Registration is now open for the 2007 Southern Tandem Rally which will be held on September 21 - 23 at Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Called the Scenic City, Chattanooga sits in a bend of the Tennessee River between Lookout and Signal Mountains and features the $120 million Waterfront Plan, the world famous Tennessee Aquarium, and various other exciting attractions, restuarants, and hotels.
The Chattanoogan Hotel, located in downtown Chattanooga close to restaurants, shopping, and attractions like the Tennessee Aquarium, will be "Rally Central" for the three-day event. Lodging costs are included in the cost of the rally and room reservations will be made by the STR organizing committee after receiving your paid rally registration form.
I would be interested in hearing from those who have attended this rally before. It would be about a 6.5 hour drive so I would like to make sure it will fit our needs. I would be interested in the number of riders it typically gets and how you would rate the rides for intermediate riders( 50-60 miles). How does it compare to the Tennessee Tandem Rally.
STR and TTR will differ primarily in numbers as twice as many teams are traditionally at STR events, Chattanooga is a major city wheresas Alcoa is a small community, the Chattanoogan Hotel is an upscale Conference Center and Resort vs. the Holiday Inn Express being, well, a Holiday Inn Express, and of course the terrain is quite different. In other words, they're just very different events with two constants: great people and an opportunity to ride with a large number of tandem teams where you can most likely find several other teams to ride with at your level. With respect to cost, STR’07 is being hosted in the Chattanoogan Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the accommodations are a major cost driver. Although, being in the "big city" also means there will be opportunities for "short route" riders to take in attractions like the Tennessee Aquarium with the rally. However, unlike most "big" cities, Chattanooga is a smaller big city that allows cyclists to quickly escape to excellent riding in the valleys or over the mountains that surround the Tennessee River Valley.
As a reminder, $25 late registration fees go into effect after midnight on June 30th for the 2007 Southern Tandem Rally which will be held on September 21 - 23 at Chattanooga, Tennessee.
We recently joined the organizers for three-days of route-scouting over the Memorial Day weekend and photos from our trip have now been incorporated into the STR '07 Web site. You can check out the scenery, Saturday's lunch stop, and find additional details about Chattanooga, the event, and links to the downloadable registration form at the STR Website:http://www.thetandemlink.com/STR.html
It’s not too late to register for STR 2007 in Chattanooga! While the block of reserved rooms has been filled at the host hotel, the rally itself is NOT full!
REGISTRATION & LODGING UPDATE: Although The Chattanoogan Hotel will be "Rally Central" for the three day event, as of July 1st the initial block of rooms reserved for STR were filled . Therefore, for those who did not register before the rally rate increase on July 1st, there are now several lodging and rally registration package options that will also be extended to teams who are already registered for the event.
In addition to the All-Inclusive STR 2007 Registration Package, a NEW Rally-Only Registration Package is being offered at $230.00 that includes everything except Friday and Saturday night lodging.
To register for the Rally and take advantage of the Rally-Only registration package, please make your own hotel arrangements and send in your registration form. There are several hotels located near The Chattanoogan and you are welcome to make your own reservations to suit your needs, preferences, and budget. The organizers have also secured a block of rooms at the downtown Hampton Inn with a pre-tax rate of $79/night. More information can be found at the STR Website: http://www.thetandemlink.com/STR.html
For those looking to move to or from the All-Inclusive STR 2007 Packge...
- The STR 2007 registration form includes a block where Teams can indicate their desire to stay at The Chattanoogan: check that block! The organizers are maintaining a list of folks who are interested in the all-inclusive STR 2007 package and will contact teams on the waiting list to fill any vacancies at The Chattanoogan should they become available.
- For Teams that have paid for the all-inclusive STR 2007 rally registration package but who are interested in the Rally-Only package, please contact the organizers immediately and let them know that you would like to make your room available to someone on the waiting list.
Pending additional demand for the All-Inclusive Rally Package, the organizers will coordinate the changes in rally registration options between the teams and adjust registration fees accordingly.
ROUTE PLANNING UPDATE: The organizers have just about finalized the routes for the Rally and so far they've found some great riding that includes options for flat riding along the river, rolling valley riding, moderate climbing, and knee busting, gut wrenching, smack your mama kind of hilly routes: as strange as it sounds, that does appeal to some teams - and they know who they are.
For the (rare) rally attendee who might be a bit price sensitive
there are lots of other motels in the $40-60 range and Chattanooga
is a very easy town to get around in. I have stayed well out on
I24 SE of Chattanooga in the rock quarry area off I24 fo $35
when attending 3St/3M and still been less than 10min from the
start, which is a few blocks from the convention center. I
wonder if they are doing any rides in the National battlefield
just south of Chattanooga in N Ga? That is a big area, relatively
flat with low/slow traffic and of historical interest.
I wonder if they are doing any rides in the National battlefield just south of Chattanooga in N Ga? That is a big area, relatively flat with low/slow traffic and of historical interest.
There was some thought given to that, but roads to and from were a bit busy for a tandem rally and/or required teams to take on a pretty challenging ride. Moreover, the distance options were a bit limited compared to the routes that are now on the short list.
I'll post the route information to the STR website once the organizers finalize them. However, for alumni of the 3 State / 3 Mountain there will likely be an "on-your-own" pre-rally challenge ride that tackles a Metric version of the ride and takes riders over Suck and Sand mountains. Again, as it is with the Tennessee Tandem Rally, any pre-rally challenge ride will not be part of the official rally and those who choose to participate should not expect to receive much more than a map and cue sheet and waive all bit*hing rights. There are usually two groups on these types of challenge rides: "A Teams" who try to ride each other into submission without showing any signs of pain and suffering and "B Teams" who do their best to enjoy the ride and stay together at a somewhat slower pace than the A Teams.
For those without auto assist, getting to the battlefield would be an
unpleasant experience. I don't recall the metric 3St/3M going over
Sand Mtn, IIRC it tools down the Sequatchie valley and over a perhaps
one mile climb before hitting the Nickajack and that scary bridge over
the river. Just after, the metrics peel off L while the 100s go R along the river
to Sand Mtn about 15mi away. The Sand Mtn climb is a beautiful climb
in a mature, shady hardwood forest on a terrible road with a few
steep portions, noticeably more challenging than the friendly Suck crk
climb. Both are about 3mi with Sand perhaps 3.5mi.