It began with an inaugural event in early spring of 2006 and drew so many participants that four more followed, with an even greater turnout. Dancing Bear Lodge will host the sixth Bicycle Bash Friday - Sunday, Sept. 5 - 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.
“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 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.
Again this year, Dancing Bear Lodge and Cycology Bicycles have secured 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. Please contact Tim Patterson of Cycology Bicycles at 865-681-4183 to reserve your bike. “This is an amazing opportunity to ride some of the best road and mountain bikes ever made”, says Alexander. “Our guests will be able to test Trek bikes on the road and trails instead of just around the local bike shop parking lot
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. 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 complete and awesome, so we offer 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 live 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 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 $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).
The 35-acre resort, purchased by Alexander and Blackberry Farm in August 2004, 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.
For additional information about the Dancing Bear Bicycle Bash and Dancing Bear Lodge, call 865-448-6000 or visit www.dancingbearlodge.com.