2018 Smoky Mountain Recumbent Rally
Welcome to the 7th Annual Smoky Mountain Recumbent Rally, the largest recumbent rally in the southern United States and the third largest in the nation. Already touted as one of the best recumbent rallies by Bentrideronline Come join us in the beautiful Smoky Mountains and enjoy two days of great rides in beautiful scenic locations right here in and around the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
This year we will be stationed again at the Highland Manor Inn and conference center. Here you can reserve a room and be right in the middle of the action as we are located along the 9 mile long bike path in Townsend, TN. There are numerous designated bike routes all around us rolling through some of the most beautiful scenery East Tennessee has to offer. 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!?!?!?
Our guest speaker this year will be John Schlitter, long distance Ultra Cyclist and RAAM rider. We will also have others from the recumbent world with tents set up showing new products, providing test rides and answering questions about what is going on in the bent world. If you are a vendor and would like to display with a pop up let us know. We'd love to have you.
We ARE NOT using Active.com this year for registration. To Register click on the link below or go to the Products pages and you will see options for the Rally. Just use the shopping cart.
EARLY BIRD ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS APRIL 30th AT MIDNIGHT
Be sure and register to ensure you get your Rally T-Shirt on time.READ ON FOR MORE INFORMATION
Townsend Tennessee has great restaurants and the area has numerous attractions here and in nearby Pigeon Forge.
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.
We are currently soliciting help with ride leaders and sweepers.
Dates this year are: May 17-20, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Sunday being a day just to hangout if you don't want to just high tail it out of here.THURSDAY
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 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 6pm )
There will be a ride Thursday evening on the Alcoa/Maryville Greenway. If you need a shake down or warm up ride, the greenway is a great bike path that winds throughout both Alcoa and Maryville along the little Pistol Creek. The greenway is relatively easy, but does have a few hills in the downtown area (ironically). A nice easy ride to ease the muscles stiff from travel and to make sure your bent is tuned. Ride length 11 miles one way, however, it also has numerous spurs for those wanting to add a few extra miles. Ride as far as you want and turn around. You can't get lost.
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 again be the Ellejoy Jaunt running along the foothills and through the woods then joining the main route back to Townsend. It is all back roads, 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
1:30 pm Meet at the Highland Manor Conference Center in Townsend.
Featured Guest speaker: John Schlitter, one of the most respected endurance cyclists with years of competitive cycling experience. He holds numerous ultra cycling records and was the first recumbent rider to complete the Race Across America in 2008 as a solo participant.Afterwards, there will be product demos from: Schlitter Cycles, Trident, Cruzbike, Honor The Warriors, and others.....
7:00 pm Dinner as a group (TBA)
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.
Lunch: After the group ride around the loop we are planning on a picnic lunch. Keila plans on having sack lunches for everyone and other than that it will be potluck and fellowship. Please indicated any dietary issues on your registration.
You may ride the loop as many times as you want. For those a bit more adventurous, gather together and coast down the mountain and take the spur to the Tremont Institute in and out and then end in Townsend. Take the afternoon to relax, see the sites of Townsend, ride the bike path or any other place allowable, take a hike or even a nap.
6:30 pm Meet at Highland Manor Conference Center (Townsend, TN)
6:45pm Dinner and Music by the Smashing Possums bluegrass cover band.
Good food, good times & prizes
Please visit this link: http://www.townsendchamber.org For information regarding food & lodging.
Breakfast on your own
Free time to see more of Townsend, ride more or leave.
*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