Mountain Biking Program at Bandy Creek on Saturday, May 25
Contact: Sherry Fritschi, 423-286-7275
Contact: Effie Houston, 423-569-9778
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area offers a number of enjoyable biking trails, many of which are easily navigated by beginners of all ages. On Saturday, May 25, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT), at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center, Joe Cross will be presenting a mountain biking talk for people interested in riding the bike trails at Big South Fork. Joe Cross is the president of the Big South Fork Bike Club. The club, with a team of volunteers, has been very active volunteers in helping the park develop and maintain biking trails within the park.
Saturday's program will inform participants on how to safely begin enjoying mountain biking on trails. Topics covered will include types of bicycles, necessary safety equipment, basic trailside repairs, and trail etiquette.
The Big South Fork is an international destination for mountain biking, so much so that the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) announced last year at their annual World Summit that five trails in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area were named as Epic Rides. The five trails are Collier Ridge, West Bandy, Duncan Hollow, Grand Gap Loop, and the portion of the John Muir Trail from Grand Gap Loop to Station Camp. Big South Fork is the first national park unit in the United States to receive the elite Epic Ride designation. For more information on mountain biking in the Big South Fork, please call (423) 286-7275 or go to the park's webpage at http://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/mountainbikeriding.htm.
Mountain biking provides a fun and easy way to exercise while pedaling through historical and natural areas of the park. Stop by the visitor center to attend the program and pick up the free bicycle brochure which contains information and maps of the bike trails. For more information, contact the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.
Did You Know?
Longhunters were some of the first Europeans to traverse the Big South Fork region. It is said they were called longhunters either for the long rifles they carried or because the were typically gone on hunting trips for so long, sometimes up to a year.