Bike Chattanooga
         
Outdoor Chattanooga News and Events
V.W. USA Cycling Pro ChampionshipsMay 25 & 27, 2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Memorial Day Weekend, 2013
The Super Bowl of cycling arrives this weekend. Come out and watch the action! It's all free!
 
 
______________________________________
 
Race Schedule Overview
Saturday, May 25  - Time Trials - Enterprise South  
Event venue is in front of the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant. Spectators should enter from Volkswagen Drive off of I-75.
 
8:30 a.m.      U.S. Handcycling Individual Time Trials
10:00 a.m.    Professional Warm up  
11:00 a.m.    Women's Individual Time Trials/Men to Follow 
Cyclists go in one minute intervals to do 2 laps of a 9.6 mile course.
 
Monday, May 27 - Road Race - Downtown Chattanooga
The event venue centers around Miller Park, Miller Plaza and the EPB building. Spectators should enter the area from the west off of U.S. 27/M.L. King exit to Chestnut St. From the west, come at the venue from M.L. King, Central Ave. and Main St.
 
9:00 a.m.     Women's Road Race (63.1 Miles)
12:30 p.m.   U.S. Handcycling Criterium (Multiple Laps of .7 mile course)
1:15 p.m.     Men's Road Race (100.6 Miles)
 
Special Events 
Erlanger Childrens Hospital Cycle for Miracles May 25 
Amateur cyclists will ride the pro time trial course and help raise funds for the Erlanger Children's Hospital Foundation. Top money raisers will get prizes from Litespeed Bicycles and Bike Tours Direct. The event begins at 8 a.m.
 
Ladies Leisure Ride May 26
Ladies, Grab your wicker basket and join us for a leisurely, Ladies Only ride on Sun., May 26, 4:30 p.m., beginning at Miller Plaza and taking a slow tour of the North Shore, UTC and downtown Chattanooga on the Pro Cycling short course. Bring your prettiest cruiser and plan on eating a downtown restaurant after the ride. Ladies 16 and older only, please. To learn more, emailor call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.
 
United Healthcare Kids Race May 27 
Kids can race like the pro's on Mon., May 27, during the V.W. USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championships. The United Healthcare Kids Race features categories for kids ages 3-12 and everyone wins a medal. Learn how to registerthrough USA Cycling. It's free! 
 
Road Closure and Traffic Detour Information
Yep, we're going to be snarling up the roads, so if you can't throw down the keys and join the party, here's some helpful information to help you navigate around the downtown Chattanooga race course.
 
 
Saturday, May 25 - 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Look for detours around Enterprise South and road closures on Discovery Dr. and Hickory Valley Rd., from Discovery Dr. to S. Hickory Valley Rd.
 
Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day) - 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
CLOSED:
S. Market St. from 12th St. 1st St. 
Market St. Bridge (Chief John Ross Bridge) 
Frazier Ave. from Barton Ave. to Market St.
Broad St. from 7th to 12th
McCallie Ave. from Palmetto to Broad St.
Detours around the UTC area
All Cross Streets will be closed across S. Market St. from Frazier Ave. to Main St.   
 
LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN: 
Ochs Highway - One Way UP Lookout Mountain 
Scenic Highway - One Way DOWN Lookout Mountain 
ALL DOWN BOUND TRAFFIC ON SCENIC HWY. WILL BE DIRECTED TO I-24.
 
CARTA WILL OPERATE A FREE SHUTTLE TO THE INCLINE,
ROCK CITY AND RUBY FALLS FROM 8 A.M. TO 7 P.M.
LEAVING FROM FINLEY STADIUM EVERY HALF AN HOUR. 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
  
graphicgraphicgraphicgraphic
Chattanooga Bicycle Facilities for Google Earth
Right Click and Save Link As - Open with Google Earth
graphic
Outdoor Chattanooga Celebrates National Bike Month with New Bike Chattanooga Riverpark Station
Full month of cycling activities and events offered to the public

Chattanooga, TN – May 1, 2013 – Outdoor Chattanooga celebrated the start of National Bike Month with the installation of a new Bike Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System station at the Hubert Fry Center on the TN Riverpark, now open to the public. The station opening kicks off a month of special rides, activities and events to celebrate cycling in the Chattanooga region.

Local National Bike Month events will include the First Friday Bike2Work commuter breakfast and National Bike to Work Day, the 3 State 3 Mountain Challenge, 3 Rides/3 Hoods neighborhood bicycle tours, historical bike tours of Moccasin Bend and Chickamauga Battlefield, and culminates with the Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships Memorial Day weekend.

The new TN Riverpark Bike Chattanooga station, which is located adjacent to the Riverpark boat launch, provides an important recreational link in the now 31 station system. Visitors and residents will now be able to use Bike Chattanooga’s 7 speed cruiser bikes to explore the area’s premier greenway. A special celebration for this station will be held on May 17 at the TN Riverpark.

“We are excited to have a Bike Chattanooga rental station added to the Tennessee Riverpark,” said Hamilton Co. Director of Parks and Recreation Ron Priddy. “The station will increase our connectivity to downtown Chattanooga while offering the public an additional amenity to enjoy while visiting the TN Riverpark.”

The new Riverpark station and additional docks at the Outdoor Chattanooga station have been installed due to increased demand on the system, especially in recreational areas.

“All bicycle traffic in the City is up 27% over last year,” said Chattanooga Bicycle Coordinator Philip Pugliese. “So it was only appropriate that we continue to expand the bicycle transit system. This location will make it easier for visitors, recreational cyclists and commuters to access the TN Riverpark, a great transportation corridor.”

National Bike Month is a designated celebration of the League of American Bicyclists, the country’s oldest cycling advocacy organization.  The Bike League sponsors the Bicycle Friendly America program, which encourages cities, states, businesses and universities to support bicycling, and ranks them annually based on their level of bike friendliness.

Outdoor Chattanooga, a gold level Bicycle Friendly Business, is currently partnering with the River City Co. and Bike Chattanooga to assist local businesses in joining the program. Chattanooga is a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community and Tennessee is now #17 in the Bicycle Friendly State rankings, moving up nine spots since last year.
“It’s great to see that our efforts to implement the Chattanooga Bicycle Master Plan are producing tangible results,” said Pugliese. “Active transportation, specifically bicycling, provides access to a world of benefits, beyond just getting from point ‘a’ to point ‘b.’ Bicycling removes physical and emotional barriers to experiencing the outdoors.”

For a full schedule of National Bike Month events, visit
www.outdoorchattanooga.com.

_________________________
Chattanooga National Bike Month Schedule:
All events are free and open to the public.

National Bike Challenge
May 1 –Sept. 30, 2013
Bikes Belong wants 50,000 riders to pedal 20 million miles nationwide, between May 1 – Sept. 30. Individuals, teams and businesses can sign up to compete for prizes and national recognition.
It’s free to join.
www.nationalbikechallenge.org

Bike2Work Breakfast
Fri., May 3, 7 – 8:30 a.m.
S. End of the Walnut St. Bridge
Free locally crafted coffee, breakfast and special prizes for bicycle commuters.
3 State 3 Mountain Challenge
Sat., May 4, 8:00 a.m.
Finley Stadium
2,000 cyclists will challenge themselves on the area’s mountains, on 100, 90, 67 and 25 miles routes
www.chattbike.com 

3 Rides, 3 Hoods
Sun., May 5, 9 a.m.
Outdoor Chattanooga
The public is invited to join all or one of three community rides to explore downtown Chattanooga by bicycle.
Bicycle required or rent one from Bike Chattanooga
www.3rides3hoods.com  
Street Smarts Safe Cycling Class
Wed., May 8, 6 p.m.
Outdoor Chattanooga
Learn the rules of the road and a few simple tips for riding your bicycle safely and confidently in traffic.
www.outdoorchattanooga.com
Moccasin Bend Historical Bicycle Tour
Thurs., May 9, 6 p.m.
Outdoor Chattanooga
Join the National Park Service and Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided tour of the Moccasin Bend unit of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Learn about the Bend’s long human history, from pre- historic Native Americans to the Civil War.
www.outdoorchattanooga.com
Bike Maintenance Clinic
Wed., May 15, 6 p.m.
Outdoor Chattanooga
This free clinic offers the public practical advice for keeping their bicycles trail and road worthy.
www.outdoorchattanooga.com

National Bike to Work Day
Fri., May 17
Bike Chattanooga will organize four Energizer Stations during the morning rush hour to greet cyclists on their way to with entertainment, free food and refreshing drinks. Riders can sign up to participate in National Bike to Work Day atww.bikechattanooga.com/events to receive additional event details, bicycle commuter tips and be eligible for giveaways. Cyclists may also sign in at Energizer Stations locations on May 17 to be entered to win prizes.
www.bikechattanooga.com

Bike Chattanooga Station Dedication and Celebration
Friday, May 17, 2 p.m.
Hubert Fry Center, TN Riverpark
Free demos, ribbon cutting, t shirt drawings to celebrate the expansion of Chattanooga’s bicycle transit system.
Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour
Sat., May 18, 9:30 a.m.
Chickamauga Battlefield Visitors Center
Ft. Oglethorpe, GA
Adults and kids ages 8 and older will enjoy this leisurely, interpretive tour of Chickamauga Battlefield. Learn about the Battle for Chickamauga and other Civil War history in a beautiful, historic setting.
www.outdoorchattanooga.com

Children’s Hospital Cycle for Miracles
Sat., May 25, 8 a.m.
Enterprise South
15, 30 or 60 mile ride to benefit Erlanger Children’s Hospital
www.usacycling.org/register/2013-52
Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial Championships
Sat., May 25
Enterprise South Industrial Park
Mon., May 27
Downtown Chattanooga
America’s best male and female cyclists will compete to be the best in the nation on both Time Trial and Road courses.
Ladies Leisure Ride
Sun. May 26, 4:30 p.m.
Miller Plaza
A slow-paced cruise through downtown Chattanooga, just for the ladies. Finish with dinner at Community Pie.

United Healthcare Kids Bicycle Race
Mon., May 27, 3 p.m. (time approximate)
V.W. USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championships venue
Market St. and MLKing Blvd. in downtown Chattanooga
A fun, kids bicycle race, happening on the V.W. USA Cycling Professional Road Race course on Memorial Day.  Races will be categorized from tricycle riders to age 12. Each participant will receive an official t-shirt, water bottle and medal. Racers may pre register or on the day of the race at the Outdoor Chattanooga tent.
Philip Pugliese
Bicycle Coordinator
Outdoor Chattanooga
200 River Street
Chattanooga, TN 37405
T 423.643.6887   M 423.322.1489
Fax 423.643.6885