At one time most bicycles had fat tires. Then in the late '60s skinny tires on road racing bikes were all the rage. But in the last two decades fat tires have come back into vogue.
Regardless, the Annual Fat Tire Festival is coming back to Eureka Springs and offers cyclists numerous ways to pursue their two-wheeled, off-road passion.
The fat festival is slated for July 13--15 at various locations around Eureka Springs. The fat fun starts at 2 p.m. on Friday, and lasts until the final awards ceremony at Lake Leatherwood at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
There will be a mix of competitive and non-competitive events, with enough variety to appeal to anyone who finds pleasure in pedaling. The events will include downhill and short track races, a children's race, observed trials, and the cross-country Race to the Lake.
This will still be a challenging and enjoyable event for participants and spectators alike.
The fat fun spills over into the after hours, too. Friday night's "after party" will be held at Sparky's, and Saturday's will be at the Caribe.
Mountain bikes are more popular than ever with outdoor enthusiasts and the trails around Lake Leatherwood and elsewhere in Eureka Springs are some of the best around. The festival is produced by Progressive Trails Design's David Renko. More information can be found at www.fattirefestival.com.