Bonjour ya’ll!

The 27th annual Southwest Tandem Rally, hosted by the Dallas Area Tandem Enthusiasts, will be held in Paris, Texas! We’ve planned 3 days of cycling on gently rolling terrain through Northeast Texas.

We’ll ride on the scenic Trail de Paris and enjoy Friday and Saturday night festivities at the Love Civic Center. There will be plenty of photo opportunities under Paris’ own Eiffel Tower!

The Top 10 things to do in Paris, Texas - other than riding your tandem at the Southwest Tandem Rally!


The 2017 Southwest Tandem Rally will be based from the Love Civic Center in Paris, Texas. Paris is  the county seat of Lamar County, Texas.

It is situated in Northeast Texas at the western edge of the Piney Woods, and 98 miles northeast of the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex.

Love Civic Center - Paris, Texas

2017 Rally Schedule

 Thursday, April 27 
 3:00 pm - 6:00 pmPacket Pick Up - Holiday Inn Express Meeting Room, Paris, Texas
 8:00 pm - 9:00 pmPacket Pick Up - Holiday Inn Express Meeting Room, Paris, Texas

 Friday, April 28 
 6:00 amBreakfast Opens - Comfort Inn
 6:30 amBreakfast Opens - Holiday Inn Express
 7:30 am - 8:00 amPacket Pick Up - Holiday Inn Express Meeting Room, Paris, Texas
 9:00 amRide Start (All Routes - 28, 47, 57 miles) - Love Civic Center
2025 South Collegiate Drive, Paris, Texas 75460
 Lunch on Your Own 
 5:30 pm - 6:30 pmBYOB Social Hour – Love Civic Center Lobby
 6:30 pm - 9:30 pmDinner Buffet- Love Civic Center

 Saturday, April 29Wear Your SWTR Jersey
 6:00 amBreakfast Opens - Comfort Inn
 7:00 amBreakfast Opens - Holiday Inn Express
 8:45 amRide Start (All Routes - 35, 57 & 68 miles) - Love Civic Center
 11:00 am - 2:00 pmCatered Lunch – Love Civic Center
 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmBYOB Social Hour – Love Civic Center Lobby
 7:00 pm - 10:00 pmDinner Buffet – Love Civic Center

 Sunday, April 30 
 6:00 amBreakfast Opens - Comfort Inn
 7:00 amBreakfast Opens - Holiday Inn Express
 8:30 amRide Start (29 mile route)– Group Start from Hotel Parking Lot
 1:00 pmHotel Late Check Out

On-Line Registration

SWTR 2017 Costs: The rally will cost $240 per tandem team. The price includes two (2) Canari cycling jerseys (see design here), social hours on Friday and Saturday, lunch on Saturday, buffet dinners on Friday and Saturday, maps, SAG support and road marking. The price does not include your hotel room for the weekend.

Optional shorts - $59 each, bibs - $64 each, or knickers - $70 each can be purchased during your registration (see design here). Additional jerseys can also be purchased at $55 each.

SWTR 2017 Registration is open and must be submitted on-line by March 10, 2017. The rally is limited to 100 tandem teams.

SWTR 2017 Refund Policy: Cancellations by March 11, 2017 will result in a full refund. After March 11, any uncommitted portion of the fees will be refunded.

Questions? Contact Linda Vinson at

See who is coming to the 2017 Southwest Tandem Rally Here


Friday, April 28: Let’s get rolling! Friday’s ride is a mass start from the Love Civic Center with route options of 28, 47 and 57 miles. These routes explore the flat country roads southeast of Paris and pass through the towns of Blossom and Reno before returning on the canopied corridor of the Trail de Paris.

Saturday, April 29: Saturday’s tandem-friendly terrain features distances of 35, 57 and 68 miles. All routes will start from the Love Civic Center and head southwest through the wide, open spaces of the Texas countryside on mostly flat roads with a few gentle slopes to make it interesting. Lunch will be provided at the finish at the Love Civic Center.

Sunday, April 30: On Sunday, we will start from the hotel parking lot and head south to Biardstown. It’s an easy 29 mile distance to wrap up the weekend. You’ll be back to the hotels with plenty of time to shower and head home. Check-out time is 1:00 PM.

Route Markings: Colored arrows on the pavement will mark turns on the routes. More information will be provided in your rally packet.

SAG Support: There will be SAG support provided on Friday and Saturday’s routes. Facilities: Restrooms will be available inside the Love Civic Center and at the adjacent pavilion.

Getting to the Love Civic Center: It is approximately 3 miles from the hotels to the Love Civic Center. It is rideable or you may drive over and park.


Please call the hotel of you choice below and ask to book under the Southwest Tandem Rally 2017 room block for the rates listed below.
Rate: $99 - $119
3025 N. E. Loop 286
Paris, TX 75460
(903) 785-0088
$79 - $89
3035 NE Loop 286
Paris, TX 75460
(903) 785-0089

RV Camping

Love Civic Center RV CAMPING- $35 per night (50 Amp and 35 Amp available) Contact: 903-739-9912

Local Dining Flavor

Some local Paris recommendations for dining on your own. Complete listing of restaurants from the Paris Chamber of Commerce.
107 Grand
107 Grand Ave, Paris, TX
(903) 609-8806

1301 North Main, Paris, TX 75460
(903) 739-9443

Fish Fry
3500 NE Loop 286, Paris, TX 75460
(903) 785-6144

Capizzi's Italian Kitchen
2525 Clarksville, Paris, TX 75460
(903) 785-7590
Crawford's Hole in the Wall Cafe
202 3rd St. NW, Paris, TX 75460
(903) 737-9025

Jaxx Burgers
10 Clarksville St, Paris, TX 75460
(903) 739-2955

La Familia Mexican Restaurant
303 20th St. NE, Paris, TX 75460
(903) 737-0779

Magel's Grill
3805 Loop 286 NE, Paris, TX 75460
(903) 784-3186
Paris Coffee Company
201 N. Collegiate Dr, Paris, TX 75460
(903) 739-8989

Perry's Off the Square
208 S. Main, Paris, TX 75460
(903) 783-1283

Scholl Brothers BBQ
1528 Lamar Ave, Paris, TX 75460
Phone number (903) 739-8080

2835 Loop 286 NE, Paris, TX 75462
(903) 784-4706
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