The festival also offers an expo area for manufacturers to display the newest gear, as well as a beer garden where riders can refresh themselves and non-cycling companions can idle away the day. The highlight of the week is the chainless downhill event, a high-speed race that includes a townie division where anything goes. "You'll see everything," says coordinator Erin Cerise. Last year, she recalls, "we had recliners out there." Other highlights include a screening of the mountain-biking movie Kranked, a kids' fair and a pig roast with live music.
Tickets are $90 for a week-long pass or $25 for a single day. More information, including a full schedule, can be found at www.ftbw.com or by calling the Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-545-4505.