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SHANNON BURKE, founder and director of Velo View Bike Tours, attributes his love for cycling to his wife, Celeste, who not only introduced him to the sport but also took him on his first bike vacation. Soon after taking that first bike tour, Shannon was planning custom private bike vacations. As a professional municipal planner, the organization came naturally, and it wasn’t long before he made the shift to the bike tour business full-time.
Shannon named the business VELO VIEW as a tribute to the unique way the world is seen from the saddle of your bike. Promoting and sharing that perspective - the view from the bike - is what Velo View Bike Tours is all about.
Velo View was founded in 2012 in Austin, Texas, and initially offered pre-scheduled bike vacation packages in destinations across the country, from California to Colorado to the Carolinas. However, after relocating to Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2016 and discovering the incredible wealth of world-class cycling opportunities in his new backyard (road, mountain & gravel), the focus of the business shifted to custom tours in the Chattanooga tri-state region, offering flexible vacation options for groups of any size on any budget.
Velo View also began producing bike ride events in 2017 as a way to introduce even more cyclists to the fantastic bike riding the Chattanooga region has to offer. (Check out CycleSequatchie.com for more info on Chattanooga's premier road cycling event!)
In 2020, Shannon teamed up with Kim Murrell of Chilhowee Outdoors to create Tennessee Gravel, a promotional project dedicated to bringing attention to the beautiful gravel roads of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains east of Chattanooga. In addition to providing free bike routes and bikepacking information, Tennessee Gravel offers three brutal time trial challenges for those looking to push their limits!
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