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Hundreds of biking enthusiasts to gather for the Sixth Annual Mountain Bike Festival in Hurricane
Biking enthusiasts from around the world are invited to attend the Sixth Annual Hurricane Mountain Bike Festival, hosted by Over the Edge Sports, March 18-20, for a one-of-a-kind weekend of riding trails and outdoor adventure.
“So much has come together to make this year’s event especially great,” said festival director DJ Morisette. “With so many fun activities and more demo bikes than ever, this festival is shaping up to be our best yet.”
With staging and activities at the Hurricane Community Center (63 South 100 West), the three-day event will feature scheduled rides, live entertainment, games, prizes, pancake breakfasts, a Dutch oven dinner and a beer garden.
“One exciting new addition this year will be a pump track,” Morisette said. “This will be a fun place for parents and children to hang out together.”
A pump track is a new recreational activity where instead of pedaling, riders use an up and down pumping motion to propel the bicycle forward. The track is designed with rolling hills and banked curves that make it ideal for practicing balance and improving confidence on the bike. The pump track is made available with funding from OTW Safety Barricades, Hurricane City and the St. George Area Sports Commission.
Another addition this year will be three skills clinics offered throughout the weekend for anyone wishing to brush up on technique or get extra practice before heading out for a ride. No skill level or experience is necessary, and participants will have plenty of one-on-one time with coaches.
Several top cycling vendors are coming including Rocky Mountain, Knolly, Ibis, BMC, Niner, Pivot, Trek, Giant, Fuji, Scott Bikes, Kona, Guerrilla Gravity, Marin Bikes, SR Suntour, Novatec Wheels, Club Ride Apparel, Industry Nine, RacAttach, IMBA, Kali Helmets and BH Bikes.
In addition, free shuttles will be provided, offering easy access to an extensive network of world-class riding trails.
“Our unique terrain and stunning views create a really incredible experience for mountain bikers,” said Kevin Lewis, director of the Washington County Office of Sports and Outdoor Recreation. “Hurricane was recently tagged as ‘the next great slick rock biking town’ by National Geographic Adventure. There’s no question this area provides some of the best mountain biking you’ll find anywhere, and this festival opens the opportunity to discover it all.”
Hurricane boasts some of the premier mountain biking trails in the world. World-renowned rides like Gooseberry Mesa, the J.E.M Trail and Little Creek Mountain are just a few of the many trails adorning the area and accessible via the shuttles.
“Feedback from previous years tells us that the quality of the trails is what riders love the most about this event,” Morisette said. “Outstanding riding with stunning scenic views make this area a prime destination for bikers.”
One highlight riders can look forward to is the availability of numerous demo bikes to test ride. This year, festival organizers have put extra effort into assembling a larger collection of demo bikes from leading brands, giving riders the opportunity to discover for themselves what features and styles they prefer.
“We have the best bikes in the industry for riders to take out and test,” Morisette said. “Demo bikes give participants a great way to try out and compare different models on Hurricane’s one-of-a-kind trails. The challenging courses provide a chance to really showcase what these bikes can do.”
More info can be found online at: http://www.hurricanemtbfestival.com.