Adaptive mountain bike riding weekend ahead

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Knoxville Catalyst Sports invites the community to learn about adaptive mountain bike riding – a way for disabled people to hit the trails.


There are spaces for both participants and volunteers on Saturday and Sunday, March 27-28, at the new adaptive trails on Sharp’s Ridge in North Knoxville. There will be two volunteers for each rider with each ride lasting about 90 minutes. This time slot will include safety instruction, proper riding technique and proper fitting of the bike to the participant.

Eric Gray

“This might be the first time someone with a disability will access nature off the pavement,” said Eric Gray, founder of Catalyst Sports.

“There are almost 100,00 people with disabilities in the Knoxville area. This weekend could be a chance for them to be active in nature for the first time since their disability. Through events like these people with disabilities are empowered to discover their strength and abilities and everyone discovers that we all play a part.”

Catalyst Sports has been part of the Knoxville community for ­­­seven years with adaptive paddling and climbing programs. Legacy Parks Foundation and Contour Designs built the Sharp’s Ridge adaptive trails, creating the first all-access trail in our region designed specifically to accommodate users with disabilities.

To participate, volunteer or learn more about Catalyst’s programs head to their website here.

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