Fifth Annual Twin Valley Rally
September 12-14, 2014
Welcome to the Fifth Annual Twin Valley Rally, hosted by Twin Valley Riders, the sport-touring and adventure-riding club of Southwest Virginia. We invite you to celebrate this five-year milestone with us. With several years of experience, an amazing team of dedicated volunteers and a growing reputation as one of the best little motorcycle rallys in the east, the 2014 Twin Valley Rally promises to be yet another outstanding celebration of fantastic roads, camaraderie, blues and bluegrass music, and of course the same incredible barbecue that we’ve all come to expect.
Twin Valley Riders is chartered as BMW MOA Chapter 284 and BMWRA Chapter 348. However, we are truly marque agnostic and warmly welcome riders of all types of motorcycles to the rally and membership in the club.
The Central Appalachians of Southwest Virginia provide outstanding terrain for on and off road riding, and we will once again offer a selection of great routes for you to discover. We will be doing a Fun Run Challenge for both on and off road riders again this year, as well as the ever-popular Gap Attack. Frontline Eurosports will have a selection of new BMW models available on-site for test rides.We will continue the always entertaining slo-ride competition again this year and award a nice prize to the winner.
Registration for 2014 is Now Open.
We have about 10 places to fill due to cancellations. Waiting list folks have been notified. The Rally Fee button is now active until the places are filled.
open closed. The rally fee is $45. Register online via Paypal (right sidebar). We are accepting 175 registrations again this year. The rally sold out in two weeks last year, so we strongly suggest that you register immediately to reserve your place. T-Shirts are by pre-order and you can do it all with a single Paypal transaction. Your pre-ordered shirts will be at the registration table at check-in.
You may use your Paypal account or a credit/debit card to complete the transaction (Paypal account is not required). Enter the names of all attendees, separated by commas, in the field above the Rally Fee button. The Paypal confirmation is your receipt.
We ask that everyone be considerate of others and conserve space by keeping your camping footprint compact. Please park bikes along the road rather than consuming tent spaces in the camping areas.
The Venue – Willville Motorcycle Camp
Twin Valley Rally is held at Willville Motorcycle Camp in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. The 26 acre motorcycle-only campground features level, grassy tent camping in a tall wood beside a mountain stream. The diligently maintained bath house with hot showers, spacious pavilion, community campfire, advantageous location and overall ambiance make Willville the ideal venue for Twin Valley Rally. Willville is located one mile west of the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 177) on US Route 58 at Meadows of Dan, Va.
Barbecue Smoked on Site
Being only a few miles from the North Carolina line, and a few more from the barbecue capitol of the world (Lexington), some might recon it audacious to claim world class barbecue. So be it. We’ve heard aficionados who know whereof they speak declaring that this barbecue is some of the best they’ve had. Flavorful, smoky, moist with just the right amount of chew (with a bit of outside brown) to top it off. Choose traditional Eastern Carolina spicy vinegar sauce, or the not too tomatoey Piedmont sauce. Cole slaw, baked beans and sweet tea or lemonade to round it out, and you have the recipe for a bunch of happy campers.
We fire the smoker as the party winds down on Friday night, and start more than a hundred pounds of pork butts steeping low and slow for twelve to fourteen hours over charcoal and applewood. We have our own custom-built smoker (thanks Tim) to make sure nothing is left to chance. Friday night’s menu is grilled chicken, baked potatoes and green beans. The food alone would justify a big ride to be here, but that’s one of many reasons you don’t want to miss this rally.
Breakfast at the VFW in Meadows of DanThe Meadows of Dan VFW serves up their famous all-you-can-eat breakfast just for us on Saturday morning. Start your ride off with a full tank of sausage, bacon, eggs, grits, potatoes and biscuits. The VFW has been doing their monthly community breakfasts for years and we’re honored that they’ve agreed to do one especially for Twin Valley Rally for the fifth year running. This is another meal you really do not want to miss.
Blues and Bluegrass Music
Twin Valley Rally is held in the heart of The Crooked Road territory. This is the birthplace of bluegrass and old time music. Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail was organized to celebrate and preserve the tradition. Each year musicians with stringed instruments and sweet voices gather where the music emerged as pure as water from a spring. Twin Valley Rally features some of the area’s most talented musicians on Friday and Saturday nights, plus open jams and singing by the campfire for everyone who plays, sings or taps their feet. So, bring your instrument and expect a memorable experience. This year’s featured talent is Evening Violet and Stairwell.
MotoMark Intro to Overland Course
Interested in off road riding? MotoMark1 has developed a special 4-hour training program to show you how to get the most out of your dual-purpose bike. We’ll give you instruction while navigating beautiful scenic off-roads. Students are provided personal hands-on training with instructor-to-student radio communications. You will learn cutting-edge skills from a team of expert instructors with decades of real-world experience! We have designed this class to be offered at special events throughout the year.
- Length: 4 hours – Time varies by event.
- Class Size: Limited to 6 students
- Included: 4-hours off-road riding with student/instructor radio communication.
- Motorcycle: Bring your own dual sport motorcycle (required)
- Minimums: Safe dual-sport motorcycle, DOT-rated helmet, jacket, sturdy pants, gloves, eye protection, over-the-ankle boots. Long sleeves recommended for summer.
- Location: See Special Event links for location information
Twin Valley Rally is located in the heart of the Central Appalachian Mountains, which happens to include some of the most scenic, twisty two-wheel pavement in the country (not to mention unpavement). Our venue, Willville Motorcycle Camp, sits atop the Blue Ridge Escarpment on US Route 58, a mile west of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Within about a hundred mile radius you will find such notable attractions as the New River Gorge; Hawks Nest State Park (WV); Breaks Interstate Park; Mt. Rogers (5729′, highest point in Virginia); Mt. Mitchel (6,683′, highest point in the Appalachians and the Eastern United States); Roan Mountain; Natural Tunnel State Park; Hungry Mother State Park (southern end of the best section of Route 16); Appomattox, Virginia, where Lee surrendered to Grant, as well as numerous Civil War battlefield sites; exhibition coal mines, and dozens of operating wineries. There are archeological digs at Saltville which have unearthed a variety of prehistoric creatures, including wooly mammoths which are on display in the museum. Regardless of what destinations you choose, you’re certain to enjoy many miles of smile-inducing, twisty backroads along the way.
The party begins as riders roll in starting around noon on Friday. The rally fee includes two nights of camping, barbecue dinners Friday and Saturday nights, entertainment both nights, hot coffee brewing by first light, maps with dual-sport routes and on-road tours, happy hours both days, a slow race, door prizes, raffles, massages for your tired, aching muscles, and community campfires.
- Two nights of camping at Willville
- Chicken & Pulled Pork BBQ Dinners
- Fun Run Challenge, Gap Attack, Dual Sport and On Road Rides
- Live Bluegrass Music and Jams
- Door Prize Drawings
- 50/50 Raffle
- Rally T-Shirts*
- Campfires Friday & Saturday Nights
- Morning Coffee Provided
- Happy Hour Friday & Saturday
- Flower Hill Therapeutic Massage*
- Saturday Breakfast Buffet by local VFW*
*add’l cost item
Many the country’s best motorcycle dealerships, moto gear and accessory retailers, and area businesses, support Twin Valley Rally by way of sponsorships and generous contributions of products and services, door prizes, and by helping raise awareness. We greatly appreciate their contributions and urge everyone to support our sponsors. A special nod Frontline Eurosports for their ongoing support, and to Will Beers of Willville Motorcycle Camp for his many contributions to Twin Valley Rally’s success.