Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Tahoe Fat Tire Festival Sept 13-15

Posted on August 29, 2013
Filed Under Bike Culture, North Tahoe Events

The legendary Tahoe Fat Tire Festival is back at Squaw September 13-15, 2013.  Originally founded in the mid 1980s by North Shore’s TAMBA members Greg Forsyth and Aaron Martin of Cycle Paths, this classic 2-wheeled festival was the premier mountain bike event in the Sierra for two decades. It put Tahoe on the map, showcasing our rugged granitic terrain, early bike pioneers and stewards, and volunteer trail work and education programs that made TAMBA the model mountain bike club back then, and still to this day.

Still charging and setting a new pace, TAMBA (Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association) will carry on the tradition with group rides, races, music, trail care classes, beer, kid events, local music and films that celebrate Tahoe’s bike culture. Grab a gear and join fellow riders at the Tahoe Fat Tire Festival at Squaw Valley on September 20-23. All proceeds from the Festival benefit TAMBAto continue to improve the awesome trail network and riding opportunities that the Tahoe/Truckee region has to offer.

The festival will include race events, a mountain bike stage race, group mountain bike rides, skill clinics, vendors, movies, trail work classes, and music.  The Tahoe Sierra Century road ride on Saturday also is based out of Squaw Valley.

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3rd Annual Shine Queen of the MTN Women’s DH Clinic, Friday Sept 13th 9am – 4pm.

The women’s specific downhill clinic will be taught by local female certified coaches and professional athletes. This clinic is excellent for all abilities and will teach you to have more CONTROL and CONFIDENCE on the downhill trails! Clinic will cover riding fundamentals, cornering, drops, jumps and more. Clinic proceeds to benefit the Shine Gravity Race Team. Space is limited and registration closes Sept 6th.

Film Festival

Anthill Films movie Not Bad on Friday night on the Tram Promenade starting at 7:30pm. The screening is free to all. Since it is outside, warm clothes and blankets are recommended. A raffle will precede the movie, but is only for people that have picked up a festival pass or registered for a race.

TMG Guided Ride-$1o add-on to the festival pass

The guided ride is presented by Tahoe Mountain Guides.  This ride will all be led by an experienced TMG guide to show you the way. They will shuttle you to Brockway Summit for a 20 mile ride (1400′ of climbing) back to Squaw along the Tahoe Rim Trail and Western States.

Clint’s Clinics

Pro rider Clint Claassen will be offering two skill clinics with short rides around Squaw on Saturday. Meet Clint at the Finish Line at 2pm Saturday for an hour long beginner clinic. Immediately following will be an hour long intermediate clinic, meeting at 3:30pm at the Finish Line.

Kids Races

Free races for Striders, 7 & under, and 8-12. Distances will be appropriate for the age levels. Prizes for all the participants. Saturday @ 2pm.

Jump2Jump BMX show

This high flying stunt show will be sure to awe the kids and adults alike. Watch them do aerial stunts that will take your breath away. Bring the kids out for the kids races and stay to check out the high energy show. Saturday @ 2:30pm

Tour de Squaw Poker Ride

Starting Sunday at 9:30am, this recreational ride will take you around Squaw Valley’s trails with several stops for snacks, drinks and a playing card. Best hand(s) win some great prizes! You can get in on the Poker Ride by purchasing the festival pass and the $10 add-on for the Poker Ride through online registration.

You may even meet Greg Forsyth of Cycle Paths who has been a long-time supporter of TAMBA, and worked tirelessly on volunteer trail days with the LTBMU and joined the late mountain bike promoter, Aaron Martin, to elevate the status and fun of mountain biking in Tahoe with the original Tahoe Fat Tire Festival when we’d ride and work all day and have a big BBQ and music on the lake shore.  Greg still has Cycle Paths and has added Tahoe Mountain Guides and SUPs to his collection so check it out next time you’re in downtown Truckee, and thank him for his work.

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