Mountain bikers from all over will come to iconic Squaw Valley for the return of the Tahoe Fat Tire Festival. 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, a just for fun poker ride, 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, Sept.13, with a mountain bike film festival. Saturday morning is the Cross Country race, which is the final race of the 2013 Sierra Cup Series. Saturday afternoon includes the kid’s race, BMX aerial show, live music as well as a bunnyhop contest. The Tahoe Sierra Century road ride on Saturday is also based out of the Village at Squaw Valley. Sunday morning kicks off with the poker ride hosted by the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship followed by the Nor-Cal State Downhill Championships 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.