Race Day

TRAIL STATUS for Fat & Skinny Weekend

As the trail maintenance teams wrap up projects in prepping the trails and the racers begin to arrive in town, we wanted to provide an update on the trail status for Fat & Skinny Tire Fest weekend…

Thursday:

  • Trail Crews finishing work on the trails – use with caution and watch for others.
  • Additionally, the course direction has been determined (front half will run backwards for the DINO race). With that said, we have riders practicing, and others just using the trails, therefore for the next couple days, the front half of the trail runs both directions. Please be sure to look out for each other and be aware and courteous of all trail users.

Friday:

  • Course will begin to be marked for the race. The trails will still be open to all users, but please do not tear down course tape or signs. If you do on accident, please try to put it back up. If you do intentionally, and we catch you, we will prosecute as much as we can! Don’t be a jerk!

Saturday:

  • Trails are open ONLY for registered racers. Spectators may walk around the course, but be aware of racers coming at all times and do not impede their progress. Please NO strollers on the trails EVER! If you have a stroller, stick to watching along the Greenway.
  • Trails will open to the general public for normal riding, etc. at approximately 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

TRAIL UPDATE: VOLKSFEST TODAY

PLEASE NOTE: The Winona Lake Off road Trails will be hosting the annual Hash Ride & Run TODAY – Saturday, September 24, 2016. The trails will still remain open to the public, but we request that you not tear any tape down that has been set up for the course on the front half of the trails. The trails will be taped off, starting at 2pm, with riders and runners using the trails from 5-6pm.

Join us at the Cerulean Garden at 4:30pm (registration and opening comments) with the ride starting at 5pm. Runners and riders will have one hour to complete as many laps of the approximately 5k course as they’d like, returning to the Garden after each lap to receive a complementary beer. Both off-road and on-road loops available.

The evening concludes with great food and live music by DJ Chuck Fry, with Dos Hermanos at 7pm, Space Ships at 8pm, and James and the Drifters at 9pm.

All proceeds benefit the Winona Lake Trails and the community’s Ride+Walk Warsaw+Winona Lake initiatives.

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Fat and Skinny Tire Fest 13 This Weekend!

This weekend Warsaw and Winona Lake will be hosting the 13th annual Fat and Skinny Tire Fest.

First, the Winona Lake Trails will be closed for the DINO Series mountain bike race on Saturday May, 21st until 4pm.  This exciting event brings in the state’s best competition to our home trails.  If you feel like you are up to the challenge there are all kinds of levels for you to participate in. Registration can be found here.  If you want to pre-ride the course on Friday please do not tear down any tape or markers.  The front side will run its normal direction and the back side will run backwards.

We are bringing back the popular Mountain Bike 4X race at Hire Park this year.  Compete against your “frenemies” on the fun BMX track.  Details can be found here.

For more information please visit our websites, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds and don’t forget to use the hashtag #FSTF13

If you missed the action from 2015 check out our video.  Mason Geiger will unveil this years video at our kick-off party May 20th in downtown Warsaw.

TRAIL STATUS UPDATE: OPEN

Thanks to limited traffic, some sunshine, and a nice breeze on Thursday, the trails dried out well, and thus we’re opening them up. So get out and enjoy them. IMG_6730

The greenery is really coming in, so remember that hikers/walkers/runners travel in opposite direction of mountain bikers (whom follow the green and black arrows). Always use proper trail etiquette, be courteous and announce yourself, so the other trail users know you are there – especially in blind corners.

Please note that with the ever changing spring weather and conditions, remember that the off-road trails are closed no matter what the website posts and signs say when it is raining. If a storm rolls in while you are on the trails, please exit the trails as soon as possible, to prevent any dangerous situations for the trail user, and any damage to the trails.

Also note that in two weeks we will be hosting the Fat & Skinny Tire Fest and the DINO Series Mountain Bike Race. The off-road trails will begin to get marked on Friday, May 20 and will be closed to all users, except for those that have registered for the DINO Series races on Saturday until 4pm. The trails will then be open to the public.

If you would like to try your hand at mountain bike racing, there has never been a better time…This year, DINO has made mountain bike racing more accessible to the first-timer and occasional racer. There is NO racing license or one day permit required. Racers who don’t have a USA Cycling license will save $5 at every DINO race compared to prior years. Registration and check in are also going to be simpler for everyone. If you’ve never raced, or only race on occasion, now is the time to jump into a DINO Mountain Bike Series race. First-time racers can race free, in DINO’s “Intro” division – designed specifically for rookie racers!

Either way, we hope to see all of you out and about enjoying one of the funnest and most beneficial, family-friendly events in our community – Fat & Skinny Tire Fest 13 – May 20-22, 2016.

DINO MTB Race Update

If you are planning on participating in the DINO Mountain Bike race this Saturday, you know that either side of the course could be run backwards.  This year the course will go counterclockwise (“front” side reverse, “back” side normal)

NOTE:
Front Side: South of Cherry Creek
Back Side: North of Cherry Creek
Cherry Creek runs through our trails and the only crossing point is the main bridge you can check it out on our map.

We understand that to get a feel for how the front side rides you need to pre-ride the course.  Please DO NOT do this prior to Friday.  The course will be marked late Thursday night and this will give you enough time to check it out.

On Thursday night the trail status will change from Green to Purple indicating that the trails are open to registered riders only.  DINO is a fun event, and gives you the opportunity to ride our hometown course a little differently.  You may register HERE for the race.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.