200 tandem bicycle riders will be in Washington County this weekend for the annual Southwest Tandem Rally. The Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau says that tandem bike riders will come from across the United States and Canada to ride Washington County’s scenic roads. This year’s event is hosted by Houstonians on Tandems Together, a tandem bicycle enthusiast club.
Courtney Powell, Assistant Tourism Director for the Convention and Visitors Bureau said “They have three group rides planned in different parts of the county and will get to see historic sites at Washington on the Brazos, Independence, Burton and Chappell Hill.”
The riders will arrive today (Thursday) and will meet at the Kenny Store. Friday the group has rides beginning at Washington on the Brazos State Park. Saturday, their rides begin and end at the Fireman’s Training Center in Brenham. Sunday morning, they have a short ride planned to Chappell Hill.
The Conventions and Visitors Bureau reminds the local residents to the courteous to the bicyclists as they peddle around the county this weekend. They may be slow, but they are contributing to the local economy.
Full Press Release from the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau:
Tandem Cyclists Ride into Brenham
The Brenham/Washington County Chamber-CVB is excited to announce the arrival of 200 tandem bicycle riders for the annual Southwest Tandem Rally. Riders will come from across the United States, and even Canada, excited to reconnect with one another and ride Washington County’s scenic roads.
This year’s event is hosted by Houstonians on Tandems Together, a tandem bicycle enthusiast club based out of the Houston area. In 2016 the rally was hosted in Georgetown, Texas, and last year it was held in Paris, Texas. Riders will be staying in Brenham hotels Thursday to Sunday.
“They have three group rides planned in different parts of the county and will get to see historic sites at Washington on the Brazos, Independence, Burton and Chappell Hill,” says Courtney Powell, Assistant Tourism Director for the CVB. “I’ve been helping Marcia Becker, the tandem rally coordinator, plan this event for several months. They are really excited to hold their event in Brenham and are looking forward to some challenging rides and fun get-togethers.”
Thursday afternoon the group will hold a welcome reception and spend the evening like a local at The Kenney Store.
Friday morning, riders will be up early to drive to Washington on the Brazos where they will begin their short, medium and long routes for the day, ranging from 31 to 61 miles. They will enjoy lunch at Washington on the Brazos before exploring the park, other attractions and downtown shopping.
Saturday’s rides start and end at Fireman’s Training Center. Three routes provide the group with varying scenic rides through Burton and Independence. The group will reconvene Saturday evening at Fireman’s Training Center for their farewell reception and dinner including Blue Bell ice cream for dessert.
The 2018 rally will conclude Sunday afternoon after a short morning ride to Chappell Hill.
Chamber-CVB staff talk with a lot of hobby groups who are looking for host towns to hold their meet-ups. Powell says, “We spend a lot of time comparing their needs with the county’s resources and availability, and when it all comes together it’s a win for everyone. The group enjoys their event, the visitors see what a great place Brenham & Washington County is and want to return, and the community benefits from the dollars they spend while they’re here.”
The Chamber-CVB encourages the community to welcome these riders with smiles and cheers as you see them pedaling around the county this weekend. While they might be a lot slower than us in our vehicles, they are contributing much to our local economy - please be kind and considerate when you pass them on the roads.