9/14/24 GSMNP Deep Creek Adaptive Mountain Biking - Athlete Registration

09/14/2024 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM ET


Deep Creek Picnic Area
W Deep Creek Road
Bryson City, NC 28713


Join Us for an Adaptive Mountain Bike Interpretive Ride in Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

Discover the rich natural and cultural history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park while enjoying a scenic ride on an adaptive mountain bike. Led by a knowledgeable Ranger, these interpretive rides are designed to be short in distance with multiple stops along the way. At each stop, you will learn fascinating facts about the park's unique features and heritage. 

Please see the details below for information on the ride's distance, elevation, and profile. 

We look forward to having you join us for an educational and enjoyable adventure!

Please note: due to limited resources, only adaptive athletes are able to borrow a bike for this ride. Any friends/family wishing to join in will be required to bring their own mountain bike. 

Participant registration for Great Smoky Mountains National Park Adaptive Mountain Biking on Saturday, September 14th, 2024.

Deep Creek Picnic Area

Ride Distance: +/- 5 miles total (Dependent on group progress & speed)

Elevation Gain:  500ft

Trail Surface:  Gravel Road

Ride Description:  Start at the Deep Creek Trailhead with accessible parking & bathrooms.  Catalyst Sports will be onsite to fit you to an adaptive bike & provide instruction on how to safely operate the adaptive bike.  We will then depart as a group & ride along Deep Creek Trail & Indian Creek Trail.  The ride from the parking lot will be a +/- 2.5 mile climb past waterfalls, lush forests, & running creeks.  The group will stop in several spots along the way to learn about the area from a GSMNP Ranger.  At the furthest point, the group will turn around & descend back to the parking lot.


9:00 am:  Riders borrowing Catalyst bikes for the 10am depature should be ready to be fit to your adaptive bike at 9am.  This will allow time for us to fit riders & give basic instructions on operation

10:00-12:00:  The ride will depart promptly at 10am.  


12:00 noon:  Riders borrowing Catalyst bikes for the 1pm depature should be ready to be fit to your adaptive bike at 12 noon.  This will allow time for us to fit riders & give basic instructions on operation

1:00 - 3:00:  The ride will depart promptly at 1pm

Essential Eligibility for Adaptive Mountain Biking

  • Rider has a permanent, disabling condition

  • Rider can make safe cognitive decisions in a fast-paced changing environment.

  • Rider can follow all safety precautions identified by the instructors.

  • Rider can hold their head upright without any head and/or neck support.

  • Rider can wear a properly fitted and rated bike helmet, as well as any other safety equipment appropriately.

  • Rider can understand and follow multiple-step instructions from the instructors independently and in a fast-paced environment.

  • Rider can transfer in and out of the bike independently or with some assistance

  • Rider can remain alert and focused for the duration of the ride and can make decisions quickly in variable terrain.

  • Rider can demonstrate they can independently peddle, steer, stop, start and ride the bike over, around, up, and down a variety of terrain deemed appropriate for their experience level.

If you have questions regarding eligibility criteria, please email kirby@catalystsports.org

Kirby will reach out directly to those who register the first week of Sept to conduct rider interviews & answer any additional questions