KINGFIELD — Maine Huts & Trails, Sugarloaf, and the Carrabassett Region Chapter of the New England Mountain Biking Association’s will host a Sugarloaf Fat Tire Festival April 3-5 in the Carrabassett Valley region.

The event will feature a timed climb up mountain trails to the top of a specially prepared banked slalom course, with descent through high-banked turns and other features that will take riders back to the base area, according to a news release from Nancy Marshall Communications.

Awards will be given after the race and fat tire retailers will be set-up to offer fat tire bike demo rides. Spectators will be able to try out the fat tire bikes right around the village, or for the more determined, a cross-country bike trail is also available. Shuttle service will be provided.

There will be a barbecue and cash bar with entertainment, with a preregistration bonfire from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 3, at the Outdoor Center, complete with night-time ride. A Stratton Brook lunch ride is planned for Sunday, April 5, with Maine Huts & Trails.

Registration for the Fat Tire Downhill Race is $40 and includes race entry, course access, a bike demo tag, goodie bag, complimentary beer ticket for the Beach Bar and commemorative items. Only 75 registrations will be sold; if not sold out, registrations will be first-come, first-served during the preregistration party. Registration is available at nemba.org.

For more information, visit Sugarloaf.com.


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