Photographer and videographer Bryan Kirkwood sent us these great videos he helped work on from Dirt Fest. Makes us wish we were still there!
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.
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
|SITE #||GROUP NAME|
|1||RMBA Volunteer Site|
|10||Scohenge Family Reunion|
|16||Friends of Dirt Rag|
|21||240 Destroyers, Dirty Shame|
|25||Deep Dish Unlimited|
|28||Dead Beat Dads|
|31||Individuals and Groups of Two|
|34||Individuals and Groups of Two|
|35||NOT A SITE|
|36||WNR, Team Sak, TightDragonPlaya, Shumutzholdzen, Schweddy Ball, SBR, BIC|
|38||Pollo Loco, Lepley Family,|
|39||Lost Colony -only 7|
|42||Shady Grove Shredder|
|43||Corning Area Mtn Bike|
|46||KB Electric LLC|
|47||Southern Huntingdon County Cyclists|
|48||Lube Daily/ Rothrock Allstars|
|50||Akron Zips , Beers Gears , Coal Bucket , Dirty Boyz, BRAP, Black Tee Pack, Old and Cranky|
|52||Probably Fine – Open Up|
|53||Eastern Shore IMBA, Dragons of ECC, Funk Express, Duck Butter, Fat Hoages, Jolly Roger|
|55||Lost and Floundering|
|57||Mountain Bike Bum, more beer|
|59||Rim Strippers/ Stanley’s Bukkake Club|
|60||Bald Eagle Mountain Bike Association|
We’ve finalized the schedule for Dirt Fest 2014. Click here to see all the skills clinics, group rides, beer school, musical acts, and a whole heap of good times.
Light up the night with Lupine on the official Dirt Fest night ride Saturday night at Dirt Fest. They’ll even have a limited number of lights to demo, so be sure to stop by their booth early and sign up!
“I am stoked to be a leader for the women’s rides and women’s clinics at the biggest mountain bike party of the year… Dirt Fest! Dirt Rag knows how to celebrate trails, bikes and friends,” Haywood said. “I am so excited to be a skills instructor and ride leader for the women’s events there.”
Dirt Fest is a family-friendly event that strives to promote diversity on the trails. There will be a number of events for women, kids and beginners. Watch for a complete schedule soon.
“You can always judge how cool a mountain bike event is by the number of women who attend. Dirt Fest does a great job getting hundreds of women to come out to attend the Fest and ride at the Allegrippis Trails,” Haywood said.
May 16-18, 2014
The annual celebration of bikes called Dirt Fest takes place on a hilly, chimpmunk-infested peninsula in Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania. There are 34 miles of fast, fun, flowing trails known as the Allegrippis Trails System just a few steps away from the campground. The expo area will showcase more than 50 vendors from all over the country with everything from demo bike fleets, wheels, apparel and accessories. Is there a new Niner RIP 9 in your future? Here’s your chance to get one dirty.
A portion of the proceeds from 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.
We’ve made some changes to the registration options this year. Please read on to choose the option that is right for you.
Admission and Accommodations
Option One: Weekend pass with camping on-site – $65
Susquehannock Campground is primitive and sometimes crowded‚ others call it cozy. There is very limited parking so be prepared to unload and then move your vehicle to a remote parking space.
There are no: showers, electric hook-ups, RV’s, internet hot-spots, trailers of any sorts, bad attitudes, etc.
There are: trees with roots, hilly slopes, the occasional rock, great views, lots of friendly riders, vault toilets, and hand pump water.
A good rule of thumb is your will have room for one vehicle on-site for every four people. The larger your group, the more primo the space you are assigned. Register individually but please include your desired group name, shop name, or club name so we can place your group together. Spell it out though, no acronyms; “Chicago Area Mountain Bike Association” instead of “CAMBA.”.
Please plan on arriving: Thursday, 2 p.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Option Two: Event pass only (staying off-site) – $40, $45 at the gate
Choose this option if you are staying elsewhere or not spending the night and you want access to the vendors, expo, events and demos. Your “Festival Attendance Only” wristband is good for all three days of Dirt Fest. Gets you demo bikes, live music, beer, nutrition clinics, skills clinics, and any other events you want to attend. Day-of registration is $5 extra.
If you are looking for a nearby, family-friendly camping option, consider Seven Points Campground Loop. Operated by the Army Corps of Engineers, it provides improved RV and tent camping with electricity and running water, including hot showers. This location is approximately three miles away from the expo area, but you can ride on trails the entire way to the campsite. That’s right, we added a trail. Ridge Camp and Meadow Camp are closest to the trails. If this sounds like what you are looking for you must purchase a day pass to Dirt Fest and register your campsite independently through the Army Corp of Engineers. They are first come-first serve.
There are other area local campgrounds as well: Woodland Campground and Raystown Family Campground. Be sure to check the proximity of the campground relative to the event before booking!
Please plan on arriving: Friday, 1 p.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Option Three: Houseboats – $35 per person (boat fee not included)
Houseboats are a fun and unique way to enjoy Dirt Fest. Doing so is easy: rent the boat through Seven Points Marina, then have each member of your crew register individually for “Housboater” pass. They will need to include their boat number.
Pick up the boat on your scheduled day at the marina and cruise over the event on the Susquehannock Peninsula. All cars will must be parked at the marina.
Note: Private Boats are not permitted to moor along Susquehannock Peninsula.
Please plan on arriving: Thursday: 2 p.m.-8 p.m.; Friday: 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Sponsors and exhibitors
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or joining our expo area, please contact Trina Haynes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a local business in Huntingdon County and would like to become involved contact Evan at email@example.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 us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While Dirt Rag is of course your favorite mountain bike magazine, our friends over at Mountain Bike are pretty cool too, and they stopped by Dirt Fest and had nothing but good things to say:
The trails here have been optimized for flow and fun: Imagine yourself on a seemingly endless giant-sized pumptrack with rippling climbs that feed long roller-coaster descents. But what you might not notice are the little moments that make navigating the trails easier . Case in point—arrival at each well-marked intersection requires nothing more than locating yourself on the map, deciding what to ride next, and then pedaling off onto the next trail. It’s as simple as that.
We love reading about how visitors enjoyed themselves at Dirt Fest. Sounds like we converted another to the joys of mountain biking!
Becoming a Dirt Rag at the Dirt Fest
by Erika Durham
Fat tires for stomping through the roots and through the mud.
People have been telling me for years now to try trail riding. I’ve heard over and over again how much I would love it…how much fun it would be…how they could just SEE me becoming obsessed.
Not that it’s always been too easy to just jump on a mountain bike and find a trail around Cleveland, but I also never really made the effort to try. It wasn’t for any particular reason, I simply just hadn’t gotten around to it yet.
The Dirt Rag Dirt Fest changed ALL of that. It’s a three day thrill ride on some of the most well manicured trails many riders say they’ve been on. Three days of riding bikes so far out of my price range it made my eyeballs spin. Three days of nonstop biking, beer drinking, eating, camping, and a ridiculous amount of fun.