BIG FAT BIKE FESTIVAL 2018

March 23rd - 25th, 2017
Homer, Alaska

The Homer Cycling Club is pleased to present our 7th annual Big Fat Bike Festival!
We only JUST set the dates, so the details are yet to come!

Below you'll find the details from BFBF 2017 just so you know how we typically roll!

EVERYTHING BELOW THE LINE IS DATED MATERIAL FROM 2017
AND WILL BE UPDATED AS WE BEGIN IRONING OUT THE DETAILS.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, EMAIL: BIGFATBIKEFESTIVAL@GMAIL.COM
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BIG FAT BIKE FESTIVAL REGISTRATION

INCLUDED IN YOUR REGISTRATION:
BFBF t-shirt (Register early to guarantee your size)
Beach ride and bike wash
Burger and Brew at Alices's Champagne Palace
Your first raffle ticket (everyone has a chance!)
Silent auction
Sunday trail ride to Caribou Lake
Yoga at Many Rivers

Schedule of Events

FRIDAY, MARCH 17th

6:00PM Meet and Greet at Mariner Park bonfire and obstacle course. 

SATURDAY, MARCH 18th

WAKE-UP Eat a hearty breakfast (on your own)! 
8:30AM Gather at Mariner Park for ride check in.
*Our alternate route will be an out and back heading north to Diamond Creek and returning to Mariner Park.
8:55PM Some words from your hosts.
9:00AM Gear up, roll out, and WAIT for group photo!
11:45 AM Check out opens at Mariner Park.
12:00PM  DIY "Bike-Wash" open at Homer Saw & Cycle.                            
12:58 PM Low Tide 2.38 ft.
3:00PM Doors open at Alice's Champagne Palace and silent auction is on!
4:00PM First raffle ticket drawn.
5:30PM More words from your hosts, thank-yous and such.
6:00PM Silent Auction closes, big prize raffle ticket drawn.
AFTER PARTY  Music: The Hope Social Club plays at Alice's around 9 PM. The Obstacle Course is available to use all weekend, also! 
7:22 PM High Tide 14.2 ft.

SUNDAY, MARCH 19th

9:00AM Meet at Mariner Park and convoy to the Caribou Lake trail-head (5 hr minimum for this event)
or...
9:00AM Yoga at Many Rivers until 10:30am. Sign up required. email bigfatbikefestival@gmail.com


Event Descriptions and Details

Meet and Greet


On Friday evening, March 17th, come kick off the BFBF with a Meet and Greet bonfire at Mariner Park. 
The Obstacle Course will be ready for riding so bring your bikes and do some loops! Hang out with friends and family (the furry type are welcome too), a growler of your favorite brew to share (or not!), and/or some food to roast on the fire. 

Featured Ride
 

The Featured Ride on Saturday morning will start at Mariner Park, hitting the beach and heading northwest past Bishops Beach to Diamond Creek.  This route is a mix of smooth, fast beach below the high tide line, with gravel, rock and boulders on the high beach.  You'll find a cozy bonfire 8 miles up the beach at Diamond Creek where you can warm up before venturing on or returning. The ride is roughly 16 miles (or more if you choose) following the beautiful bluffs of Kachemak Bay.

Evening Event
 

Enjoy your hard earned meal and beer, and try your luck in the raffle at Alice's Champagne Palace (included with your registration).  There will be a silent auction too, so you can bid on and win some cool stuff from our awesome supporters. 

Sunday Snow Ride


Sunday we will have an additional ride on the snowy trail of the Caribou Hills, east of Homer.  We will meet up at Mariner Park at 9:00 AM in order to carpool out to the trailhead.  The drive to the trailhead will take approximately 30-40 minutes.  Once at the trailhead we will split up into smaller groups based on ability and commence riding. The ride will be on packed snow trails, with the possibility of ice.  Wide, studded tires are recommended, though not required. Expect about 4 hours on the trail with a possible stop at the CCL lodge for food and beverages (make sure to bring cash). Plan on 5 hours at a minimum from departure to return. 
 

Yoga for Bikers
 

Yoga will be offered by Ramona Pearce at Many Rivers exclusively to BFBF participants. All levels. No prior yoga experience necessary.  

When you finish a Fat Bike ride you’re tired and your muscles ache. Most of us tend to dehydrate.  Yoga serves as a quick and easy recovery tool that can be effortlessly incorporated into your post-ride routine.  In this class we will open the areas that tighten during biking—specifically, the hips, legs, lower back and shoulders. At the same time, it will strengthen your core and improve flexibility, which helps to correct imbalances caused by the repetitive motion and posture of cycling. Long holds and inversions will flush lactic acid out, relieving some of the soreness in overworked leg muscles. Chest openers will release tension in the upper back and neck, encouraging deeper breathing and a more relaxed stance on the bike.

Tips: Come 10 min. early to sign waiver, bring your own mat if you can (there will be one available to use), drink water before and after, try not to eat a big breakfast.

RECOMMENDED GEAR LIST

good judgement
knowledge of forecast and tides
spare tube
patch kit
pump
bike multi-tool
chainbreaker
leatherman or similar
extra layers
(wool, polar fleece, down)
room on bike for extra layers
rain gear
flat-soled footwear
(warm and waterproof)
platform pedals
snacks and water
hot beverage
extra gloves
extra hat
lighter/matches

OTHER THINGS TO BRING
cell phone
emergency blanket
hand/toe warmers
first aid kit
ice cleats
camera
head lamp
current tide book
money (for caribou lodge)

PLACES TO STAY IN HOMER
Best Western Bidarka Inn 907.235.8148
Driftwood Inn 907.235.8019
Land's End Resort 907.235.0400
Pioneer Inn 907.235.5670
Heritage Hotel 800.380.7787
The Ocean Shores Hotel 907.235.7775
Windjammer Suites 907.235.9761

Big Fat Bike Festival FAQ

IS IT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
This is a community event and we encourage public participation at the obstacle course and the evening fundraiser. There are many perks to registering (meal, t-shirt, yoga, and participation in the rides), but we encourage you to bring your family and friends to the open events!

CAN I BRING MY DOG ON THE RIDE?
Your pups are welcome on the beach during the Meet-N-Greet Bonfire, on the featured ride and on the Sunday ride.  However, please be respectful to other participants, animals, and habitat regarding your dogs. These beaches are habitat to birds and marine mammals that are sensitive to the presence of dogs. Keep a verbal leash and clean up after nature calls.

WILL I BE ON MY OWN OUT THERE?
We encourage self-reliance. While this is a group ride experience, it is part of the HCC mission to encourage independence and self-sufficiency in all cyclists.  Most HCC members on the ride will have tools and the know-how to help out should you have a flat or a mechanical.  Take a look at the recommended gear list above. 

I DON'T HAVE A FAT BIKE!!!  CAN I RENT ONE? 
Please contact Cycle Logical,the Seward Adventure CompanyBeemuns Bike Loft, or Homer Saw and Cycle for rental information.  Cycle Logical and Homer Saw and Cycle are based in Homer.  The Seward Adventure Company is out of Seward. Beemuns Bike Loft is in Soldotna.  Try to secure yourself a bike before you register for the festival.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?                                                        
Refer to the recommended gear list, above.

WHERE IN HOMER CAN WE STAY?
There are numerous lodging options in Homer...to name a few....The Beluga Lake Lodge is centrally located as well as The Heritage Hotel. Locations near the beach in Old Town Homer are Suites By the Beach(at Two Sister's Bakery) and the Driftwood Inn.  There is also Land's End at the end of the Homer Spit (they have a hot tub!). 

I HAVE A QUESTION, WHO SHOULD I ASK?
Please email your questions to bigfatbikefestival@gmail.com

IS THIS A FUND-RAISER?
Yes, but we promise not to overwhelm you with in-your-face fund raising.  There will be a raffle and silent auction, possibly even door prizes!  All BFBF registrants get one FREE raffle ticket.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO? 
After all expenses are settled, the profits will be invested in the local area, promoting all things cycling in accordance with the Homer Cycling Club (HCC) mission.   Much of this year's profit will go towards continuing our area-wide education campaign "Homer Shares the Road" and continuing development of single-track mountain biking trails at the Diamond Creek State Recreation Area.