Jamaica Fat Tyre Festival - Days 4, 5 and 6

Mar 13, 2010
by Ian Hylands  
The third and final post from the Jamaica Fat Tyre Festival 2010. Not as much epic riding footage, I was too busy riding and shooting photos, but there's still a quickly edited video that I hope you'll like.

Look inside for the photos and video...
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The fourth day of the Fatta Tyre Festival began with an early morning photoshoot, up an hour before sunrise to get to this spot that I've wanted to shoot for 4 years now. Ben and Christoph came with me and we met Marshall along the way. Awesome guy that he is, he even had a hot cup of coffee for me. We waited for sunrise to shoot and then pretty much killed it with the rising ball of fire in the sky. After that we headed to the water fall, Ben and Christoph hadn't been there yet and wanted to check it out. Headed back to River Lodge after a long morning of riding and shooting to find everyone else just waking up. The rest of the day was pretty much packing and traveling to Mavis Bank and Blue Mountain.

Ben, first rays of sun
Ben, first rays of sun

Marshall can fly
Marshall can fly

Day five we woke up and got ready for an epic bit of riding. I've ridden from the peak of Blue Mountain on the hiking trail twice now which is a 5000' descent to Mavis Bank, but this time we got to ride a new trail. All I can say is it was amazing! Had an awesome dinner and then went to a little dance party in town.

Big Berm!
Big Berm!

Little Berm
Little Berm

Vibes for lunch and Dinner
Vibes for lunch and Dinner

Party in Mavis Bank
Party in Mavis Bank

Day six we drove up to Newcastle and rode a mix of single and double track down to Gordon Town before heading back to Ocho Rios for our last night.

Newcastle training ground
Newcastle training ground

Coffee
Coffee

Peppers
Peppers

Marshall
Marshall

School running race (lots of bare feet)
School running race (lots of bare feet)

Check out more photos in my Jamaica Fat Tyre Gallery.


25 Comments

  • + 8
 Looks like the trip of a lifetime! Definitely some great photos in there, but could use more story!
  • + 6
 what i was gonna say.lol
  • + 6
 couldn't agree more about that - but it certainly looks like one hell of a fantastic trip. Goes to show you don't need the best bike and all the other nonsense to have a great time. That boy running barefoot in the street at the end summed it all up perfectly. Oh ya, that dancing dude was outrageous - Legend!
  • + 2
 Next time I'll write a story, way too busy right now to think about it, but stoked that people want to read some words...
  • + 0
 Dude. It's a girl's race. Both barefoot runners are female.
  • + 1
 my 11th year riding in Jamaica. I have attended 10 of the 12 fat tyres in jah and this year set a new standard. The jamaican Bicycle bash takes place at james Bond Beach where Bond filming took place. There was at least a few hundred Jamaicans on bikes. The 1st day is all about Jamaicans competing in rediculously funny and hard races. stunt course...big man likkle bike.......wheelie race.....RAMBO RACE...etc...etc.Also demos by 2 BMX crews....Kingstons Street Stalkers and Krash Test Dummie Stunt Crew.The old festival focused on national racing titles for road,dh and xc. It alienated all but a few jamaicans and now it is all about the jamaican riders. No forigners can win prizes The next 5 days are dedicated to all mountain trail riding. Shuttling with bus, truck and pick ups we hit up A MULTITUDE of venues including secret trails that some billionaire is building.....ergo the silence...all that can be said about the mountain trails is they are in JAMAICA. VIEW my gopro chesty cam vids on my dashboard. I have to send out huge props t0o ian Hylands.....Christophe Mourice and Benji Haworth. Also Andy Gilles and Jon Gosse for producing the festival....Marshall....aka....madman
  • + 1
 and..........see us at our site....St. Mary Offroad Bicycling Assn. www.smorba.com the photos on the site are by ian and feature the caminator.....ebbett.....pruit....ogge...vanderham...hoots and a plethora of cool cyclists. see ya in 2011....February.
  • + 2
 that look like a lot of fun...friends and bikes....it doesnt get any better
  • + 2
 looks like jamaica gots some good riding the only things I seen missing was a fat blunt and a dirt jump section
  • + 2
 there was a fat blunt getting lite...watch again bro....
  • + 1
 Looks great guys ... the pics give you a real feel for how it was there ... very nice!
  • + 1
 Girls in 'GANGSTA' tshirts are the best Razz
  • + 0
 hate to say it guys but why are there no jamacains at the jamaica fat tire fest it's just a bunch of midddle aged forigners
  • + 2
 Is that a full sentence? Looks like the locals where there and kicking ass while taking names. is.pinkbike.com//photo/4568/pbpic4568589.jpg

This is something like the fourth installment to this trip. The first few posting covered the festival. I can't wait to go back to Jamaica mon.
  • + 3
 you should have been paying more attention.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/4598192 David Linehan (France on PinkBike) is Jamaican
www.pinkbike.com/photo/4598183 Andy Giles is Jamaican
www.pinkbike.com/photo/4598188 Wayne Lee was born and raised in Jamaica
www.pinkbike.com/photo/4598174 Natty Grant (in white on right) is definitely Jamaican and has built some super sick trails near Robins Bay

And check out my Bicycle Bash post, full of Jamaicans riding bikes.

and middle aged? I don't know about you but maybe anyone over the age of 20 seems middle aged. Lots of twenty something guys at the festival and in the photos and video...
  • + 1
 "I LOVE JAMAICA, AND JAMAICA LOVES MEEEEEEEEE!" Sanka, cool runnings.
  • + 1
 eh mon... to the left!!!
  • + 1
 do they get uplifted to the top of the trails ??
  • + 2
 great photos
  • + 1
 Cool runnings!
  • + 1
 nice fotos
  • + 1
 cool
  • + 4
 Great pictures
  • + 23
 cool
  • + 1
 Nice

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