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COME RIDE MILES OF PRISTINE MTB TRAILS

Join us on April 28 – May 1, 2016 as we celebrate the 21st Anniversary of this Colorado Mountain Bike 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 Western Colorado stars in downtown Fruita, as well as one of the top cycling expo’s in the USA. Celebrate hundreds of miles of World Class MTB Trails and join in the fun! Also stick around the following weekend for the 12th Annual US Bank 18 Hours of Fruita @ Highline on May 6 & 7, 2016.

 

THE EXPERTS IN FRUITA

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 28

12p  Vendor Arrival / Expo Set Up. Fruita Civic Center Park (325 E Aspen Ave)

2:30p – 5p Festival Pass/Weekender Pass/Demo Wristband Registration / Check In, Fruita Civic Center Park.

3p – 6p KEEN Rippin Chix Beg/Int Skills Camp in Park.
More Info: RippinChix.com 

5:30p – 9p Continental Tires/Brianhead Resort NEW and IMPROVED VIP PARTY @ James Robb Colorado River State Park/Fruita ( 595 CO 340).—Food provided by BIN 707 (5:30 – 7:30p) and OSKAR BLUES BREWERY BEER (while it lasts) and wine fro sale for registered Fest pass participants. No Fest pass ?, $25/door charge until 7:30p (come early!). All will be fed!

Starting at 5:30pm there will be onsite registration/Fest Pass check in at VIP Party at the Park.

www.oskarblues.com               www.bin707.com


Friday, April 29

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.

Guided Ride #1- Time TBD-pending BLM permit acceptance

9a -12p KEEN Rippin Chix Intermediate Singletrack Camp. 
More Info: RippinChix.com

8a – 6p Weekender Pass/Demo Wristband Registration / Check In. Fruita Civic Center Park (325 E Aspen Ave).

12p – 9:15p Oskar Blues Brewery Beer Garden OPEN (last call b/t 9p-9:30p).

3p – 6p KEEN Rippin Chix Beg/Int/Advanced Skills Camp in Park. 
More Info: RippinChix.com

3p – 6p KEEN Rippin Chix Beginner Mom+Child (boy or girl) Skills Camp 
More Info: RippinChix.com

3p – 6p KEEN Rippin Chix Beginner Jr Girls Camp 
More Info: RippinChix.com

Guided Ride #2- Time TBD-pending BLM permit acceptance

3:30ish – 9ish PARTY IN THE PARK! Fruita Civic Center Park (325 E Aspen Ave) Live Music in Fruita Civic Center Park- Bands/Performers, TBD

Food Vendors available all evening.

 

Saturday, April 30

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.

Guided Ride #3-Time TBD-pending BLM permit acceptance

9a – 12p KEEN Rippin Chix Intermediate Singletrack Camp. 
More Info: RippinChix.com

9a – 12p KEEN Rippin Chix Beginner Mom+Child (boy or girl) Skills Camp 
More Info: RippinChix.com

9a – 12p KEEN Rippin Chix Beginner Jr Girls Camp 
More Info: RippinChix.com

12p – 9:15p Oskar Blues Brewery Beer Garden OPEN (last call b/t 9p-9:30p).

Guided Ride #4-Time TBD-pending BLM permit acceptance

3p-4ish The Original Klunker Crit sponsored by the Hot Tomato Café. A staple of the event for years it made a triumphant return last year for our 20th year. For year 21 the course will be located right in downtown Fruita. Get your costumes and cameras and Letssss get ready to Klunker.

More Info: www.hottomatocafe.com

1:30ish – 9ish PARTY IN THE PARK! Fruita Civic Center Park (325 E Aspen Ave) Live Music in Fruita Civic Center Park-Bands/Performers, TBD

7:30 ish and 9 ish Sponsor Provided Merchandise thrown from the stage. Catch it before it hits ya in the face. Food Vendors Available all evening.

 

Sunday, May 1

8a – ? Stop back in to Over the Edge for a little fun banter about the weekend and then enjoy a few more hours of single track heaven here in beautiful Fruita, Colorado before heading home.

 

AS ALWAYS, THANKS FOR COMING TO FRUITA!

 

 

FESTIVAL PASSES

Experience the festival in style with a 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 passes – they will SELL OUT!

More details on the Festival Passes – Click Here

 

OTHER INFO

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.

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 Over the Edge Fruita at (970) 858 7220 – fruitausa@otesports.com – www.overtheedge.bike or COPMOBA (Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Association) at (970) 244-8877 – coordinator@copmoba.org  www.copmoba.org

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