Skills Clinics at AMBC Fall Festival

_F5A7738-X2This year we’re expanding Fall Festival to add some special skills clinics for riders of all levels! Pre-registration is encouraged for all clinics, and you can pre-register online.

Friday, November 6

Take Aim Cycling Clinics

Maximum of 6 participants. Cost for each clinic: $60 per person. Register online »

  • 2pm-4pm Descending: Using advanced braking techniques and body position, we’ll work on descending confidently and creating flow.
  • 4:30-6:30pm Jumping 101 Pressure Control: Intermediate riders looking to start getting their tires off the ground and feel confident.

Saturday, November 7

Take Aim Cycling Clinics

1 hour clinics. Maximum of 10 participants. These clinics are FREE, thanks to Tennessee Valley Bicycles! Register onsite at Fall Festival.
  • 9am, 10:15, 11:30, 12:45pm, 2pm Hour to empower clinics: 1 hour sessions to get the basic concepts down of specific skills.
    1. Wheel Lifts For Logs and Obstacles: Front and Rear Lifts. Two wheel lifts.
    2. Pumptrack Flow: Techniques for riding a pumptack with more speed and flow.
    3. Cornering: Fundamentals of cornering.
    4. 2 Skills 4 Life: Body Position and Braking: These two skills will help you unlock more confidence on the trail for all all your riding. Great for beginner and intermediate riders.
    5. Jumps: Air curious? The steps to start floating jumps.

Sunday, November 8

Spoked Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic

  • 9am – 12:30pm Skills- and trail-focused clinic for women. Maximum of 10 participants. Cost: $50. Register online »

Take Aim Cycling Clinics

2 hour Clinics. 6 person limit. Cost: $60 per person. Register online »
  • 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm. Choose two:
    1. Advanced Drops: Learn to ride at trail speed off drops.
    2. Jumping 201: Experienced riders looking to begin consistent jumping, start clearing jumps and landing confidently.
    3. Advanced Cornering: Highspeed, countersteering, and cutties. Intermediate to expert riders.

Win a Bike From AMBC and Harper’s

Harpers2This year’s AMBC Bike Raffle prize is a RIDER’S CHOICE! Enter here to win your choice of size and model of Santa Cruz or Juliana bike below (with C Carbon frame and R level Build Kit — retail value $3599.00), thanks to our friends at Harper’s Bike Shop!

Santa Cruz: 5010 / Bronson / Tallboy or Juliana: Roubion / Furtado / Joplin

Entries are only $10 each, and you can enter as many times as you like. All proceeds go to AMBC, to further the development and improvement of mountain bike trails in our area. The drawing will happen on November 7th at 8pm at the AMBC Fall Festival, but you don’t need to be present to win. The bike will be available for local pickup in Knoxville, or the winner may arrange shipping at his or her expense.

Visit Harper’s Bike Shop for information on demos of these bikes.

Online entries are closed. You can still enter in person at Fall Festival on Saturday, November 7!

Knoxville Hosts a Tennessee School Team Mountain Bike Race

Plus a movie event with instructions on how to form a school team

236065_origKnoxville, Tenn. – The National Interscholastic Cycling Association brings a new Tennessee High School Cycling League mountain bike race to Knoxville for the first time on October 11, 2015 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. This is the third event in the state’s four-race fall series for both high school and middle school students.

“We’re using cross country school mountain bike racing as our tool to develop our youth,” said Rick Splitter, former president of NICA’s board of directors. “Our core values are building a strong mind, a strong body, a strong character. And we’re going to do that in the most equal and inclusive environment that we can.”

Working with Legacy Parks Foundation and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club – a chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association – representatives from the Tennessee League say the Knoxville race will highlight Legacy Parks’ new purpose built flow trails for mountain biking that are ideally located in an urban area. The trails were made possible by a State of Tennessee Recreational Trails Program grant and built on Legacy Parks’ property.

In addition to the race, THSCL will present the movie “Single Track High” at Legacy Parks’ Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center, 900 Volunteer Landing Lane on Wednesday, September 2 at 7 p.m. The free movie showcases the incredible impact high school mountain biking has had in California and encourages more support for NICA and the movement. Information will be presented on how to form a team at your school and how individuals may also register to race in this year’s fall League series. Area bike shops will provide door prizes to be given away at the event.

Founded in 2009, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) develops high school mountain biking programs for student-athletes across the United States. NICA provides leadership, services, and governance for local leagues to produce quality mountain bike events and supports development of every student-athlete.

For more information, visit the League’s website at

Thanks to You, the #DowntownDownhill Dream Will Come True

You made this happen.

11325805_649842791826390_269021344_nThanks to the help of all our friends old and new, we won the nationwide race for the Bell Helmets Bell Built grant, by a truly overwhelming margin. This is a big deal not just for AMBC or Knoxville, but for the entire East Coast, especially the Southeast.

Thanks to Exchequer Riders Club and COGGS for inspiring us to carry out the campaign that we did. They were strong competition and we look forward to seeing their projects come to fruition, too. We encourage you to check out their great trail systems anytime you’re in Mariposa, CA, or Duluth, MN.

What’s next: We’ll be working with IMBA Trail Solutions to finalize the design of the trail, while also continuing work on the other trails in the new bike park with AMBC volunteers. Check back here and on AMBC’s Facebook page for an up-to-date work schedule and volunteer opportunities, and keep an eye on for updates on the work-in-progress.

Now let’s get to work. Let’s get rad.