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2019 Smoky Mountain Recumbent Rally

 

Welcome to the 8th 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 Peter Stull aka Bicycle Man out of Alfred Station New York. He is also the manufacturer of Avenue Trikes. 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.

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.

ONLINE REGISTRATION HAS ENDED. IF YOU  WISH TO ATTEND PLEASE CALL THE BIKE SHOP.

Smoky Mountain Recumbent Rally Registration

We are currently soliciting help with ride leaders and sweepers.

Smoky Mountain Recumbent Rally Facebook Page

Smoky Mountain Recumbent Rally Registration

TENTATIVE ITINERARY

Dates this year are:  May 16-19, 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.

FRIDAY
Bright & early -- Breakfast on your own
8:00 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 has not been determined. However, it will be 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.

(Prize drawing)

Featured Guest speaker:  Peter Stull  aka Bicycle Man from Alfred Station, NY.

Afterwards, there will be product demos and test rides.



7:00 pm Dinner as a group (TBA)
(Free time)


SATURDAY
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.
(Free Time)


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


SUNDAY
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.

Carriage Rides
Horse back riding
Hiking trails
DollyWood
Splash Country
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

REGISTRATION ENDS APRIL 30.