The Fat Tyre Festival is Jamaica's longest running mountain bike event. Started in the mid-1990's as a development activity of Rusty's Xcellent Adventures in Negril, the Singletrack crew has been running things since 2007.
We are gearing up for our 2020 event which will be February 15-22. If you’d like to get on our mailing list so you receive info, simply fill out the form below. You can also check out the draft 2020 itinerary (further below) for an idea what we’re up to.
The 2020 Fat Tyre Festival dates will be February 15-22 and the itinerary is as follows:
FEB. 16 (DAY 1) - “CONSCIOUS VIBES”
Shuttle to Murphy Hill - the highest point above Ocho Rios for a four mile descent. The first two miles are down “Coke Bottles” an old road turned single track which is not extremely technical but is VERY slippery in places with tight rocky sections towards the end. The second half of the descent is a double track passing by world famous Dunn’s River Falls (recently voted “The #1 Tourist Trap in the World”). We’ll fly through the parking lot and pick up our transport for the next shuttle.
From the parking lot of Dunn’s River Falls we shuttle to Orange Hall for the “Rivers of Babylon” ride. Making its first appearance on the Fat Tyre schedule, this short downhill follows the White River through a number of amazing swim holes and waterfalls. After a break for lunch we shuttle to the Mango Valley play field for a blast down “Murray Mint”. This a fast, fun double track which leads into “Jamaican Panther” a shortish single track that is sneaky technical.
The day ends at Conscious Corner Bar at Rio Nuevo Beach with food, adult beverages and music by mixmasters Jamie and Martin.
FEB. 17 (Day 2) - “Shaken, Not Stirred”
Day two starts with a short shuttle to Days Mtn in the Parish of St. Mary. The riding starts with a short steep climb to an even steeper technical descent called “Irie Fm”. This links with “Jellied Eel” a sweet flowing single track that takes us to Eden Park. We'll shuttle back up for more runs including: "Chickengunman", "Grab a Cho Cho" and "Bulls Balls" and a new fun addition for 2020 ‘Greasy Joes’ .
After a quick look at the BMX track in Jacks River, we take a short shuttle ride to Hamilton Mtn. This XC ride starts with an easy two mile climb up to the “Trench Town” loop. We then head onto “Melt Down” which leads us James Bond Beach in Oracabessa where we end the day with food and drinks.
FEB. 18 (DAY 3) - “PRESSURE DROP”
This is the day we leave Ocho Rios behind and head deep into the hills of St. Mary with an initial shuttle to Pimento Hill. The riding starts with an old favorite - “John Crow Gully”, this is a super fast, technical 1/2 mile descent which riders love to shuttle twice.
Next we tackle the short, steep “Stairway to Heaven” climb which is a 15 min hike-a-bike for mere mortals (but we have seen it ridden).
From here we have a 1,000 foot descent down “Pressure Drop” and “Carlton Pass” which are steep, fast and great fun for all levels of riders. The trails end at Black Sand Beach where lunch awaits. After lunch we head up “This Sucks Until it Doesn’t” which becomes a scenic XC ride back to our accommodations for the evening at River Lodge.
FEB. 19 (Day 4) - “ROOTS, ROCKS, REGGAE RUM”
A day of options! For those that had fun on Pressure Drop and Carlton Pass or want to tackle the Ratty trail, there will be shuttles available. For those that want to get in a lung- busting XC climb, they can tackle “Kill Hill”. After lunch there will be the option to shuttle up and ride down Kill Hill/ Go Fish. Others may want to take a relaxing XC ride straight to Kwaaman Falls. It’ll be up to you. Most riders take an early night in preparation for the long day tomorrow.
FEB. 20 (DAY 5) - “MANGO JUICE ROTORS”
Today we leave the friendly confines of Robins Bay and take a substantial shuttle ride across the island to the Blue Mountains. Our first descent for the day begins high up at Holywell National Park 3500’ above sea level and heads down towards the outskirts of Kingston.
After lunch we tackle “Jus Skiddin” for more downhill action on a steep trail unlike anything we’ve been riding up to this point. We’ll end the day with a ridiculous shuttle ride up to Whitfield Hall which will be our staging point for the assault on Blue Mtn. Peak tomorrow morning.
FEB. 21 (DAY 6) - “KENDURO”
Today is the most physically demanding day of the Festival. We’ll leave out at 6am for a 3 hour hike-a-bike up to Blue Mtn. Peak. At 7400 feet it is the highest peak in the English speaking Caribbean. The effort is definitely well worth it for the amazing single track descent back to Whitfield Hall during which you’ll experience almost every type of terrain imaginable.
After lunch we continue down “Farm Trail” and end the day at Scorpio Inn. All told it will be a 5,000 feet descent over 18km of nearly all single track. Our yearly trek to Blue Mtn. Peak is in memory of our good friend Ken Klowak who tragically lost his life in Mexico in 2010.
FEB. 22 (DAY 7) - “RASTA SOCKS”
The last ride of the Festival takes us from Flamstead (at 4,000 feet) to the beach at Purple Rock in Bull Bay. Along the way we hit up “Triple Bypass” and “Money or Boots”. Both are downhill, technical single tracks which will leave you with a grin from ear to ear. The last few miles to the sea are an easy roll along country roads with a short climb to stoke your Red Strip appetite.
After more food, drinks and music we’ll shuttle back to Rooms Hotel in Ocho Rios and prepare for departure.