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

Beware Freeze-Thaw Season!

Temps are dropping overnight, and that means the freeze-thaw cycle is back. Our more weather-resilient trails at Sharps Ridge and Loyston Point should be good to go, but other trails might require a few hours of drying in the morning after a frost. Please be conscious of this during the colder months, and stay off muddy trails!

2019 Bike Raffle Winner: Congratulations and Thanks!

Huge congratulations to Philippe Hanset, winner of the AMBC / Ibis Cycles / Harpers Bike Shop 2019 Bike Raffle!

We had another record-breaking number of entries this year — a massive THANK YOU to everyone who entered and shared the giveaway. Every dollar goes back into building and maintaining trails in and around Knoxville — we truly couldn’t do it without you. We’ll see you all next year at the 11th annual AMBC Fall Festival on Nov. 7, 2020!

Bikerumor: Where to Ride: Epic mountain bike trails in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness singletrack

This summer, we took an epic mountain bike road trip, stringing together three different Eastern Tennessee trail networks in three days. Between Knoxville, Windrock Bike Park, and Johnson City, there were a wide variety of options for every type of rider. Here’s Part One, showing where to ride in Knoxville, TN…

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2019 AMBC Fall Festival

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Join Appalachian Mountain Bike Club at Baker Creek Preserve for an awesome weekend of bikes, beer, food, friends and music proudly presented by:
Harper Audi | Yee-Haw Brewing Company | Bush’s Beans | First Neighborhoods Realty | City of Knoxville – Government

FEATURING:

Group rides for all levels & Bell Joy Ride – Knoxville, TN !
Bike Raffle by Ibis Cycles & Harpers Bike Shop!
Bike demos from a variety of manufacturers!
Food trucks!
Short Track Race by Dirty Bird Events
Dinner provided by AMBC, Bush’s Beans & Sweet P’s Barbeque & Downtown Dive!
Beer on tap!
Live music!
Silent Disco brought to you by the AMBC & REI!
Silent auction!
The latest AMBC rad swag!
On-site camping (short walk from the parking lot)!

FRIDAY:

10AM Set-up starts (lend a hand!)
4PM Campground opens
6PM Soundcheck social

SATURDAY:

8:30AM Coffee with Backyard Coffee & Trailsnacks
8:30AM Demo-land opens – demos ALL DAY!
9AM Fall Fest Joy Ride! registration
10AM Bell Joy kicks off
10:30AM Group rides for all levels – listen for announcements
ALL DAY BUY BIKE RAFFLE TICKETS by Harpers Bike Shop!
11:30AM Food trucks open for business
11:45AM Guided kids ride
12PM BEER GARDENS OPEN!
2:45AM Guided kids ride
3PM Whip Off!
4:30PM Short Track Race by Dirty Bird Events
ALL DAY BID ON SILENT AUCTION ITEMS!
5:30PM Live music!
6:30PM AMBC family supper provided by Bush’s Beans & Sweet P’s Barbeque & Downtown Dive!
7PM Live music!
8:30PM SILENT AUCTION CLOSES!
8:35PM BIKE RAFFLE BIG WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!
8:45PM Live music!
10PM SILENT DISCO presented by REI (you want to do this)
NIGHT NIGHT

SUNDAY:

8:30AM Mmmm.. breakfast by SoKno Taco Cantina
Wah wah site clean-up – we’d love a hand!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – NOVEMBER 7, 2020 11TH ANNUAL FALL FEST!

YEEEE HAAAAWWWW!!