Summit Fat Tire Society hosts bike clinic and film premiere in Frisco on Aug. 6 |

Summit Fat Tire Society hosts bike clinic and film premiere in Frisco on Aug. 6

A new bike film, "Builder," documents the mountain biking experience from the eyes of pros who create the bread and butter of any ride: trails and jumps. The Summit Fat Tire Society will host a fundraiser premiere on Aug. 6 at the Frisco Adventure Park.
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Ever wonder how your favorite mountain bike trail stays so nice? No, it’s not trail fairies (Although, that could be a possible children’s novel), nor is it construction workers with giant backhoes.

The fact is, most Summit trails are maintained with the blood, sweat and tears of avid local bikers. Organizing this dedication is the Summit Fat Tire Society (SFTS), a nonprofit volunteer group committed to improving, up-keeping and building trails in the Summit County area.

On Thursday, Aug. 6, SFTS will host a bike-in movie fundraiser to help inspire support for their cause. The evening at Frisco Adventure Park will include a mountain bike clinic, an SFTS raffle and presentation, and a screening of the new mountain bike movie, “Builder.” SFTS hopes that the evening will garner financial support, as well as new, inspired recruits for their cause.

“That’s one of the things we need: Funds to get through some of the paper work, permitting and planning, sure, but also hands (who) are excited to get dirty and build something that they can then enjoy with their friends and family,” explained SFTS board member Mike Zobbe.

“Builder,” a 2015 film from Scott Secco, showcases the art of trail building — not just from the perspective of those who make the trails, but also the bikers who ride them.

“It’s a great movie for an organization like us,” said Zobbe, “because it shows people that there’s a lot of hard, physical work that goes into making these trails that people love to ride.”

Filmed in a variety of mountain bike cultures, from urban New Jersey to northern British Colombia, “Builder” exposes the soul of mountain biking through the question, Why dig? Each segment highlights an aspect of building — through different locations to new riders and their overall growth as trail builders.

“Not all mountain-bike movies have a message we can promote, but we’re really excited to show this movie because it’s more in line with our mission,” said SFTS member Danielle Tarloff.

The night will have a drive-in theater-type feel, as the film is being shown on the lawn of Adventure Park (weather permitting). There likely won’t be popcorn, but purchase of a ticket gets you a free beer (21 and over) that can be sipped amidst the twilight sky and glowing, cinematic mountain bike bliss.

Before the movie, a mountain-bike clinic will be run in the bike park by Breck Bike Guides. The all-ages clinic will teach a variety of skills, from basics, like the pump track, to more technical elements, such as the jump line. The clinic won’t start until 5 p.m., but riders are encouraged to get to Adventure Park early to make certain that bikes are ready to be used in the park. If planning on participating in the clinic, please notify by 4 p.m., Thursday.

Tickets are $15 at the door with free-entry to the clinic; one raffle ticket is also included with purchase. Items in the raffle will include gift certificates to Wilderness Sports, Colorado hats from Carvers, high-end demo bike rentals from Avalanche Sports, mountain-bike helmets and much more. All event proceeds go toward SFTS’s work, building and maintaining trails in Summit County.

“When you ride the trails you work on, there’s an extra element of ownership that comes with that,” said Tarloff, “‘Cool — I built that lift bridge,’ or ‘Because of me, there’s water drainage on a certain part of the trail.’ It provides access to opportunities that otherwise might be taken for granted.”

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