Bike Festival Information

SCHEDULE

Doors Open: 11:30 A.M.

Child Care (Into The Woods): 11:00-6:00 P.M.

Get more info about child care with Into The Woods here!

Skills Clinic Block 1: 12:00-1:30 P.M.

Skills Clinic Block 2: 2:00-3:30 P.M.

Skills Clinic Block 3: 4:00-5:30 P.M.

We'll help you find the right skills clinic for your level.

Vendor Village: 11:00-5:00 P.M.

Shop merchants, artisans, and visit with other local businesses and non-profits.

Self-Care Station: 12:00-6:00 P.M.

Massages (by donation), a nutritionist, and  360 photo booth fun, and chill vibes.

Mechanical Classes: Every ~30 minutes, 12:00-6:00 P.M.

Learn to fix a flat, adjust your drivetrain, set up your suspension, and maintain your bike! No reservations needed, just swing by.  Break from 2:30-3:00pm.

Ice Cream Social: 5:30 P.M.

Wild Scoops to top off the day.

Event Concludes: 6:00 P.M.

Ride on, friends! 

SKILLS CLINICS AND SOCIAL RIDES

Whether you're new to mountain biking or more experienced, join us to increase your confidence and abilities. Our clinics are designed to group you with others that have similar abilities and goals. Space is limited so be sure to register as soon as you can!   Consider only choosing ONE skills clinic but up to two.

MAINTENANCE AND SUSPENSION CLINICS

What does it take to keep your bike in great shape? Learn the basics of bike maintenance to keep your ride performing at its best, as well as common trailside repairs like fixing a flat tire or making quick adjustments.

We're also excited to offer suspension classes! If you've ever wondered what "set your sag" is even supposed to mean, this is the clinic for you. We'll cover the basics of front and rear bike suspension, as well as customizing your setup for a cushy ride.

ADDITIONAL INFO

Please be sure to show up to the class with your bike in good riding condition. Make sure you have enough air pressure in your tires, your brakes and shifters are working, etc. Local bike shops will be on hand to ensure you're bike is in good working order.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Send your questions to info@alaskabikefestival.com or post to our Facebook event page. 

Do I need a nice bike to participate? 

You need a mountain bike to participate. It doesn't have to be fancy, but it needs treaded tires so you can ride dirt trails. Just be sure to make sure it's ready to be ridden. If in doubt, stop by any of the local bike shops for a tune-up. 

How do I know which skills clinic is for me?

BEGINNER CLINICS:

 

Straight line riding

This clinic is for you if:

You want to start with the basics

 

We'll work on:

Good positioning on the bike so that you feel stable and in control 

Challenging your balance by riding skinnies


Descending and braking

This clinic is for you if:

You want to have more fun riding downhill

 

We'll work on:

Descending with control at a variety of speeds

How to use your brakes effectively in all kinds of terrain

 

INTERMEDIATE CLINICS:


Technical riding

This clinic is for you if:

You want to flow over chunky, rooty and rolling terrain

 

We'll work on:

Riding with control over obstacles, uphill and downhill

Trail scanning and line choice for the smoothest ride

 

Cornering

This clinic is for you if:

You want to gain speed on corners and ride the berms

 

We'll work on:

Ideal line choice to ride flat and banked corners efficiently

Riding dynamically to get free speed from banked corners


Roll-downs

This clinic is for you if:

You're ready for a new challenge, but want to keep your wheels on the ground

 

We'll work on:

Riding smoothly over bigger and steeper features like roots, rocks and step-downs

Integrating body position, line choice and timing for flow and control

 

ADVANCED CLINICS:


Drops

This clinic is for you if:

You want to send the qualifier features on Evolution and Candy Mountain

 

We'll work on:

Perfecting timing and pressure to get airborne

Smoothly transitioning from a drop to the next feature

 

Jumps

This clinic is for you if:

You dream of clearing the tabletops on Second Breakfast

 

We'll work on:

Choosing the right line and speed to jump and land safely

Getting comfortable in the air

What food will be served? What if I have allergies? 

Lunch from Sweet Caribou will be available to self-serve starting at 1:30pm

My partner, family, friend, etc. is welcome right?

All are welcome to join us to hang out at the Bike Festival! The event activities, however, are specifically designed for women, trans, femme and non-binary riders. Encourage your partners and friends to come out to cheer, hang out in the stadium, and help out as volunteers. 

Will there be alcohol?

We won't be serving alcohol at this event...but if some adult beverages were in your cooler, we wouldn't stop you ;)

Do you need volunteers?

Ummm YES! If you are interested in helping with event planning, email us at info@alaskabikefestival.com to get involved. If you can help day-of, we need volunteers. This is a great way for partners and older kids to be involved. Please drop a line!

How can we get involved as sponsors?  Or involve sponsors?

Thank you for wanting to support this event! Please email Event Director Natasha  at info@alaskabikefestival.com