Start making plans now to attend the 2018 Southwest Tandem Rally in Brenham, Texas
 on April 19 - April 22, 2018!

Brenham lies halfway between Houston and Austin, about 70 miles northwest of Houston. It's the county seat of Washington County,  considered the 'Birthplace of Texas'. The nearby Washington on the Brazos (not to be confused with the other Washington) is the site of the signing of Texas' Declaration of Independence.  Brenham's also home to Blue Bell Creameries, the Bluebonnet Trail and if we're lucky, we'll have lots of bluebonnets and other wildflowers. The downtown area has lots of interesting shops, cafes and restaurants worth a side trip as well. 

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Thursday, April 19th - Late Afternoon

4:00pm – 8:00pm Rally Registration/Packet Pickup at the Holiday Inn Express

4:30pm – 7:30pm Welcome Reception – The Kenney Store (patio area)

The Kenney Store
811 S Loop 497
Kenney, TX 77452

Featured on The Texas Bucket List, The Kenney Store is a gathering place for locals with food, beer, live music and a garden with a ‘Luchenbach-like’ vibe. It used to be a general store by the tracks in the once bustling town of Kenney, TX. Their motto is “It is what it is”

Dinner on your own at The Kenney Store or in Brenham 

Friday, April 20th

Remote start, lunch, and registration/packet pickup from Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site.    

Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site
23400 Park Rd 12
Washington, TX 77880

From the park entrance, follow the signs for the visitor’s center and park in the visitor center parking lot. Registration/packet pick-up and lunch will be in the cluster of buildings a little North of the parking lot.
Note: The gates to the park do not open until 8:00AM.

Breakfast at your hotel

8:00am – 9:00am Rally Registration/Packet Pickup will be available at the park prior to the ride.

8:45am      Pre-ride briefing in the parking lot

9:00am      Ride start.
        Short route – 31 miles/1371ft
        Medium route – 41 miles/1817 ft
        Long route – 61 miles/2763 ft
        Cue sheets will be included in your packet. GPX files are available below.

11:30am – 2:00pm Lunch at the Brazos Overlook at Washington on the Brazos following your ride

This afternoon, you might want to take a self-guided tour while at Washington on the Brazos park or explore downtown Brenham.    

Dinner on your own.

Saturday, April 21st

Saturday's ride starts from the Brenham Fireman's Training Center, 1.3 miles from the Hampton Inn.    

Brenham Fire Department Training Center
1101 US-290
Brehnam, TX 77833
Note: Please do not attempt to ride to the Fireman’s Training Center by going West (the wrong way) on the US-290 feeder road.

Breakfast at your hotel

Be sure to wear your Rally cycling kits today (or kits from another rally)!

8:30am      Pre-ride meeting in parking lot of the Fireman’s Training Center

8:45am      Ride start
       Short route – 26 miles/1093 ft
       Medium route – 46 miles/2133 ft
       Long route – 71 miles/3326 ft
       Cue sheets 
will be included in your packet. GPX files are available below.

The medium and long routes take you through Burton the day of the annual Cotton Gin Festival and parade. This is an authentic small town Texas festival.

11:00am – 2:00pm Lunch at the Fireman's Training Center following your ride

This afternoon, you might want to explore downtown Brenham or visit Saddlehorn Winery near Burton.

6:00pm – 9:00pm Reception and dinner at the Fireman's Training Center

Sunday, April 22nd

Breakfast at your hotel

Sunday's ride starts from the Brenham Fireman's Training Center and takes you to the historic town of Chappell Hill. One route is planned for Sunday.

8:00am      Sunday Morning Devotional at the Fireman’s Training Center

8:45am      Pre-ride meeting in parking lot of the Fireman’s Training Center

9:00am      Ride start
         One route – 24 miles/1165 ft
        Cue sheets will be included in your packet. GPX files are available below.

Rally concludes – If you need late checkout, please arrange that with your hotel.

Ride Notes

Click here for the RideWithGPS Event page (find your GPX files here)

Paper maps and queue sheets will be available in your packets.

Limited SAG support will be available for mechanical issues.

Rest stops and several convenience stores will be available along each route, so be sure to bring money for snacks.

SAG mobile phone numbers are on the back of your badge and on each cue sheet. For emergencies, call 911 before calling the SAG.

Teams should come to the rally physically prepared to complete the route they choose to ride, with bicycles in working order and prepared to deal with minor repairs such as flats.

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Lodging Information

Hotel choices for the rally

Note: Be sure to reference "Southwest Tandem Rally 2018" to get the group rate. Also, be sure to make your reservations early! This a popular time of year in Brenham with Bluebonnet season and several festivals. Brenham also has several B&B's and other lodging options available at Visit Brenham Texas.

On-line reservations are not available. Please call your preferred hotel to get the group rate and make your reservation.

Hampton Inn & Suites - Brenham
2605 Schulte Blvd.
Brenham, TX 77833

$129.00/ night plus 13% occupancy tax
Includes traditional Hampton Inn Breakfast

Holiday Inn Express -Brenham South
2685 Schulte Blvd
Brenham, TX -77833

$125.00/ night plus 13% occupancy tax
Includes traditional Holiday Inn Express Breakfast

Best Western Inn – Brenham
1503 Highway 290 East
Brenham, TX-77833

$110.00/ night plus 13% occupancy tax
Includes free breakfast

RV Parking

Artesian Park RV Campground
8601 Hwy 290 West
Brenham, Tx 77833

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2018 SWTR Cycling Apparel

The online store is OPEN! Click below to order your apparel today.

2018 Southwest Tandem Rally Apparel

  • Jerseys are available for men and women in Club or Euro fit; short sleeve or sleeveless. Shorts and bibs for men and shorts and knickers for women.
  • The online store is now open and will remain open until February 28, 2018. You may add to or change your order prior to the online store closing.
  • Your apparel order will be shipped directly to you 5 weeks after the online store closes.
  • 2018 SWTR apparel will NOT be available at the rally. 
  • Please review this sizing chart carefully prior to placing your order. 
Note: Because these are custom items, all sales are final and orders cannot be cancelled after the online store has closed. 

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**** Registration is closed! ****

To register for the rally, click the button below.....

Note: All registrations should be done online. However if you have questions about the rally or special needs not easily accommodated by the online form, please contact the Event Organizer.

No on-site registration will be available!

The registration fee for the rally is $250/team (two attendee's). Your fee will cover costs of meals, facility rental, security, rest stop snacks, SAG and other miscellaneous expenses. Apparel and lodging are not included in your fee.

We expect the rally to fill quickly, so early registration is strongly suggested.

If you need to cancel your registration, your cancellation request must be received by March 19th, 2018. Only uncommitted portions of the registration fees will be refunded. 

Register for 2018 SWTR 

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