Colin Nottle impressed by Fat Tyre Festival at Melrose

District Council of Mount Remarkable mayor Colin Nottle took the opportunity at the weekend to check out one of the major events that takes place on his patch.

FAT TYRE FESTIVAL: President of the Southern Flinders Rough Riders Don Norton, left, with co-owner of the Over The Edge bike shop Kerri Lee-Bruce, District Council of Mount Remarkable Mayor Colin Nottle and originator of the Over The Edge concept Troy Rarich visiting from Colorado, United States.

FAT TYRE FESTIVAL: President of the Southern Flinders Rough Riders Don Norton, left, with co-owner of the Over The Edge bike shop Kerri Lee-Bruce, District Council of Mount Remarkable Mayor Colin Nottle and originator of the Over The Edge concept Troy Rarich visiting from Colorado, United States.

The Melrose Fat Tyre Festival, in its ninth year, is a must-attend event for many South Australian and Australian mountain bike enthusiasts along with a sprinkling of international bikers.

The event is organised by the Southern Flinders Rough Riders in the hands of newly-elected president Don Norton. The group is a non-profit organisation who create and maintain the tracks around Melrose, that provide challenges at various levels for the riders while they enjoy the spectacular scenery at the foot of Mt Remarkable.

The group also organises other activities that focus on mountain biking.

The Queen’s Birthday weekend event receives fantastic support from the Over The Edge bike shop in Melrose with the originator of this franchise Troy Rarich from Fruita in Colorado, USA, present at the weekend.

Troy created “The Over the Edge” concept in his hometown in 1995, years later he first visited Melrose in 2004 with the Melrose shop being set up in 2007, with Richard and Kerri at the helm.

The festival is a very much family affair with bikes and riding being the focus along with a host of other activities catering for partners and children, food, climbing wall, bouncy castle, fun bike events for the kids and adults alike, live bands, film nights, face-painting, photography classes, yoga or just sit and watch it all happen before your eyes.

Mr Nottle wasn't 100 percent sure of what happened at the event and was taken on a tour by the movers and shakers of the festival to get an idea of what it is all about, visiting the pump and skills tracks, as well as the accommodation offered at the Melrose Caravan park and the camping facilities at the Melrose Showgrounds.

The caretaker of the showgrounds said that the festival was bigger than Easter activities and Mr Nottle was amazed at the enormity of the event.