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Sugarloaf to host first ever Fat Tire Festival

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (February 16, 2015) - With the ever-growing popularity of mountain biking in the Carrabassett Valley area, Sugarloaf will host the first ever Sugarloaf Fat Tire Festival, April 3-5, 2015, the resort announced today. The festival will be organized in collaboration with the Carrabassett Region New England Mountain Bike Association (CRNEMBA) and Maine Huts & Trails.

Fat tire biking is a cycling subcategory that has garnered an impressive following since its 2012 emergence; the concept and design have been around since the 1980's.  

The bikes are comprised of wide rims, extra-large tires, and an oddly-dimensioned frame that holds the unit together. With the wider tires, some measuring 4+ inches, cycling enthusiasts are able to bike in places and conditions that were previously impossible. The additional surface area adds notable grip and makes these vehicles capable of covering ground on soft surfaces such as mud, sand, and even snow.    

The resort's three-day festival will feature fat bike demos, a guided ride, lunch at the Stratton Brook Hut, and highlighted by a fat tire bike race up and back down a specially designed race course built on Sugarloaf's trail network.  

"We are in a dream location for fat tire biking and mountain bike trail development," said Joseph Hines, Carrabassett Valley Mountain Bike Trail Builder. "Fat tire biking is ideal during the in-between seasons when the mountain bike trails are too soft and muddy or covered in snow."  

During the summer months, Hines helps design, build, and maintain the mountain bikes trails within Carrabassett Valley network.  

Thanks to the efforts of the Town of Carrabassett, CRNEMBA, and Maine Huts & Trails, mountain bike trail construction has flourished in the area, resulting in a 40 mile network of world-class cross-country trails, and growing. Now in its fourth year of development, approximately $260,000 has been expended to fund the project with continued trail development planned for 2015.  

"The trail vision and current product has received rave reviews from local riders, guests and trail building experts alike," said Dave Cota, Carrabassett Valley's Town Manager. "With continued support and development, mountain biking has become an integral part of our summer business."  

During the winter months, fat tire bikes are welcomed on the Maine Huts & Trails network and Narrow Gauge Pathway.  

Carrabassett Region NEMBA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the creation and maintenance of a sustainable multi-use trail network in the western mountains of Maine, largely based in Franklin County. Organizers work closely with landowners, local governments, and other organizations to preserve access to sustainable trails; striving to promote wellness by increasing the use of regional trails, to link communities and to support local businesses.

Maine Huts & Trails is a non-profit organization whose mission is to contribute to the economic, social and natural environment of Maine's Western Mountain region by creating and operating a world-class recreation corridor for current and future generations. Organizers manage a system of four backcountry eco-lodges and more than 80 miles of trails in Western Maine that offer "off the grid," hut-to-hut adventures coupled with comfortable and friendly accommodations  

For more information on the Sugarloaf Fat Tire Festival, please visit www.sugarloaf.com.    

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Media Contact:

Noelle Tuttle, Sugarloaf Communications Manager, 207-237-6989, ntuttle@sugarloaf.com  

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About Sugarloaf - Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is largest ski area in the East, and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East. and the number one golf course in Maine, according to Golf Digest. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Follow: www.sugarloaf.com, www.facebook.com/sugarloaf, and http://twitter.com/sugarloafmaine