One of the biggest questions we get asked – Why are you based in Chattanooga, Tennessee?
From custom team kits in London to lifestyle gear in Copenhagen, we have been very fortunate to already have business partners around the globe. But people seem to be surprised to hear that Escadrille is based in Chattanooga. In fact, it is one of the greatest hidden gems in the country. Here are the top 5 reasons why we call this city our home:
1) Oh, the great outdoors!
Chattanooga is on of the top U.S. destinations for outdoor sports. In fact, Outside Magazine called Chattanooga the “Best Town Ever.” The following year the New York Times put it on an impressive list of the Top-25 must-see destinations – globally. It is known for some of the best bouldering in the world and is one of the top venues in the nation for mountain biking. If you like the outdoors, moving to Chattanooga is a great decision. Chattanooga one of the only cities in the United States that you can live anywhere in the city, go out your front door, and have a full day of wonderful riding in any direction. From valleys to mountains, and everything in between, there are always new rides and adventures in the surrounding area.
The city is currently home to the U.S. Pro road race and the Chattanooga Ironman. We believe more and more large events will call this place home in the future.
2) Location, location, location!
Being in the business world, we end up making a lot of trips. Chattanooga is 2 hours from Nashville, Atlanta, Knoxville, and Birmingham. It seems to be a stopping place for people across the East Coast heading North-South on I-75. People are taken away coming around the bend into the city – it is nestled by the winding Tennessee River surrounded by mountains. The view is especially beautiful at night. We are also close to a large port in Charleston, South Carolina and in a great timezone for keeping in touch.
3) Great weather.
Chattanooga has 4 wonderful seasons. We get to enjoy a nice spring, summer, fall, and winter each year. This makes it great for product testing and riding for all cycling disciplines. In the summertime, the surrounding mountains are usually 8 degrees cooler than the city – making it an ideal spot to get away from the heat. There is never a month in the year where you can’t go out on your road bike and get in a good training day.
4) Business revival.
At one time Chattanooga was home to many global businesses, but like many cities across the country – jobs dried up. That has all changed in the last decade. The area is booming with innovative startups in every corner and coffee shop they can fit into. Volkswagen opened up a massive manufacturing plant and Amazon opened up a new distribution center. Locals can tell the city is ascending with the help of big money drawing successful new companies and city-wide programs to promote the continuation of the daring revival plan in place. We like it because our business is growing and create jobs with the talent and work that is happening here.
5) The people.
None of this would be possible without the great people of Chattanooga. Their attitude is reflected in the great things that they are doing together for this city. We have found it to be a very welcoming place for outsiders. In fact, the city is booming with people from all walks of life from all over the world. Recently there has been a large influx of transplants from New England, California, Colorado, and Germany (Volkswagen has a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga).