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.
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.
Join AMBC for our annual National Trails Day work party and weekend campout!
Saturday: We’ll do some work to help improve and maintain the amazing trails of Big South Fork from 9-12 a.m. After lunch (provided by AMBC), we’ll break out for group rides all afternoon.
Come back to the Bandy Creek campground that evening for a low country boil, sponsored by REI Knoxville.
Sunday: Group rides of all varieties- including one of EPIC proportions.
Bring the family and camp all weekend!
It’s almost here! Join us for the 2013 AMBC Fall Festival on November 2nd at 654 Helix Lane.
Interested in helping us out with a short volunteer shift at the Fall Festival? Shoot us an email!
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- Guided “Dirty 30” ride for adventurers · 1:00
- Guided Rides for all levels · 1:30
- Guided Kids’ Ride · 1:45
- Midday Snacks Provided by Savory & Sweet food truck
- Short Track Race by Dirty Bird Events· 4:30
- Food provided by Food Sales East · 6:00
- Live music · 7 :00
- Silent Auction all day/Raffle Drawing · 8:00
- Late night dancing