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Pivot returns as presenting sponsor of Dirt Rag Dirt Fest

Dirt Rag is pleased to announce that Pivot Cycles is returning as the Presenting sponsor for the seventh-annual Dirt Rag Dirt Fest, taking place May 20-22, 2016, at Raystown Lake in central Pennsylvania.

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“We are bringing a big fleet of bikes with all the newest models in every size for riders to try, including our Mach 6 Aluminum and the Mach 429 Trail. And our favorite East Coast rider, Aaron Chase, will be there to ride and chill with everyone, too,” said Chris Cocalis, Pivot’s president.

Set a calendar reminder for January 4, 2016, when registration will open to the public. With more than 3,500 people from across the country attending last year, Dirt Fest has become the annual mountain bike ride/party/festival/gathering that you don’t want to miss.


There are 36 miles of fast, fun, flowy trails known as the Allegrippis Trails System just a few pedal strokes away from event headquarters and a new trail on the other side of the lake accessible only via boat, the Terrace Mountain Trail.

Weekend shenanigans will include (but are not limited to):

  • Bike and gear demos from several companies
  • Women’s mountain bike clinics
  • Skills park
  • Gravel rides
  • Themed rides/races featuring fat bikes, costumes, nighttime darkness, kids, whatever else we come up with
  • Live music
  • Craft beer and beer tasting clinics
  • Wheelie competitions and the like
  • Campfires
  • New friends, old friends
  • Movies
  • Donuts


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A portion of the proceeds from Dirt Rag Dirt Fest go directly to support the Allegrippis Trails System via the Friends of Raystown Lake Trails Fund. Since the event began, we have been able to donate more than $20,000 to the trails, which helps keeps them open and maintained. Go us.

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Thank you for coming to Dirt Fest 2015!


A huge and heartfelt thanks goes out to the more than 3,600 attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and volunteers who made Dirt Rag Dirt Fest presented by Pivot Cycles possible this year. Special thanks to the Army Corp of Engineers and the Friends of Raystown Lake for providing an incredible venue and working hand-in-hand with us to make Dirt Fest happen each year.  Most importantly, we thank the Raystown Mountain Bicycling Association and Rothrock Outfitters in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Without their tireless efforts organizing and orchestrating, Dirt Fest just wouldn’t happen.

As a non-profit event, all proceeds from Dirt Fest are donated to the Friends of Raystown Lake, a 501C-3 non-profit that is responsible for the stewardship of the natural and recreation aspects of the area. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to donate more than $12,000 in 2014 and we will again this year. If you love riding the Allegrippis Trails we encourage to you learn more and become a member at their website.


Dirt Fest goods

When we unpacked the van after Dirt Fest, we unearthed a few unsold items. Grab them while you can! Hurry, there is limited sizing and availability.



Save the date

It’s never too early to begin planning. Mark the weekend of May 20-22, 2016, on your calendar and start making plans for the next Dirt Fest! Event registration will go live January 15, 2016.


Photo gallery

Here are some of our favorite photos from the weekend. If you have photos or video that you haven’t yet shared on social media, don’t forget to hashtag #dirtragdirtfest!

Bicycle Times Adventure Fest

If you like Dirt Fest, you’ll love Adventure Fest. Join us October 9-11, 2015, for the on-road version of Dirt Fest with our sister magazine Bicycle Times.

As a Dirt Fest attendee, we’re offering you a 10 percent discount on registration for the next 24 hours only! Just enter the coupon code “DirtFest2015” when you register.

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At Adventure Fest, you choose your own adventure and ride your own pace. All routes will be signed and mapped. Just grab your crew, a map and cue sheet and hit the road. All rides will have aid stations and sag support should you need it. Otherwise, start when you want, ride your pace and finish when you want.

Here’s just a sampling of your ride options, all of which meander through beautiful countryside on pristine secondary roads. Mixed surface rides traverse everything from smooth, car-less double track to mountainous gravel roads.

Road routes

  • 13 mile demo loop
  • 35 miles
  • 61 miles
  • 105 miles, 9,500+ feet of climbing!

Mixed surface or gravel

  • 25 miles
  • 45 miles
  • 77 miles, 7,100+ feet of climbing!

Expo and demo

Through an expansive Demo area, our industry partners will be offering test rides on the latest and greatest bicycles and gear, as well as showing off new technology. We’ll even have kayak and stand up paddle board demos, too.


But, Adventure Fest is about more than just riding. Friday and Saturday nights will be capped off with entertainment and free adult beverages for those 21 years of age and over. Adventure Fest isn’t just for adults; we’ll have activities for kids of all ages. Admission is free for those under 18 years of age.

Sign up now!


Registration Now Open for Dirt Fest presented by Pivot Cycles

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We’re excited to announce Pivot Cycles will join us at Dirt Fest 2015 as our Presenting Sponsor. Pivot Cycles will be on-hand with a demo truck packed full of the latest Mach 4 Carbon, Mach 429SL and Mach 6 models.

Registration to Dirt Fest 2015 is open now at BikeReg.

If you don’t already know, Dirt Fest is the sixth annual gathering of the mountain bike tribe takes place on a wooded, porcupine-infested peninsula, jutting out into Central Pennsylvania’s Raystown Lake, the third weekend in May. There are 36 miles of fast, fun, flowy trails known as the Allegrippis Trails System just a few pedal strokes away from event HQ and a new trail on the other side of the lake accessible only via boat, the Terrace Mountain Trail. We will be offering a limit number of spots on the boat to access it, so sign up as soon as you arrive.

Weekend shenanigans include but are in no way limited too…..

  • Womens Only Skills Clinics and rides throughout the weekend.
  • Weekend Only Skills Park with professional skills clinics.
  • Themed Group Rides; night, costumed, fat bike, unicycle, kids, teens, and whatever else we might come up with.
  • The famed Dirt Fest Epic with a boat shuttle
  • Live music, craft beer and revelery both nights!
  • A huge expo with tons of demo bikes, packs, helmets, shoes, etc.
  • Boat Shuttles across Lake Raystown to and from Terrace Mountain Trail.
  • And more!

Everything above is included in the $40 Weekend Pass. Parking and camping space not included.

A portion of the proceeds from Dirt Rag Dirt Fest go directly to support the Allegrippis Trails System, through the Friends of Raystown Lake Trails Fund. Thus far the event has donated nearly $20,000 to the trails which keeps them open and maintained.


General admission – ($40 pre reg/ $55 day of)

Everyone (even houseboaters) looking to participate in Dirt Fest will need to register for the Weekend Event Pass. This will allow you to ride any demo bike you like, take any class or clinic, use the shuttles, enjoy the social events, you get the idea.

The event opens to the public at noon on Friday.

Camping – ($20 per individual, pre registration only)

Be sure to register for camping if you plan to camp at Susquehannock Campground, the home base for Dirt Fest. This camping registration includes Friday and Saturday nights, Thursday if you’d like to come early. Susquehannock Campground will close on Sunday at 3pm.

Camping is primitive and sometimes crowded‚ others call it cozy. Register as either Camping at Dirt Fest with a group or Camping at Dirt Fest as an individual.

Parking – ($30 per vehicle/ limited to 300)

For those camping at Susquehannock only!

In an effort to improve event safety and encourage carpooling (or riding) to the event, we’ll be limiting the number of vehicles that can park at Susquehannock campsites.

If you wish to park your vehicle at or near your campsite, you’ll need to purchase one $30 parking pass per vehicle.

However, purchasing a parking pass is not mandatory. If you do not wish to purchase a parking pass, you will be issued a temporary pass for the purpose of unloading camping gear. After unloading your gear, you will be required to move your car to a remote parking area.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

In addition to Pivot Cycles, we have commitments from Michelin, NiteRider, Velocity Wheels, MET Helmets, Pearl Izumi, Hutchinson, FiveTen, Ibis, Juliana, Gravity Components, Rocky Mountain, Community Bikes and Boards, Santa Cruz, Rothrock Outfitters, Scott Sports, SRAM, Transition Bikes, Trek, Niner, Kona and many more to come.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or joining our expo area, please contact Trina Haynes via [email protected].

If you are a local business in Huntingdon County and would like to become involved contact Evan Gross via [email protected].


If you are serious about volunteering, we are serious about having you. We are talking the real deal: a 1 a.m.-traffic-directing, registration-tent-working, toilet-paper-restocking, recycle-container-emptying, T-shirt-wearing VOLUNTEER!

  • Must be willing to work a minimum of six hours a day.
  • Must sign up for hours one month prior to event.
  • Show Up and Smile, don’t stop until Sunday at 3 p.m.!
  • Think this sounds like you? Contact Evan at [email protected]

Latest info

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Photo Gallery

In case you missed it, here are some photos from Dirt Fest 2014.



Blast from the Past: The Original Dirt Fest


The first edition of Dirt Rag’s Dirt Fest took place in 1991 at Camp Soles, a YMCA youth camp located in the Laurel Highlands, just east of Pittsburgh. For me, that era represents a magical time, marked by glorious tribal gatherings known as mountain bike festivals.

In fact, I’d learned about Dirt Fest from some friends that I met at the legendary Jim Thorpe Mountain Bike Weekend. I attended the first Dirt Fest as a “civilian.” A few months after the event, I became friends with the Dirt Rag crew by showing up at their weekly rides in Pittsburgh, and about a year later I landed my first job at the magazine.

Compared to Dirt Fest’s current incarnation, the original event was decidedly chill. There was no vendor expo bristling with the bleeding edge of bicycle technology. Demo rides amounted to swapping bikes with a newfound friend. I seem to remember a bonfire, and somebody playing a guitar—a far cry from The Earthtones jamming for a circus tent full of free-beer-lubricated mountain bikers.

Read more and see photos from the original Dirt Fest.

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