Pivot returns as presenting sponsor of Dirt Fest

Dirt Rag is pleased to announce that Pivot Cycles is returning as the Presenting sponsor for the seventh-annual Dirt Rag Dirt Fest, taking place May 20-22, 2016, at Raystown Lake in central Pennsylvania.


“We are bringing a big fleet of bikes with all the newest models in every size for riders to try, including our Mach 6 Aluminum and the Mach 429 Trail. And our favorite East Coast rider, Aaron Chase, will be there to ride and chill with everyone, too,” said Chris Cocalis, Pivot’s president.

Set a calendar reminder for January 4, 2016, when registration will open to the public. With more than 3,500 people from across the country attending last year, Dirt Fest has become the annual mountain bike ride/party/festival/gathering that you don’t want to miss.


A huge thanks to Pivot and all of the sponsors that have so far signed up to support the fun:


There are 36 miles of fast, fun, flowy trails known as the Allegrippis Trails System just a few pedal strokes away from event headquarters and a new trail on the other side of the lake accessible only via boat, the Terrace Mountain Trail. The trails are perfect for chasing your buddies all day or demoing new bike after new bike from one of our many attending bike brands.

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Weekend shenanigans will include (but are not limited to):

  • Bike and gear demos from several companies
  • Women’s mountain bike clinics
  • Skills park
  • Gravel rides
  • Themed rides/races featuring fat bikes, costumes, nighttime darkness, kids, whatever else we come up with
  • Live music
  • Craft beer and beer tasting clinics
  • Wheelie competitions and the like
  • Campfires
  • New friends, old friends
  • Movies
  • Donuts

A portion of the proceeds from Dirt Rag Dirt Fest go directly to support the Allegrippis Trails System via the Friends of Raystown Lake Trails Fund. Since the event began, we have been able to donate more than $20,000 to the trails, which helps keeps them open and maintained. Go us.

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Dirt Fest is powered by ZeroFossil


Mountain bikes don’t use a lot of electricity, but at an event like Dirt Fest we need to keep the safety lights on, the live music pumping and the beer cold. That’s why we’ve chosen to partner with ZeroFossil to provide the electricity for Dirt Fest.

ZeroFossil is a Pittsburgh-based company that designs and manufactures power systems from sustainable energy—wind, solar and even human-powered. You can buy their products to power anything from your chicken coop to your business, or rent their services like we have to power your events.

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Camping Option: Lake Raystown Family Camping Resort

On-site camping has sold out and nearby campgrounds are filling up quickly. Currently, the best option is Lake Raystown Family Camping Resort, which offers tent and RV sites as well as cabins.

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More sponsors and exhibitors signing up

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We’re excited to announce another round of sponsors and exhibitors who have signed on for Dirt Fest. We wouldn’t be able to host the event without them, so check out their websites and be sure to stop by their booths at the Expo area when you arrive!

See all our 2015 sponsors and exhibitors here.

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New event: Stan’s NoTubes ferry to the Terrace Mountain Trail

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We know you love Ray’s Revenge and Osprey, but this year we’re adding a new trail option: Terrace Mountain. Located on the opposite side of Raystown Lake from the Dirt Fest expo area, access will only be available via a first-come-first-serve ferry ride, courtesy of Stan’s NoTubes.


Because it is a point-to-point trail, riders will pick up the first shuttle via Ray’s Revenge, then ride 6.75 miles southwest via rocky, challenging singletrack to the return shuttle. The return shuttle will bring riders back to the northwest side of the lake at Allegheny Trail.

Don’t miss your chance to expand your Dirt Fest riding opportunities! Watch for more details about the Terrace Mountain Trail ride soon.


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New camping options at Dirt Fest

If you haven’t yet secured your campsite for Dirt Fest, now is the time. The on-site Susquehannock Campground is now officially sold out, but nearby Pleasant Hills Campground has stepped up to provide an exclusive shuttle for you and your bike directly from its campground to the Dirt Fest Expo. Expect the shuttle ride to take 15 minutes.

Pleasant Hills offers 138 wooded sites, each with room for six people. This is the next best option for those looking to camp for the Dirt Fest weekend.

To make a reservation at Pleasant Hills give them a call at (814) 658-3986 and don’t forget to reserve a Weekend Event Pass for Dirt Fest here.

If you’ve registered via BikeReg: Already signed up for a site at the Susquehannock Campground? You can double-check your reservation and group name here.

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Welcome our latest sponsors and exhibitors

We’re excited to announce the first batch of sponsors and exhibitors who will be joining us at Dirt Fest. If you love Dirt Fest you’re sure to love their products, so check them out. Special thanks go to Pivot Cycles as our Presenting Sponsor, Kona Bikes as our Gold-level sponsor and Niner Bikes as our Bronze-level sponsor. See the complete list of who will be joining us at Dirt Fest here and keep checking back in as we add more to the list.

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Introducing Dirt Rag Dirt Fest 2015, presented by Pivot Cycles

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We’re excited to announce Pivot Cycles will join us at Dirt Fest 2015 as our Presenting Sponsor. Pivot Cycles will be on-hand with a demo truck packed full of the latest Mach 4 Carbon, Mach 429SL and Mach 6 models.

Registration to Dirt Fest 2015 is open now at BikeReg.

If you don’t already know, Dirt Fest is the sixth annual gathering of the mountain bike tribe takes place on a wooded, porcupine-infested peninsula, jutting out into Central Pennsylvania’s Raystown Lake, the third weekend in May. There are 36 miles of fast, fun, flowy trails known as the Allegrippis Trails System just a few pedal strokes away from event HQ and a new trail on the other side of the lake accessible only via boat, the Terrace Mountain Trail. We will be offering a limit number of spots on the boat to access it, so sign up as soon as you arrive. 

Weekend shenanigans include but are in no way limited too…..

  • Womens Only Skills Clinics and rides throughout the weekend.
  • Weekend Only Skills Park with professional skills clinics.
  • Themed Group Rides; night, costumed, fat bike, unicycle, kids, teens, and whatever else we might come up with.
  • The famed Dirt Fest Epic with a boat shuttle
  • Live music, craft beer and revelery both nights!
  • A huge expo with tons of demo bikes, packs, helmets, shoes, etc. 
  • Boat Shuttles across Lake Raystown to and from Terrace Mountain Trail.
  • And more!

Everything above is included in the $40 Weekend Pass. Parking and camping space not included. 

A portion of the proceeds from Dirt Rag Dirt Fest go directly to support the Allegrippis Trails System, through the Friends of Raystown Lake Trails Fund. Thus far the event has donated nearly $20,000 to the trails which keeps them open and maintained.


Getting In – ($40 pre reg/ $55 day of)

Everyone (even houseboaters) looking to participate in Dirt Fest will need to register for the Weekend Event Pass. This will allow you to ride any demo bike you like, take any class or clinic, use the shuttles, enjoy the social events, you get the idea.

The event opens to the public at noon on Friday.

Camping – ($20 per individual, pre registration only)

Be sure to register for camping if you plan to camp at Susquehannock Campground, the home base for Dirt Fest. This camping registration includes Friday and Saturday nights, Thursday if you’d like to come early. Susquehannock Campground will close on Sunday at 3pm.

Camping is primitive and sometimes crowded‚ others call it cozy. Register as either Camping at Dirt Fest with a group or Camping at Dirt Fest as an individual.

Parking – ($30 per vehicle/ limited to 300)

For those camping at Susquehannock only!

In an effort to improve event safety and encourage carpooling (or riding) to the event, we’ll be limiting the number of vehicles that can park at Susquehannock campsites.

If you wish to park your vehicle at or near your campsite, you’ll need to purchase one $30 parking pass per vehicle.

However, purchasing a parking pass is not mandatory. If you do not wish to purchase a parking pass, you will be issued a temporary pass for the purpose of unloading camping gear. After unloading your gear, you will be required to move your car to a remote parking area.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

In addition to Pivot Cycles, we have commitments from Michelin, NiteRider, Velocity Wheels, MET Helmets, Pearl Izumi, Hutchinson, FiveTen, Ibis, Juliana, Gravity Components, Rocky Mountain, Community Bikes and Boards, Santa Cruz, Rothrock Outfitters, Scott Sports, SRAM, Transition Bikes, Trek and many more to come.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or joining our expo area, please contact Trina Haynes via trina@dirtragmag.com.

If you are a local business in Huntingdon County and would like to become involved contact Evan Gross via dirtfest@dirtragmag.com.


If you are serious about volunteering, we are serious about having you. We are talking the real deal: a 1 a.m.-traffic-directing, registration-tent-working, toilet-paper-restocking, recycle-container-emptying, T-shirt-wearing VOLUNTEER!

  • Must be willing to work a minimum of six hours a day.
  • Must sign up for hours one month prior to event.
  • Show Up and Smile, don’t stop until Sunday at 3 p.m.!

Think this sounds like you? Contact Evan at dirtfest@dirtragmag.com
Latest info

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Photographer and videographer Bryan Kirkwood sent us these great videos he helped work on from Dirt Fest. Makes us wish we were still there!

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Thank you for another great Dirt Fest!

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Once again we had a great time at Dirt Rag Dirt Fest presented by Niner Bikes at the Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania. We had a blast and we sure hope you did, too.

We’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to our title sponsor Niner Bikes, all our exhibitors, the volunteers to put in tons of hard work, the Friends of Raystown Lake, the Raystown Mountain Bike Association (RMBA), and of course all of you who could attend. Be sure to thank anyone who helped make it happen and spread the word to all your friends.

And, ultra-special thanks to our partners at Rothrock Outfitters for putting on a flawless event weekend. We simply couldn’t do this event without all their hard work. Please consider tapping them for your cycling, camping and boating needs.


More than 3,000 individuals attended this year’s event, and the proceeds will allow us to donate more than $10,000 to the Friends of Raystown Lake and RMBA.

Trail Update

Most of the Allegrippis trail system held up to Thursday night’s rain quite well, but we had a couple of muddy spots on Fawn and Eagle trails. Don’t feel guilty about tearing up the trails though because RMBA will be building a four-foot wide, elevated boardwalk the length of those muddy sections. Materials were purchased prior to Dirt Fest and will be put in place throughout the summer of 2014.

Dirt Fest Swag

In case you didn’t get an official Dirt Fest T-shirt or pint glass, we have some extras in stock!


Photo gallery

If you couldn’t be there, or just want to relive the action, check out our gallery at DirtRagMag.com and post your own pics on our Facebook page. We’ll see you all May 15-17,

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