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Sword will be hydrating Dirt Fest attendees this year as the Hydration Station Sponsor. The company will be providing their new endurance drink for free, bring your flasks, bottles, or hydration packs, and fill em’ up all weekend long. We look forward to sampling the Citrus Ginger flavor!
Learn all about Sword’s hydration theory here.
In addition to sponsoring the Skills Park this year at Dirt Fest, Five Ten will be demoing both its new Kestrel Lace shoe in both men’s and women’s versions. Where the original Kestrel was designed for maximum performance, the Kestrel Lace utilizes a softer nylon shank that’s 15% less stiff than the Kestrel’s carbon shank. Along with traditional laces, the Kestrel Lace promises to be a comfortable and well-rounded trail shoe.
Be sure to swing by the Five Ten booth to take a pair for a spin.
Bronze Sponsor Fuji Bikes will be bringing two new full suspension bikes for demo this year. Don’t miss this opportunity to take one for a ride.
The Auric rolls on 27.5 inch wheels, providing 160 mm of MLink suspension travel in rowdy package that promises to pedal as well as it descends.
We’re stoked to have Pivot back as the presenting sponsor of Dirt Fest for 2016. And we’re even more stoked to check out their newest bikes on the incredible Allegrippis trails. Pivot gave us a sneak peek at their demo fleet for Dirt Fest and we thought we’d share.
Check out the Pivot Cycles website for details about each bike.
MACH 429 TRAIL
Sizes: small, medium x 2, large x 2, extra large.
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:
- Pivot Cycles: Presenting sponsor
- DT Swiss: Silver
- Fuji Bikes: Bronze
- Five Ten: Skills Park
- SRAM: Women’s Ride & Clinic
- SWORD: Hydration Station
- Surly: Rollin’ Fat Ride
- Wolf Tooth: Epic Ride
- NiteRider: Night Ride
- WTB: Coffee & Donut Ride
- Pedro’s: Bike Wash/Lube
- SR Suntour: Beer School
- Focus Bicycles: Saturday Photo Booth
- Happy Valley Brewing Company: Friday Entertainment
- Oskar Blues: Saturday Entertainment
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.
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
- New friends, old friends
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.
Photographer and videographer Bryan Kirkwood sent us these great videos he helped work on from Dirt Fest. Makes us wish we were still there!
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.