Crested Butte Fat tire fest celebrates 27th year

Crested Butte, Colorado, home of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, has played a role in mountain bike for over three decades. It hosts the world's oldest mountain bike festival according to the North Denver News, set to take place as the 27th Annual Fat Tire Bike Week June 25-30.

The festival includes the seventh annual Wildflower Rush Mountain States Cup Race June 23-24, and is also held in conjunction with the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association Conference (June 25 – 28), followed by the Colorado Mountain Biking Summit (June 28 – 29). The Bridges of the Butte 24-Hour Townie Tour finishes off the event June 29-30 (note: costumes are encouraged at the latter event).

Local riders will lead beginner, intermediate, and advanced tours in and around the town that some bill as the birthplace of mountain biking. An expo, a beer garden, and live music add to the fun as do a Poker Run/Scavenger Hunt, Dog/Owner race, and a showing of Kranked. In the Chainless Race, competitors will coast from Kebler Pass (9,980 feet elevation) down into Crested Butte.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.