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Ribfest Rally

Registration |  Off-Road School |  Lodging |  Music |  Schedule |  GPS Files |  Directions & Contact Information

Information on Ribfest 2017 is coming soon!

October 13th - 16th, 2016

Return to beautiful Centerville Tennessee in the heart of Hickman County for the "best ribs you can ride to".

Lee Waggoner and the BMW Motorcycle Club of Nashville invite you to some of the best riding in the country. Available roads include off-road trails for all skill levels, from first-time off-road riders to more experienced riders. If you don't care for dirt and gravel, there are paved roads that rival the best of East Tennessee.

Our site includes plenty of shady spaces for camping, with nearby motels, and all the ribs and chicken that you can eat.

Registration

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED, BUT YOU CAN STILL REGISTER IN PERSON AT THE RALLY. Cash or local check only.

Pre-Registration

  • You must register prior to September 30th.
  • Price: $70. This includes dinner Thursday, breakfast and dinner Friday and Saturday, and breakfast Sunday.

Regular Registration

  • Is if you register after September 30th.
  • Price: $80. This includes dinner Thursday, breakfast and dinner Friday and Saturday, and breakfast Sunday.
  • At the door pricing is also $80, including meals.

Day Pass

  • Kids under 6 – free
  • Kids 6 - 13 – $10
  • Adults $25

Day passes include dinner. – Pre-registration is strongly advised if you plan to eat ribs!

 
T-shirts
 
Ribfest t-shirts are available for $15 each, with your registration or at the rally.  Quantities at the rally may be limited - to ensure you get your size, order when you register.


Click Here To Register For The Rally 

Off-Road School

Tom Asher (740-974-7631) of Tom Asher Adventure Riding Academy (TAARA) will be providing off-road training at Ribfest. His training is unique compared to any other schools available because he trains people using real world adventure situations along with basic motor skills instruction.  He specializes in advanced training that will give the adventure rider the confidence they need to tackle literally any terrain they might encounter on their adventure while conserving energy and keeping the motorcycle intact.

A little about Tom:

"I have raced at a professional level and have ridden and trained with some of the best riders in the world.  And have navigated some of the toughest terrain in the world.  About 17 years ago is when I fully dedicated myself to big adventure bikes.   I have taken the big adventure bikes where literally no one else has and have been successful at it.  Last year I won every big bike trials competition I entered and in 2016 was a GS Trophy competitor.  I have led and trained people for the last 10 years." 

  • Intermediate class will be Thursday at a cost of  $130
  • Advanced class will be two days, Friday and Sunday, at a cost of $200.  Camping will be available Sunday night, but there will be no food or support services available.
Start times 9.00.  Classes are limited to 12 per day.
 

Saturday is the GS Giant trials event so you will want to see Tom in action.

You do not have to attend the rally to take the course, however you may want to have the Rib dinner Saturday evening. In this case you will need to register for a day pass. If you would like to camp at all, you must sign up for the full price of the rally. Please keep in mind you get a $10 discount off the full price if you register by September 30th.

Click Here To Register For The Off-Road School

Lodging

This rally is a primitive tent camping site. There are Porta-potties but no showers.

There is a hotel approximately 3.5 miles from Ribville:

  • Quality Inn & Suites - (931) 729-5600

Music

Open mike.  Bring your guitar, sitar, bongo, harmonica or whatever else you care to play.

Schedule

Thursday

  • Show up Thursday anytime to get your favorite camp-site.
  • There are a few good places to eat and nearby grocery stores Breece's, Homestead, Ruby's
  • Beer at the Exxon or Shell station.
  • Coffee (free) and soft drinks ($1) available on site all day

On-site Food

 
Dinner: Chicken and Andouille Gumbo
White rice, Potato salad or sweet potato surprise
Bread

 

Friday

  • Show up Friday anytime to get your next favorite camp-site
  • Registration 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Guided Rides - Intermediate and Advanced dual sport rides and a road ride will be available.  Check at the on-site registration desk for departure times and meeting points.  Note these are now on Friday.
  • Coffee (free) and soft drinks ($1) available on site all day

On-Site Food


Breakfast:   Pancakes and Sausage

Dinner:  Gourmet Burgers, Baked Beans, Choice of Chips

 

Saturday

  • Registration 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • GS-Giants Woods Trials (Sign-up at the Ribfest, donations welcome for GS-Giants Club, prizes).  Even if you're not a dual sport rider, GS Giants Trials are fun to watch!
    Check out the video at the following link: Link to Video
  • Coffee (free) and soft drinks ($1) available on site all day

On-site Food


Breakfast:  

Burritos with Bacon or Chorizo Sausage, Eggs and Cheese, Frijoles 

Dinner:  RIBFEAST!

Sunday

  • Coffee,  YOU WILL NEED IT.
  • Hang out as long as you like, ride the dirt roads.
  • Break camp, see you next year.

On-site Food


Breakfast:   Eggs, Meat, Grits, English Muffins

GPS Files

A GPX file with several self-guided road and dual sport rides is now available by clicking this link: Ribfest Rides GPX file  
 
The file contains six tracks - three road rides including a shorter local ride with a stop at the Diamond Gusset store, and three dual sport rides of varying difficulty.   ("Tracks" are the most reliable way to share routes across multiple GPS and mapping software platforms.  They do not include turn-by-turn directions, but can usually be converted to a Route by your GPS.)  The file also includes a Ribville waypoint that can be imported into your Favorites list.

Directions & Contact Information

The Rally site is a privately owned farm approximately 50 miles southwest of Nashville.

  • From the intersection of TN 100 and TN North 48 (there is an Exxon on the corner), ride North 0.3 miles then turn right onto Bells Branch Road.
  • Ride 1.8 miles then take the left fork onto Bells Branch Trail. This is now a smooth dirt road.
  • Ride 0.3 miles to driveway on the left. There is a green gate. There will be signs.
GPS coordinates:  35.8629, -87.4328 or 35°51'46.6"N 87°25'57.9"W
 

Verizon cell phone service is fair, other carriers are spotty.

Click Here To See A Map


To contact the rally chair, please use the Contact Us page of this website.

 




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