Join us on April 24 – 27, 2014 as we celebrate the 19th year of this Fruita tradition; the US Bank Fruita Fat Tire Festival. Come ride miles of pristine MTB Trails, meet MTB friends from around the world and support those who support the passion, the lifestyle and the sport we all enjoy  From the VIP party Thursday night, to the live bands Friday and Saturday evenings under the summer stars in downtown Fruita, as well as one of the top cycling expo’s in the state. Celebrate hundreds of miles of World Class MTB Trails and join in the fun! And stick around the following weekend for the 10th Anniversary of the US Bank 18 Hours of Fruita @ Highline on May 2 & 3, 2014.

 

Over The Edge Sports-Fruita is open throughout the Festival for Sales, Service, Info and Conversation. Want to know about Mountain Biking in the Fruita area, go see the experts! (202 E. Aspen Ave. Fruita, 81521).

 

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

 

Thursday, April 24

12p  Vendor Arrival / Expo Set Up. Fruita Civic Center Park (325 E Aspen Ave)
2:30p – 4:30p VIP Registration / Check In, Fruita Civic Center Park.
3p – 6p KEEN Rippin Chix Beg/Int Skills Camp in Park. More Info: AlisonGannett.com 970-209-8207
5p – Late DT Swiss / Continental Tires VIP PARTY @ The End Zone Sports Pub (152 S. Mesa, Fruita).
Food (5:30 – 7:30p) and New Belgium Beer (while it lasts) for registered VIP’s. Non VIP’s, $20/door until 7:30p (come early!). All will be fed!
Keep the Party GOING! End Zone Open until 1a. DJ Starts at 7p. Party with fellow Mountain Bikers all night long!

 

Friday, April 25

8a – 9p Expo Open. (*Note, most vendors close booths at sunset, bands & beer ‘till 9p).
8a – 6p Bike Demo’s Available from Vendors. *Demo bike availability varies with vendor. FFTF does not guarantee availability.
9a -12p KEEN Rippin Chix Intermediate Singletrack Camp. More Info: AlisonGannett.com 970-209-8207
10a – 6p VIP Registration / Check In. Fruita Civic Center Park (325 E Aspen Ave).
12p – 9:15p New Belgium Beer Garden OPEN (last call 9p).
3p – 6p KEEN Rippin Chix Beg/Int Skills Camp in Park. More Info: AlisonGannett.com 970-209-8207
3:30p – 9p PARTY IN THE PARK! Fruita Civic Center Park (325 E Aspen Ave)
3:30p – 9p-ish Live Music

Food Vendors available all evening.

 

Saturday, April 26

8a – 9p Expo Open. (*Note, most vendors close booths at sunset, bands & beer ‘till 9p).
8a – 6p Bike Demo’s Available from Vendors. *Demo bike availability varies with vendor. FFTF does not guarantee availability.
8a – 10:30a Pancake Breakfast! Presented by US BANK & COPMOBA. No charge but donations encouraged to support COPMOBA’s efforts to maintain our beautiful Grand Valley Trails.
9a – 3p KEEN Rippin Chix Intermediate Singletrack Camp. More Info: AlisonGannett.com 970-209-8207
12p – 9:15p New Belgium Beer Garden OPEN (last call 9p).
1:30p – 9p PARTY IN THE PARK! Fruita Civic Center Park (325 E Aspen Ave)
1:30p – 9p-ish Live Music

Food Vendors Available all evening.

7:30 ish Prize Drawings & Give Away-s. **Including drawing for New Belgium Cruiser Bike. PLEASE NOTE: Value/nice prizes for registered VIP participants only
9:30p Expo Closes. Park Take-down and clean up.

 

Sunday, April 27

9a – 3p KEEN Rippin chix Int/Adv Singletrack Camp. More Info: AlisonGannett.com 970-209-8207
8a – ? Enjoy a few more hours of single track heaven here in beautiful Fruita, CO.

 

 

FESTIVAL VIP PASS

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Experience the festival in style with a VIP Pass.  You will gain access to all the parties with free beer, food and a chance to win great prizes. Make sure you register today and purchase your VIP pass – they will SELL OUT!

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PLEASE HELP BUILD MORE FRUITA TRAILS – DONATE NOW!

You come to Fruita to enjoy the trails – so we, the Fruita riders and trail builders, are making more of them!

Fruita’s world class trail network is about to be expanded. After much local planning and scheming, over 20 miles of new trails are laid out and approved for construction in the North Fruita Desert area (aka 18 Road).  Funding to get started is in place, but much more needs to be raised to complete all of this new singletrack and continue the planning for yet more.  Donate today at www.FruitaSingletrack.com/donate/.

Direct donations are needed and can be made on the website through our local non-profit trails organization, the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trails Association (COPMOBA), and will go only to the Fruita trails effort.

The new all-singletrack routes in the North Fruita Desert area (18 Road) will include:

  • A central two mile rollercoaster descending flow line with jumps and berms – awesome!
  • A new addition with extreme jump line and roll-through capable features that adds new definition to the 18 Road ride experience.  Think Kessel Run on steroids.
  • Several miles of the flowy, groovy, high desert singletrack that is so satisfying and the hallmark of North Fruita Desert.
  • Over twelve miles of technical backcountry singletrack that further expands the Edge Loop into a knockout epic in the Bookcliffs overlooking the valley.
  • A skill building loop near the campground area targeted at entry level riders and local to the campsites.  Similar to Rustlers Loop in the Kokopelli area, but better!

The new trails were planned by a broad group of local riders, and have the full support of the City of Fruita and the Bureau of Land Management.  The first two of these routes were in place for the 2014 Fruita Fat Tire Festival.  But we need your help to move ahead with the entire plan and get the full set of new trails on the ground right away.

Go to the www.Fruitasingletrack.com website, find out more about the project, rider comments, organizer ideas, and donate to the effort to expand and improve the trials in Fruita.

BLM PUBLIC LANDS KEY TO FAT TIRE FESTIVAL

Public lands and trails managed by the Bureau of Land Management are a key component of the Fruita Fat Tire Festival, which gets underway for its 19th year April 24-27.

The festival highlights the many mountain biking opportunities in the Fruita area, including the North Fruita Desert and McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, both managed by the BLM Grand Junction Field Office. Rides on surrounding public land trails, for all skill levels, are popular during the festival.

“In 2012 , we have completed two new trails in the North Fruita Desert – Pump Track and Zip-Off – and one new trail in McInnis Canyons NCA, the Mack Ridge Connector Trail,” said Michelle Bailey, assistant field manager for recreation and cultural.

These three new singletrack trails, along with several more planned for the fall of 2012, were planned and constructed in coordination with the City of Fruita, Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, Western Colorado Conservation Corps, and the newly formed Grand Valley Trails Alliance.

“BLM recognizes that recreation on public lands is important to the local economy,” Bailey said. “We are able to provide diverse recreational experiences through our strong relationships with our cooperators and user groups.”

The BLM’s North Fruita Desert Campground is a popular destination for mountain bikers enjoying the area. Beginning in the fall of 2012, BLM will begin a fee program that will help improve the campground and allow additional sites to be constructed.

“This year we really want to stress to visitors how dry the conditions are,” Bailey said. “That means there’s a high fire danger, but it also means the vegetation is particularly sensitive to disturbance. It’s really important for riders to stay on designated trails and within the single tracks to keep them nice, narrow, super-fun trails.”

Visitors to the festival are reminded that no camping is allowed off Little Park Road or in McInnis Canyons NCA, with the exception of designated sites in Rabbit Valley. All fires must be contained in a fire pan or designated fire pit within the North Fruita Desert and McInnis Canyons NCA. Fire wood collection is prohibited. BLM encourages everyone to practice “Leave No Trace” and be considerate of others also enjoying their public lands.

For more information about trails in the Grand Valley, please contact Dave Grossman with the Grand Valley Trails Alliance, (970) 462-7151, http://gvtrails.com.

For more information about recreation on BLM lands in the Grand Junction Field Office, log onto  http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo/recreation.html.

MORE INFORMATION

Bike Shipping Point and Bike Rentals available at Over the Edge Sports 970-858-7220 www.otesports.com