Since people started pedaling, they’ve congregated to celebrate all things bike. And even though mountain bikers are some of the most fiercely independent people around, they can’t resist convening to shred dirt, test their leg strength against their neighbor’s, tinker with wheeled, pedaled machines, and throw back a few beers together while sharing stories of their exploits.
Crested Butte claims to have had first mountain bike festival more than 30 years ago. And Crested Butte Bike Week is still going strong. Here are ten other bike festivals from across the U.S. that you won’t want to miss, from race-ready to family friendly, from hard-charging to chill. They’ll introduce you to phenomenal singletrack, they’ll wring sweat out of you like you never imagined, and they’ll immerse you in the all-consuming joy of riding bikes. Sign up, and be a local for the weekend.