Mountain Bike Festival continues to grow

Prescott's large mountain biking community has many trails to enjoy in the area, and on Saturday, Oct. 17, the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance (PMBA) celebrates that community with the fourth annual Mountain Bike Festival, Wonderschlautt 2015, at Granite Creek Park from noon to 7 p.m. This free festival features group rides, a beer garden, bike swap meet and bike toss.

The first festival originated as a way to give the area's mountain biking community something fun to do in the fall, said Brooke Weitkunat of the PMBA.

"There wasn't anything to wrap up the season with," Weitkunat said, noting the alliance has spring events.

The festival gets bigger every year, Weitkunat said. New this year are raffles. People going on one of the rides will get a raffle ticket when they begin and finish. Drawings for door prizes will be held on Saturday night.

Although the festival is on Saturday, the first group ride is at 6 Friday night. On Saturday, rides take place on the hour between 7 and 11 a.m., with two final rides at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18. For a schedule, visit www.prescottmtb.com.

Other activities include a membership drive for PMBA, a bunny hop contest and a bike toss contest, which is seeing how far contestants can throw a bike. The Sheldons will provide the live music, and attendees can enjoy the craft brew beer garden, along with hot dogs and bratwurst from Rock N Dog.

But of all of the activities at the festival, the one that gets the most interest is the bike swap. "It's a great opportunity to swap parts. Most come for that aspect," Weitkunat said.

By Jason Wheeler. Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.