Cannon Beach set to host first-ever Fat Bike Festival

Posted by on April 18th, 2018 at 2:54 pm

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(Photo: Cannon Beach Fat Bike Festival)

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If you’re looking for something fun to do on a bike this weekend, consider the Cannon Beach Fat Bike Festival.

The Oregon Coast is a perfect place to ride a fat bike. And Cannon Beach — just 80 miles west of Portland on Highway 26 — is the closest place to do it.

I first heard about the Cannon Beach Fat Bike Festival from our friend Daniella Crowder at Oregon Rides & Events — who also happen to be the owners of Bike Newport, a shop that won the Adventure Cycling Bicycle Travel Award in 2010. Wanting to get more people on bikes on the coast, Daniella and her crew worked with the Cannon Beach Tourism & Arts Commission on a three-day event full of rides and activities.

The result is the Fat Bike Festival. For just $12, you can get a weekend pass which will get you into: a sunset beach ride and bonfire with “fat bike games and activities” on Friday night, a poker ride and afterparty at a local pub on Saturday, and a fat bike beach clean-up event to celebrate Earth Day on Sunday the 22nd. You’ll have plenty to do on the bike, with lots of time in between to explore Cannon Beach on your own. And you don’t even need a bike because they’ll have free demo bikes to use.

To register and learn more, visit

Special thanks to Oregon Rides & Events for supporting BikePortland with this promotional campaign!

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Hope it goes well. Cannon Beach is a great place to ride a fatbike. I’ve ridden mine all the way from Ecola bluff all the way down to Arch Cape. The old “road” cut into the cliff a couple miles to the south of town is especially awesome.

Rob Waihem
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Isn’t/wasn’t there already a fat bike festival? Something around Mt. Hood in years past?..


Warning to newbies, once you go fat you never go back. 🙂


Another sandy beach hot spot is north of CB. You can ride the beach from Gearhart to the South Jetty, I have done it on my 40c’s actually. Along with that there are single track trails in Ft. Stevens that I have ridden for years nestled in the Coastal Pines that one imagines Lewis and Clark trod on BITD. The best ones are south of the Peter Iredale to DeLaura Beach Rd. but there is a nice sandy one between the PI access road and the next parking lot up the road. A mix of soft surface pine needle over sand and roots and at times lots of standing water pits. The trail map provided by the park shows the main paved ones and some of the goods but don’t limit yourself to those as there are no dead ends that I know of in there so just follow your nose.