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Southern Tandem Rally 2018

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October 11 – 14 2018

Venice, Florida

The next Southern Tandem Rally will be held October 11th through 14th 2018 in beautiful, sunny Venice Florida.

Venice is a town, partly on Venice Island and partly on the Florida mainland. The quaint downtown district on the Island has lovely shops, restaurants, pubs and ice creameries.

Venice is fortunate to have sweet little beaches along the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It is also a short drive from Sarasota, which has the number one rated beach in the country, that being Siesta Beach. Siesta Beach has acres upon acres of the finest sugar sand with all the amenities, including many sand volleyball courts.

Venice is also fortunate to be close to two contiguous rail-trail parks, the Legacy and the Venetian Waterway Trails. Barrier Islands of Manasota Key, Casey Key, Siesta Key, Bird Key and Longboat Key provide many miles of lovely bike-friendly roads, many with great Gulf views, gorgeous homes and canopied sections. The well-kept residential area of Venice Island has a mid-century modern look with very lightly traveled avenues.

When you are not riding or dining at one of the many varied restaurants, there is plenty to do. From kayaking, canoeing, fishing, shopping, visiting a classic car museum or flying high on a trapeze, there is plenty to keep you busy. The famous St. Armand’s Circle in Sarasota has dozens of high-end shops and eateries a short drive from Venice. The Ringling Art Museum and Circus Museum are well worth the 40 minute drive. We are also looking into other fun entertainment options for you.

There are two very well stocked large bike shops in Venice with skilled mechanics if you need them, which we hope you won’t. And, the Tervis Tumbler headquarters is only a short drive from the hotel, if you have any to exchange.

The host hotel, The Venezia, is newly remodeled and has wonderful accommodations including a full hot buffet breakfast, included with your room price of $99/night, which is without equal. The pool area is outstanding with plenty of lounging either in the sun or the shade, indoor and outdoor bars and plenty of room for air-conditioned indoor lounging and game playing. We are looking at having our Saturday night banquet in their spacious banquet room, so hotel guests will not have to drive to or from the venue.

GPS Routes

Click the picture below to check out the routes on Ride With GPS.

STR 2018 Routes

To make the trip even more worthwhile, we timed the event to coincide with the Florida Tandem Rally, which is held the following weekend, in the Villages, about 2-1/2 hours north of Venice. There will be organized rides during the week for those that choose to stick around for both rallies.

Steve & Debi

Bob & Kat

Debi and I (Steve) Katzman are newbies at organizing rallies, but with the help of our friends, Bob and Kat Acuff, we are frequent rally attendees and we are aiming to put on a first-class event for all that attend.

Please check back here often for updates about the rally!