2020 Smoky Mountain Recumbent Rally
Welcome to the 9th Annual Smoky Mountain Recumbent Rally. Despite a few fluctuations in attendance, we are still the largest recumbent rally in the southern United States and the third largest in the nation. Previous reported as one of the best recumbent rallies by Bentrideronline Come join us again 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!?!?!?
This year we're doing things a bit different. Instead of having guest speaker we are having multiple workshop where you can learn hands on about how to tweak, care for and repair your recumbent when you cannot get to a recumbent shop or your local shop "doesn't know how". Each session will be information and you can see in person the do's and do not's of maintenance. And as usual, we try to have some have some tents set up from a few select vendors from the recumbent world showing new products, providing test rides and answering questions 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.
Dates this year are: Check in May 14, and event days are 15-17.Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Sunday being a day just to hangout if you don't want to do anything or you can just take off for other adventures..THURSDAY
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Check in for attendees and registration of events at the
HIghland Manor, Townsend,TN. and pick up T-Shirt and Goodie-bag.
(Last minute registration-Registration ENDS at 6pm )
There will be a ride Thursday evening on the Townsend Greenway. If you need a shake down or warm up ride, the greenway is a great bike path that the length of Townsend. The greenway 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 miles round trip, 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
8:00 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
1:00 pm Meet at the Highland Manor Conference Center in Townsend.
Afterwards, there will be product demos and test rides at the pop ups.
We also will be having a swap meet. We have tables. Bring your own pop up.
You can trade/sell bikes, trikes, parts, lights, anything bike related. Great place to sell your trike. We will have some inventory from the shop including the last few trikes and recumbent bikes at deep discounts.
7:00 pm Catered Dinner as a group (Highland Manor) Live music and door prizes. The Smashing Possums will be there with old songs and new songs. They perform bluegrass, newgrass, celtic and pop/rock songs of the 40s to today but with acoustic bluegrass instruments.
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, there is going to be a ride that heads over Rich mountain from Cades Cove. It is gravel/hardpack. Experienced riders and/or riders with electric assist. There will be sag support for this ride. Bears are frequently on this road. Bring your own 'protection' if you so desire, but typically you just wait the bear out until they leave.
For others, if this is not your cup of tea, then get together with friends and coast the paved Laurel Branch road down the mountain and take the spur to the Tremont Institute in and out and then end in Townsend. Keep in mind there is a two mile slow climb out of the Cove to get to the wonderful 9 mile coast all the way down.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 Monte Royal Mexican Restaurant for dinner if you like. It's not mandatory. Good food, good times & door 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
REGISTRATION ENDS APRIL 30.