Well, sort of… Let’s put it this way, it appears as though several Freeloader Tandem Tour alumni and friends will be participating in the Fall edition of the Dancing Bear Inn’s Bicycle Bash Weekend in Townsend, Tennessee the weekend of Sept 9 – 11.
Although this will be the first Bicycle Bash Weekend that we’ve attended, several of our friends including “Team Inseam” (Tim & Sharon Patterson) have been attending and encouraging us to include it on our list of ‘must-do’ cycling events for several years. This year, we received “an offer we couldn’t refuse” and secured our accommodations and registration a few weeks ago. Our friends Roger Strauss & Eve Kofsky, co-directors of the Georgia Tandem Rally, apparently received a similar Godfather offer and will be there as well, so it should one heck of a good time with all of our oldest and dearest tandem friends on hand.
There’s still time to register for anyone who’s up for some spectacular road riding in and around the Smokey Mountains National Park just south of Knoxville, Tennessee. The downloadable registration form can be found HERE. And, from their website, here’s a description of the event and its history:
It began with an inaugural event in early spring of 2006 and drew so many participants that more followed, with an even greater turnout. The event is expected to once again attract a wide range of riders, from beginners and families to avid racers. There will be scheduled road and mountain bike rides, games, prizes, and demonstrations of equipment and accessories.
“The turnout for our cycling events has confirmed that there is a demand for quality cycling events, with great food, great routes and great friends,” said Matt Alexander, an avid cyclist and Managing Partner of Dancing Bear Lodge, the host and headquarters location for the event. “The interest just keeps growing, and positive feedback from participants in the past Bashes was really overwhelming. It is fast becoming a tradition, and we are very excited to be part of it all,” he added.
Alexander has teamed up with Tim and Sharon Patterson, directors of one of the most popular tandem rallies in the country, to create another exciting cycling weekend in the mountains of East Tennessee. Event organizers say their goal is to continue to introduce cyclists of all skill levels to the extraordinary riding opportunities in this area and to pair that with a memorable vacation experience.
The Bash will have its kick-off Friday evening with a dinner party at Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend prepared by Chef Jeff Carter. Like all meals at Dancing Bear, it will feature regionally inspired cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients, often from area farmers and local artisanal producers. On Saturday morning, guests will meet for breakfast in the Lodge and then enjoy a choice of rides ranging from the scenic 30 mile route along the Little River up to a challenging metric century of 62 miles.
Mountain biking is also a ride option on both Saturday and Sunday. “Our mountain-bike trails are awesome offering an exciting and challenging course right on property,” Alexander said. All guests are invited to gather Saturday afternoon for an outdoor celebration hosted by the Lodge that will include bluegrass music, beer and barbeque.
Weekend Dancing Bear Bicycle Bash package rates are available for lodge rooms as well as the one and two-bedroom cabins and include two nights’ lodging, Friday night reception, daily breakfast, t-shirt and the Saturday celebration. Registration for the ride is included in the package price for guests of Dancing Bear Lodge and includes Saturday’s rides as well as social pace guided ride on Friday and road or mountain biking on Sunday. The ride is open to local cyclists as well as guests of Dancing Bear Lodge. Registration for cyclists not staying at Dancing Bear Lodge is $40.00 and includes the ride, t-shirt and the post-ride party.
Friends and family members of cyclists who do not wish to ride will enjoy numerous activities at Dancing Bear Lodge including fly-fishing, spa pampering, nearby shopping and golf. The 35-acre resort is well known among frequent visitors to the Smokies who enjoy great food and wine served with genuine hospitality along with unique accommodations including lodge rooms and cabins featuring special amenities such as hot tubs and wood-burning fireplaces.
Please contact Melanie Clifford @ 865-448-1999 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your package today.