IMBA-SORBA Advocacy Leadership Training Weekend

The IMBA-SORBA Advocacy Leadership Training weekend and spring meeting of the SORBA Board of Directors will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee at the Gateway Regional Visitor Center and Volunteer Landing located at 900 Volunteer Landing Lane, Knoxville, TN 37915.

Meet Dave Wiens at the Friday social and hear him give the keynote address at lunch on Saturday.  Mike Van Able, IMBA Executive Director, will be there to meet you and talk about the IMBA and SORBA relationship.

The Volunteer Rewards Dinner will be held Saturday evening at the Ijams Nature Center.

Join our host the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (AMBC), local IMBA-SORBA chapter, and mountain bike advocacy leaders from around the southeast for a fun filled weekend.

The cost is $30 for the whole weekend. Or if you are only attending the dinner on Saturday the cost is $20.

More information and full schedule at »


The last AMBC trail workday of 2011 is coming up on December 17th and we want to make it our biggest one yet! We’re hoping to see at least 100 people turn out to help finish the new trails we’ve been building in South Knoxville.

Since this is a MEGAworkday, we’ll have two different shifts, so you’ll have the option to work from 9-noon or 1-4pm. Lunch will be provided at noon. All shifts meet at the Mead’s Quarry parking lot – rain or shine!

AMBC will provide some tools, but if you have your own (rogue hoes, fire rakes, mattocks, loppers, chainsaws), please bring them so that we can be sure everyone has something to work with.

EVERYONE’S WELCOME! Bring your friends and family and show them what great outdoor resources are right in their back yard.

If you plan to attend, just leave a comment below to help us get a head count. See you on the 17th!

AMBC Fall Festival 2011!

You’ve been waiting all year long and IT’S BACK.

Roll out to the South Knoxville home of AMBC Prez Brian Hann for a day full of mountain biking, food, beer, and music! We’ll have guided rides for all levels of riders, short track races, and officially top-secret after-dark bike shenanigans (if you know, you know…).

We’ll also have plenty of AMBC swag (including this year’s limited-edition wool jerseys) and opportunities to learn about and join AMBC & SORBA.

We’ve also lined up some incredible prize sponsors. You will not want to miss out on the silent auction and raffle.


1:00 Guided “DIRTY 30” ride for adventurers (we’ll get you back for short trackin’)
1:30 GUIDED RIDES for all levels
1:45 Guided KIDS RIDE
4:30 SHORT TRACK Racin’
6:00 FOOD provided by Food Sales East
7:00 LIVE MUSIC by Stolen Sheep, Big Bad Oven & The Wild Gifts
8:00 SILENT AUCTION all day/Raffle Drawing (between bands)
Later After-dark SHENANIGANS sponsored by Harpers Bike Shop


  • POPCORN all day
  • BEVERAGES provided by New Belgium and UBC
  • S’MORES by the fire / Camping Encouraged
  • Sunday Morning BREAKFAST Provided by TVB Sunday Morning


Help AMBC promote the Fall Festival – download the poster here and put it up at your place of business, car window, backside, whatever…


On-site parking is limited! If you’ve got a bike, please park at Anderson School (Centeroak Drive & Prospect Rd) or 6008 Burnett Creek Rd (where there’s plenty of overnight parking or camping) and ride in, sampling some of the Dirty South trails on the way. Trails will be marked and we’ll help get you out when it’s time to leave.

Don’t forget your lights!

See below or download a pdf of the Dirty South trails and parking locations here. Thanks to Alex Zendel for putting these maps together.


New Belgium Clips of Faith

New Belgium Brewing Wraps Up “Clips of Faith” Beer and Film Tour in Knoxville on October 14

It’s New Belgium’s style of show business: An evening outdoors with artistic beers and films,
all to benefit Appalachian Mountain Bike Club

Fort Collins, Colorado (September 22, 2011) – New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale, is wrapping up its Clips of Faith beer and film tour in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Friday, October 14. This is the second year for Clips of Faith, a festival that is traveling to 18 cities this summer and fall, showcasing independent films by New Belgium’s filmmaking friends. The outdoor event will highlight some of New Belgium’s most esoteric beer offerings while providing a great way to unwind under the stars.

The selected films include comedic shorts, adventure documentaries and music animation. The top three films are about lizard wrangling in the dead of the Wisconsin winter, a talking beer bottle sketch comedy and a miniature day on a tremendous mountain.

“Clips of Faith is all about showcasing creativity. Our Lips of Faith beers are some of our most unique creations and it’s fun to share that with our friends (or soon-to-be friends) around the country,” said Christie Catania, Clips of Faith Manager-at-Large. “It’s a great way to enjoy the warmer seasons – under the stars, drinking New Belgium beer (some new, some old favorites) and watching a great collection of short films.”

New Belgium will serve seven Lips of Faith beers and seven popular classics, as well as food from local vendors. One of the beers that will pour is PIPA (Pamela’s India Pale Ale), which is a Lips of Faith beer created by a contest winner from last year’s tour. The contest allows interested attendees to sample a blend of three unidentified New Belgium beers in a cup. Whoever comes closest to guessing the blended beers and their percentages gets entered into a drawing to win a trip to New Belgium where they can brew the beer of their dreams with the technical support of New Belgium brewers.

All proceeds from each stop will go to a local non-profit organization. In Knoxville, the beneficiary is Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (, a chapter of the southeast regional division of IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association). It is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable trail access and helping with trail maintenance. The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club also supports the conservation of open spaces and is committed to educating mountain bicyclists on how to ride responsibly to help protect the environment and experience of other trail users. In total, Clips of Faith raised more than $31,000 in 2010.

The top three filmmakers received a trip to New Belgium to screen their films, as well as a contour HD helmet camera. Three honorable mentions received a Flip HD camera. The creative team at New Belgium reviewed and selected the films, which has been touring the country since May.

To learn more about New Belgium’s Clips of Faith series, go to

Details for the Knoxville, TN, event: 


Friday, October 14


7:00 p.m.


World Fair Park: Festival Lawn

Proceeds Benefit:

Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (

Recycling By:

Knoxville Recycling Coalition (


Admission – free
3 oz. sample –  $1.25
12 oz. beer –  $5.00

Other tips:

Food is welcome; alcohol is not (leave that to us)
Bring low chairs or blankets – or lounge on the grass

The 2011 schedule is as follows:

St. Louis, MO – May 19
Kansas City, MO – May 26
Bloomington, IN – June 3
Madison, WI – June 10
Des Moines, IA – June 17
Boulder, CO – June 24
Flagstaff, AZ – July 8
Santa Cruz, CA – July 15
Davis, CA – July 22
Seattle, WA – July 29
Portland, OR – August 5
Missoula, MT – August 19
Asheville, NC – September 9
Charlotte, NC – September 16
Charleston, SC – September 22
Atlanta, GA – September 30
Athens, GA – October 7
Knoxville, TN – October 14

About New Belgium Brewing Company

New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in 1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces eight year-round beers; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Ranger IPA, Sunshine Wheat, Blue Paddle Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey, Mothership Wit and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases. In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive programs such as employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to environmental stewardship. For more information, visit

New Belgium Brewing is bringing the Clips of Faith national short film & beer tour to Knoxville October 14th! Ride down to the World’s Fair Park Festival Lawn at 7pm for a night of handmade films and handmade beers. All proceeds benefit Appalachian Mountain Bike Club!

Rock & Roll Velodrome: A Benefit for Steve Hancock


For many years, Steve Hancock has had a saying: Make hard jobs easier.

Hancock, a local musician and cycling enthusiast, was riding his bicycle on May 5 when he was struck in the right lane by an uninsured motorist. His bicycle was destroyed and he was thrown far from the road, sustaining many horrible injury to his lower torso and legs. The cost of putting him on the road to recovery was and is staggering. Rehabilitating his damaged body and paying for the attention he needs to do so is a very hard job.

And we are going to make that hard job easier. If you’ll help.

On September 17, Barley’s will host a benefit concert featuring various Knoxville bands (many of which include cyclists). There will also be multiple morning bike rides which will end at Barley’s for the show (details coming). There will also be several fantastic items silent-auctioned off, including merchandise from local businesses and an painting by local artist Jenna Hancock, inspired by her father.

Bike ride details (among other details) will be posted in the next few days. Here is the line up:

Outside performances by:
3pm – Will Fist
4pm – Econopop
5pm – Greg Horne
6pm – Katie and the Bass Drums

Inside performances by:
8pm Stolen Sheep
9pm The Tim Lee 3
10pm Three Man Band
11pm Senryu (and guests)
12pm Fine Peduncle

Cover: $10 (or more, if you feel like being completely awesome)
Age: All Ages during the day, 18+ after 10 (subject to clarification)

There will also be a website where donations will be accepted for Steve and his family, for people who cannot travel in for the show, or those who wish to donate after the event. Click here to donate online »

WUTK is really nice to sponsor this. They are nice to support so much, so often, and also deserve your support.

RSVP at Facebook

3XC Races

KnoxVelo / AMBC / 865 Cycling are bringing you the  3XC mountain bike race series!

The races include:

Big South Fork XC Mtn Bike Race – June 20, 2010

Haw Ridge XC Mtn Bike Race – July 25, 2010

Panther Creek XC Mtn Bike Race – October 10, 2010


More information can be found at 865 Cycling »

Click here to register NOW »

Download the Flyer

Subaru IMBA Trail Care Crew Visit!

Thanks to on-going sponsorship from Subaru of America, the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program is crankin’ again in 2010. Two teams of trail experts will travel year-round throughout North America and beyond, leading trailwork sessions, meeting with land managers, and working with IMBA-affiliated clubs and members to improve mountain biking opportunities.

The International Mountain Bicycling Association is coming to Tennessee. Chris and Leslie Kehmeier of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be in Knoxville for a Trailbuilding School. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.

Click here to RSVP for Saturday’s Trailbuilding School online.

For more information, please contact Brian Hann.


Evening Club Care workshop. Location TBA

9:00 – Noon: Trailbuilding School classroom session at Ijams Nature Center in the Miller Building

1:00 – 4:00 PM: Trailbuilding School field session at Georgia Marble Trail Network. Participants should park in the Meads Quarry Lot

10:00 AM: Group ride

The Trail Care Crew is proud to be supported by: