"I have enjoyed riding the epic route which included climbing "The Wall". It perked me up to continue once I heard the great sound of the volunteers cheering for me at the top. The Tour de Blount is full of southern hospitality and epic views of the unique Appalachian Mountains of Blount County. I look forward to riding it each year." - H. Smith

“The TdB is one of my favorite rides all year. It’s always well-supported with some cool swag (who doesn’t like pint glasses) and covers some of the most beautiful places anywhere. It truly has routes for everyone from the occasional rider to the hard core! I hope to ride it every year.” - M. McKinney

“The Tour de Blount 2016 was my first organized ride. The course was well-marked and there were several aid stations for support. I felt safe and comfortable, knowing that nobody would be left behind. It was my best adventure for the year. I highly recommend it for beginners.”- C. Callahan

“Thank you Blount Partnership and Foothill Striders for putting on an amazing, well-organized event! The volunteers and event staff truly made Tour de Blount a superb experience. This top notch event offers something for everyone and represents Blount County well.” - M. Geizer

“Of course I’ll ride any time, but the biggest thing about the Tour de Blount is the opportunity to share with the others the riding that we get to do all the time. I’ve ridden a lot of different places but I’ve yet to find a better place to ride than Blount County. We’ve got it all here.” - J. Black

Tour de Blount

Saturday May 20, 2017 @ 7:30 am
Townsend Visitors Center - 7906 East Lamar Alexander Parkway - Townsend , TN 37882

Our Story

The Tour de Blount was started by three cyclists back in 1991. They loved cycling and knew that the Blount County area was one of the best areas to ride. This was well before the day of organized bike rides, triathlons and road races. The TdB was to be the first bike ride in the area. Ironically, the cyclists approached the Foothill Striders and asked for $300 in support of the ride and they were turned down! Well, the ride generated $3000 the first year and the Foothill Striders soon added their support to the ride. The Tour de Blount quickly caught on and it became a popular event among cyclists, in part because Blount County and its rural back roads, ever-changing terrain and beautiful scenery is considered one of the best places to ride in the country.

The Foothill Striders Club is now responsible for hosting the TdB each year. The Striders are a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting community service and healthy lifestyles through hiking, biking and running. The proceeds from the Tour de Blount go to support two scholarships for area high school students and to promote health and wellness in Blount County.

The Striders also offer group runs, rides, and hikes each week that are open to anyone in the community. The Tour de Blount has traditionally offered four routes for riders to choose from ranging in mileage from about 25 miles to 75 miles. For most of its 26 year history the ride’s start/finish location has been Heritage High School. For a four year period it was moved to downtown Maryville, but returned to Heritage High School in 2016.

The Townsend Visitors Center will be the location for the 2017 Tour de Blount. Once again, four routes with similar mileages will be offered. A post-ride meal will be provided, and at the request of many cyclists, beer will be offered at the finish. Riders will be able to rehash the highs and lows of their rides while enjoying a cold brew. Our hope is to add local music, as well as food and bike vendors to our event.