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Überwintern Fatbike Festival 2019
The Stowe Trails Partnership, von Trapp Brewing and Mountain Bike Vermont are at it again in 2019, bringing you Vermont’s best antidote to the winter blues—Überwintern! What is Überwintern you ask? It’s a day of fatbike revelry on powder-packed single track for those souls brave enough to keep charging on two wheels through the depths of winter!
Join us Saturday, January 5, 2019 for a day of fatbike group rides, demos, and hearty brews around warm fires.
Now in its seventh year, Überwintern 2019 will be staged out of Ranch Camp, situated on the Cady Hill trailhead. The “remote aid station” a.k.a party central will be moved to the fire pit at the outside space in front of the von Trapp Brewery where complementary brews will be poured for attendees. Registration, group ride departures, demos, and lunch will be all take place at Ranch Camp, aka Überwintern HQ.
Your ticket price includes on-site demos, group rides, lunch (with both carnivorous and veggie options), as well as beverages. So pump up those tires, break out the extra layers, and get ready to party MTBVT style… it’s tradition!
- Fatbiker (early bear price): $35
- Fatbiker w/T-Shirt (early bear price): $50
- Kiddo Fatbiker (12yrs and under): $15
- Kiddo Fatbiker (12 years and under) w/T-Shirt: $30
- Vendor Pass: $99
Rentals vs Demos
Demos: Each participating shop will have demo bikes available. Demo bikes are allowed out for 45 minutes to one hour depending on each participating shops discretion. Demo bikes are not typically allowed out on the group rides as the group rides leave for more than the allotted hour demo session.
Rentals: Rentals are available on a shop by shop basis. You are encouraged to contact shops in advance if you would like to rent a bike for the full day. Prices vary by shop.
Participating Shops: To be determined. If you are a shop or vendor and wish to participate please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 8 a.m.: Vendor Setup
- 8:15 a.m.: Registration opens
- 9 a.m.: Expo opens/Demo bikes available
Ride Departure Schedule (subject to change):
- 9:15 a.m.: Epic Ride departs
- 9:30 a.m.: Shuttles start running, first come first serve
- 9:20 a.m.: Advanced Ride departs
- 9:30 – 10 .m.: Intermediate and beginner rides depart
- 10:30 a.m.: Remote Aid Station opens
- Noon: Kegs are tapped
- 3 p.m.: Remote Aid Station shuts down… maybe
- 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Lunch is served
- 3:30 p.m.: Party Time
- 4 p.m.: Demo area close
In typical MTBVT fashion we have a few awesome group rides planned. That said, please be patient with us as we assess where we will be taking you. All rides are weather dependent, social pace, and have a few stops to rest and enjoy nature.
Epic Ride: There will be multiple epic rides departing. Each will run 4 hours in duration and up to 20ish miles of variable terrain. These rides are for expert riders with expert stamina and a high tolerance. If you are new to fat biking or don’t ride regularly this ride is NOT for you.
Advanced Ride: Similar to the epic ride, this ride’s duration is up to 3ish hours. The pace is for avid riders that enjoy covering ground at a steady pace. You can expect up to 15ish miles of riding over variable terrain.
Intermediate: These rides are for most folks looking to have a good time, stop at the fire for a bit, and be guided around Stowe’s central trails. this ride will be three hours in duration with opportunities to bail out or put in a few extra miles.
Beginner Ride: Beginner rides take folks up the rec path, along the river and back down to the venue. for those looking for more, riders will have an opportunity to ride up to the camp fire in on Cady Hill and test their skills on a section of intermediate terrain with a reward at the top.