Jamaica "Fatta" Tyre Festival
The Jamaica Fat Tyre Festival is a week-long mountain biking extravaganza that highlights Jamaica's unique, vibrant culture and awesome trails! SMORBA has been running the event for the past 7 years and you can get a professional opinion from the likes of Dirt, MBUK, Decline and Singletrack magazines on the SMORBA Mountain Biking and BMX Media Coverage page
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The Festival kicks off with a welcome and registration party on the evening of February 16th at John Crow’s Tavern (the Festival HQ) located in the heart of Ocho Rios – the vibes capital of Jamaica’s beautiful North Coast.
Riding begins on Sunday, February 17th. Our first destination is Murphy Hill, perched high above Ocho Rios. After a shuttle up and taking in the view your brakes will overheat on the blistering descent to world renown Dunn’s River Falls. The SMORBA team has added a few new treats for repeat guests that will make up the afternoon riding schedule. A quick burst out to Scotchies Jerk Centre will cap off the day.
On Monday the 18th the crew will head out to the friendly communities of Oracabessa, Hamilton Mtn, and Jacks River. Checking out SMORBA’s trails in western St. Mary will prepare you for the after-ride relaxation and the evening’s festivities at “Conscious Corner” bar in Rio Nuevo.
On Tuesday the 19th you will trek to Pimento Hill in St Mary for the day called “The John Crow Has Landed”. A more relaxed day of single track, downhills, and waterfalls is in store - all ending at Black Sand Beach where a meal of roast breadfruit and other local dishes prepared by local SMORBA dude, Natty Grant will await.
February 20th (“Roots, Rocks, Reggae, Rum”) will see you going deep into rural Jamaica near Robin’s Bay, St. Mary. These amazing, technical singletracks (including the famed Carlton Pass) are the trails that led Katrina Strand to proclaim “This is the best day of my life… and it isn’t even over yet!”
Later in the day on the 20th we will make our move to the "Top-Secret" location in the Blue Mountains for the 2 day Ken Klowak Memorial Ride. Ken was the trail builder responsible for the fantastic riding at the site and we will pay our respects to a great friend by ripping his trails as he would have wanted.
On Saturday, February 23rd we'll make our way down from the Blue Mountains and head back to Ocho Rios. On the way we will tackle the Red Light trail which will take you from Newcastle all the way to the edge of Kingston. This year the ride ends at Purple Rock in Bull Bay - one of the most unique beach hang-outs in all of Jamaica! Later in the evening we drag our tired backsides back to Ocho Rios.