At Southern Illinois Fat Tire Festival (FTF) we are celebrating 15 years of one of the best MTB events in the entire MidWest! This year’s event goes down October 18-20, 2019 at Camp Ondessonk located in Ozark, Illinois right in the middle of the beautiful Shawnee National Forest. We will have miles and miles of great riding with over 60 miles of trail this year with the latest addition being a fun and fast lake loop at CampO that is being built as we speak! Tons of fun riding all weekend long with both professionally guided and self-led adventures rolling out all weekend long.
We also make sure to cater to those looking for a little added adventure over the weekend or those just not as excited about MTB riding. This list has grown each year and is part of what makes Fat Tire Fest such a fun event for EVERYONE. Here are just a few of the other things going on at this year’s event: the Cannonball Gravel Race, guided hikes, the O’Face Adventure Race, live music, a great vendor expo, the Fat Tire Challenge, a Tunnel Hill Rail Trail ride, Strava Segment Challenges, family MTB rides, the Gravel Crit World Championships, bike demo’s all day Friday and Saturday and absolutely awesome food and drink for everyone all weekend long.
DO IT!! Fat Tire Fest 2019; have more fun, experience more adventure and embrace the outdoors, register now for your best weekend of the year. For more in depth event information click here.
Exclusive access to the CampO trail network with almost 50 miles of trail right out your treehouses front door, this includes the all new CampO lake loop, fast and flowy trails built for riders of all levels. We also have exclusive access to 15 more miles at Lake Glendale, the original home of FTF, just a short drive away.
ALL meals and drinks for the weekend (7 total meals), starting with lunch on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday, Great food too, hot breakfasts and kick-butt BBQ on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon! Drinks sponsored by New Belgium Brewing, and Excel Bottling, no need to be thirsty this weekend.
Friday and Saturday, include multiple guided trail rides ranging from the tame to the extreme at both CampO and Lake Glendale, options for all ages and experience levels
A super sweet FTF 15th anniversary commemorative tee shirt
The opportunity to demo ride top of the line Specialized and Niner bikes in the woods and on the trails
A vendor expo put on by our top brands
Each participant will have multiple chances to win thousands of dollars in giveaways, over $20,000 in giveaways in 2018!
A Strava Segment Challenge will be rocking all day Friday and Saturday, with winners and prizes announced at Saturdays live concert. Pick from a number of trail segments throughout the FTF trail network and go lay down a blazing fast time. Upload your times to Strava and we will score the winners and award some sweet prizes!
Entry into the O’Face Adventure Race, a super FUN adventure race for everyone to cap off a the weekend on Sunday morning.
ALL of the mountain biking and fun you can cram into 3 days!
Cannonball Gravel Race and the Gravel Crit World Championships will be open to any FTF participant who would like to get in on some Gravel Racing fun.
FTF includes riding options for ALL SKILL LEVELS, from the gnarliest mountain biking anywhere with slick rock and creek crossings to gently rolling fire roads and our new CampO lake loop; you’ll have a great weekend of riding and FUN no matter your skill level.
Enjoy some videos below from the past years of Fat Tire Fest!