Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bikes rides this Saturday

Mast General Store and Smoky Mountain Wheelmen Bike Club will offer two bike rides this Saturday, April 16th in support of Legacy Park Foundation and Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness Challenge ( These rides are designed for anyone who is not participating in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness Challenge but who would like to participate in a fun event to get some exercise and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Both rides will start and finish at Mast General Store, 402 S. Gay St.

The first ride starts at 10 A.M. and will be a 30 mile ride starting at Mast General Store and traveling through South Knoxville and past Ijams Nature Center up and over Bay Mountain then returning back to Gay Street. This will be a ride for a more experienced rider with good bike handling skills while riding on roads. A helmet is required and moderate speeds up to 15 mph will be reached. This is rolling terrain with some short uphill and fast descents. No one will be dropped from the ride.

The shorter ride will start at 11 A.M. and will be 8 to 10 miles in length. The ride will start and finish in front of Mast General Store on Gay Street. This ride will be at slower speeds and be on roads and greenways riding to Ijams Nature Center and returning back to Gay Street. A helmet is required, speeds will be slower and the ride will accommodate all skill levels. This is rolling terrain with some short hills and moderate downhill. No one will be dropped from the ride.

The start of both rides will be in front of Mast General Store, 402 S Gay Street. Parking is free at Market Square Garage and State Street Garage, and the ride will start on time so arrive early. If you have any questions or need additional information please contact Jim Richards at 546-1336 or

Legacy Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which works to assure that our community enjoys exceptional recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces, and that those assets exist for generations to come. Our mission is to bridge the gap between the services and amenities afforded by government funding and those that allow us to take full advantage of the incredible natural resources of our region. Founded in 2005, the Foundation works in collaboration with the City of Knoxville and Knox County Parks & Recreation Departments and other like-minded organizations to: • Secure funding for land acquisition, park improvements and recreation programs • Accept gifts of land • Provide for and maintain greenway and conservation easements • Advocate for parks and outdoor recreation Everyone can help. Gifts of land, financial contributions, deferred gifts, corporate matching programs and donations of products and services all support the Foundation's efforts to make ours a truly great community with great parks.

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