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14th Annual Village Volkswagen River Gorge Omnium Needs Volunteers!

More than 500 cyclists from 22 states will visit the Scenic City for the Village Volkswagen River Gorge Omnium. The  event consists of three main races held over a two-day period, Saturday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Aug. 28. There are still volunteer needs for both the Criterium races  and Road Race.

To sign up:

Chickamauga Battlefield Bike Ride August 20

Join Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Outdoor Chattanooga for a free, leisurely paced, historical bike tour through Chickamauga Battlefield on Sat., Aug. 20 at 9:30 a.m. The ride is on moderately hilly terrain, lasts about 2 hours, with frequent stops as the Ranger talks about the history of the battlefield.The rides are appropriate for ages 8 and older when accompanied by an adult. All participants are required to wear helmets. Bring your own bicycle or borrow a bicycle from Outdoor Chattanooga’s mobile bicycle fleet at no charge, thanks to sponsorship from Friends of the Park, Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga, and the Chattanooga Bicycle Club. Reservations for the bicycles are required and only available to riders 5′ or taller. Contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at (706) 866-9241 for more information or to reserve a bicycle. Additional Saturday battlefield bicycle tours scheduled for 2016 occur on September 17, and October 15.

Mountain Biking in the Olympics and Chattanooga

Did you know that Mountain Biking is an Olympic sport? Twenty years after its Olympic debut in Atlanta in 1996, there are individual events for men and women in Rio 2016. Mountain biking challenges competitors with steep climbs, fast descents and large obstacles, while trying to be the first to the finish line. Spectators will enjoy the adventure and adrenaline of the race. The sport originated in California in the 1970’s and has grown exponentially since those early days. The number of trails in Chattanooga has grown significantly in the past 10 years so we became inspired by Olympics and the athletes that will compete in 2016 to gather information about Chattanooga’s mountain bike trails! We hope it inspires you to get out and ride or maybe even start training for the 2020 Olympic Games!

Stringer’s Ridge, located in North Chattanooga, offers 6 miles of multi-use trails, so you can get a quick ride in before or after work without having to travel outside the city limits. We like to ride it on our lunch break since it’s only a couple miles from our building at Coolidge Park. There are several punchy climbs, which lead to fast descents. This isn’t the most beginner friendly trail, but there is a pump track off Spears Ave. which is great for all skill levels to play on. Trail map.

TVA’s Raccoon Mountain trail system is managed by SORBA and is a Chattanooga staple. With 30+ miles of singletrack trails, there’s lots of riding to be done, but these trails definitely cater to seasoned riders. You’ll find your fair share of rocks and roots, as well as massive climbs and descents, bridge crossings, boulders and switchbacks. We wouldn’t recommend taking your first ride out there, but we sure do love how close it is to town and the views from East Overlook and Small Intestine are totally worth it!

Enterprise South Nature Park has 3 loops totaling 10 miles of fast flowy singletrack. These are good trails for beginners, especially Black Forest leading up to TNT, and it’s easy to access off I-75 near Volkswagen. SORBA is in the process of building additional trails.

White Oak Mountain, on Southern Adventist University’s campus, offers a variety of fun loops that require a little more climbing than Enterprise, but are still rated as beginner friendly. There are enough trails to keep all skill levels happy including some advanced trails on top of the ridge and Cottontail trail offers built features to test the more experienced rider.

Bauxite Ridge is a new, very beginner friendly trail in Collegedale near White Oak Mountain. It offers about 10 miles of fast flowy singletrack, with little elevation change. There’s not much information on the web about Bauxite yet, it’s that new! All we can really tell you is it is a lot of fun to ride.

Booker T Washington State Park has 3 loops that make up the 7 miles of dedicated mountain bike trails, thanks to SORBA and lots of volunteer hours. The trails are good for beginner to intermediate riders, but should be avoided in the summer months due to overgrowth and poison ivy. Keep an eye out for trail runners and hikers as they are multi-use trails.

Harrison Bay State Park has a 4.5 mile trail loop that is kid and beginner friendly. There’s plenty of other activities to be done at the park, so if you make the drive out there, you might as well make a day of it exploring the park.

Five Points is a project that resulted from a partnership between SORBA, Lula Lake Land Trust and Cloudland Canyon State Park. The 20+ miles of purpose built trails opened in 2011. The Cloudland Connector trail is multi-use including hikers and horses. There’s definitely something for everyone out there including fast flowy and technical trails.

Tanasi trails at the Ocoee Whitewater Center attract cyclists from across the region, and are home to the annual Black Bear Rampage hosted by Scott’s Bicycles in Cleveland, TN along with several other races. With 30+ miles of trails, ranging from beginner friendly to advanced, you can enjoy a day in the mountains, then cool off in the Ocoee River post ride.

Chilhowee Recreation Area was the place to ride before mountain biking became, well, an Olympic Sport! 20+ miles of trails that don’t see mountain bike traffic that often since there are so many other more notable trail systems in the area. We still consider it a great place to spend a day riding. If you start at the Clemmer trailhead, you’ll have a 4.5 mile climb to access the trails on the top and avoid the parking fee. Or park at the top of the mountain and pay the $3 day use fee to avoid the climb. Beginner to advanced trails can be found here.

Weekly CBC Birthdays

August 18 – August 24, 2016

Linda Jamerson, 8/18; Heywood Rogers, 8/18; Jan Riter, 8/19; Dewayne Johnson, 8/20; Doug Wood, 8/22; Peggy Olson, 8/22; David Hammel, 8/24

Monthly Membership Notices –  August 2016

Please be sure to notify us of any email change since all our communication is generally online. Thanks.

Welcome New and Returning Members for the Month of August

Steve Harwood, Larry Shears, Mike Burgner, Matthew Overstreet, David Hundley, David Bennett

Membership Renewals Due between the End of April and the End of August

N Bergquist, 6/30/2016; Tim Bridges, 8/31/2016;  Sandra Campagnone, 6/30/2016; Christopher Carr, 05/31/2016; Judy Carruth, 6/30/2016; Tonya Chaffin, 6/30/2016; Rick Davis, 05/31/2016; Jennifer Folkner, 5/31/2016; Gery & Gery Geren, 8/31/2016; Anh Headrick, 7/31/2016; Gary Jamerson, 6/30/2016; Ashlely Keahng, 05/31/2016; Richard Krabbandam, 05/31/2016; Karen & Jeff Leavitt, 8/31/2016; George Long, 05/31/2016; Carl Lonas, 8/31/2016; Kelsie McNutt, 7/31/2016; John & Joy Meek, 8/31/2016; Claudia & Darrell Moore, 6/30/2016;  Casey Moss, 05/31/2016; Kevin Mowery, 8/31/2016; Peggy & Bob Olson, 7/31/2016; Stefan Osborn, 6/30/2016; David Pugsley, 8/31/2016; Jay Sterrett, 8/31/2016; Cyrethia Stephens, 8/31/2016; James Szadek, 7/31/2016; Shel Thomas, 8/31/2016; Michael Wilcox, 8/31/2016;
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Ride Pictures

The next section of the Riverwalk in south Chattanooga officially opened last Friday. If there is anyone who hasn’t enjoyed it yet – what are you waiting on!

The bridge over Chattanooga Creek and underpass under the railroad tracks.

Already ready for the hot thirsty riders.

George Perry’s ride. Our traditional rest stop where the store has been closed for several years.

I see how these folks get up the hills so well. They gas up beforehand.

Jon Bell showing a group of mini horses how to repair a flat … His 2nd of the day.

Community Bicycle Resources

Bike Chattanooga is the City of Chattanooga’s Bicycle Transit System featuring 300 bikes and 33 docking stations providing convenient, 24/7 access to a bike from the North Shore to the Southside, to the Hubert Frye Center on the Tennessee Riverwalk, and from UTC in the east to the Convention Center in the west. Each station has a touchscreen kiosk, station/neighborhood map, and docking points which release bikes using a member key or ride code.

BikeWalk TN – Communities across Tennessee are embracing bicycling and walking as never before. In 2009–the year Bike Walk Tennessee was founded–our state ranked forty-third in Bicycle Friendliness. This year we rank twentieth. In that time we have seen the creation of dedicated funding for bicycling and walking from TDOT, the adoption of Complete Streets policies in every major city and the passage of laws that protect bicyclists and pedestrians. These changes don’t just happen on their own. They follow the will of the people. Bike Walk Tennessee is a connector, cultivator and promoter of this community will. Help us improve the vibrancy, safety and sustainability of communities across Tennessee by supporting biking and walking. Our goal is to double the number of people biking and walking in Tennessee by 2020.

Motivate is a global leader in bike share. A full-service bike share operator and technology innovator, Motivate works to re-envision how people experience and move arouin the world, including Bike Chattanooga.

GreenTrips rewards Chattanooga area residents for utilizing alternative forms of transportation to get around our community. The program promotes multi-modal transportation options with educational resources, a rideshare application, and an incentives program. GreenTrips is a program of the Chattanooga-Hamilton Regional Planning Agency (RPA) funded in part by the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program.

Chattanooga Bicycle Club (CBC) was established in 1967 to encourage and promote bicycle riding and safety, and to foster good relationships between cyclists and motorists by demonstrating courtesy and respect for the law. CBC is a club for recreational cyclists and provides riding opportunities year round. In addition the club organizes one event ride during the year that attract riders from all over the country. CBC remains a strong cycling advocate whose mission is to educate, promote and advocate bicycling for transportation, fitness and recreation. The club is affiliated with the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), Adventure Cycling, Bike Chattanooga and Outdoor Chattanooga.

SORBA Chattanooga is an organization that advocates for new mountain bike and multi-use trails in the Chattanooga area by working with land managers and policy makers to develop fair and responsible policies governing the use of public and private lands. SORBA Chattanooga also leads the continued maintenance and improvement of existing trails, as well as promotes the sport through events designed to bring the mountain biking community together and gain exposure to potential newcomers to the sport.

Velo Vixens is a women’s multi-sport club and race team based in Chattanooga with the goal of bringing women together for sport, laughter, competition, and friendship.

International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational association. Their mission is to create, enhance and preserve great mountain biking experiences. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trail work participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy, and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA’s staff, chapters, clubs and members work to benefit the entire mountain bike community.

Many of the Chattanooga area’s local bike shops offer group rides, maintenance workshops, and lots more.
Bike Shop Website        Phone                   Address
Suck Creek Cycle            (423) 266-8883       321 Cherokee Blvd
River City Bicycles           (423) 265-7176       5864 Brainerd Rd
Cycle Sport Concepts      (423) 531-7623       516 E Main St
Trek Bicycle Store            (423) 648-2100       307 Manufacturers Rd #117
Owens Cyclery                 (423) 875-6811       1920 Northpoint Blvd.
East Ridge Bicycles         (423) 894-9122       5910 Ringgold Rd.
Electric Bike Specialists   (423) 475-6569       45 E Main St #104
Scott’s Bikes                     (423) 472-9881      2544 Georgetown Rd NW
Bear Creek Bicycle Co     (706) 260-2733       1229 W Walnut Ave

Several Nearby Events in the Upcoming Weeks

September 11-17 – BRAT (Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee) Fall Tour – Crossville, TN, 9/11/2016 – 9/17/2016. Come ride the 27th annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee (BRAT 2016). Our Fall Tour is the original BRAT – a week long excursion through a different part of Tennessee each year. Your registration includes beautiful campsites, plentiful food, hot showers, live entertainment and a fully supported route. Ride starts at Cumberland Mountain State Park in Crossville, TN. The route can be found here:

Click here to register. This BRAT benefits the development and protection of the Cumberland Trail, a 300-mile-long footpath down the eastern edge of the Cumberlands. Your BRAT ride is a direct contribution to the preservation of the beauty and history of this place.

September 17 – ALL YOU CAN EAT CENTURY – See Lou’s description above.

September 17 – Open Arms Care Ride to Provide – The event raises money to provide valuable services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities served by Open Arms Care. The ride offers three challenging bike routes – 26 miles, 42 miles and 62 miles – that will take you throughout Hamilton, Meigs and Bradley County. Registration begins at 7:00 am and the ride will begin promptly at 8:30am. Lunch is included with your registration fee along with a long sleeve t-shirt.

This Week’s Upcoming Rides – check the CBC forum calendar for more details and activities

Thursday, Aug 18, 9:00 AM – Urban Ride – To Wood Station Valley – 31.1 mile ride to Hooper Rd and Temperance Hall Rd in Wood Station Valley. This route crosses Peavine Ridge twice. There will be a store stop at about 21 miles. Final average speed will be about 12 mph, maybe a little less with the ridges. No drop except by request. George Perry,  423/290-1482.

Thursday, Aug 18, 6:00 PM – Battlefield Ride – Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM until the end of September. Distance: 15 – 30 miles. Start: Chickamauga Battlefield Visitors Center lower parking lot. Come ride through the Chickamauga Battlefield and the quiet country roads of N. GA.

This year we are splitting up the ride. Ben Keim will be leading a fast group, probably 17-18 mph, Ben’s contact info is:, (423)504-8597.

Tony Perri will be leading a moderate pace group,(NOTE: MODERATE PACE GROUP WILL START AT 6:15 PM) probably 14-16 mph. Tony’s contact info is: (423)987-4925.

Friday, Aug 19, 9:00 AM – Bakewell 56 – Riverview Park, corner of Young Avenue and Terrace Avenue, Chattanooga. See route here: Pace will be 15 or less. 56 miles.  Ed Park, 423-400-9530,

Saturday, Aug 20, 7:30 AM – Mike’s Saturday Ride – This ride has a good mix of everything, but not for beginners.  Early time during summer to beat heat, and may shorten route.  From Hixson to downtown via Amnicola/Riverwalk and return through Red Bank backroads.    There will be some challenging climbs such as Gann Store, Stringers Ridge, North Market, and Dowlen depending on which route we take ranging from 1000 to 1800 feet of climbing.  The ride is 30-35 miles long depending on route, and lasts around 3 hours.  I lead from front or back depending on speed of other riders, but always give slower riders a chance to catch up.  Bathroom & store stops along the way if needed.  Text or call me if you’re coming so I will wait.    Bring plenty of snacks & water.  You will love & hate this ride! Meet at  Harvest Grocery, 5414 Hixson Pike. 30-35 miles. Avg 14-16 mph.  Mike Burgner, 423-504-5262,

Sunday, Aug 21 – No ride scheduled yet. Please check the calendar.

Monday, Aug 22, 6:00 PM – Beginner Ride – Ride Coordinator: John Oakey (423)488-4508, This ride is to help new and returning riders to develop skills, strength and stamina. The route, which may vary from week to week, will be in the Moccasin Bend /White Oak/Red Bank area. The distance may vary from 5 to 20 miles depending on who is riding. No one will be left behind. We will meet in the Hospice parking lot on Hamm Road across from Friends of the Festival. Directions: Take Manufacturer’s Rd west to Hamm Rd on left bout 1/2 mile from US 27. Parking is about 1/8 mile on the right — across from Friends of the Festival.

Monday, Aug 22, 6:00 PM – Northside Hill Climb – Fun course, crossing Stringers Ridge 3 times and River twice. 28 miles, hilly route but fun to ride course, scenic. Several stinger hills with fast descents. AVG speed of ride is 16. Meet at Riverview Park – Terrace Avenue and Young Avenue, Chattanooga, TN. Ed Park, 423-400-9530,

Tuesday, Aug 23 – N Ga Lite – This is a weekly ride that will vary from week to week. Please check the calendar close to the ride time for updated information for that specific day. The normal ride leader (Daisy) will be off the bike for several weeks so we need you to step up. If you are interested in leading this ride and need help adding it to the calendar, please contact Daisy at, 706/820-1157 or update the calendar yourself.
Wednesday, Aug 24, 6:00 PM – Hixson, Moccasin Bend Ride – From Hixson to Moccasin Bend and back. This ride has a variety of it all and you’ll love it! From Hixson to downtown via Riverwalk. Nice climb up Stringers Ridge followed by the scenic “poop loop” segment. Challenging but short climb up North Market and return to Hixson via Red Bank back roads. Bathroom stop available if needed along the way. Ride takes up to 2.5 hours depending on traffic & stops. Please text me if you’re coming so I will wait. Be prepared to leave no later than 6pm. Bring lights just in case. Mike Burgner, 423-504-5262,

Wednesday, Aug 24, 6:00 PM – Capelle’s Wednesday Night Red Bank Ride – Capelle’s Wednesday Night Red Bank rides are back. Please feel free to join us for social, non-competitive pace weekly ride (no-drop, 14-17mph). Usual starting point (old BiLo in Red Bank), text/email me if you need directions. Beginners should have built up to 25 hilly miles in order to enjoy this ride. Ride length 25-29 miles. Come have fun, and enjoy the beautiful ride, weather and companions.   Usually post-ride refreshments at cars, and optional dinner at Mexican restaurant after.   6:00 pm until time change Wednesday evenings. Angela Capelle, (423) 503-9955,


Lou & Cindy Pape (along with Red) invite everyone to join them Sept. 16th-18th at Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville for a weekend of camping and cycling. On Saturday 9/17, we plan on riding the “Mostly Flat Metric” route at the All-You-Can-Eat Century in Gurly, AL (15 miles from the campground) We will be in Campsite #5 (1 of the 10 or so with sewer hook-up, no tents on these sites). But all the 60+ Tent/RV campsites have water & electric. If I remember correctly, there are primitive campsites available. Along with the AYCE Century, Lou & Cindy will probably lead a short ride on Sunday morning, depending on whether late check-outs are available.

From the website… “Come to Huntsville, Alabama on September 17 to experience the 32nd Annual All You Can Eat Century.  We offer Alabama’s best secret stash of lightly traveled, rural and scenic asphalt. This year we offer five route options, including two Metric Centuries, the challenging Fishtrap Road Metric and the Mostly Flat Metric for riders looking for their first 100-km Challenge.   Highlighted by a shaded 17-mile stretch along an official Alabama Scenic Byway, the AYCE is Alabama’s most beautiful and diverse century ride.  Don’t miss it.

Of course, it would not be the All You Can Eat Century without an epic post-ride all-you-can-eat meal catered by Nothing But Noodles.  Meat, vegetarian and gluten-free pasta options with salad, dessert, drinks all available in unlimited quantities to fill that calorie hole you dug on Skyline Mountain.”

We stayed at this park back in April for the Alabama Tandem Rally. MONTE SANO STATE PARK is a nice, well maintained, very scenic, mountaintop state park. It’s one of our favorites. There is a small camp store. There are many restaurants within 8-15 miles (but none on the mountaintop). Campsites with water/electric are $27-$30 per night, plus taxes & fees.

>>>>Please email Lou at if you plan on joining us. I’ll put you on the mailing list for any updates.<<<<<

2016 July Club Meeting Minutes

2016 July club meeting minutes

Road Cycling Routes Available 

Cycle Sports Concepts Tenn is a locally owned Specialized Bicycle Shop that offers service for all makes and models. Their mission is to provide you with an outstanding experience in the shop and on the bike. They uploaded some of their favorite road cycling routes in Chattanooga. Click here to view them and then email Outdoor Chattanooga to share your own favorite cycling routes in and around the Scenic City.