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Fruita Fun: A Recap From the Fat Tire Festival

Civic Center Park, Downtown Fruita

Fruita, Colorado provided a venue for the second stop on the 2011 Osprey Bike Pack Demo Tour. In its 16th year of existence, the Fruita Fat Tire Festival has proven to have a successful formula of business mixed with fun, with a much higher emphasis on the FUN!

Osprey Packs partook in the buzz by having our fabulous new line of hydration packs available for riders to demo and put to their own test on the world famous single track trails of Fruita. “Try It Before You Buy It” gets us instant feedback that keeps us constantly in touch with what users like and don’t like.

Osprey Demo Booth, Fruita Fat Tire Festival 2011

Osprey athlete Alison Gannett kicked things off on Saturday morning with one of her Rippin Chix MTB skill clinics. An obstacle course was set up in the park where the event was headquartered and the 35+ women that pre-registered for the clinic got to test their abilities while learning new skills and gaining confidence from a team of professional mountain bikers that know their stuff and how to teach it.  Participants left the camp with smiles on their faces and a desire to apply new found skills to their next ride.

Obstacle course in the park

Happy participants complete the Rippin Chix clinic

And then there was the raffle, for everything from Osprey socks and hats to new Osprey commuter packs such as the Momentum and Metron. Congratulations to all of the winners and thanks for participating!

Phil "Diablo" Howard sporting his spoils from the Osprey raffle

The Clunker Crit is a cornerstone of the Fruita Fat Tire Fest and riders entertained the crowd with an eclectic mix of costumes and bicycles. Kids and adults paraded through the expo and around the block to the cheers and jeers of enthusiastic onlookers.

All of the "freaks" gathering for the Clunker Crit

Next stop for the Osprey Bike Pack Demo Tour:  Huntingdon, Pennsylvania for the DirtRag Dirtfest, May 20-22, 2011.  Please come join us for what is shaping up to be a most excellent time; some of the best singletrack trails in PA, tons of demos, Brewers Grove beer garden, and a multitude of daily fun events.

We’ll see you there!

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