Saturday, September 07, 2013

Tahoe Fat Tire Fest Returns Next Weekend

Mountain bikers from all over will come to iconic Squaw Valley Resort on September 13-15, 2013 for the return of the Tahoe Fat Tire Festival. Formerly one of the largest mountain bike events on the west coast, the festival is being brought back by the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association in an effort to promote recreational trails in the Tahoe area and to fundraise for trail projects.

Presented by Michael Hohl Subaru in Carson City, New Belgium Brewing, and the North Lake Tahoe Convention and Visitors Bureau, the festival will include cross country and downhill mountain bike racing, skill clinics, the Tour de Squaw fun ride, free kids races, and a BMX jump show. Squaw Valley will be opening its bike park and trail network for the three days of the festival.

The festival kicks off Friday evening, September 13, with live music from ‘Decoy’ and a outdoor film festival featuring the United States premiere of the mountain bike film ‘ARRIVAL’. Saturday morning is the Cross Country race, which is the final race of the 2013 Sierra Cup Series. Saturday afternoon includes the free kid’s race, BMX aerial show, and live music from ‘Last Stand’. The Tahoe Sierra Century road ride on Saturday is also based out of the Village at Squaw Valley. Sunday morning kicks off with the Tour de Squaw fun poker ride hosted by the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship followed by music from ‘Jelly Bread’. The Nor-Cal State Downhill Championships starts at 1pm on what is arguably the toughest downhill course in Northern California. The downhill race is also part of the Shine Riders Co. ‘Queen of the Mountain’ Series for female gravity riders.

All proceeds from the festival will go to TAMBA and the Truckee Bike Park Project to improve local mountain biking opportunities and trail networks. TAMBA is an all volunteer non-profit organization that focuses on building and maintaining multi-use trails. They have organized 3000 hours of volunteer trail work in the last two years in cooperation with the US Forest Service and Nevada State Parks.

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