Dancing Bear Bicycle Bash is next weekend

Sixth Bicycle Bash Sep. 5 through 7. 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 ride, games, prizes, and demonstrations of equipment and accessories.

Dancing Bear Lodge managing partner Matt Alexander has once again 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 the area and pair that with a memorable vacation experience. Dancing Bear Lodge and Cycology Bicycles have again secured the Trek Bicycles’ demonstration trailer. Trek will provide road bikes and mountain bikes for guests of Dancing Bear to ride the routes of the bike bash and on Dancing Bear’s trails. Contact Tim Patterson at Cycology Bicycles at 865-681-4183 to reserve your bike.

The Bash will have its kick-off Friday evening with a dinner party at Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend prepared by chef Jeff Carter, formerly of Blackberry Farm. The dinner will feature regionally inspired cuisine prepared. 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.

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 and includes Saturday’s rides as well as social pace guided ride on Friday and mountain biking on Sunday. The ride is open to local cyclists as well as guests of the lodge. Registration for cyclists not staying at the lodge is $50 and includes the ride, t-shirt and the post-ride party. A portion of the local cyclists’ registration fee will go to the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation (www.jeffrothcyclingfoundation.org).

For additional information about the Dancing Bear Bicycle Bash and Dancing Bear Lodge, call (865) 448-6000 or visit www.dancingbearlodge.com.

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