Catalyst Sports Brings Adaptive Mountain Biking Tour to the Southeast

An adaptive rider at the Ampt Mountain Biking event in Estes Park, Colorado in 2020.

Catalyst Sports is touring the south and bringing adaptive mountain bike opportunities to several different states including Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Washington DC.

Catalyst Sports is a 501c3 non-profit bringing adventure sports to people with disabilities. The organization has different chapters and each has a unique community, they say, which runs weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly adventure programs throughout the year. Their main mission is to help people with disabilities access sports through adaptive equipment surrounded by an inclusive community.

On this tour, they’ll cover nine cities between Washington DC and Birmingham, Alabama and offer opportunities for adaptive mountain biking. They’ll have e-assist bikes, junior-size, and tandem options. The rides are about an hour-and-a-half according to The Chatanoogan.

“This might be the first time someone with a disability will access nature off the pavement,” Catalyst Sports Founder Eric Gray told the Chattanoogan. “There are thousands of people with disabilities in the Chattanooga area, and 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.” 

To participate or to learn more about opportunities with Catalyst see their website.

Tour stops and dates

  • Chattanooga, Sept. 11-12
  • Atlanta, Sept. 18-19
  • Birmingham, Sept. 25-26
  • Asheville, Oct. 9-10
  • Greater DC, Oct. 16-17
  • Nashville, Oct. 23-24
  • Augusta, Oct. 30-31
  • Knoxville, Nov. 5-7
  • Greensboro, Nov. 14

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