Mountain bikers to gather at Fat Tire fest

15 years ago

    PRESQUE ISLE — Good food, skill-testing single-track trails and heart-pounding mountain bike races and tours are in store for participants in the fourth annual TAMC/NHSC Fat Tire Festival, slated for Aug. 1 and 2. 

    Taking place on the trails of the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle, the event has something in store for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities.
    On Saturday, Aug. 1, the Mountain Bike Fun Day will feature tours of the Nordic Heritage Center trails, a bike rodeo and mountain bike biathlon, bike maintenance clinics and demos, as well as a spaghetti feed and bonfire that evening, all at no cost to participants. For a nominal fee, riders may also feed their competitive hunger by registering for the downhill races.
    The Sunday, Aug. 2 schedule will mark the third event in the Maine Mountain Bike Association’s point series of races. Riders from throughout Maine will join local riders from Aroostook County and New Brunswick to race for points in novice, sport, and expert categories.
    Local bike shops and food vendors will be on hand both days.
    The Nordic Heritage Center includes over 20 miles of hand-made and machine-made single track. The trails wind through different forest types and vary from smooth and fluid to narrow and technical. Moderate to expert line options such as log skinnies, exposed bedrock outcrops, and natural drops can be found on some of the trails.
    The Nordic Heritage Center Lodge, which is open to the public from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and includes kitchen facilities, restrooms, shower rooms, and a sauna, will serve as the hub of the events.
    To register for the festival, please visit www.bikereg.com.
    For more information, please  contact competition secretary Kate Knowles at NordicFTF@gmail.com.