Knoxville Zoo hosts cycling event to benefit animal conservation programs

Cycling enthusiasts can embark on either a 30 or 50 mile ride beginning and ending at Knoxville Zoo.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knoxville Zoo is hosting it’s first-ever cycling event to benefit the zoo’s animal conservation programs.

Ride for the Wild Side will take place on May 9 at 8:30 a.m.

Cycling enthusiasts can embark on either a 30 or 50 mile ride beginning and ending at Knoxville Zoo. Both routes have varied topography that includes hills and flats and beautiful scenery throughout the foothills east of Knoxville along the French Broad River.

The event is suited for all levels of cyclists, from novice to experienced, and is a supported ride with clearly marked directions, fully-stocked rest stops and a rider “support and gear” (SAG) vehicle to assist with any technical issues.

After the ride, Knoxville Zoo will host a private after-party for participants that includes admission to the zoo, lunch by Texas Roadhouse and two beers provided by Central Flats and Taps for riders aged 21-and-up. Additionally, the first 150 riders to sign up receive a complimentary water bottle.

Participants can pre-register online at or on-site the day of the event. Registration fees are $42 for participants who are registered by May 8 and $50 the day of the ride. All proceeds from the event go directly to support Knoxville Zoo’s animal conservation programs.

Knoxville Zoo is Knoxville’s most-visited destination. Knoxville Zoo is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education. Currently, the zoo is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. Next-day admission is free after 3 p.m. For more information, please call 865.637.5331 or visit

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