Tour de Rocky Top

Sat July 3, 2021 Knoxville, TN 37915 US Directions
Pre-Ride Instructions

Welcome to the 15th annual Tour de Rocky Top, Knoxville's largest organized bike ride. Over 350 riders are expected, so please use the following information to help make your Rocky Top experience as smooth as possible.

Packet pickup and late registration:

Thursday,  July 1, 3 to 6pm,  Crown Cleaners, 9409 S Northshore Drive, Knoxville

Friday, July 2, 1 to 6pm,  Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria, 200 E. Jackson Ave.

Saturday, July 3, 6 to 7:15am at Barley's. Various area bike shops will be available at this time for minor pre ride adjustments to your machine.

Please try to make it to one of the early packet pickup days, if at all possible. With the large crowd expected, Saturday morning packet pickup will be very hectic.

ALL RIDES start at 7:30am. Riders may start earlier on their own if desired, but in that case some rest stops may not be open yet.

Parking:  Free parking is available in most of the parking lots surrounding Barley's, mainly the large one under James White Pkwy, and on the streets around Barley's. If you park several blocks away, make sure it is not a PAY lot. There should be enough nearby free parking for everyone.

Post ride:  There are no shower facilities at Barley's. Beer/pizza/Tour de France viewing, but no showers. Sometimes you have to make tough choices.

Route information:

Ride with GPS links to the four 2021 Tour de Rocky Top routes can be found at http://tourderockytop.com/

Cue sheets are also posted online. A limited number of cue sheets will be available on Saturday. Please print off a cue sheet at home if possible if you need one.

The 2021 TdRT routes are marked with traditional bike route painted markings. The route colors are as follows:         

30 miler--WHITE the first 14 miles, then BLUE until the Stock Creek rest stop at mile 18, then white as the rides converge back to Barley's.

Half century--WHITE the entire route.

Metric century--WHITE until the routes separate at mile 21.  Then ORANGE until the routes come back together at mile 38 (Burnett Station Rd). After a slight 64/83 detour (Tarklin Valley) to ORANGE from miles 46 to 51.5, it is back to WHITE the last 13 miles.

83 miler--WHITE until the 64/83 forks off at mile 21, then Yellow all the way up and down the mountain.  Back to WHITE when the 3 long rides converge at Burnett Station (mile 57).  Then YELLOW on the Tarklin Valley loop (mile 65.5 to 71), then back to WHITE the final 13 miles back to Barley's.

To summarize, the four routes will start WHITE, then go to each individual color as the routes fork off.  Much of the 83/64 are together, and will be marked by YELLOW/ORANGE combo marks. The 3 longer routes will converge on Burnett Station a few miles before the Cedar Grove rest stop, and will all go to WHITE marks. All FOUR routes will be WHITE after the Stock Creek Baptist final rest stop.

It sounds confusing but it should be an extremely easy route to follow. The few "split" points on the course will be accompanied by multiple route distance markings, in addition to the directional arrows. Stop and read those if you are confused. 

Rest stops are located ~every 15 miles on all routes, and are indicated on the route maps and cue sheets.  The 30 option will have one RS at mile 18.  The half century will have rest stops at mile 18, 25, 34, & 41. The metric will have RS's at 18, 28, 42, & 53 miles.  The 83 route rest stops are located at miles 18, 34, 47, 61, & 72.

Rest stops will have Gatorade, water, Gu gels, bananas, chips/pretzels, various cookies, energy bars, pickles/pickle juice, and a few other surprises.  Sunscreen will also be available at the stops.

SAG support--the routes will be supported by various area bike shops and by RDE personnel.  These support people will do everything possible to keep you on the road to the finish. However, in the unlikely event of a catastrophic mechanical failure (the bike won't ride), the rider will be taken to the nearest rest stop. Riders will be taken back to Barley's as the support schedule allows. Only riders with medical problems will be taken back to Barley's immediately.

The following are bike support personnel with cell #'s attached. Please call one of these #'s if you need assistance.

52/64/83 route: Martin Coleman, 865-250-3618, Gabe West (moto support) 912-492-2951, Russell Ramsey 865-850-9184,  Robert Dills 865-384-7232, and Shannon Broyles (Smokey's Mobile Bike Repair) 865-585-3775

30 route: Luke Grieve (Fountain City Pedaler) 865-292-3999

Route participation breakdown right now:  30 miler--85 riders, 52 miler--70 riders, 64 miler--60 riders, 83 miler--83 riders              

You will present your ride number bib at the finish in Barley's to receive your free pizza and 2 free beers, so hang on to those.  

Also, please take time to visit the 1 E-bike Rental trailer parked alongside the RDE registration tent on Saturday.  Bill Fruecht of 1 E-Bike and LeMond Cycling personnel will be there to answer any questions on the new LeMond e-bikes, and will be offering test rides and bike rentals. 

We will see everybody on Saturday. The weather forecast looks great, it should be a perfect day to ride.

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