Mississippi’s Most Family Friendly Biking Event

Did you know that mountain biking is one of the most family friendly activities?

My favorite mountain bike event, the 8th annual Fat Tire Festival and McGee LungBUSTER race will be held this weekend.  Held out at the Ridgeland trails at 521 Giles Lane, be prepared  for a weekend filled with good food, good times, and bikes!

Kids race during the 2014 Fat Tire Festival. Photo by Matthew Sullivan

Kids race during the 2014 Fat Tire Festival. Photo by Matthew Sullivan

Last year, Grandson #1 and I took our bikes out to the trails to enjoy the activities. We were greeted by dozens of kids, ages 2-14, all riding their bikes. The main attraction for the younger kids is the pump track. A pump track is a continuous dirt berm with small rolling hills. The kids were able to ride on it with balance bikes and traditional pedal bikes. Amazingly, all of the kids were able to ride in the pump track without running over each other. Grandson #1 became so obsessed by the pump track that he would not stop long enough to eat!

The best part of the pump track for parents is the fact that it becomes its own babysitter.  The parent can sit back and keep and eye on junior while sitting and enjoying the beautiful day while socializing with others. Additionally, a moon jump will be available for the kids to wear themselves out in!

Happy youngster riding a balance bike on the pump track during the 2014 Fat Tire festival.

Happy youngster riding a balance bike on the pump track during the 2014 Fat Tire festival.

Another event for the kids to enjoy is the kids race. Again, kids on balance bikes and mountain bikes all enjoy the spirit of competition racing around the 1/2 mile course. It is truly amazing to see the kids give it all they have on the short loop of this mountain bike course.

Kids of all ages enjoying the pump track at the Ridgeland Trails during the 2014 Fat Tire festival.

Kids of all ages enjoying the pump track at the Ridgeland Trails during the 2014 Fat Tire festival.

Regardless of whether you have children or not, spend the weekend at the Fat Tire Festival and McGee LungBUSTER mountain bike race. You won’t find a better time anywhere in the Jackson metro area.

Food and beverage will be available for purchase from One Guy Steak and Chicken and Capital Coney Island

Check out the full schedule of events for the weekend. Hope to see you there!

Saturday
12:00PM – Group Rides for all Levels
2:00PM – Kids Race (2-12 years old…FREE!)
3:00PM – Super D Race (Cat 1, 2, 3, Women $10 Entry – Cash Prize)
4:00PM – Cross Country Eliminator Race (Cat 1, 2, 3, Women $10 Entry – Cash Prize)
5:00PM – Chris Gill and the Soul Shakes take the stage

Sunday
10:00PM – McGee Lungbuster Cross Country Race