Due to a scheduling conflict, AMBC’s May 2016 meeting will be down the street at our old location, Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria. See you Monday the 23rd at 7pm!
Help us learn about mountain biking participation in Knoxville!
The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club is dedicated to improving trails and trail access in our area. In order to better serve mountain bikers, we need your input. Please answer the following 11 questions about your mountain biking activities and interests in the Knoxville area. The survey should take less than 5 minutes of your time. Your responses are anonymous unless you choose to identify yourself at the end of the survey.
AMBC’s work day on April 30th will be very different from our typical work party. We have partnered with Comcast and Legacy Parks Foundation to put some of the finishing touches on the first phase of work at Baker Creek. For each volunteer at the work party Comcast is going to donate to Baker Creek Preserve, so be sure to come out and bring friends and family!
We’ll be working from 8am – 2pm. Participants need to bring the standard work day items – gloves, sturdy shoes, and water. We’ll take care of the rest. Lunch will be provided by AMBC and Legacy Parks Foundation.
Day-of registration begins at 7:30am at the AMBC tent, but preregistration is highly recommended — Register online here.
Just a reminder to all you gravity junkies out there, our friend and partner Neko Mullaly is putting on the second race of his DownhillSoutheast Race series at Windrock this weekend. Here are the details and course preview.
Friday- Mountain open all day, self shuttle
Saturday- Registration 9am-6pm. Open practice 10am-6pm
Sunday- Registration 8am-9am. Open practice 8am-10am. Race starts at 11am. (Women 11:00, Amateur 11:20am, Pro 12:45) Podium 2pm, Shuttles run after the race
1 day: $17
In January 2016 TN Senator Gardenhire and Representative Carter introduced a bill (HB1650–SB1716) to the state Transportation Subcommittee to prevent the use of gas tax revenue for non-vehicular travel.
Even though bicycles are considered a vehicle under Tennessee State Law, the intent of this dangerous bill is to prevent TDOT from building bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.
This bill hurts all Tennesseans, since the majority of those who walk and bike in our state also contribute to the gas tax fund. All road users benefit from decreased congestion and improved safety, some of the many benefits of providing walking, biking, and transit options.
Bike Walk Tennessee opposes this bill because of its extremely negative effects on the mobility and safety of all Tennesseans, and urges you to join us in opposition.
This Bill Will:
- Violate Americans with Disabilities Act (as explained by TDOT here)
- Jeopardize Tennessee’s access to nearly a billion dollars of transportation funding from the Federal Highway Administration (as explained by TDOT here)
- Bring back 1950s transportation engineering
- Prevent safety improvements along busy state streets
- Decrease state and federal funds available to local governments
- Hurt businesses and make it harder to attract a competitive workforce
- Eliminate the Multimodal Access Fund
- Void TDOT’s Multimodal Access Policy
- Further endanger people on our streets
- Result in the loss of valuable tourism and commercial dollars
You can help oppose this bill. Sign our petition below and reach out to your representatives to let them know you oppose HB1650 — SB1716.
Due to safety concerns stemming from recent wintry weather, we’re moving the upcoming work day at Concord to February 13. See you then!
Please join us and the Tennessee Valley Authority this Sunday, January 31 for the grand opening of the NEW Mill Creek Loop, a 7 mile addition at Loyston Point!
There will be guided rides for all skill levels, women’s rides, bike demos, Knoxville Track and Field Club guided trail runs and food provided by the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club! Meet in the Boat Ramp Parking lot (map).
12:00 Demo tents open
1:00 TVA trail dedication and group photo (say cheese!)
1:30 Trail rides and runs depart
Beginner ride: 5-7 miles
Intermediate ride: 7-12 miles
Advanced ride: 12+ miles
It’s going to be the most fun! We’ll announce a backup date in case of inclement weather. Watch AMBC’s Facebook page for updates.
Heads up— Beginning January 25th, AMBC’s meetings will happen at Sweet P’s Barbeque & Soul House. They’re keeping the place open just for us, so we’ll have full run of the room. There’s plenty of parking across the street on Jackson Ave. See you at 7 on 1/25!
Every New Year’s Day the Big South Fork Bike Club invites all mountain bikers to ride the Big South Fork at an annual event called “The Mail Run”. Bikers meet at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at 9 am (ET), January 1st and then hit the trails. “The ride is traditionally called the Mail Run because ‘neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of the night’ keep us from getting out there on the first of the year,” said Joe Cross, President of the Big South Fork Bike Club. The Mail Run consists of a choice of rides varying anywhere from 8 to 35 miles so bikers can pick the group ride of a length they are most comfortable with.
This January 1st will be a special ride since it will take place on the first day of the National Park Service’s Centennial year. In order to help celebrate the National Park Service’s one hundred years, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area has partnered with the International Mountain Biking Association, Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association, Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, and the Big South Fork Bike Club to highlight one hundred miles of outstanding mountain biking in the park during 2016. The 100 miles of highlighted trails include West Bandy-Collier Ridge Route, Duncan Hollow-Grand Gap Loop, IMBA/Epic Route, Kentucky Bike Trail, Chestnut Ridge-John Muir Trail Route, and Hatfield Ridge-Fork Ridge Route. The International Mountain Biking Association now has a special webpage that helps bikers plan their routes on those trails.
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area has almost 300 miles of trails that allow mountain biking and in 2012 was the first national park in the nation to receive the International Mountain Biking Association’s (IMBA) elite Epic Ride designation. “Big South Fork’s extensive mountain biking trails along with the IMBA Epic designation, is likely to draw numerous new users to this part of the country,” said Tom Sauret, IMBA Regional Director for the Southeastern United States.
For more information on the Mail Run and mountain biking at the Big South Fork go to nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/mountainbikeriding.htm or call the park at 423-569-9778.
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.
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!
December 13 – AMBC 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 18 – Tour 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!