Bugteeth Tripod Tail of the Dragon Challenge.
The Tail of the Dragon (U.S. 129) straddles the North Carolina-Tennessee border just south of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is about 90 minutes south of Knoxville, Tenn., and about two hours west of Asheville, N.C. Peak traffic is in July/August and October. Best driving/riding season is March-early November.
When you complete this Challenge you will earn a certification paper with the option of an Aluminum Sublimated Plaque that will last a lifetime and an Individualized custom patch that will have the name of the certification time and miles traveled
What’s the Tail of the Dragon’s appeal?
• 318 curves in 11 Miles. The 318 curves are not mountain-climbing switchbacks; these turns, some close to 300-degree pivots, are on a largely flat course.
• In both North Carolina and Tennessee, the asphalt curves on U.S. 129 are banked, making them easier to handle.
• The Dragon stretch of U.S. 129 is double-lined as No Passing.
• The posted speed limit is 30 mph and it is patrolled, but they let people get away with having fun as long as they aren't posing a danger to others.
Trucks are prohibited
With approximately 48 Deaths from 1995 through the end of 2018, it is not for the faint of heart. It is only 11 Miles, but there is an element of danger to it. There are many, many places to ride in the area. You could spend a week here riding places like:
Take pictures of you and your Trike at the start and end points either direction. If you have a spot or GPS map online, you can provide a link to that. Fill out a witness form for start/end and submit.