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Pedal for the Red

Benefiting the American Red Cross

Pedal for the Red provides amateurs the opportunity to take
part in the excitement of USA Cycling


Thank you 2017 Event Sponsors

Phillips & Jordan

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Join the American Red Cross of East Tennessee and Visit Knoxville and ride in Pedal for the Red on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Pedal for the Red is a fun and friendly ride benefiting the life-saving work of the American Red Cross.

The 2017 USA Cycling Pro National Championships will take place in Knoxville, Tennessee June 24-25.  The weekend will kick off with Pedal for the Red, followed by the USA Cycling Pro Time Trials.  On June 24, participants of Pedal for the Red will have the unique opportunity to ride the same closed course as the Pros.  After the Pedal, participants will be able to watch the best cyclists in the country race for the Pro Time Trials national championship.  The USA Cycling Pro Road Championships will take place the following day, on June 25.

You don’t have to be a Pro to be a part of Knoxville’s first ever championship cycling weekend.  Join Pedal for the Red, a fun ride with an important goal: To support the vital work of the American Red Cross in East Tennessee.

“The inspiration for Pedal for the Red came from the late Sam Beall.  Sam loved cycling and wanted to see the sport grow in East Tennessee.  He especially enjoyed seeing young people and families participate in adventures like this together. So the idea for a family friendly, community ride started with my conversations with him.”

                                                                 - Joe Thompson, Red Cross Board  

Whether you’re riding or showing support, you can contribute to the American Red Cross through the Pedal for the Red Peer-to-Peer Fundraising campaign.  The dollars you raise will provide lifesaving support for people devastated by disasters, offer support to military families and help train people in lifesaving skills like CPR.

The vital work of the American Red Cross is made possible by people like you.  Get rolling with Peer-to-Peer fundraising then ride the Pedal towards one great goal.

The American Red Cross – Celebrating 100 years in Tennessee. (1917 – 2017)

Ride Date: June 24th, 2017

Start Time:  7:30am*
End Time:   9:30am


E Jackson Ave in the Old City

Route Distance:

4.8 miles per lap


As many laps as you can complete within 2 hours

Printable Course Map


Pedal for the Red Course Map


*All cyclists participating in Pedal for the Red should arrive early and plan to start at 7:30 am to allow for maximum time to ride the course.

Participants may start between 7:30 and 8:00 am ONLY if they have already registered and picked up their rider number during one of our pre event pick up times or before 7:30 day of the event.

NO LATE STARTERS AFTER 8:00 am.  This allows for course to be clear before the Professional Time Trial. 

Thanks for your cooperation and understanding. Go Pedal for the Red!


What can I ride on the course?  
  • Bicycles Allowed: Standard Bicycle, Recumbent, Tandem, Hand Cycle, Burley Kart, Tag-A-long, Unicycle
  • Bicycles NOT Allowed: Motorized Bicycles (this includes e-bikes), Bikes with training wheels, Striders, Wheel Chairs, Childs Tricycle
Can my kids ride?
Yes, but all minors under the age of 18 must ride with a parent or legal guardian, waiver must be completed
Do I have to wear a helmet?
Yes, all participants must wear a cycling helmet
This is a ride, not a race. What's the difference?
While we can appreciate a good race around a closed course, racing around the course is not encouraged. This is a family friendly event for all ages and skill levels.
Can I where a costume? Or decorate my bike?
Yes! So show your spirit and support of the American Red Cross by wearing or decorating your bike in Red. Be creative and have fun, but most of all, be safe and think about the safety of others.
Where do I park my car?
Although many of the parking areas located in the Old City will be reserved, there are over 15,000 parking spaces with more than 5,500 spaces FREE on weekends and weekday evenings after 6:00 pm in the downtown Knoxville area. Free trolley rides are available as well. 
What is the cost of the entry fee?
Entry fees can be found on the registration website. REGISTER NOW
Is this a rain or shine event?
Yes, rain or shine the show and the excitement will go on!
Rider etiquette?
  • All riders must keep to the right and allow faster riders to pass on the left
  • All riders must be vocal and call out to riders on their right when passing
  • No Racing!
  • All riders must where a cycling helmet
  • ​All bicycles should be in good working condition
How many laps must I complete?
You should be in good enough physical condition to complete at least one lap of the course or 4.8 miles. After that, you can ride as many laps as you can between 7:30 and 9:30 am.
Are pets allowed?
No pets of any kind will be allowed to ride on, attached to or alongside a participant
Can I run or walk the course? No, the course is for cyclists only.  Not on a bike?  You can still show your support through peer-to-peer fundraising  or volunteering.      

All Participants and Volunteers Will Receive
an Official Pedal for the Red T-shirt and 
a Nalgene Water Bottle!

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Register Now

Questions? Please send an email to
if you have specific questions or would like to register a group.