Getting ready for the ride

Getting ready for the ride

Kelly Williamson, owner of Gatlinburg East/Smoky Mountain KOA Holiday! and Smoky Mountain Adventure Tours, stands with Kate Barido, Director of Sales & Marketing for Ober Gatlinburg. The Inaugural Tour de Moonshine 100k/50k Bicycle Tour will start at the campground this Saturday at 9 a.m. Barido, a former college cyclist, helped to organize the race. Williamson, who is also featured on the Discovery Channel show Moonshiners, will meet with guests and riders after the race.

COCKE COUNTY—The Inaugural Tour de Moonshine 100k/50k Bicycle Tour will take place September 21, 2019 at 9 a.m.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the development of the Shadows of the Smokies Greenway Project.

Cyclists can ride at their leisure and enjoy a fully supported ride in the Smoky Mountains.

Choose between 50k, 50k (w/ gravel) or 100k rides with cookies and treats along the way.

These routes encompass several of the roads in Sevier and Cocke County that the moonshiners of old used to run from the Revenuers (federal agents).

Feel the isolation, feel the rush and see the beauty of the Great Smoky National Park in a whole new way.

After the ride there will be a live band and BBQ with all the fixins.

Riders will be allowed to shower at the campground.

Do not miss the rare opportunity to ride the beautiful roads with moonshiner Kelly from the Moonshiner show on Discovery Channel.

As the official ride host, he will also participate and hang around after to visit with everyone.

This is a non-competitive, bicycle tour on maintained county roads and a couple low traffic state routes in Sevier and Cocke Counties.

All proceeds of this Charity Bicycle Ride will benefit the Shadows of the Smokies Greenway Project, a non-profit focused on connecting the Cosby Campground to Gatlinburg proper by a suggested cycling friendly route.

All routes start at the East Gatlinburg KOA.

Gatlinburg and Cosby are popular tourist destinations 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.

The three routes (100km/50km/50kgravel) feature the beauty of Cocke and Sevier Counties with interesting and historic sites along the way, with beautiful streams, bridges, natural areas, and mountain vistas, including Route 32 aka... “the Cosby Cobra.”

The routes do have some difficult climbs, as they are situated in the mountains, adjacent from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The 50k route is great for beginning tour riders, however this route is still quite challenging as the terrain is mountainous.

The 50k gravel route offers steep gravel climbs that utilizes many of the same roads as the other routes.

This route offers 8-miles of the most challenging gravel in Cocke County.

Snacks will be available at start/finish at the East Gatlinburg KOA and there will be additional rest stops on the course (one will include a public restroom).

The ride will conclude with a live performance from the band GRITS at the campground starting at 1 p.m. and playing though 4 p.m. Max’s Specialty Barbeque and Beers will provide the food after the ride.

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.

There will be at least one photographer on site.

All ride participants agree to wear an ASTM approved bicycle helmet.

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