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Promoting a Tandem Race

Notes on Organizing a Successful Tandem Race

by Linda Clemens,, September 8, 2000

Foto: Wielkopolski Klub Kultury Fizycznej.

Although mass-start tandem races are not exactly common, there are plenty of examples to learn by. The information in this article is based on my experience as promoter of the Miami Valley Stage Race (1991-1993 near Dayton, Ohio) and as a tandem racer in the Burley Cycling Classic, Starved Rock Classic, U.S.C.F. Masters Road Nationals, plus at least another dozen more tandem road races and criteriums. One very notable tandem competition this year was on the track: ICG Tandem Sprint Series

This article is not intended as the final, authoritative word on tandem races - you are welcome to send your experiences, suggestions and comments. This article assumes that you already know more than a little about organizing a bike race.

In most respects, the tandem field does not need to be treated differently than single bike fields.  When we included the tandem category in our stage race, they did a road race, criterium, prologue and time trial, with the same courses and distances as the single bikes.

Determine your goal with tandem racing... attract spectators with a novelty race, draw new racers to your event, build the tandem circuit in your region, or have some fun? Each of these goals implies a different approach to entry fees, rules, advertising and prizelist.

Generally, the pool of competitive tandems is relatively small. They are rarely motivated by large prize payouts. To draw enough teams for an exciting race, you'll need to advertise early and provide the opportunity for meaningful competition. Prize list and entry fees should be comparable to your other small fields, such as juniors, women, or masters.

Tell Them About the Race

Turn Up the Heat!

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