|The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club helped out with the Windrock Fall Festival, held November 18th and 19th, outside of Oliver Springs, TN. The festival is primarily a downhill festival, but because we built cross country trails on the property this summer, we were able to host a cross country ride, led by our president, Randy Conner. Vice President Brian Hann loaned a truck owned by his construction company, Dewhirst Construction, for a shuttle. The truck allowed up to 30 riders and bikes to be shuttled up the mountain at one time.
The conditions were cold and rainy (snowy on top the mountain), but that didn't stop over 80 people from traveling from as far away as Arizona to participate. The folks from cane creek, I-9, Morewood, Specialized, Sick Lines and Maxis all came out to donate goods for a raffle. Local Pro down hill rider and AMBC board member Doug Ferguson was the key organizer for the event, and did a great job getting the word out. DH National Champion Geritt Beytagh was out with his sponsor Morewood Bicycles. The folks at Coal Creek allowed us to use over 2,000 feet of vertical drop to build the trails, and the Mayor of Oliver Springs, Chris Hepler, drove the shuttle truck. We had many volunteers involved, and they were real troopers, braving the imperfect elements to pull off this excellent event.