So June has been pretty chaotic for Spoke but it all kicked off right back at the beginning with the Melrose Fat Tyre Festival in South Australia. Based on how much fun I had last year at the festival Spoke resident filmmaker Ross MacKay, myself and expat shredder Hayden Barnie all signed up for the 2013 event. It’s also worth mentioning that Specialized superstar Darren Berrecloth decided that 2013 was also the year he’d show up as well!
The Melrose Fat Tyre Festival is not like other festivals; it’s super low key, has a family friendly vibe and once you’re there you won’t be touching your car! Each day features a bunch of skills clinics, guided rides and relaxed competitions and a street BBQ for breakfast!
The Over the Edge bike shop serves as the hub for the event. There’s not many other options mind you, two pubs, a cafe and a petrol station are your other options in this tiny town.
Once you’re in Melrose you won’t need a car, and your kids are welcome. In fact they are more than welcome, there’s bike dress-ups, pump track workshops (with the Claw) and a bicycle speedway challenge as well as a bunch of kid friendly trails.
Euro Vision is essentially a Super D trail but it wasn’t 100 percent finished or bedded in during our visit. The first half is pretty much “the business” but the second half is still running a bit slow. Come summer the thing will be dialled in and running fast. Darren Berrecloth and Hayden Barnie do their part and pack it in.
A pub either side of the shop means everyone is back for some quality food come lunchtime. With 300+ riders in town for the event the pubs cope pretty well but as some other media found out, timing is of the essence.
US Endurance racer Christina Beggy briefs a bunch of ladies before heading out for a women’s only skills clinic.
Riders push up for the opening of Melrose’s new Super D track Euro Vision.
They just kept coming, with a late surge of entries the start of the Super D was delayed a little, but the 60+ people at the start line didn’t care (expect maybe when Troy forgot to tell them their time had started!)
Gary Patterson looks on while Chris Dimbal lays down the fastest run of the day, crushing the competition on board his Cannondale Jekyll. DUDE IS A SHREDDER.
Hi-Tech iPhone timing was the call on the day with OTE co-owner Alastair Smart on finish-line duties.
Gary Patterson is responsible for a tonne of Adelaide singletrack, and he can ride a bike better than you…
There’s 80km of this in Melrose. Add that to the riding in Adelaide and you need to put the Fat Tyre Festival on your to-do list for next year!