January 2020 Meeting Recap

TRAILS REPORT + THE WEATHER

  • One word – WET. Please stick to the usual wet weather riding spots.. Loyston, Sharps, #yearroundgetdown.
  • “Go kayaking, it’s much better with rain”

BIG NEWS!

Our organization has grown and taken on much responsibility in the community. It’s time to take the next step and we are excited to announce that Matthew Kellogg is our new executive director! Matthew is a former AMBC president and has been instrumental in our growth thus far. You’ll be hearing much more from Matthew in the future! (Tidbit from former president, Randy Conner- we started out with seventeen members and had meeting attendance of around eight people!)

JANUARY 25TH WORK PARTY RECAP

  • We had a great crew (58 people!) come out to help at the Forks.
  • We worked on draining and hardening problem areas on Whaley Trail and West Perimeter.
  • Luke led a crew tidying things up at Sharp’s.
  • Harper’s Bike Shop provided lunch and Yee-Haw Brewing donated cold beers!

JANUARY 19TH BELL JOY WOMEN’S DIG DAY RECAP

  • It was a COLD morning but thirty women came out to learn how to dig trail (thanks for the instruction Becca Stone!) and get started on Tennessee’s first adaptive mountain bike trail!
  • Bell Joy + Legacy Parks + Catalyst Sports + AMBC = making awesome things happen!

CATALYST SPORTS – I’LL PUSH YOU

Carly Pearson came to tell her inspirational story about how adaptive sports programs have changed her life since her catastrophic spinal cord injury. Leslie King with the Knoxville Catalyst Sports chapter, shared their upcoming fundraiser and screening of I’ll Push You: A Camino Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends and One Wheelchair. It’s Saturday, February 1st at Onsight Rock Gym. All proceeds will go to Catalyst Sports of Knoxville. TICKETS are $10 and include a Q & A from adaptive athletes in Knoxville and surrounding communities.

BIKE PARK UPDATE

Rebekah Montgomery (City of Knoxville Urban Wilderness Coordinator), Scott McClure (Blalock Construction), and Randy Conner (Contour Trail Design) filled us in on the latest with the Baker Creek Bike Park project. Some fun facts:

  • Nearly $250,000 spent to date (out of $650,000 budget)
  • 120 tons of asphalt spread
  • 7000 cubic yards of dirt moved
  • 260 tons of crushed concrete used
  • 480 feet of pipe run
  • Completion percentages: overall grading 80%, fine grading 60%, east jump line 70%, asphalt jump line 60%, skills park 70%, pump track 20%
  • APRIL is the goal! (weather permitting obviously)

Huge THANK YOU to the City for prioritizing outdoor recreation on a major scale. This is a one-of-a-kind, groundbreaking (ha!) project that’s a BIG DEAL for Knoxville. None of it would be happening without YOU ALL. Our cycling community is pretty awesome!!!

KNOXVILLE OUTDOOR TOURS

Alex Clark has a new venture – Knoxville Outdoor Tours . He’ll be hosting guided mountain bike rides around the Urban Wilderness. He’d love to take any visitors or new riders around to show them our awesome trails. Give them a like!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR FUN STUFF COMING UP!

  • February 1 – Little Bellas registration open!
  • February 8 – Urban Wilderness Work Party
  • February 22 – IC King Work Party
  • February 24 – February Monthly Meeting
  • March 1 – “Trés Amigos!” the SoKno Taco 3rd Anniversary Celebration & Scavenger Hunt benefiting AMBC
  • March 4-8 – TENNESSEE NATIONAL BIKE FESTIVAL at Windrock Bike Park including Round 1 of the US Pro Gravity Tour (!!!), Continental Enduro World Series, Youth Downhill, and Best Whip!
  • March 29 – NEW Waucheesi Gravel Race hosted by our friends at Rapid Expeditions

November Meeting Recap!

Fall Events:

Riversports Pint Night – Thanks to Riversports Outfitters for including us in another great season of pint nights! We appreciate the support.

Bike Raffle – HUGE congrats to Corey Korpela for winning the Santa Cruz/Juliana bike raffle! Enjoy your sweet new ride. And THANKS to Harper’s for their awesome support and sponsorship.

Fall Fest – Mud and awesomeness!! Fantastic event once again. Many, many thanks to Brian and Mary Beth for letting us stomp all over their yard and for being such gracious hosts!

Urban Wilderness Work Day – Thanks to the 41 volunteers who came out to help! We got lots of work done in the woods and cleaned up our adopted street. And thanks to Cycology for lunch. Great work, great community, once again.

New Business:

SORBA Meeting Recap

We talked a little about the SORBA meeting last month. IMBA is making some changes and restructuring that will affect us at the club level. They are implementing a new dues structure. The dues will be going up, but we will see more of that money staying here with us. This is a good thing.

Oh Christmas Tree!

Get your tree this year from Andrew at Smokey Mountain Vintage Lumber! Ask them to donate 10% of your tree purchase to AMBC. They’ll do it!

Blue Ridge Mountain Sports Donation

Thanks to this great regional retailer for a donation from their sticker fund. $1168 to AMBC!

Clay Guerry with TVA spoke about Loyston Point, Knoxville area’s newest mountain biking destination. Everyone involved is thrilled with the response to this new trail system, but they ask that we let the new trail breathe and not ride it until it is ready. Thanks!

Upcoming:

December 12Sharp’s Ridge Work Day – Saturday, 9-12, lunch by TVB.

December 13AMBC Holiday Party at Suttree’s Tavern! – Sunday at 6:00 pm, come out and join us for some holiday cheer! Eat, drink and be merry! Knock out some shopping at the merch table. We’ll see you there!

December 18Tour de Lights – Everyone’s favorite bikey holiday event! Decorate your bike (and yourselves!) and join the bike parade from Market Square through the historic downtown neighborhoods and back again. Read more here.

January 1 – Mail Run – Big South Fork; Start 2016 out right and join us for a New Year’s Day ride at BSF! “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” No excuse to miss this!

**No December Meeting! We’ll see you in 2016!