MARSHALL, NC – North Carolina's year-round Bailey Mountain Bike Park has announced 'Gravity Academy,' a series of downhill skills clinics, with coach Chuck Pitts. Pitts, a professional downhill racer with more than three decades of experience, will guide riders through courses ranging from the DH 101 for beginners to Intro to Racing for those looking to take their riding to the competitive level.
NORTHFIELD, NH – Highland Mountain Bike Park has announced that it will hold its first ever 'Winter Woolly," a fat-bike festival with a downhill twist, on Saturday, February 11. Working in conjunction with local advocacy group MTBVT, the Highland team is hosting an event that includes organized group rides, a demo loop and yes, even lift-served downhill laps and a downhill fat bike race.
VALDEZ, AK – The Second Annual Chugach Fatbike Bash returns to Valdez March 1 through 5, 2017, and will mark the debut of the World Fat Freeride Championship. You heard that right—freeriding fat bikes in Alaska. The event will also feature a fat bike 'rodeo,' cross-country race and a 'Big Air, Big Splash' event sending riders hurtling into the frigid waters of the Prince William Sound.
BOULDER CITY, NV – The USA Cycling Nevada State Championships will kick-off the Winter Gravity Series at Bootleg Canyon MTB Park January 13 and 15. The first event in the three-part winter series will crown USAC State Champions in downhill, super-D and dual slalom to the top three in each category/age bracket.
DULUTH, MN – Spirit Mountain has announced its second annual winter downhill fat bike race, the 'Frosted Fatty,' will return to the mountain March 4 and 5, 2017. The two-day winter bike festival will include demos, live music and even a cross-country race in addition to the downhill race and offer more than $5,000 in cash and prizes.
Depending on your perspective, 2016 may have been a smoldering dumpster fire or just another year falling unnoticed off the calendar. Seemingly more public figures passed away than any year in recent memory, and unfortunately the sport of mountain biking was not exempt from untimely loss. And we won't get political, but that end of the spectrum was also interesting to say the least. But there was also a lot of good times, big news and exciting moments in the world of bike parks.