Festivals & Events:
Fall Tilt & Fall Fest
Fall Fest is a celebration of bikes, beers, oompah bands, and activities for all ages. The Town of Mountain Village and Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association have partnered to produce a weekend event tied in with the Mountain Village's bike event, Fall Tilt in Telluride, which after a two-year hiatus, downhill mountain biking is back in Mountain Village with a bike park dedicated to the sport.
To celebrate the park’s grand opening, the Town of Mountain Village, in conjunction with Bigfoot Production, is hosting Fall Tilt, a 12-hour endurance downhill mountain bike race challenge. The race will be held Saturday, October 3, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fall Tilt is geared towards all levels of mountain bike riders, and the total number of laps during the 12-hour period will determine the various challenge winners.
Riding after dark will require the use of approved front-mounted bike lights. Rentals will be available, but limited. If a rider intends to run the last two or three hours of the event, they are required to have an adequate lighting system otherwise they won’t be allowed on the lift.
Friday, October 2
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fall Tilt Registration & Packet Pick-up at The Peaks Resort
10:30 a.m. – 5 pm Fall Tilt Race Open Practice on all courses using the free gondola (immediately following the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony)
3 – 8 p.m. Oktoberfest in Mountain Village’s Heritage Plaza (free)
- Oompah Band Swingshift plays all afternoon and evening
- Traditional Oktoberfest fare and German beer for purchase
- Diggity Dog’s hot dog eating contest
- Children’s pumpkin art activities
- Bungee Trampoline and Xbox Games
6 p.m. Riders’ Meeting and Pasta Dinner at The Peaks Resort
- 8 p.m. SMBA presents the movie Freedom Riders at the Sheridan Opera House
- For more information, please visit www.telluridesmba.org.
Saturday, October 3
9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fall Tilt in Telluride at Mountain Village Bike Park: 12-Hour Endurance Downhill Mountain Bike Race
10 a.m. IMBA’s Kid Mountain Bike Day (various regional trails): For more information, please visit www.telluridesmba.org.
11:30 a.m. SMBA’s Kid’s Raffle with Prizes in Heritage Plaza:
2:30 – 9:30 pm DJ Ryan spinning in Mountain Village’s Heritage Plaza
3 p.m. Fall Crawl throughout Mountain Village’s restaurants and bars
9:30 p.m. Fall Tilt After-party at the Hop Garden in Heritage Plaza with music and food and drink specials
Sunday, October 4
10 a.m. Fall Tilt Awards Ceremony and Brunch at The Peaks Resort:
10 a.m. Ophir Pass Hill Climb and BBQ at Ophir Town Hall:
There are various classes and categories for the Fall Tilt race: solo, duo teams and four-person teams. Registration is available online at BikeReg.com; on-site registration begins the morning of October 2 and ends an hour prior to the start of the race. Participation fees range from $70 to $100 and include event registration, lift ticket, race plate, on-site hospitality and a rider bag. Mountain Village and Bigfoot Production are expecting a solid turnout for this race; registration is capped at 100 on-course riders.
As for the logistics and rules, there are no ties. Close finishes will be resolved by timing and course officials using recorded data. CJ Sports Timing will time every lap of every rider to determine the winners just in case there is a tie in the number of laps. Team class is based on best-rider-on-team skill level and only one rider per duo/team is allowed on the course at any given time. For more rules and regulations, visit the Web site,www.falltiltintelluride.com.
Fall Tilt Venue
The downhill race course is comprised of four adjacent downhill trails that will be utilized simultaneously from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Terrain will vary from rocky, technical riding on the World Cup course to flowing, slower riding on a “recovery” trail or two. It is up to the rider’s discretion as to which trail they will use for each downhill lap.
To keep the course safe for the riders and spectators, the race course will be taped and marked, closed to the general public, and patrolled and marshaled. Tech support tents and support staff will be available at the base area adjacent to the chairlift; riders are responsible for their own repair and equipment replacement. Obviously and significantly injured riders will be suspended unless, or until, they can prove they are capable of continuing safely. This decision is at the discretion of course officials.
Riders who participate in the Fall Tilt Race Open Practice Friday will access the park using the free gondola. On race day, riders will load their bikes on Chair 4 to avoid interference with gondola foot traffic. Chair 4 lift service will be provided at no additional cost to the competitors; chairlift loading will be one rider/bike per chair.
Fall Tilt Downhill Course
No Brainer: This single blue, three-foot wide and one-and-a-half-mile trail runs from the top of the park to the bottom with a 12 percent average grade. Expect smooth, rolling, curvy cruisers. It’s family fun for everyone.
T-Bone: This double blue, singletrack trail cuts off from the No Brainer Trail and reconnects after one-third of a mile. T-Bone is a good introduction to singletrack turns while weaving through the trees.
Pan-Coaster: This brand new single black trail runs a half-mile long and features numerous, meticulously crafted berms that flow in and out of the trees adjacent to the World Cup Trail. There are plenty of opportunities for air on Pan-Coaster.
World Cup: What’s a Mountain Village Bike Park if it doesn’t incorporate a little of the old with a little of the new? As part of the original World Cup downhill race course, this double black, rocky singletrack stretches a quarter-mile long and incorporates log jumps, steep drops, and berms … a potpourri of a downhill rider’s dream.
In addition to Fall Tilt, the Town of Mountain Village and the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association have planned a weekend jammed-packed with things to do: Oktoberfest activities and live music Friday and a Fall Crawl and the Fall Tilt After-party at Hop Garden Saturday.