May 23-26, 2024: Dublin, GA
GTR last visited Dublin in 2012 and for the 24th edition of the rally, we are headed back. We have an entirely new rally planned and are very excited to be returning. Dublin is thrilled that we will be there. We hope you can join us in central Georgia for three days of riding and socializing with around 180 of your closest friends.
There is some history in Dublin. Martin Luther King Jr. preached his first sermon here in 1944. The church is still there.
Over the past several years, Downtown Dublin was given an extensive facelift. Gone are the tacky mid-century “improvements” to the buildings, which have been restored to their original early 1900’s brick facades. We almost didn’t recognize the place when we did our first scouting run. They have done a really nice job.
NEW THIS YEAR: THE SATURDAY BANQUET RETURNS
Why not? For the first time since 2019, we are able to have a Saturday banquet. There’s beer at an adjacent brewery and a really nice venue to hold our event.
ALSO DIFFERENT: NO SATURDAY LUNCH
There isn’t a great place to hold Saturday lunch on our routes in 2024, so we are going to let you pick when, what and where you want to eat. In other words, you are on your own for lunch after the ride on Saturday. There are five decent restaurants within a mile of our host hotel, so finding something to eat should not be a problem, especially if you like those hot dogs on rollers that they have at RaceTrac.
PLAN YOUR TRIP TO DUBLIN
Use the handy Google Map below to figure out how far you live from Dublin.
GTR 2024 DAY BY DAY
Thursday, May 23: GTR begins with packet pickup at a really cool venue. Weather permitting of course, join us for a rooftop party at the tiki bar atop Saltwater Fishery, a local restaurant. You will have a birds-eye view of the city as you enjoy an adult beverage with your fellow tandem teams.
Friday, May 24: Our first ride of GTR 2024 begins at the host hotel and offers three options of 30, 41 or 53 miles through the quiet roads of Laurens County. On a recent trip, we saw just a few cars. You will visit the metropolis of Dudley, population 538. Tonight, join us for an ice cream social in downtown Dublin. Rumor has it that the brand new Scoops ice cream truck will be there.
Saturday, May 25: Welcome to Day 2 of GTR 2024 where we feature rides of 34, 45, or 58 miles. Depending on the option you choose, you can visit Dexter, Chester or Rentz. Now that’s an exciting day! Lunch is on your own this year, but tonight, join us for our Saturday banquet featuring a Cajun low-country boil. We are separating all of the items so that vegetarians can go to town on the potatoes, corn and vegetables without having to worry about the shrimp. More banquet details are to follow.
Sunday, May 26: Do you have one more ride in those legs? To encourage more of you to ride on Sunday, we have a short jaunt of 22 miles. It’s the easiest ride of the weekend and will be over in time for you to shower before you hit the road for home.
GTR 2024 IS LIMITED TO 90 TEAMS.
GET A NEW GTR JERSEY
If you didn’t order a jersey last year and are still kicking yourself for not doing so, or you are new to the rally and want a jersey, you can order again this year. We are also offering vests for those who want to add them to their wardrobe.
GTR 2024 TERRAIN
We are in the central part of the state this year, but we are south of the glacier fall line. That means rolling hills. There are a couple of heart rate challenges during the weekend, but nothing over 5% for any of our rides. Here’s our altitude chart, which actually has less climbing than GTR 2023, which was in a much flatter part of the state:
|Friday 30||1000 feet|
|Friday 41||1300 feet|
|Friday 53||1700 feet|
|Saturday 34||1200 feet|
|Saturday 45||1500 feet|
|Saturday 58||1900 feet|
|Sunday 22||600 feet|
GTR 2024 PRE-TOUR
Make your GTR experience six days and sign up for our popular GTR Pre-Tour, which will be held from May 20-23 in Vidalia, GA. Registration for GTR 2024 and our pre-tour are done together.
GTR 2024 REGISTRATION
Rally sign-up begins February 4, 2024. Registration is electronic, fast, secure, and easy. We will register riders until April 15 or until the rally fills up, whichever happens first.
GTR 2024 COSTS
We are still meeting with our accounting firm of Dewey, Cheatum and Howe to determine rally costs. Your GTR costs include routes, maps and cue sheets, riders insurance (big premium hike this year), GTR SWAG, Friday’s ice cream social, Saturday’s banquet and much more. The cost of the rally does NOT include the cost of your hotel room.
GTR 2024 HOTEL RESERVATIONS
You are in charge of your hotel reservations. Hotel information will be provided to you after you register for the ride. Why do we do this? To keep people who decide not to register from taking up hotel space that someone who has registered could be using.
GTR CANCELLATION POLICY
We have a very generous refund policy. Dates and deadlines will be announced closer to registration in February.
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