Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival is June 8

Posted: June 5, 2013 by JonoShmono "SykOse. Live. Extreme." in Bike, Mountain Biking
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The Jump-Off Huck Contest at the 2012 Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival gave riders the chance to catch air on some of the largest jumps at Duthie Hill Park. File

The Jump-Off Huck Contest at the 2012 Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival gave riders the chance to catch air on some of the largest jumps at Duthie Hill Park.

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s all-day Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 8 at Duthie Hill Park.

The event features more than 40 vendor and sponsor booths, bike demos from all the top brands, racing and jumping competitions for all skill levels, a poker ride, bike skills demonstrations, mini skills clinics, events for youth, food and beverage concessions, raffles, music in the evening and more. This event is free and open to the public, and families are encouraged to attend. Trails will be open to ride.

For $10 (Evergreen members) or $20 (nonmembers), festival goers can demo bikes, join skills clinics, take guided rides and enjoy the evening barbecue. Race registration fees vary.

The festival is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to support its work — protecting, building and maintaining trails. Parking for the festival will be at the adjacent Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In 2012, more than 1,200 people attended the festival. The event is an opportunity for the mountain biking community to celebrate the sport, introduce new people to mountain biking and experience one of the region’s premiere mountain biking destinations.

Duthie Hill Park officially opened for mountain biking in 2010, following completion of the first phase of construction, and the mountain bike park was completed in 2012. Since then, Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park has had more than 75,000 rider visits per year. Riders of all ages and skill levels can find the perfect trail for them at Duthie Hill.

The park was built through a partnership between the nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and King County Parks. Funding came from a combination of grants and overwhelming community support, including $225,000 of private donations and thousands of hours of volunteer labor. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office also funded a portion of the project, and recently awarded King County Parks an additional grant for a much-needed parking lot, to be completed in 2014.

The 130-acre Duthie Hill Park is at 27101 S.E. Duthie Hill Road, on the Sammamish Plateau. The park has something for everyone, including 6 miles of cross country bike trail, 2 miles of free-ride trail with jumps and built features, a central clearing with a shelter, kids’ biking area and opportunities for skill building. Trail users range from children and first-time riders to expert mountain bikers.

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