 16-19
For the 21st edition of the Georgia Tandem Rally, we return to Covington for the first time since 2013. They have shot hundreds of movies and TV shows in Covington, and you will probably recognize the town from one of your favorites. Our hotels are set. Our venues are set. All we need is you. Details are subject to change, but here’s what we have so far…
THURSDAY, MAY 16
Our first social gathering of the weekend will be at a local hotspot. Irish pub, anyone?
FRIDAY, MAY 17
Our first day of riding features a remote start from Social Circle with routes from 30-60 miles. We’ve got something for every riding ability. You will have an opportunity for your post-ride lunch at the regionally famous Blue Willow Inn, named the best buffet in the USA by the NY Times. Right now, we are planning a GTR happy hour on Friday afternoon. Also on Friday, we are trying something new: Ice Cream Your Way All Day, where you can go to Scoops, the official ice cream store of the Georgia Tandem Rally at any time on Friday and get ice cream. Want ice cream for breakfast? No problem! You can have it for lunch or dinner as well. No more waiting around for that Friday night ice cream social that you are probably too tired to go to anyway.
SATURDAY, MAY 18
Saturday is traditionally our busiest day of the weekend and this day will not disappoint. We’ve got options of 30-60 miles with lunch at the Georgia Wildlife Federation, just two miles from the end of your route. Our banquet on Saturday is a BBQ blowout (tofu option available) at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, which is about four miles from our host hotels.
SUNDAY, MAY 19
We have time for one more ride of either 25 or 35 miles before we pack up the tandems and head for home. You will leave Covington well-ridden and well-fed.
GTR RIDES AND TERRAIN
We have rolling hills this year. Some sections are flatter than others, but expect the occasional cardio challenge during the weekend. Here’s the breakdown of daily climbing, according to Ride With GPS:
32 miles: 1200 feet
45 miles: 2000 feet
60 miles: 2900 feet
31 miles: 1200 feet
46 miles: 2000 feet
59 miles: 2300 feet
25 miles: 1100 feet
35 miles: 1500 feet
COVINGTON, GA, USA
Located 40 miles east of Atlanta, Covington still has small-town charm that has not been devoured by the urban sprawl of Atlanta. Not yet, anyway. Did you see “Goosebumps 2”? It was just filmed in Covington. So was an obscure rom-com we just watched. Who knows what will be shooting while we are there. The town square is picturesque and home to many excellent restaurants. The roads are lightly-traveled and we have great access to our routes from the host hotels. Use the map below to see how far Covington is from you.
GTR 2019 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
The cost for GTR 2019 is $325. Your GTR registration includes maps, cue sheets, electronic registration, insurance, t-shirts, GTR SWAG, ride snacks, ice cream on Friday and lunch and dinner on Saturday. The cost of the rally does not include your hotel room.The GTR Pre-Tour adds $75 to your GTR costs. Extra adult stokers are $160 each. Children are $100 each. Children under age 4 are free.
GTR REFUND POLICY
You can get a full refund (less a $50 cancellation charge) until April 25, 2019. By registering for the rally, you agree that beginning on April 26, 2019, there are no refunds.
GTR HOTEL ROOMS
You are responsible for your own hotel reservations. Read about our hotels here. After you sign up for the rally, you will also be sent the information to get your hotel room in Covington as well as the link for pre-tour hotel rooms if you have registered for the Georgia Tandem Tour.
GTR 2019 registration is now open! The rally limit this year is 110 teams.
Here are step-by-step registration instructions if you need them:
Click the orange REGISTER button on the right of the screen.
On the next page, choose your registration type. Most will be a captain/stoker tandem team.
Do NOT click on the “I am registering someone other than myself” box.
Check the two waiver boxes and put your initials in to electronically sign the waiver. Your electronic initials sign for all members of your team. After you check the boxes and sign the waiver, hit CONTINUE to the next page.
Fill out all of the participant information. The captain’s name should be the first name on the list. You will input the stoker/child info later on this page. CONTINUE to the next page.
Click on the orange CHECKOUT button.
You will note that only the captain’s name comes up as a participant. That’s fine. Your stoker info is attached to your file. Enter your credit card information and and hit the orange SUBMIT ORDER button underneath your credit card info. You must hit SUBMIT ORDER tocomplete your registration.
Within an hour after you register, you should get two e-mails from imAthlete. The first will be your receipt for the rally. The second will be an e-mail with everything you need to know about making your hotel reservations in Covington (and Lake Oconee if you are on the pre-tour). Check your junk mailboxes as they could be in there. No email, no problem. Check out our hotel information here.
Registration goes until the rally is full or April 25, whichever comes first. As of February 10, there are about 20 spots left in the rally
NEW TEAMS: GET GTR UPDATES DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX
All new teams that registered for GTR 2019 are on our list. If you would like to get on our email list, Just fill out this handy form. You can cancel anytime