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2013 Fat Tire Festival June 9 2013

Westchester Mountain Bike Association’s 18th Annual Fat Tire Festival


WHEN: Sunday, June 9, 2013
WHERE: Blue Mt. Reservation – Peekskill, NY
TIME: 10am – 4pm rain or shine

Click to see full brochure and complete list of sponsors for the 2013 WMBA Fat Tire Festival

The Westchester Mountain Biking Association (WMBA), Westchester County NY’s mountain biking organization and advocacy group, is holding its Annual Fat Tire Festival from 10am – 4pm on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill, New York. Event is FREE – all you need is a signed waiver and a wristband which you can get at the information tent at festival field. Minimal Parking fee will be charged for the festival!

The Fat Tire Festival is an all-day event with lots of music, food and fun activities for the whole family. The annual festival is a great opportunity to spend a day outdoors and experience the world-renowned mountain bike trails at Blue Mountain Reservation, which was named the country’s “Best Hometown Trail” by Bike magazine in February 2009… CHECK IT OUT!!!!

Click to view full size write-up about Blue Mountain

Events and Activities

  • NEW in 2013!!! – MTB Stunt Show by Mike Steidley
  • Festival activity zone with lots of food and fun!
  • Bike races for kids and teens!
  • Group rides around Blue Mountain’s trail network for MTBers of all levels!
  • Impressive skills competitions showcasing the area’s best bikers! (SKINNY CONTEST)
  • Win tons of great prizes in the raffle!

Tons of Demo Bikes

Confirmed so far are the following bike company’s who will be in attendance with their DEMO FLEETS: Specialized, Trek, Pivot, Cannondale, Niner, Santa Cruz

Schedule of Events

10:00 – Registration at the main tent. Bracelets are required for all event participation. This includes all the rides.
10:15 – Group Rides: Beginner, Intermediate and Expert– All group rides will leave from the main tent. Look for the sign up sheets.
10:30 – Group Ride: Women
11:00 – Kids Ride
11:00 – Group Rides: Beginner and Intermediate
11:30 – Mike Steidley Mountain Bike Stunt Show–Check out the action-filled, high-energy performance from one of the most accomplished and prolific stunt riders in North America.
12:00 – Wheelie Race– Come try your luck on one wheel.
12:00 – Group Ride: Expert Rollers Ride
12:30 – Limbo Competition– How low can you go?
1:00 – Group Rides: Beginner and the Yorktown Cycles Expert Ride
1:30 – Kids Race
2:00 – Skinny Contest– Try your hand at our skinny course. Viva la FattyB!!!!
2:30 – Group Rides: Beginner, Intermediate, Expert and Women
3:00 – Mike Steidley Stunt Show
3:30 –Raffle Drawings
4:00 – Closing Ceremonies

Don’t forget to buy some raffle tickets for our raffle. We will have great prizes to raffle off throughout the day. Proceeds will benefit the Westchester Friends of Parks and the Peekskill Ambulance Corp.

Skinny Contest!

Test your skills on our legendary skinny. Stay on the longest and win yourself a nice prize! We plan on unveiling our latest creation – “THE HAMMOCK”!

About the Festival

The Fat Tire Festival is a celebration of mountain biking camaraderie. One and all are welcome to come out and spend a day riding some of the greatest trails in New York State. Organized group rides for all ability levels, lead by experienced local guides, will be leaving throughout the day to explore the trails. Watch and compete in the many skills competitions, including a wheelie contest, fast and slow races, and the infamous, crowd-pleasing “skinny skills” contest on an ultra-narrow, raised wooden obstacle course.

Our local bike shop sponsors, including Yorktown Cycles, Hickory & Tweed, Down Cycles, Sierra Cycles, Danny’s Cycles and Briarcliff Bikeworks have donated many prizes and swag to be raffled off.

The Festival supports a great cause. A majority of the proceeds raised are donated to the Westchester County Friends of Parks. For 25 years the non-profit organization has worked to raise money to buy equipment, fund children’s programs, provide amenities and support the Westchester County Parks. Their vision is to keep the parks clean, green and growing. Come out and support a great cause, have some fun and give back to the Westchester County Parks.

About the WMBA

The WMBA is a grass-roots association that promotes mountain biking and offers leadership and organization to the mountain biking community in Westchester County. Founded in 1995 as the Cortlandt Area Bicycle Network (CABN), the organization’s name was later changed to reflect its county-wide focus. The WMBA works closely with the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation to maintain the area’s premier mountain biking trails. The WMBA also promotes trail advocacy, social interaction and group rides.

Explore Your Parks – October 8, 10am to 12:30pm

The North Face, National Park Trust, American Hiking Society, Leave No Trace and local partners are joining together with your state parks to promote the importance of being active and getting outdoors! We want to encourage the local community to get outdoors and truly explore the state parks close to home. There will be guided hikes and other activities, snacks, speakers, partner demos, as well as giveaways, including the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) Challenge information, state park activity guides, and free state park passes. Come out and join the fun!

This event is October 8, 10am to 12:30pm at:

Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
2957 Crompond Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598


For more info:


Yorktown Trails Project Flyer & Working Days

If you’re looking to help out mountain bikers in Westchester we’ve got some working days coming up for the Yorktown Trails project.

  • Sat. Sept. 11, 9am to 3pm
  • Sun. Sept. 12, 9am to 12pm
  • Sat. Sept. 18, 9am to 12pm
  • Sat. Sept. 25, 9am to 3pm
  • Sun. Sept. 26, 9am to 12pm
  • Sun. Oct. 10, 9am to 12pm

For the September dates we’ll be meeting at a parking lot on the west side of Stony Street slightly south of the intersection with Winding Court. The October date meeting area is at the end of Strang Boulevard near Mercy College and involves bench cutting on the mountain bike trails in Woodlands. September 25 and 26 are bridge building days with the meeting place to be announced.

All trips involve cutting brush and moving downed wood. Contact to sign up that you are coming or if you have questions. It helps the leader plan the workday if you let him know you are coming.

Beginner trail builders are welcome. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Bring work gloves, loppers, snack, (lunch on a full day trip) and water. Small hand saws are a plus.

Work trip leader always shows regardless of the weather.

Work trips for groups including youth can be scheduled at mutually convenient times including during the week.

More details can be found in the Yorktown Trails Flyer.

Rare Disease Fights the Odds Thanks to Westchester Cyclists

Contact: David Brenner

What do you do when your child has a life threatening illness yet no one has heard of it? When big bio-tech companies turn away as there is no profit to be made in helping your child? You get creative. Each fall for the past six years, a small yet highly motivated group of cyclists have toured the hills of Westchester to help a small yet highly motivating group of people afflicted with a rare genetic disorder. The event is the Tour de Foliage and it benefits the Dysautonomia Foundation, which funds research and treatment of familial dysautonomia, an exceedingly rare Jewish genetic disease that afflicts approximately 350 people worldwide. This year’s Tour de Foliage on September 12th will be the seventh time cyclists take to the scenic roads around Pace University in Pleasantville to make a real difference in the lives of the FD population.

FD is a disorder of the sensory and autonomic nervous systems, which control all the mechanical, automatic functions that keep our bodies functioning properly. Chewing and swallowing, digestion, pain and temperature sensation, balance, kidney functioning, blood pressure control and respiration are all dangerously compromised in FD.

Because the population is so small, FD families are challenged to fund treatment and research. The Dysautonomia Foundation was founded over 60 years ago just for that purpose. As a result, incredible gains have been made. Forty years ago, the Dysautonomia Center at NYU Langone Medical Center was established. Today it is comprised of a state of the art research lab, two endowed professorships and a medical team dedicated to treating and researching this rare disorder. A sister Center at Hadassah Hospital in Israel opened in 1980. Today, clinical trials are underway on a new compound that holds great promise as a potential therapy; through the Foundation’s efforts, this compound was identified, manufactured, and tested. Now, instead of dying in childhood, many patients with FD live well into their adult years.

The Tour de Foliage is one of a series of annual events the Foundation sponsors each year to raise vitally needed funds to keep the treatments and research going. Some riders are the mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles and siblings of FD patients. Some are friends. Some are cyclists who appreciate the beauty of the ride and the unmatched spirit of the day. Everyone there makes a difference and every dollar raised goes towards helping FD patients live longer and better lives. The Tour de Foliage features 25 and 50 mile routes. Breakfast and lunch are served and all riders receive a Tour t-shirt and water bottle.

The 7th Annual FD Cycle Tour de Foliage is Sunday, Sept 12, 2010 (Rain or Shine) at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY and starts at 8am. There are 25 and 50 mile routes. Routes and more information can be found at