Jan 7 13

MATES History

Mike Bianco

The Mid-Atlantic Tandem EnthusiastS – MATES rally has been around since 1997.

MATES is a smaller, more intimate tandem rally held locally in the Mid Atlantic region. It was originally started at the behest of Virginia tandemists that did not want to make the trek to New England to attend the annual ETR, but wanted to make it to a closer, regional rally. MATES stands for Mid-Atlantic Tandem EnthusiastS, and historically has been held from North Carolina north to New Jersey, with half the rallies in Virginia. It has also served to get some teams involved with organizing a tandem rally without taking on the responsibilities incumbent with the significantly larger Eastern Tandem Rally. MATES rallies usually run from 35 to 50 tandem teams, where the current ETR rally target is 125 teams.

MATES rallies:

  • 1997 Williamsburg, VA – Bob & Willa Friedman (Held jointly w/ GEAR)
  • 1998 St Mary’s, MD – Robert & Joyce Saltsman
  • 1999 Salisbury, MD – Robin England
  • 2000 Ashland, VA – Alex Sallwey & Cathy Hyatt
  • 2001 Williamsburg, VA – Bob & Willa Friedman
  • 2002 Winchester, VA – Kevin & Faye
  • 2003 Carlisle, PA – Kim Green & Jim Pastorick
  • 2004 Culpeper, VA – Bob & Willa Friedman
  • 2005 Williamsburg, VA – EGRETs
  • 2006 Warrenton, VA – Karen & Ed Hass
  • 2007 Henderson, NC – Mike & Carol Vilardo
  • 2008 Flemington, NJ – Mark Cook & Cheryl Prudhomme
  • 2009 Carlisle, PA – Kim Green & Jim Pastorick
  • 2010 Warrenton, VA – Ross & Donna Glasgow
  • 2011 Not held
  • 2012 Carlisle, PA – Kim Green & Jim Pastorick
  • 2013 New Hope, PA – Al & Deb Cudworth
  • 2014 Mount Jackson, VA – Karen & Ed Haas
  • 2015 Clionton, NJ – Mark Cook & Cheryl Prudhomme
  • 2016 Shepherdstown, WV – Joel & Lacey Steen

By state:

  • Virginia: 9
  • Pennsylvania: 4
  • Maryland: 2
  • New Jersey: 2
  • North Carolina: 1
  • West Virginia: 1

Total: 19

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