August Lego Ride Schedule

August is almost here and that means it’s time for another Lego ride schedule.

  • August 5: Herron Park – Meet at the Herron Park parking lot at 6:15pm. Mark from Wheaton Cycles will be leading this ride.
  • August 13: Whitefish Mountain Resort Bike Park — This week the ride moves to a Wednesday night to take advantage of the last night of the resort’s late lift hours on Wed nights. We will meet up at the base of Chair 1 at 5pm and ride chairlift laps until the chair stops at 6:30pm. Since we still have a good bit of light after that, riders can regroup at the bottom once the lifts are off and pedal themselves up for more laps. Note, if you don’t have a season pass, you’ll have to purchase a lift ticket to ride the chairlift.
  • August 19: Pig Farms — Meet at the O’Shaughnessy Center at 6:15pm to carpool or at the trailhead at 6:45pm
  • August 26: Whitefish Trail — Meet at the O’Shaughnessy Center at 6:15pm to carpool or at the South Beaver Lake Trailhead at 6:45pm.
August 2014 Lego Ride Schedule

August 2014 Lego Ride Schedule

July LEGO Ride Schedule

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Summer is officially here! No more excuses to not be out there tearing up all the great singletrack we have around here. And while you’re at it, join us for one of our super fun LEGO rides. What is LEGO? Low-EGO. As in conversational pace, laughs, post-ride beers and good times. For July, we’re venturing a bit farther away from Whitefish to some of the best trails in the area. These are some rides that you won’t want to miss!

  • July 1 — Desert Mountain — Meet in front of the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish for a 6:05pm departure. Or meet us right in Coram. We’ll be carpooling over to Glacier Grill in Coram and will begin pedaling at 6:45pm.
  • July 8 — Reid Divide Shuttle — Meet in front of the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish at 6:15pm and we’ll all carpool over to the trailhead.
  • July 15 — Tally Lake Overlook — Meet at O’Shaughnessy at 6:15pm to organize carpool to trailhead.
  • July 22 — Whitefish Lake Loop — Meet at O’Shaughnessy at 6:15pm, pedal to Lion Mountain Trailhead. We’ll have a shuttle waiting for us at the north end of the lake so we can skip the long pavement pedal back.
  • July 29 — Spencer Mountain — Come check out all the work FFT has been putting in on the trails out at Spencer. O’Shaughnessy at 6:15pm or meet at Spencer at 6:30pm.

Happy trails.

Kids Skills Clinic This Weekend (June 14)

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Even the best bikers among us could always use a little instruction from time-to-time. That’s why Flathead Fat Tires is taking the lead with some specialized instructional clinics for Flathead-area youth.

Flathead Fat Tires, Beyond the Boundaries, and the Sportsman Mountain Bike Team will be leading kids age 8 to 16 on once-a-month rides. On the second Saturday of each month, we will meet at the Whitefish Bike Retreat at 10am and take kids riding on the Whitefish Trail for three hours, teaching them some technique and skills. There is no skill level needed for participation, just someone excited to ride. We will lead out with groups of different skill and age levels as participation necessitates.

Remaining Clinics:

  • June 14
  • July 12
  • August 9
  • September 13

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Chris Miller at 406.871.8374 or stilltelecm@yahoo.com.

June LEGO Ride Schedule

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It’s June and according to my clock, that means summer is here! Get outside and have some fun. The trails are all in great shape right now and riding fast. And what better way to ride some old favorites (or learn new trails if you’re fresh to the area) than to join us for a Tuesday night LEGO (think Low-Ego) ride. The June schedule includes some local standbys and there’s talk of adding missions at Tally Lake Overlook, Reid Divide and Desert Mountain in July. We’ll get the July schedule up soon but until then, join us for a spin at Whitefish Trail, Pig Farms or Haskill Basin.

A quick reminder — all rides meet at 6:15pm at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish and either pedal from there or carpool to trailheads.

 

We’re Hiring!

The Flathead Fat Tires has grown immensely in the years since its inception and as we’ve grown, so have our needs. To aid the growth and overall health of the organization, we’re looking for an Executive Director to handle a number of duties. Check out the job description below and if it sounds like it’s right up your alley, please apply. What are you waiting for?

Executive Director Job Description

About: Flathead Fat Tires, Inc. is the Northwest Montana Mountain Bike Club centralized in the Flathead Valley. Our mission statement is to preserve and develop mountain bike opportunities in the Flathead Valley.  We ride bikes, do trail work, have bbqs, ride bikes and do trail advocacy. Did we mention we ride bikes? We are a membership-based and IMBA-affiliated club, so your membership is important to us! Flathead Fat Tires is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Position:Flathead Fat Tires, Inc. is seeking a part-time Executive Director to further grow our operations in support of trail advocacy in the Flathead Valley.

Job Description: The Executive Director reports directly to the Flathead Fat Tires Board of Directors. The Executive Director will keep a monthly activity log and report to the board at our monthly board meetings or additionally as necessary.

Duties: Grant writing, fundraising, record keeping, management of volunteer labor, organization of club events, oversee content and the development FFT website, oversight of club marketing including graphic design and branding, working with public agencies, publicly representing Flathead Fat Tires in public engagements, other duties as assigned.

Compensation: Maximum of $1300/month for an average of 20 hours/week for the first 6 months. Workload will vary seasonally. Compensation will be reevaluated at the end of 6 months and will be largely contingent upon the executive director’s ability to raise funds for the organization.

Well-qualified applicants will: enjoy mountain biking, enjoy trail work, have familiarity with the Flathead Valley, have a high school diploma or equivalent, have a valid driver’s license, have their own computer and workplace.

To apply: If growing the sport of Mountain Biking and the access required to do so is something you are very passionate about, and you have the skills required to help us achieve our mission, please send a brief cover letter and resume to info@flatheadfattires.com.

 

Membership Week Continues

Pancake Breakfast at Great Northern Cycles

Pancake Breakfast at Great Northern Cycles

A big thanks to everyone who made it out to the pancake breakfast at Great Northern Cycles on Saturday morning. Membership week rolls on with more fun events throughout the week.

MONDAY, MAY 19TH
MOVIE NIGHT 8pm
Crush Lounge. We’ll be showing Rad, which is rad! Movie starts at 8 pm, but feel free to come earlier, grab a good seat and have a warm-up cocktail!

TUESDAY, MAY 20TH
LEGO RIDE (LOW EGO) 6:15pm
First LEGO ride of the season! We’ll be meeting at the O’Shaughnessy Center and heading to Haskill Basin.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21ST
BAR-B-QUE 6–8pm
Glacier Cyclery. We’ll provide the meat, buns, sides and fixin’s. BYOB

THURSDAY, MAY 22ND
PINTS WITH A PURPOSE 4–11pm
Great Northern Brewery. WMR will also be on hand selling Summer 2014 mountain bike season passes from 5-8pm. *you get a discount as an FFT member!!

Membership Week! May 17-22

Come join us starting Saturday for the Annual kick-off for mountain bike season and get your 2014 FFT membership!

SATURDAY, MAY 17
PANCAKE BREAKFAST 9am
Great Northern Cycles.
WHITEFISH TRAIL RIDE 10am leaving from Great Northern Cycles.

SUNDAY, MAY 18TH
HERRON HAMMER 10am
Come visit our tent. If you’re racing, we’ll cheer you on! If you’re spectating, we’ll cheer with you!

MONDAY, MAY 19TH
MOVIE NIGHT 8pm
Crush Lounge. We’ll be showing Rad, which is rad! Movie starts at 8 pm, but feel free to come earlier, grab a good seat and have a warm-up cocktail!

TUESDAY, MAY 20TH
LEGO RIDE (LOW EGO) 6:15pm
First LEGO ride of the season! We’ll be meeting at the O’Shaughnessy Center and heading to Haskill Basin.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21ST
BAR-B-QUE 6–8pm
Glacier Cyclery. We’ll provide the meat, buns, sides and fixin’s. BYOB

THURSDAY, MAY 22ND
PINTS WITH A PURPOSE 4–11pm
Great Northern Brewery. WMR will also be on hand selling Summer 2014 mountain bike season passes from 5-8pm. *you get a discount as an FFT member!!

Clinics

Even the best bikers among us could always use a little instruction from time-to-time. That’s why Flathead Fat Tires is taking the lead with some specialized instructional clinics for Flathead-area youth and ladies. More information is below and check back to our Clinics Page for updates and details.

Kids Skills Clinics

Starting in May 2014, Flathead Fat Tires, Beyond the Boundaries, and the Sportsman Mountain Bike Team will be leading kids age 8 to 16 on once-a-month rides.

On the second Saturday of each month, we will meet at the Whitefish Bike Retreat at 10am and take kids riding on the Whitefish Trail for three hours, teaching them some technique and skills. There is no skill level needed for participation, just someone excited to ride. We will lead out with groups of different skill and age levels as participation necessitates.The dates are:

  • May 10
  • June 14
  • July 12
  • August 9
  • September 13

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Chris Miller at 406.871.8374 or stilltelecm@yahoo.com.

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Women’s Specific Mountain Bike Instructional Group Rides

This summer the women’s specific mountain bike clinics will be run a little differently from last year. We’re calling them Instructional Group Rides, because we want you to get out and RIDE! This year Brenda and Erin will give some quick tips on specific skills for you to work on before the ride. We’ll spend about 15 minutes going through those tips. Then we’ll go on a ride! During the ride you will get to practice those skills and ask the instructors any questions that you have. Plan on the ride taking about an hour. Each week we will be focusing on a different skill for you to work on.

Dates and Skill Focuses

  • Wed. June 4th – Meet at the Whitefish Bike Retreat. The skill focus will be “Basic Skills”.
  • Mon. Jun 16th – Meet @ the Lion Mt Trailhead of the Whitefish Trail. The skill focus will be “Switchback101″.
  • Mon. July 7 – Meet @ the Whitefish Bike Retreat. The skill focus will be “Ascending & Descending Steep Terrain”.
  • Mon. July 14 – Meet @ the Beaver Lake Trailhead of the Whitefish Trail. The skill focus will be “Banked Turns”.

Logistics
Plan on arriving at 5:45pm so that you’re ready to ride by 6pm.
Instructional Group Rides are FREE to current FFT members. Please RSVP to reserve your spot by emailing Erin Bodman at president@flatheadfattires.com. Feel free to contact her with any questions that you have!

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2014 Planning

Hey FFTers, still got skis under your feet rather than a saddle between your legs? Never fear! Our Executive Board of Directors (the board) has your summer time interests in mind even though the trails are still under a couple feet of pow pow. Here are some of the things we are lining up get rolling (rolling, get it?!) this late winter and into spring:

February: Work on signs for the new Spencer Mountain project, associated fundraising for said project, and thinking about our kids clinic this summer.

March: Start planning our annual trail days and organize the volunteers needed to help make those happen! Begin planning our summer time women’s clinic(s). Who doesn’t appreciate some ladies on the trail??

April: Begin work on the ALL NEW Spencer Mountain Freeride MTB area! Spring time maintenance on the Armory dirt jumps before the grass clings on for dear life. AND start planning our 2nd annual FFT Dirt Jump Jam to be held this summer!

May: LEGO (Low-Ego) rides begin. Membership drive — May 22 Pints with Purpose at Great Northern Brewing Company.

Well, that’s the board has for now, stay tuned for more updates on what promises to be the best year of mountain biking since last summer! Feel free to chime in with things you’d like to see us working on this year!