Dancing Bear Bicycle Bash takes riders though Foothills

Members of the band, T.J. Jones and Matt McBreaty, show off their version of cycling at the 2011 Bicycle Bash.

Photo by Jolanda Jansma

Members of the band, T.J. Jones and Matt McBreaty, show off their version of cycling at the 2011 Bicycle Bash.

Conjuring up some ambiance for the Dancing Bear Bicycle Bash isn’t something organizer Matt Alexander and his team have to worry about. Maybe a good thought for nice weather, but when the ride is planned for the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and the property at Dancing Bear Lodge, breathtaking scenery is a given.

The 2011 Bicycle Bash took place April 15-17 in Townsend, with the headquarters at Dancing Bear Lodge. Guests were treated to a weekend of rides, games, skill testing, relaxation, good food and music.

Friday’s ride got things going with a 35 mile ride in the Foothills, followed by an opportunity to test riding skills on the mountain bike trails at Dancing Bear, a welcome reception and group dinner.

Saturday’s ride gave cyclist the option of 30-, 50- or 60-mile treks and guided mountain bike options on the Dancing Bear property. After-ride activities included a post-ride party and lunch, followed by bike games and demonstrations. For guests who chose to, there was another dinner at Dancing Bear, followed by S’mores and cordials around the fire. The Bearded entertained with their blend of tunes from an old-time string and rhythm band.

Sunday featured a “Recovery Ride” or climb to Metcalf Bottoms for cyclists, rounding out a weekend of biking in Townsend.

The Bicycle Bash is held annually in the Spring and Fall at Dancing Bear Lodge.

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