Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, the FGS Cycling Team exists thanks to the generosity of a private donor who chose to sponsor an elite, regional cycling team in order to raise the profile of The Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains (FotS), a charity charged with protecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Donations made to the Friends of Great Smoky Mountains support the Park directly. The team's budget does not deduct from Friends the charity; indeed, the team costs the Friends organization no money. Instead, our cycling team exists to help generate donations for the Friends charity.
The Great Smoky Mountains are a destination for many outdoor enthusiasts. By sponsoring an elite regional cycling team on behalf of FotS, our private donor hopes that we can inspire a population of cyclists, hikers, race spectators, campers, and others to donate time and money to the park, preserving and maintaining it for future generations. If you live in Tennessee or North Carolina, please show your love and support for the park, and consider purchasing a Friends license plate.