Madison Weekend

Hoosiers Out On Tandems

Although the name "HOOTs" has been around since the mid-nineties, the Central Indiana Bicycling Association (CIBA) has been promoting the fitness and social aspects of tandem riding for at least forty years.  Many of our rides are in the nine-county Central Indiana region, but we do plan to host several multi-day events in 2017 that appeal to teams from the rest of the state and beyond.  Madison will be the home of our first multi-day event on the weekend after Memorial Day.  We'll return to the home of the 2010 Midwest Tandem Rally (MTR) in Shipshewana on the weekend of July 21-23 with new routes in the beautiful Amish country.  And, for the second year, we'll join with the Cincinnati Cycling Club for a Batesville weekend at the (hopefully) restored Sherman House.  Of course, we plan to ride to MTR in Dublin, OH on Labor Day Weekend.  We plan to host a spring ride where we invite couples in the CIBA community to join us on their single bikes.  We hope this will guide them to joining the tandem community.

HOOTs Anderson Ride
Socializing at the Grandview Golf Club in Anderson - photo by Don Kirk

For the fourth straight year, we'll be hosting events in May and September at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  This unique event pairs a captain from our group with a student from the school.  We ride about ten miles through the surrounding neighborhood and on the Monon Trail with an ice cream stop in Broad Ripple.  In many cases, the captain's normal stoker will join us on their single bike.

Indiana School For the Blind
Riding with Students at the Indiana School for the Blind - photo by Nathan Dinges

HOOTs History
HOOTs originally started out in the western part of the state by Tom and Mona Smith around 1990 under the name of TOIS (Tandems Of Indiana & Illinois).  In 1993 Tom, who was also a member of CIBA, began to have discussions with CIBA about hosting the 1995 Midwest Tandem Rally.  In 1994 TOIS was brought under the umbrella of CIBA which could provide many more resources to the tandem group.  At that time the name was changed to Tandems Of Indiana Society (TOIS).

Keith and Janice Conaway headed TOIS in 1994 and 1995, hosting MTR on the northside of Indianapolis.

There was a short time in late 1995 and early 1996 that the name changed to TRAIN (Tandems Riding Around INdiana).  In 1996 Sue and Gary Robinson took charge of the group and its name changed to HOOTs.  The name represents the entire state, and it also followed the trend of tandem groups to name themselves after animals.

HOOTs Chairs
2013-present
John Calhoun & Madelyn Zalon
2007-2012
Jay & Linda Hardcastle
2001-2006
Don & Dolly Craft
2000
Don Hughes & Debbie Beaudin
1998-1999
Don & Chris Kirk
1996-1997
Gary & Sue Robinson

HOOTs hosted the first Midwest Tandem Rally (MTR) in Kokomo on Labor Day Weekend of 1976.  When we host "Rediscover Columbus in 2019, it will be the seventh time that HOOTs has hosted an MTR.

Shipshewana at MTR 2010
The Start of MTR 2010 in Shipshewana - photo by Don Kirk


Midwest Tandem Rallys hosted by HOOTs
Year
Location
Chairs
2014
Fort Wayne
Kent & Anne Ellis
2010
Shipshewana
Don & Dolly Craft and Danny Graber and Rhonda Yoder
2004
Columbus
Don & Dolly Craft and Charlie & Diane Zaharako
1995
Indianapolis
Keith & Janice Conaway
1985
Anderson
Wayne & Phyllis Shirey
1976
Kokomo
Mont & Pam Williams