Pedal-powered fun for the whole family can be found at the 2019 Fat Tyre Festival over the June long weekend.
Up to 600 registered riders are expected to converge on the stunning Southern Flinders Ranges town of Melrose, only three hours from Adelaide; increasing the population of this small town by more than 50 per cent for one weekend only.
Melrose is home to some of the best and most diverse mountain biking trails in South Australia. With approximately 100km of tracks around the foothills of Mt Remarkable and in surrounding areas, the event provides registered participants with tracks perfect for all skill sets and every family member.
A perfect weekend away from the hustle and bustle of city life, the Fat Tyre Festival has grown from strength to strength over the past sixteen years, and the seventeenth annual event in 2019 is set to be another phenomenal year.
Celebrating the core essence of what makes Melrose so great, the 2019 Fat Tyre Festival is all about exploring this stunning part of the world by bike and enjoying laid back evenings under the wide starry skies by a warm campfire.
The event provides families with an opportunity to discover the joy of bike riding in a friendly and welcoming setting.
Steve Vicino, a regular FTF participant, explains that there is nothing else like the Fat Tyre Festival; "I have been participating in this event for many years and it never disappoints."
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"The mountain bike tracks are second to none, the atmosphere is awesome, and the entertainment and activities will keep you happy all weekend."
The world-class trails, a majority of which have been hand-built by a team of dedicated volunteers, are all signposted for easy access, with clearly defined options to suit riders of all abilities.
It's the perfect chance to get on your bike - even if it's for the first time in a while.
The two days of the 2019 Fat Tyre Festival will be jam-packed with skills clinics, guided rides and entertainment, while the nights will be filled with plenty of chances to get to know fellow riders, many who have returned to the festival year after year.
"The businesses in town will be hosting events and back by popular demand Bike Melrose will host the kid's disco on Saturday night," a representative from Bike Melrose said.
There will also be other entertainment including family circus performances by Whyalla's D'Faces and some family fun on bikes from the team at Pumpt.
The Festival brings participants from South Australia and interstate and shines a spotlight on the spectacular Southern Flinders Ranges in South Australia's Mid North.
"All proceeds from the event will go back into building and developing tourism in Melrose through improved infrastructure," she said.