18th Annual Nelson Fat Tire Festival Just Around the Corner

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The Nelson Cycling Club’s annual Fat Tire Festival held in memory of local avid cyclist Cam Alexander is fast approaching.  Held August 23-25 at various venues around Nelson, the festival celebrates a love of all things bicycle, and helps to raise money and awareness for the Nelson Cycling Club.

Friday night kicks off in Nelson at 5pm at the parking lot on the corner of Baker and Hendryx with bike decorating, followed by the bike parade down Baker Street.  Then join us for “BikeFest,” an evening of fun, free events including the Show’N’Shine (bring your fanciest, oldest, or funkiest bike down), Kootenay Krawl (slowest one wins!) or the popular Last Wheelie Standing Competition.

If you are not comfortable joining in the racing, then Saturday is the day for you!  In the morning we have a relaxed group ride featuring the Smallwood Trail system.  Or, starting at 11am, you can hop on a shuttle with Footsteps Eco Adventures to Giveout FSR for the BlackJack DH Shuttle Ride – collect your cards to make 21 and win!  At 3pm, you can head up to Mountain Station for the Poker Ride. The day’s events wrap up at 5:30 at the Uptown SportsBar at the New Grand Hotel for the Roots, Rocks and Rhythm Party where you can reminisce about the days’ events and collect prizes.  We are also raffling off a signed Troy Lee Designs D3 Helmet!

Sunday is our chance to showcase the new trail developments that have been going on at Morning Mountain.  There’s the new uptrack, featuring a low grade and easy switchbacks, and the extended, buffed out downhill course with a spectator friendly finish.  The day features the adult and kids cross country and downhill events.  Come out to participate or just to spectate – it’ll be worth it:  we’ve got the Whitewater Fresh Tracks Express truck serving up great food all day!

Thanks to all of our sponsors, this should prove to be the best Fat Tire Festival yet – you won’t want to miss a moment of it!  Check out www.nelsonfattire.com for all the details!  We still need volunteers too, so if you’ve got some time to spare, please be sure to contact us via the website!

 

Travis Hauck                                                                                          Dianna Ducs

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Mike Berard

Mike is the Cumberland, British Columbia-based editor of CMC and associate editor at KMC. Berard has worked as a writer for 15 years, and has held the editorship at both SBC Skier Magazine and The Ski Journal. His work frequently appears in better outdoor titles. He is a contributing editor and writer at RedBull...

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