For the 10th year, mountain bicycle enthusiasts from all over the U.S. will be coming to the Allegrippis Trails to “rip the grip,” for the annual Dirt Rag Dirt Fest from Friday, May 17, through Sunday, May 19.
Maurice J. Tierney, president of Dirt Rag Magazine, host of the event, said coming to the Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake a great way to celebrate the sport of mountain bicycling.
“It’s just a wonderful mix between the venue by the lake and the trails twisting their way around the water,” he said. “It’s kind of a meeting of a tribe of mountain bikers all coming together from all over the country to just get together to be in the same place and celebrate the sport we all love.
“We all camp out, and it’s not a race,” added Tierney. “It’s very casual, riding on a wonderful 32-mile trail system.”
He also highlighted some of the events happening this weekend.
“We have an expansive demonstration area where people can come and try new mountain bikes from the manufacturers,” said Tierney. “People will get to ride the latest and greatest machines out there. People can do group rides and some theme rides.”
Live entertainment will be at the festival at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the Susquehannock Campground site 7, featuring Serene Green, and Brass Cadillacs will be performing at the same site at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18.
Tierney also noted the festival is for all ages.
“We have kids’ activities,” he said. “There will be a kids’ loop where they can go on bike rides. We will also have a scavenger hunt.”
Other events also include yoga, a group ride with Floyd Landis, famous mountain bicyclist, and a unicycle group from Butler to teach riders how to do off-road unicycling.
“There are skills clinics for everyone,” said Tierney. “There’s even a tire-changing contest, tire clinics and kombucha tasting.”
There will also be movies playing at 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, at the Seven Points Amphitheater at Seven Points Recreation Area.
Though registration is now closed for the weekend event, those who want to learn more about the event can visit www.dirtragdirtfest.com/pennsylvania-2019 for more information.