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    Default Cycling in the Knoxville, TN area.

    I have been freelancing for The Discovery Channel in NYC for the past year or so and they offered me a staff position with fantastic benefits.
    The position requires a relocation to the new Discovery Corporate HQ in Knoxville TN.
    So... how's the riding there? Any insights would be welcome.
    Artie Deianni

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    Default Re: Cycling in the Knoxville, TN area.

    Knoxville is where the Columbia Plateau meets the Appalachian mountains. Rolling hills to the north and west, proper mountains to the south and east. Outlying areas definitely have typical sprawl, but plenty of high quality lower traffic roads can be found.
    The city, proper has been investing like crazy in bike infrastructure, especially mtb trails. The tourism authority has been opening up the wallet to attract Road and Crit national championships lately.
    Great city, lots of really nice folks in bikes there that Iíve met.

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    Default Re: Cycling in the Knoxville, TN area.

    Riding in the Knoxville and East TN in general is pretty great. Get out of Knoxville proper and there are plenty of great roads particularly to the south and east. Maryville and Townsend areas have some amazing roads and have become somewhat of destination areas for cycling.
    If you are into gravel there are hundreds of miles within an hour or so of Knoxville in the Cherokee National Forest. And as said above, the City and local club (Appalachian Mountain Bike Club) have invested heavily in trails. There are probably over 50 miles of singletrack within a 10 miles radius of downtown Knoxville. Check out Strava Heatmaps for some of the hot aeras. West Knoxville (where the Discovery headquarters) is not as ideal, but it does not take much to get out of the sprawl. I work downtown and get most of my riding on my lunch break with plenty of options both road and trail.

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    Default Re: Cycling in the Knoxville, TN area.

    I haven't been down there but a friend moved to Knoxville for grad school last year. He's been finding a ton of good riding both road and mountain. It probably helps that he moved in with Stephen Bassett. If you poke around on Strava a bit you'll find some stuff for sure.

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    Default Re: Cycling in the Knoxville, TN area.

    This is great.
    Thank you gentlemen.
    Artie Deianni

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    Default Re: Cycling in the Knoxville, TN area.

    I have wanted to ride MTBs there for a long time - between NC and my time in Nashville, I've heard tons of great stuff about singletrack within city limits there, plus Big South Fork is an IMBA epic (tame trails but beautiful views). My inlaws live a little over an hour from Knoxville, east of there in the mountains near Greeneville. There, you're knocking on the door of some Pisgah-esque MTB trails and what I found to be gravel riding heaven. Steep elevation.

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    Default Re: Cycling in the Knoxville, TN area.

    I rented a house in South Knoxville for a year. Apparently it's on the doorstep of lots of great riding and surrounded by 4 breweries and IJAMS is a few blocks away.
    Thanks again for the intel here.

    A couple Garmin routes that roll right by my place.

    KIMBERLIN


    KODAK
    Artie Deianni

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