Fat Bike Festival
Riders from around Alaska, and even the lower 48, roll into Valdez the first weekend of April each year for the Valdez Fat Bike Bash, featuring a kid-friendly bike parade and rodeo, cross-country race on Valdez Glacier, Tide & Trail race, and - for the boldest of riders - an epic downhill race on Thompson Pass.
This event has something for everyone. 2021 schedule includes youth and family activities, block party, parade, Treasure Ride and Bike & Bark. Individual races are cross country and extreme downhill. 1-3rd trophies for women’s and men’s. Team races are the triathlon (bike, kayak, run) and the biathlon (ski and bike).
Video from the Valdez Adventure Alliance
Two events and ten categories will be available at the 2022 Fat Bike Bash at Valdez Glacier Lake and East Peak Resort. There are Women's, Men's, an Open category for the Cross Country Long and Fat (20 miler), Cross Country Short and Fat (10 miler), and Extreme Downhill (2500-4000 ft of descent). In addition, there will be a Cross Country Fun and Fat (5 miler) which will be open to families and youth. Ride around stunning icebergs on the frozen glacier lake on Saturday and rip down a snowy mountain side Sunday! There will be plenty of room for spectators.
Registration & Contact
For event participants traveling to Valdez from outside of Alaska, bike shipping is available through the Valdez Adventure Alliance's partnership with Bike Flights. Bikes that are shipped to Alaska may be picked up in Anchorage or shipped directly to the Valdez Airport.