TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Squaw Valley welcomes the return of the Tahoe Fat Tire Festival, a mountain bike celebration complete with races, rides, trail work, clinics, films, music, kids’ events, beer gardens and more. Originally founded in the 1980s, this festival was a premier mountain bike event for nearly two decades. Thanks to the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association and the Truckee Trails Foundation, the Tahoe Fat Tire Festival is back after a long hiatus and is jam-packed with three days of events taking place at Squaw Valley, Sept. 20-23.
The festival includes five race events: cross country, short track, downhill, hill climb, and super D. There is also a mountain bike stage race which includes participation in all five race events. A kids’ race, guided trail rides, skills clinics, trail care classes, a film festival presented by Yelo Velo, music and plenty of beer provided by New Belgium Beer Company are also on tap for the weekend’s festivities. For more details visit squaw.com or http://tahoefattirefestival.org/schedule/.
For spectators, festival passes are $40 for ages 21 and older (includes beer/wine coupons and pint glass) and $30 for ages 21 and under (beer/wine coupons and pint class not included). Those looking to register to compete in the bike events can sign up at http://tahoefattirefestival.eventbrite.com/.
Festival pass includes: tram access to Squaw’s High Camp; two beer/wine coupons; raffle ticket for product raffles held after the race, awards on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; Tahoe Fat Tire Festival T-shirt; Tahoe Fat Tire Festival pint glass; discounted shuttles with TMG for off-site festival rides (based on space availability); participation in the festival group rides; attendance at the skill clinics (based on space availability); Tahoe Fat Tire Festival cowbell (while supplies last); donation to Truckee Trails and TAMBA.