The Tahoe Fat Tire Festival has gravity and endurance events for those that love to race, or just want to see how they compare to their friends. The Cross-Country is the series final in the Sierra Cup Series and worth double points. The Downhill is the USA Cycling Nor-Cal state championships. Squaw Valley provides a unique mix of lung bursting climbs and technical descents that will single out the best riders. All races are sanctioned by USA Cycling. Those with USA Cycling licenses will get national ranking points and are eligible for the championships. Those without a USA Cycling license will still be allowed to race in any category except Pro. There will not be a charge for one-day licenses at this event.
Saturday, September 14 at 9:30am- CROSS-COUNTRY:
The cross country course starts up the service road and then after about one mile, cuts off for a singletrack traverse across the mountain towards the east. A couple climbs mixed in followed by a terrifying descent (that might be an exaggeration) and another singletrack and double track traverse back to the base area. It is a 6 mile lap with 1000′ of climbing per lap. There are some technical sections to test your bike handling. The number of laps will be determined by category, the Pro/Expert Men will do 4 laps which is over 4000′ of climbing during the race! Most Cat 2 categories will do 3 laps, Most Cat 3 categories will do 2 laps, and the Junior Men 14 and Under and Junior Women 18 and under will do 1 lap. In most cases, Women will do one less lap than the equivalent male categories. Registration/Number pick-up opens at 7:30am, closes at 9:00am. Racers meeting at 9:20am, Race Start at 9:30am. $300 Pro/Cat 1 purse for fastest times. Post event awards ceremony around 1:30pm and huge product raffle around 4:30pm. Pre-Registration available online for $40($30 for Women and Juniors), There is a $10 late fee for same day registration.
Sunday, September 15 at 1pm- Nor-Cal State Championships DOWNHILL:
The Downhill is designated by USA Cycling as the Nor-Cal State Championships! Anyone can compete, but only USA Cycling licensed racers are eligible for the USAC championships. The unique course hits some of the most technical singletrack trails on it’s way down from High Camp to the Village. There is excellent spectator viewing of the bottom of the course. Full face helmets are required and body armor is strongly encouraged. It is 2.7 miles long with a vertical drop of nearly 2000′. Due to the technical nature of this course, riders are strongly encouraged to examine the course beforehand and stay within their abilities. Riders will start individually in one minute intervals. It will be a single run format. A cable car lift ticket good for Sunday is included in registration. Course will be open for practice from 12pm to 3pm on Friday, 12pm to 5pm on Saturday and 10am-12:30pm on Sunday. Racers meeting at 12:45pm at the Start, First rider off at 1:00pm. $1000 cash purse for fastest times. Post event awards ceremony and product raffle around 2:30pm. Pre-Registration available online for $40, There is a $10 late fee for same day registration.
REGISTRATION and OTHER DETAILS: Helmets required. View list of all categories. Five riders to make a class, smaller classes may be combined. Awards to three places in all categories. Online registration closes on Wednesday, September 11 at 8pm PDT. 2013 USA Cycling mountain bike racing annual or one-day license required. Annual licenses available at www.usacycling.org. If you do not have an annual license, there will not be a charge for One-day licenses at this event! One Day licenses are acceptable in all classes but Pro. New number plates with chip timing will be issued at registration, please do not bring other number plates to the festival.
LODGING: There are multiple lodging opportunities right at Squaw Valley. Book your stay at the Village at Squaw Valley. There are also several Forest Service Campgrounds along Hwy 89 near Squaw Valley.
DIRECTIONS: Google Maps- 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, CA 96146
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