Central Florida is a great location for tandem riding and the location for the 8th Annual Florida Tandem Rally, October 20-23, 2017 in “Florida’s Friendliest Home Town,” The Villages, Florida. SEE who is already registered for FTR2017
The Waterfront Inn will be your host for the weekend and a rate of $111 will be available for those attending the rally. Check out their website at www.waterfrontinnvillages.com to make your reservations or call 352-753-7535 and mention the Florida Tandem Rally for this special group rate. Please make your reservations early to get your choice of rooms and to make the cut-off date of October 1, 2017.
This year you have a choice of registering for the Florida Tandem Rally by printing out our application and mailing it with payment or you can choose to register online using IM Athlete. Go to their website at www.imATHLETE.com and search for ‘ 2017 Florida Tandem Rally’. Then check “Tandem Team” — read and accept the Waiver — and type the Captain’s initials in the supplied box. IM Athlete does charge a fee to use their services.
The “print” version of the FTR2017 Application for the Florida Tandem Rally 2017 is available HERE FTR2017Application. Print it, fill it out and mail it in with your check.
Introducing a NEW CLASS of TANDEM RIDES.
The PANTHERS Florida Tandem Rally 2017 will offer rides on Friday, Saturday and Sunday that are a little different from the rallies in the past years. We know that there are a number teams who have just started riding a tandem; and are unfamiliar with what to expect when attending a tandem rally. In the past, you may have hesitated to attend a tandem rally because of a recent accident that has limited your fitness level or because you may just lack the ability to ride a 35 mile route. These experiences can be frustrating and leave you riding alone. You do not have to be a competitive cyclist to enjoy the benefits of group rides. Utilized correctly, regular group sessions can motivate you, improve your fitness and make any ride more enjoyable. Maybe all of your rides have been through your neighborhood and now you would like to experience new routes and country roads that you have not ridden before. All of these new experiences are available this year as we introduce new tandem teams to the benefits of attending a tandem rally.
In order to help you to get started, this year we will offer ‘no-drop’ rides. This means that no rider is left behind and you can count on an experienced tandem team to stay with you…if you are unable to maintain the groups pace or you need some help to repair a flat.
To help you get started, we will have a dedicated and experienced tandem team that will introduce you to tandem riding and offer hints on group riding etiquette. That team will be Jack and Pat Deacon of The Villages. They have many miles under their wheels as a team; and over their many years of riding, have helped organize and ridden most of the popular rallies in the southeast and toured through many states across the nation. This year they have chosen routes of 20-25 miles over roads that require minimum climbing and with very low traffic. A convenient riding pace will be chosen so that all who are riding are able to maintain voice contact for any mechanical or medical situations that may arise. If you have been hesitant about attending your first tandem rally, this year’s FTR 2017 will be a great time to learn from an experience tandem team.