Smoky Mountain Recumbent Rally 2017
SIXTH Annual Smoky Mountain Recumbent Rally
We are currently soliciting help with ride leaders and sweepers.
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ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS APRIL 30 MIDNIGHT
IF YOU WANT A TEE SHIRT PLEASE ORDER BY APRIL 26 MIDNIGHT!!!!!!!
This Spring we are holding the SIXTH annual Smoky Recumbent Rally. This is two days of great rides right here in and around the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We will be stationed on a 9 mile long bike path and there are designated bike routes all around us rolling through some of the most beautiful scenery East Tennessee has to offer.
Already touted as one of the best recumbent rallies by Bentrideronline, we have speakers from the recumbent world showing new products and answering questions about what is going on in the bent world. We are hoping to have some other recumbent bicycling personalities here. Last year's rally became a mini recumbent convention with several suppliers setting up tents so people could try out their products. Tom Flohr of Trident Trikes will be presenting what's new from Trident. We are hoping Greenspeed will be with us again and we have a couple of other recumbent manufacturers who may commit to us.
Townsend Tennessee has great restaurants and the area has numerous attractions here and in nearby Pigeon Forge. You can register for two days, one day or just the dinner Saturday night. Good food, great rides and scenery, great speakers, industry experts. My goodness, what are you waiting for!?!?!?We will have new products to look at and will have rental trikes and bikes for those who don't want to transport their bikes or want a trike for their companion. Since our shop is now in MARYVILLE, we will need notice this year on trike rentals and are hoping to arrange a temporary U-Man Power shop that will stay in Townsend for the weekend.
The event is being held this year on May 19 and 20, Friday and Saturday with Sunday being a day just to hangout at U-Man Power if you don't want to just high tail it out of here.
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Check in for attendees and registration of events at the
U-MAN POWER BIKE SHOP located at 117 East Broadway, Maryville TN. We are now in the downtown business district of Maryville so on your way to Townsend stop by to see us. We are just a few blocks off of Hwy 321 so divert, park, and then come in to sign up and pick up T-Shirt and Goodie-bag. Feel free to browse and get supplies for your recumbent or bike if needed.
(Last minute registration-Registration ENDS at 5pm )
If you need a shake down or warm up ride. Townsend has a nice bike path that runs
from one end of town to the other with 3 underpasses. The Townsend Bike path is
relatively easy, but does have a few hills. A nice easy ride to ease the muscles stiff from
travel and to make sure your bent is tuned. Ride length 9.5 miles(round trip) not
including any additional side roads etc.
There may also be a small organized ride on the 11 mile (one way) Maryville/Alcoa Greenway, a beautiful path that follows the Pistol River.
Bright & early -- Breakfast on your own
8:30 am Meet at HIGHLAND MANOR MOTEL, Townsend
(1) Group ride from Townsend to Coulter Bridge & back. Ride length 20± miles
Ride leader ?(Volunteers welcome)
Ride sweeper ?(Volunteers welcome)
SAG (Keila Gillette)Pop up tent & Snacks etc.
(2) Distance riders Long ride 30-45± miles(break off at the SAG stop)
The long ride this year will NOT be the extended ride to Tremont. We plan on doing a ride along the foothills and then back along the crest of Pea Ridge road. It is backroads, almost no traffic but there will be a few significant climbs mixed with joyfully long coasting back along the ridges.
Ride leader Bill Gillette
Ride sweeper ? (Volunteers welcome)
12:00 pm Lunch on your own or meet at Black Bear Cafe or other restaurant spots.
1:30 pm Meet at the Appalachian Heritage Center Auditorium in Townsend.
Product demos from: Trident, Cruzbike?, Greenspeed and others
Guest speaker: Ms. Maria Parker, owner of Cruzbike and RAAM record holder
7:00 pm Dinner as a group at Monte Real Mexican Restaurant
Breakfast on your own
Meet 8:00 am Gate in Cades Cove (Group photo)
Group will ride the beautiful quiet 11 mile loop between 8:00-10:00am while cars are not
allowed in the park. Then for those who wish you may coast down mountain and take
spur to Tremont Institute in and out then end in Townsend.
You are also free to ride the loop as many times as you want, see the sites of
Townsend, ride the bike path or any other place allowable, take a hike or even a nap.
Lunch: After the group ride around the loop we are planning on a picnic in the Cades Cove picnic area. The particulars have not been worked out but Keila plans on having sack lunches for everyone and other than that it will be potluck and fellowship. Please email Keila about particular dietary preferences. For instance, Keila and I don't eat pork or shellfish. My son is vegan and gluten free. We just need to know.
6:30 pm Meet at Highland Manor (Townsend, TN)
6:45pm Dinner and Music by the Smashing Possums bluegrass cover band.
Good food, good times & prizes
Breakfast on your own
Free time to see more of Townsend, ride more or leave.
Please visit this link: http://www.townsendchamber.org For information regarding food & lodging.
*For those of you who do not wish to ride or have family that doesn’t ride there are lots more activities in Townsend and the surrounding area to do.
Horse back riding
Zip Line Tours
craft shops and more…
Townsend Visitors Center
7906 East Lamar Alexander Parkway
Townsend, Tennessee, 37882
Phone: 865 - 448-6134 / Fax: 865- 448-9806