Hopefully you've heard enough by now that you're already committed to this year's festival. If not, you're mind will surely be changed after perusing this info-packed newsletter. If you are planning to attend, this will have everything you need to know and why you should pre-register. Sign-ups for all events are on the primary event website - nocomtbfest.com
Beer & Wine:
Beer is being provided by Fat Tire (Fat Tire & Fat Tire White) and wine has been custom blended specially for the event with Blendings at the Preserve (white & red options available). And...with the purchase of an OtterBox tumbler, you will have free access to these beverages from 11am-6pm. That's right...all-you-care-to-drink beer and wine for only $20...and you get your choice of a 16oz or wine tumbler to take home. Sign up early and you even get a choice of color. This also helps to greatly expedite the check-in process at the event. We do ask that everyone be responsible with their beverage consumption.
Get your OtterBox Tumbler and beer & wine access here!
Poker Ride Details & Prizes:
It's certainly not a race, but it is a really fun way to get out and explore the sweet singletrack of Lory State Park! And...check out this list of prizes that will be available:
- choice of an ACS3 Fork Coil Suspension Kit or an HC97 Damper Upgrade from Push, bike tires, truck tailgate bike pad, helmets, apparel, backpacks, a wine blending experience, therapeutic massages, Shimano XT Brake Set, pedals & LOTS MORE!!!
We'll have 5 primary card stations scattered throughout the Valley Trails where you'll ride up and select a card at each. There will likely be 2 bonus card stations for those looking to put in a bit more effort and explore a few more trails. The person with the best 5-card hand at the end of the event will have first selection from the prize pool. We will go down the line in order of best hand until all prizes have been selected. Cost to enter is $10.
And...the good folks at Brave New Wheel and Road 34 will be leading group rides to the event from their respective shops. This gets you a few more miles on your bike and reduces our parking impact at Lory. All those participating in these group rides will get an additional bonus card for the Poker Ride as well!
Pre-register for Poker Ride here...and make the check-in process at the event MUCH easier!
Take-a-Kid Mountain Biking Day:
Bring your kids out to the festival too for a fun morning of mountain biking with our annual Fall edition of IMBA's International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day! This free event is open to kids of all ages and abilities, and will run from roughly 9:00 to 1:00, with a pizza lunch included. Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is hosted by Overland Mountain Bike Association, with generous sponsor support from Scheels. This event will create great memories for you and your children while encouraging an active lifestyle. It encourages kids to put down the video games and hop on their bikes and have a great time riding local trails and learning trail etiquette. Kids and parents are encouraged to take part in the additional festival activities as well!
Sign Your Kids Up Here!
This is a one day workshop perfect for women wanting to explore specific techniques or acquire a completely new skill in mountain biking. Whether you're a beginner or intermediate/advanced, all levels are welcome and will receive coaching specific to their skill-level from 4 amazing local riders and qualified coaches: Sarah Willett, Renee Hutchens, Marie Walsh, and Tina Lamers. (Bios on Facebook Event Page!). The generous sponsorship from The Women's Clinic of Northern CO is helping make this event happen!
Clinic curriculum is listed on the sign up page...and, here's another perk of signing up...
Bike Demos & Equipment: Courtesy of Scheel's, registered participants are able to demo a bike for free for the entire clinic, as part of the Northern Colorado MTB Festival. Participants who demo bikes will need to confirm prior to the event and arrive early on Saturday morning.
Sign up here for the clinic!
Volunteer and get a free event t-shirt!!!
A great event like this can't happen without great volunteers...and we still have MANY spots still available! We need people checking in attendees for the different events, poker ride card dealers, parking hosts, beer service, and a few others. Volunteer positions were planned to allow everyone to still participate in the poker ride if they like and be around for the music.
SIGN UP HERE TO VOLUNTEER!
For those looking to demo a new bike, you'll have some great options! We'll have the following bike brands on hand for attendees:
- Trek, Evil, Transition, Rocky Mountain, Jamis, Specialized (tentative)
Bike demos will be available from 9:30-4. Duration of each demo will be limited due to expected high demand. No pre-registration is needed.
Also, Overland members can get a demo bike FREE from REI-Fort Collins for the entire weekend! REI is not able to be onsite for the event, unfortunately, but they are offering this awesome perk as a way to support your efforts as a volunteer and as an Overland member! Bikes can be reserved and picked up on Friday, 9/27 by contacting the store directly. REI's support is greatly appreciated!
It can't be a festival in Fort Collins, Colorado without some seriously good music! And we deliver on that too!
The Sugar Britches - Sugar Britches are the dynamic duo of Brian Johanson & Josh Long, singing high-brow honky-tonk w/ eclectic guitar & clever lyrics.
Maxwell Mud - Drawing inspiration from Rock and Roll and Blues music, Maxwell Mud delivers a sound as American as the Ford Mustang. A trio of seasoned musicians from the Midwest who produce a rich, high-energy sound to go along with their sharp-dressed image. They are quickly gaining acclaim for their unrelenting Rock and Roll and classic style and are catching the attention of Rock and Roll purists everywhere they play.
Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams - With an unapologetic embrace of the twang, Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams ride out from the cutting edge cowtown of Denver, Colorado. Rootsy and real, neither revivalist nor retro, the Hi*Beams' brand of country music is as boundless and electrifying as America itself. From Red Rocks to rodeos, the Fillmore Auditorium to the back of a flatbed truck, to Prairie Home Companion, Kate Wolf Festival, and performing arts centers, Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams deliver an unforgettable and original night of American music.
Road 34 After-Party:
If all of the above still isn't quite enough for you, well then head on over to Road 34 after the event. The live music continues with King Crawdad. Road 34 will be donating a portion of select beer sales to further support Overland's trail efforts!
2019 Northern CO MTB Festival Tentative Schedule:
- 9am - Venue opens
- 9:00-1:00 - Take-a-Kid Mountain Biking Day, sponsored by Scheels
- 9:00-3:00 - Women's Skills Clinic
- 9:30-4:00 - Bike demos
- 10:00-1:00 - Poker ride
- 11am - Food trucks open - Matador Mexican Grill & Moon Town Sliders
- 11am - Beer & Wine opens
- 1:00-2:00 - Live music w/ Sugar Britches
- 2:00-2:30 - Poker ride awards
- 2:30-3:00 - Wheelie contest
- 3:00-4:00 - Live music w/ Maxwell Mud
- 4:00-4:30 - Skid mark contest
- 4:30-5:30 - Live music w/ Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams
- 6pm - Venue closes - please get home safely!
- 7:30-11:30 - Road 34 after party
In addition to the above activities, we'll have t-shirts, hats and even the commemorative posters available for purchase through Pine Printshop. So if you really want the wheelie-cougar chasing the rattlesnake and the cute little bunnies on a t-shirt...we'll have it for you!