Spotlight Events for May

ABC "Cycle for Safety" Ride

On Friday, May 8, the East Tennessee Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), will be hosting their third annual "Cycle for Safety" fun ride. This is the first year the ride has been open to the public, and everyone is welcome to attend.

The ride will leave from Louisville Point Park, located just past Louisville Marina on Hwy 333. Registration will open at 11:30 a.m., with a barbecue lunch served at noon. After lunch there will be a mandatory riders' meeting where riders will be given directions to a checkpoint located somewhere in Blount County. All participants are free to ride at their own pace, with whomever they choose to ride.

There will be a midway checkpoint where all riders will be given a numbered door prize, which will enter them in the drawing for larger prizes at the final destination. 95 percent of the 100-mile route will follow rural county roads, with much of the route being along lakes and rivers, including some spectacular views.

Entry fees for the ride are $25 per person. Pre-registration is required.

Friday, May 8, 11:30 a.m. • Louisville Point Park [372 Cox Road, Louisville, Tenn.] • For more information, call 865-558-9132.

Steve "Bo" Goins Memorial Ride

April 25 gathering at 10 a.m. at Harley-Davidson of Knoxville [800 Clinton Hwy., 865-689-2454]. Ride begins at noon and ends at Coyote Joe's [5640 Clinton Hwy., 865-689-9722]. May is Motorcycle Awareness Month, and Janie Haggard along with the Motorcycle Awareness Foundation of Tennessee are raising public attention to motorcycle safety and education with this ride in memory of Janie's son, Steve.

3rd Annual Devil's Triangle Bike Rally

May 1-3 at Greywolf Motorcycle and ATV Campground [5935 New River Highway, Briceville, 423-324-9653]. Gates open at 8 a.m. Must be 21 or older. Admission is $25 per person for all three days. Live entertainment, wet T-shirt and hairy chest contests, bike show, good food and cold beer. For more information, call 423-324-9653 or visit www.greywolfcampground.net.

Cruising for Awareness

Events in Tennessee through May 17 sponsored by the Suzuki Owners Club of North America. This 76 city, 76 day ride across Tennessee will hit three locations in the Knoxville area: May 1 at Paul Benton Suzuki [799 Oak Ridge Highway, Oak Ridge, 800-367-3691], May 2 at Ultimate Motorsports [10612 Kingston Pike, 865-577-6367], and May 3 at Kroger [4918 Kingston Pike, 865-584-0201]. For more information or locations, call 603-608-3321 or visit www.suzukiclubowners.org.

Thunder in the Mountains

May 2 in Downtown Jonesborough, Tenn. from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food and parts vendors, live music, and a motorcycle show will be available for entertainment. Admission is $2. For more information contact Tim Armstrong at 423-794-9418 or Danny Edwards at 423-737-6744.

Second Annual Baby MacKenzie Foundation Bike Rally

May 2 at 411 Biker Depot [107 Nicle Court, Maryville, 865-233-3823]. Check-in begins at 9 a.m., and the ride begins at 11 a.m. All proceeds benefit the Baby MacKenzie Foundation for Rhabdoid Cancer Research. Donations are welcome. Purchase $5 raffle tickets now to win a Myrtle Beach Bike Week Vacation. For more information, visit www.babymackenzie.org or call 865-397-3895.

Third Annual American Legion United Veteran's Organization Ride

May 2 at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and Buell [1820 Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, 865-977-1669]. Registration is from 9-11 a.m., and the first bike out is at 11:05 a.m. The last stop will be the American Legion Post #13 [224 Waters Road, Maryville].

TaTa Tour 2009

May 2 at Wild Wing Cafe [11335 Campbell Lakes Drive, Knoxville, 865-777-9464]. The TaTa Tour takes riders on a loop with stops at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and Coyote Joe's Bar and Grill. The ride begins at 3:45 p.m., and the after-party begins at 6:30 p.m.. This is a fund-raising event for Champions for a Cause, and all proceeds go to benefit breast cancer research and support. Register online prior to the event at www.championsforacause.org, or register on-site by 3:30 p.m.

Cruisin' for a Cause

May 3-9 Knoxville. This week-long ride will take bikers down the Natchez Trail from Knoxville to New Orleans. This is sponsored by Champions for a Cause, and all money goes to support breast cancer. For more information, or to register, visit www.championsforacause.org.

11th Annual Smoky Mountain Blessing of the Bikes

May 3 at Douglas Dam Overlook [975 Overlook Way, Sevierville]. Services will begin at 11:30 a.m. with food, music, and fellowship to follow. A special bike blessing will be at 2 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Shiloh Riders. All riders are welcome. For more information, visit www.shilohriders.com or contact Jim White at 865-850-7539.

2009 Blessing of the Bikes

May 3 at Trentville United Methodist Church [9215 Strawberry Plains Pike, Knoxville, 865-933-5041]. Worship will begin at 10 a.m. with a free lunch to follow at noon provided by the Trentville Choir. The blessing will commence at 1 p.m., and all bikes, trikes and "big boy" bikes are welcome.

Motorcycle Madness Rally

May 7 at Bristol Motor Speedway [151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, 423-989-6933]. This event is part of the S.O.C. Cruising for Awareness Program.

Great Smoky Mountain Bike Week

May 7-10 in Sevierville Event Center [202 Gists Creek Road, Sevierville]. The bike week benefits Blue Angels Police. This family-friendly rally in the Smoky Mountains includes charity rides, live music, vendors, a bike show, and food. For more info call 865-774-4981 or visit www.motorcycleevents.com.

Dixie Iron Riders R/C Poker Run

May 9 For more information, call 323-5518, visit www.dixieiron.com, or e-mail bilkil60(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Ride to Save a Mind

May 9 at Colboch Harley-Davidson [1830 N. Davy Crockett Parkway, Morristown, 423-586-5343]. Sign-up starts at 11 a.m., and the ride leaves at 1 p.m.. The 100-mile ride will end at Annette's Southland with an optional barbecue chicken dinner, live entertainment, and an auction. All proceeds go to ALPS Adult Day Care in Morristown.

Vintage Ride-In II: The Sequel

May 16 10 a.m.-3 p.m at Time Warp Tea Room [1209 N. Central St., 524-1155]. Bring your pre-1984 bike for display or just stop by to browse the antique iron. Barbecue available from Ball Bat's BBQ.

Pineapple Ride

May 17 1 p.m. at L.A.'s Biker Thangz [516 Hwy. 312 N., Lenoir City, 865-816-3246] and will end at Big Daddy's Scoots and Sports [2641 Hwy. 411, Maryville, 865-977-5057]. Proceeds support the Layton "Pineapple" Kipilii family. For more information, call 865-986-7766.

Blue Angels Police Benefit Ride and Rally

May 18-22 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. There will be vendors, prizes and entertainment. Benefits police officers, their families and police departments. Visit www.motorcyclemonster.com/events for more information.

Ride for the Gate

May 23 at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson [1820 W. Lamar Alexander Pky., Maryville, 977-1669]. Registration begins at noon, and the ride starts at 2 p.m. An hour-long ride across Foothills Parkway. Swap meet at Smoky Mountain Harley begins at noon. Raising funds for The Gateway to Independence, a nonprofit organization that builds skills and provides recreational activities for post high school special education students in Blount County. For more information, contact Mike Harris at 865-607-4218 or rodzanchops(at)yahoo(dot)com.

RallyMoto Tennessee

May 23-24 Linden, Tenn. The event features cars and motorcycles racing over a closed course of super twisty roads on Saturday and Sunday. For more info, visit rallytennessee.com/2009.

Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride

May 24 at Sevier County Courthouse [125 Court Ave., Sevierville]. Opening ceremony begins at 10 a.m., and the 60-mile ride to Grainger County Veterans Overlook leaves at 11 a.m. For more info, call 865-453-6532 or visit www.smokymountainthunder.net.

Southeastern S.O.C. Spring Rally

May 31- June 6 at the Doubletree Hotel [211 Mockingbird Lane, Johnson City]. The rally begins at 8 a.m. The registration is free. There will be rides and events each day. For more information, visit www.suzukiownersclub.org.