UT Students Host Tour de Knox Bike Rally to Promote Cycling Downtown

April 15, 2015

Knoxville, Tenn.— On Sunday, April 26, students from the Haslam School of Business will host Tour de Knox, a bike rally in association with Outdoor KnoxFest, from 2-4 p.m. The event, starting and ending at Neyland Stadium, aims to promote biking in the UT and downtown area while raising funds for Legacy Parks Foundation.

“We are working together with Legacy Parks to build a strong bike culture and safety mindset in the Knoxville community,” said Jessica Burchfield, the student leader of the group. “We have very accessible greenways and bike routes around town, and we want to show everyone how easy it is to ride to and around UT and downtown.”

The event is part of Outdoor KnoxFest, a two-day series of urban adventures hosted by Pilot Flying J and the Legacy Parks Foundation. Outdoor Knoxfest is a signature event of the Dogwood Arts Festival and also includes trail runs, a fly-fishing clinic, a sailing demo and clinic, a campout at Ijams Nature Center and other similar outdoor activities.

Tour de Knox is a self-guided bike route of campus and downtown Knoxville with 15 checkpoints including World’s Fair Park, Market Square, and the Outdoor Adventure Center. Participants will begin at Neyland Stadium Plaza on UT’s campus and be given raffle tickets for each checkpoint they reach within a 75-minute period. Tickets will be entered into a prize drawing at the end of the event.

Prizes include a light-weight camping tent from REI and a competition-grade road bike donated by Echelon as well as helmets, water bottles and gift certificates. The Juice Bar will also be serving free juice to the riders.

Registration is $15 for adults and $10 for students. Riders of any age and ability are encouraged to attend, and there will be a safety overview for all who plan to participate. Participants can pre-register online at www.tourdeknox.com or beginning 12:30 p.m. the day of the event.

Tour de Knox consists of four Haslam School of Business students in a service learning class led by Ernie Cadotte. Its mission is to promote bike culture and safety around the city of Knoxville. It aims to do so through events that demonstrate biking resources in the area.

For more information about Tour de Knox contact Jessica Burchfield  atjburchf2@vols.utk.edu or (865) 643-4916

For more information about Outdoor Knoxfest visit:http://www.outdoorknoxville.com/calendar/event/5090-outdoor-knoxfest

UPDATE: More than 60 people attended the 2015 Tour de Knox. Read more about the event’s success and the students and faculty behind in a Knoxville News Sentinel article:

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/local-news/tour-de-knox-offers-unique-ride-around-city-ut-campus_80353257