The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Chicago Area Tandem Society (CATS) took part in the Rockford region hosting the 40th Annual Midwest Tandem Rally this Labor Day weekend, September 4-7. Approximately 300 tandem bicycles, or 600 cyclists, met in Rockford to tour various sites, attractions, hotels and eateries. Visitors to the event are expected to generate an economic impact of $162,000 to the region.
This four day event brought riders, organizers and supporters throughout the Midwest from as far as California, Texas, Vermont, Canada and France. Tandem teams were provided a variety of route options that take them throughout Winnebago county and neighboring counties such as Boone, Ogle, and DeKalb. Some routes that teams will ride are as long as 70 miles. Along with tandems, cyclists also road triplet, quad and quint cycles in this event. The oldest registered participant for MTR is 80 years old and the youngest is 2 years old.
RACVB Sales Manager, Greta Spencer, said, “It has been a pleasure to work with the Midwest Tandem Rally affiliates to organize such a great event in the Rockford region. I’m so thrilled that this event is giving people from all over the world an opportunity to experience all that our local area has to offer.”
Mass Start began at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings at the Forest City Tennis Center located at 7801 East State Street, Rockford.