Fat Tire Festival returns to Nelson

The 17th annual Fat Tire Festival is right around the corner

The 17th annual Fat Tire Festival is right around the corner and you won’t want to miss it.

This year we have got some exciting new events planned to make it better than ever.

It kicks off with the bike parade down Baker Street at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, August 24. That’s followed up by the Show‘n’Shine with all sorts of fancy rigs from downhill bikes to plush cruisers — bring your best (or worst!) down for a chance to win prizes, and at the very least show it off!

Maybe you want to try your hand at the Last Wheelie Standing competition, or the Kootenay Krawl where the slowest one wins! Or you can just watch the trials demonstration where they make the impossible possible.

It will be the most relaxed fun you can have on two wheels — and best of all it’s all free. And after, you can wander down the block and take in the vendors and entertainment of the last MarketFest of the summer.

Saturday will be packed full of activities, starting with the cross-country mountain bike race.

A new twist this year — you have to team up to compete. Pick a partner and ride the short (sane) or long (insane) course.

This event is for all abilities — so don’t be shy, bring a friend and enjoy the ride. The race will end up at Rosemont Bike Park and leads into the kids’ cross-country races. These are open to kids aged two to 12 and are geared at getting kids excited to ride.

There will be plenty of things to do as we have 103.5 The Bridge playing tunes all day, food vendors and kids’ activities. Stick around for the Dirt Jump Jam that starts later on and watch as these guys fly through the air!

Sunday is reserved for the Double Down event at Morning Mountain. Two runs down Placenta Descenta and the best matched time wins (of course there will be plenty of other prizes to win as well.)

The Nelson Cycling Club will be hosting a barbecue after, with draw prizes.

The Fat Tire Fest is purely volunteer run. If you are interested in volunteering for an event or even the weekend, please contact Jessica at jdemars@telus.net. If you sign up to volunteer five or more hours, you’ll get a free limited edition Fat Tire Fest T-shirt!

If your business is interested in supporting the Fat Tire Festival, please contact Jessica. We will work with you to provide the best opportunity for business recognition for your support.

Mark your calendar: the Fat Tire Festival is August 24 to 26. For more information, check out our website at nelsoncyclingclub.org. Don’t miss out.

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