Once again, as part of the pre-festival activities, we’re encouraging people to get out and ride their bicycles to work on National Bike-to-Work Day. To help get your day started, you can stop off at Light Rail Café in Winona Lake at 7am for a free cup of coffee and snacks before you head to work. Representatives from KCV and Ride + Walk Warsaw + Winona Lake Advisory Committee will be on hand to provide updates and progress on the Bicycle Friendly Community initiative. Then finish your day with a stop at the Cerulean Garden (4-6pm), to celebrate your accomplishment with a free beer or beverage for those who rode to work. Be sure to head over to Trailhouse for the Opening Ceremonies of the Kick-Off Party at 6pm.
Looking for a shorter ride to participate in? Or maybe you’re doing the 19 or 39 mile ride, but want a little more, just not another 20+ miles, be sure to check out the Historical Winona Tour. This 3.5 mile leisurely cruise will be a ride you history buffs don’t want to miss. The guided tour throughout the Winona Lake Village area will take participants by local homes and sites of interest which have led to the history and stories that make up the interesting past of Winona Lake, exploring the former glory and revitalized history of our community. Multiple stops take place, and no strenuous riding skills are required. The Historical Tour leaves from the Information Booth outside of Trailhouse. Two times are available for the tour at 1 and 3pm.
We don’t let the big kids have all the fun. These popular events are designed to bring out the budding bike riders and racers and give them an opportunity to increase their safe riding skills and of course strut their stuff in front of the big crowd. On Saturday afternoon we offer multiple activities for the youngsters:
Tracey’s Trailer Safety Skills Course: A must for all the younger ones on two wheels. Let us guide them in providing confident, safe riding habits.
Decorate Your Bike: Customize your ride, we will be providing all the necessities to decorate your bike and cruise all weekend on your Wild Ride for all to see!
TREK Trikester Course: Gather your siblings and friends and challenge them to the slalom course. Be the first to cross the line and earn bragging rights for the year. Tricycles will be provided by TREK and Trailhouse.
Coloring Contest: Grab your favorite bicycle picture and impress the judges with your coloring skills.
Trainer Challenge: How fast can you ride? How much power do you create? Hop on a bike connected to one of our trainers and crank up the speedometer.
Metzger Outdoors Scavenger Hunt: On foot and by bike, our friends at Metzger Outdoors are once again planning a fun, family-friendly scavenger hunt throughout the Village at Winona community and shops. Be sure to find all your clues and race back to the finish.
Inflatables: Yep, it isn’t really a festival without some of these for the kids to wear themselves out on when they decide to hop off their bikes.
Facepainting: It’s not a party without your favorite design (a’hem a bicycle) painted on your face for the weekend.
The Zimmer Biomet Circuit Road Race offers several classes of racing on a nearly 9 mile course just south of Winona Lake. The start/finish is situated on 400S at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. Racers will complete several laps (depending on skill level) of the circuit. The route this year will provide some surprising challenges for all riders. Stop out and support several local racers or pick out from several professional and nationally recognized amateur champions.
The stunt riders are back again for two more shows. Get up close and experience gravity-defying tricks you normally would see on the ESPN XGames or the Dew Tour, right here on the streets of Winona Lake in the Village at 12pm and 4:30pm.
Kicking off the official start of the Fat & Skinny Tire Fest has become the highlight of the weekend for many. This “brew ha-ha” starts with “Opening Ceremonies” at 6pm, followed by the all-size-tires, family-friendly Community Critical Mass ride, an exciting, fun, and light-hearted “take over the road” rolling celebration that starts at Trailhouse in the Village at Winona at 6:30pm and finishes 2.5 miles later at Mad Anthony’s Lake City Taphouse in Downtown Warsaw. Once at Mad Anthony’s, the fun continues with a high-flying BMX stunt show to get everyone pumped up and ready for the annual Fat & Skinny Tire Fest Video. These activities are free. Additionally, fun activities for kids and adults, as well as food trucks and live music featuring regional rockabilly favorite, Dos Hermanos will follow on Center Street for the evening’s entertainment.
The main state series for mountain bike racing will visit the Winona Lake trails once again this year. Last year’s event was one of the highest attended races in the series 20+ year history, partly due to the rave reviews our local trails continue to receive. Multiple talent levels will race 1-3 laps on the trails throughout the former Chicago Boy’s Club Camps land. Racing is open to the youngest age and skill levels through the seasoned professionals. The races are also an exciting event to check out, with many sections of the course visible from the Lake City Greenway. Parking for racers and family are available while space lasts in the meadow between StoneCamp and the Heritage Trail Greenway. A shortened kids race is available in the afternoon, and awards for all categories takes place around 3pm in the Village at Winona in the Entertainment tent.
This fun event will match local business leaders and company executives against each other in this fun/funny community corporate challenge event. Teams of 4, representing their organization which has chosen to sponsor the festival, will compete in a bicycle relay, racing fat tire beach cruisers around the island in Winona Lake. The winning team gets their name forever engraved on the Orthopedic Cup Trophy.
Sunday’s timed road race (criterium) will take participants on a 1/2 mile lap around the island in the Winona Lake Village. Support from the island residents and community is second to none, as fans line the streets of the Village to catch the action. The length of time and lap quantities will depend on skill levels of the participants. This race is part of the INKY Cup Series.
While visiting the Village at Winona, check out our many shops, or grab a bite to eat and something to drink at one of our eateries. Visit the Expo area where local companies and organizations will display their products or share their causes. Demo bikes will be available from Trailhouse and cycling company reps featured in the expo area. Saturday evening will feature live music and local beer. MTB trails open for night riding (weather permitting).
Join us for this festive tour heading southeast of Winona Lake in Kosciusko County. Enjoy a family-friendly 12 mile ride or pick from our 19, 39, 63, or 101 mile routes of rolling county roads throughout springtime farmland. Great food and drinks (including those famous Light Rail cookies) will be served at our fun Support and Gear (SAG) stop, The Old Train Depot with a couple new SAGs for the Century riders. Once again, our friends at Cerulean Restaurant, a top locale in the state, will be providing lunch in the outdoor Garden. And YES, the kegs will be tapped, so you can enjoy a nice, cold pint upon re-entry to The Village at Winona to celebrate your ride. Be sure to check your goodie bag for special coupons and swag from Fat & Skinny Tire Fest sponsors. This year riders will enjoy a mass start at 8am.
Coming back for its second year, we will have a 4X style race at Hire Park; home of a premier BMX track with smooth rollers and jumps. This race will be open to all ages and will have multiple categories all competing in a 1 lap, bracket elimination race format. Bring your mountain bike (26-inch wheels and larger only) for ~ 45 to 60 seconds of heart-pounding action! This a great opportunity to race shoulder to shoulder with your rivals from the DINO series or from the local trails.
Full face helmets and long sleeve shirts and pants are NOT required for this race but are recommended.
ON-SITE REGISTRATION ONLY
We’re excited to get the road racing started earlier again this year with the 3.2 mile Eddie Merckx-style (no aero equipment allowed) prologue Zimmer Biomet Road Time Trial. This race-against-the-clock will come down to fractions of a second between the top riders, as they leave the start line in the heart of the Kick-off Party location in downtown Warsaw. Riders will take off every minute racing down Buffalo Street to Market Street, then racing out to Zimmer Biomet’s Building #5 turnaround, and then back to downtown Warsaw.
Eddy Merckx TT Rules
Race what you’re racing all weekend – no aero equipment…
Only standard road bike set-ups