Tahoe Fat Tire Festival: A Classic Mountain Bike Celebration Returns

By: Pat Hambright Email
By: Pat Hambright Email

[Olympic Valley, Calif.] September 11, 2012 – This September, 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, September 20-23.

According to a press release from Squaw Valley, 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, see the full schedule of events on the squaw.com website or the Tahoe Fat Tire Festival website.

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).

Festival Pass Details (valid Sat. and Sun.):
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)
A Tahoe Fat Tire Festival Cowbell to cheer on the racers (while supplies last)
Donation to Truckee Trails and TAMBA


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