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    Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest! Feb. 15-17, 2018

    Registration for the Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest opens today! Last year, registration filled up prior to the event. I'm pre-registering later today.

    In 2017,
    The Fun, the Glory and the Excitement of the 7th Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest hosted over 500 riders, led more than a dozen guided rides, filled every local hotel room and raised over $4,700 with raffle tickets and the registration donations alone!!
    Many thanks to Desert Sports for continuing to put this event together.

    Get those tubeless tires ready and pour in the Stans. It's thorny out there.
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    Never mind! The web site now says pre-reg will open "in December 2017"
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    Seriously considering this one. It's always looked like fun and I think I might be able to make it work this year.

    Curious about camping. I see the Maverick RV park, but it sounds like there are plenty of places to camp out there without the hassle and expense. Where do y'all recommend? Looking at either tent camping or tiny teardrop trailer - so primitive or just a 15amp plug-in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSarge View Post
    Seriously considering this one. It's always looked like fun and I think I might be able to make it work this year.

    Curious about camping. I see the Maverick RV park, but it sounds like there are plenty of places to camp out there without the hassle and expense. Where do y'all recommend? Looking at either tent camping or tiny teardrop trailer - so primitive or just a 15amp plug-in.
    I've never done the Bike Fest. However, I've have done the Terlingua race (and marathon) that preceded it for about 5 yrs in a row. IT GETS COLD THERE AT NIGHT! A few times it would be down to freezing at night and the tent campers did not look like they were enjoying that too much. We always got a room on Study Butte. But I'd bet those are hard to come by if you don't book them a long time in advance. A camping trailer would be fine IMHO.

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    Yes, I do recall the year when racers rode through snow flurries on Tres Cuevas Hill. That said, BBRSP trails seem impervious to rain (no clay) and trails remain rideable, although some parts of the Airport trails do become unrideable when wet.

    Most years a cool/cold front moves through during the event, but the sun is shining the next day, along with great weather.

    A few years ago, a snow plow was clearing the highway between Ft. Stockton and Alpine and we had to drive through the slush that the snow plow threw into the south-bound lane.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSarge View Post
    Seriously considering this one. It's always looked like fun and I think I might be able to make it work this year.

    Curious about camping. I see the Maverick RV park, but it sounds like there are plenty of places to camp out there without the hassle and expense. Where do y'all recommend? Looking at either tent camping or tiny teardrop trailer - so primitive or just a 15amp plug-in.
    I'm not sure if there are many other camping options reasonably close. Here is a campsite map from TPWD: https://tpwd.texas.gov/spdest/findad...end_ranch/map/
    I've also heard that most/all trailer spots nearby are all booked long in advance (no personal experience).

    I've camped far away from civilization while in Big Bend in past, but for the Bike Fest I've always camped at Maverick RV park. Yes, on several occasions it got below freezing at night, but with a good sleeping bag that is not an issue. For me, bigger pain in the ass were the mornings and getting on the bike while still freezing. You will have the same problem even if you stay in a trailer. One benefit of staying at Maverick, as opposed to a primitive campsite, are the hot showers. Another huge plus, in my opinion, is the plethora of resources if/when you need to fix anything on your bike. All the demos are there as well (if you're into that). Also the Lajitas store is only about 1/4 mi up the road if you need anything. (I'm there always without a car, so having all this nearby is important to me. I realize this is may not the case for everyone though.)

    Sorry, probably not the answer you were looking for, just my $0.02.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nixon View Post
    So dumb newb question...the options..what are they in the registration?

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    Dang, that is much more expensive than in the past: $125/person. In the past we just did two days of organized riding, which was plenty for us. Registration fees were scaled to reflect the number of days you rode. When we rolled into town, we do an afternoon ride on our own on the Airport trails and then we did the organized rides on Friday and Saturday.
    Service fee is $8 plus change per person and you can get cancellation insurance for another $8 each. Anyway, done and done.

    I can see how this could get really expensive for a family with kids.

    Cafeend, I think the options are any of the extras (food, hats, T Shirts, etc) and if you keep scrolling down, you can select the ride you want to do each day.
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    I've always wanted to attend this. More just the opportunity to see the night sky out there. The MTB'ing would be fun too

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    Quote Originally Posted by yosmithy View Post
    I've always wanted to attend this. More just the opportunity to see the night sky out there. The MTB'ing would be fun too
    If you weren't aware, there is an observatory near Ft Davis that has frequent events/opportunities for using some of the smaller telescopes. Been trying to work that into my BBend trips for years, but haven't made it work yet. https://mcdonaldobservatory.org/visitors

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    Quote Originally Posted by shredhead View Post
    If you weren't aware, there is an observatory near Ft Davis that has frequent events/opportunities for using some of the smaller telescopes. Been trying to work that into my BBend trips for years, but haven't made it work yet. https://mcdonaldobservatory.org/visitors
    Yessir, that's been on the short list as well. We drive out to El Paso a couple times a year and have tried to coincide the trip with scheduled events at the observatory, but so far the "Stars haven't aligned"

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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    Dang, that is much more expensive than in the past: $125/person.
    I can see how this could get really expensive for a family with kids.
    Ummm nope, I'll pass at that price. With 4 total riders in our family, I don't plan to spend $500 on riding fees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron View Post
    Ummm nope, I'll pass at that price. With 4 total riders in our family, I don't plan to spend $500 on riding fees.-CJB
    I'm really surprised they don't have family rates, because it's a great family event.
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    The McDonald Observatory is absolutely worth a side trip. We have been twice and it was awesome both times. Davis Mtn State Park is a great state park for a long weekend.
    The cost of the Fest is way too much for a family. Honestly, I wouldn't want to go with a family anyway. So much alcohol and shenanigans. I've been out there a whole bunch, and I feel like it is more enjoyable when it is quiet. We will be there again over the Christmas break.

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    Woohoo - I'm in! I couldn't get through to Maverick RV so I grabbed a couple sites at Big Bend Resort RV in Terlingua.

    This will be my first bike trip in a couple of years - I'm stoked!

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    Just registered. Already 368 out of 500 registered. Don't wait too long.

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    The Maverick RV park called me today to say that they had a spot for me. I had been moving up the wait list.

    So I reserved my spot and then registered. Cool.

    Last year I had the thought that it would have been fun to have a gathering there at Maverick of all the Austin folks one night. I would have liked to meet more Austin people. There will be a bunch of us out there for sure. So I'll make that happen this year. I'd like to shoot for Thursday night, but I know some people don't get there until Friday. Hate for anyone to miss out. But I don't want to wait until Saturday night because the early the better. My reasoning being that after we've drank a beer together at the "party" we can say, "hey" to each other out on the trails during the rides.

    So what works for you, Thursday or Friday?

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    Staying at Maverick as well. Can do either and likely both.

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    The 'ol lady and I love Big Bend, and we enjoy bike festivals, so this seems like a no-brainer. Although I'm not sure what the $125x2 charge gets us, we're sign'd up anyway. We'll be staying at that rubbish Mining Co Motel on the other side of Terlingua.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    Last year I had the thought that it would have been fun to have a gathering there at Maverick of all the Austin folks one night. I would have liked to meet more Austin people. There will be a bunch of us out there for sure. So I'll make that happen this year. I'd like to shoot for Thursday night, but I know some people don't get there until Friday. Hate for anyone to miss out. But I don't want to wait until Saturday night because the early the better. My reasoning being that after we've drank a beer together at the "party" we can say, "hey" to each other out on the trails during the rides.

    So what works for you, Thursday or Friday?
    I think I'd only recognize about 3 or 4 Mojo'rs if I ran into them, so we'd likely be up for an Austin get together.

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