Connor isn't ready for the nationals (or the locals for that matter) but I've always have heard about Loretta Lynn's being such a great place to ride, especially for kids. I thought that this event might be a good way to let him see/ride it.
All ages are welcome. There is a beginners loop which is basically a grass track. Then there is a novice loop which can range anywhere between 3 to 4 miles long. Then the main loop we try to make around 20 miles long, depending on conditions. This ride is for bikes only no atvs are allowed. Keep an eye on www.mtdr.net for more info.
Personally I think it is much better than DW's myself. I have been to all the LL Fall Rides and one Spring Ride. The atmosphere is great there. Jack, Tom, Bill, and some of the others that put together the trails are great guys that put a lot of love and dedication into them. Tom(Current President) spends about 3/4 the year there working on the courses. Heck this year he was even there on his wedding anniversary finalizing the event specs for the fall ride. Can you ask for more dedication than that? It is a must do event every year!