Tour de Gatlinburg
September 30 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
The 2nd Annual Tour de Gatlinburg “Cookie” Bicycle Ride benefitting Dreambikes of Knoxville! Sunday, September 30, 2018 – Start 9:00 – Rain or Shine, departing from Ober Gatlinburg, 1001 Parkway; Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
GENERAL INFO: This is a non-competitive, bicycle tour on well maintained, paved county roads and a couple low traffic state routes in Sevier County. All proceeds of this Charity ride will benefit DreamBikes, a non-profit, full-service bike shop making dreams come true for local kids, one bike at a time. DreamBikes is a non-profit community-based bike shop that works with local schools and other community organizations to provide employment to area kids and sell bikes to the community at a very affordable price.
Take your time and ride at your leisure to enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of a quiet country ride of mileages of 25 and 62 (metric century) miles, with free cookies and treats along the way.
START: All routes start at the Ober Gatlinburg Downtown Parking Lot in Downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee. (GPS Address: 262 Long Branch Road, Gatlinburg 37738). This Parking Lot is located across the street from the Econolodge. Gatlinburg is a popular tourist destination in the United States, easily accessible from Knoxville, Nashville and Chattanooga TN, Asheville NC, Greenville SC, and Atlanta GA. Start and day-of ride registration times will be between 7:00 am and 8:45 am.
ROUTES: Our routes feature the beauty of Sevier County with interesting and historic sites along the way, including beautiful streams, bridges, natural areas and country vistas. Longer routes do have some difficult climbs, as Gatlinburg is situated in the mountains, adjacent from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 25-mile route isgreat for beginning tour riders, however this route is still quite challenging as the terrain is mountainous. A finalized Strava route will be announced by September 9.
FOOD: Free snacks will be available at start/finish at the Ober Gatlinburg Downtown Parking Lot and 2 additional rest stops on the course (one will include a public restroom).
SUPPORT: There will be SAG support vehicles available, by cell phone to help with minor repairs. All emergencies should be reported to local law enforcement by calling 911.
HELMETS: All ride participants agree to wear an ASTM approved bicycle helmet. Make sure it is properly fitted and secured.
FEES: Ride fees are $45 per person. Price increases to $55 on 9/10/2018. 100% of proceeds from this event will be donated to DreamBikes of Knoxville. No Refunds or Bib Transfers.
Race entry includes a cool race t-shirt. Unisex sized t-shirts for participants. Pre-registered through September 9th will receive them on race day. Please note anyone registering after September 9th will receive shirts while supplies last. Once inventory runs out on RunSignUp there will be no more shirts. We will not re-order.
MORE INFO: Call or text Kate Barido 865-806-4284 Online registration and payment, registration forms and FAQ at www.obergatlinburg.com/bike . email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Post Race Refreshments: Participants are encouraged to attend the post race events at Ober Gatlinburg. Ober Gatlinburg will be celebrating their 9th annual OKTOBERFEST! Stick around for food, brews and plenty of fun. Each finisher will receive an Aerial Tram Ticket and Bier Boot with bier from Shulz Brau Brewery (if old enough!!) 🙂
Results: Complete results will be available on the KTC app (available in iTunes and Google Play Store) immediately as well as on the website at www.ktc.org.
Ober Gatlinburg puts the safety of its participants, spectators, staff and volunteers first. Dangerous weather conditions pose a unique challenge to an event of any size, distance or location. We have adopted this Inclement Weather Policy:
Weather forecasts will be monitored prior to the event, with special attention placed on the possibility of heavy rain, thunder and lightning, high winds, extreme temperatures and humidity. If necessary, athletes will be made aware of these conditions at the Tour de Gatlinburg web page as well as through other available means of communication such as e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and public address announcements.
The Executive Director and Race Director in consultation, when available, with law enforcement, fire/EMS, other medical officers and other officials, will monitor the weather and make a decision if any action will be taken to modify the race. Possible changes include: Altering the start time, altering the course, or in extreme situations cancellation of the event. Visible lightning occurring within 30 minutes of the scheduled start will cause the ride to be postponed for a minimum of 30 minutes. Additional sightings will continue to delay the ride in 30-minute increments up to a maximum of 3 delays.
Charity Ride personnel reserve the right to delay, cancel, or suspend the race or modify the course due to inclement weather. As stated on registration and race pages, there are no refunds or transfers. Participants must abandon the race if ordered to do so by the race personnel, medical staff, fire/paramedics or police personnel.