It’s time to party in the woods, help save 3,000 acres of forest and ride, ride, ride at Biketoberfest Mountain Bike Festival in Port Gamble Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23 and 24.
This is the fourth year for the family-friendly event, which attracted more than 500 people in 2015 and is open to all skill levels.
“Everything is set up. Anyone can come and we’ll take care of you,” said Brian Kilpatrick, president of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance West Sound Chapter, which organizes the event.
Entrance to the festival and most activities at the Port Gamble Uplands Trailhead are free, but donations are being accepted to save the 3,000-acre Port Gamble Forest from development. The Kitsap Forest and Bay Community Campaign is working to preserve the beloved area for recreation, including mountain biking, hiking and trail running.
Friday activities include a guided night ride, campfire and live music by local favorite Garage Heroes. On Saturday, there’s a full day of fun, including a poker run, beer garden, kids bike race, all-ages bicycle barrel racing and the colorfully-named Huffy toss, in which contestants try to hurl an old Huffy bike as far as they can.
The centerpiece race is Saturday’s 10 a.m. Triple-D, an enduro-style, three-stage race, in which riders are timed on the downhills only. It’s the only event with an entry fee – $35 if you register by Friday.
There’s plenty of room for tent and RV campers at the trailhead, but there are no RV hook-ups.
Mountain biking and beer go together, so Biketoberfest will host nine of the Kitsap Peninsula’s microbreweries – Downpour, Silver City, Sound, Hale’s, Rainy Daze, Hood Canal, Valholl, LoveCraft and Cash. There will also be food vendors, including Grub Hut and The Dog Wagon.
For more info, check out this Ask Ethan video, featuring 10-year-old mountain biker Ethan Priest.