What it is: Southeast mountain biker get together on trail networks that crisscross abandoned phosphate quarries. It’s famous for having the best food of any mountain bike festival anywhere.
The Dirt: Have you ever been served salmon, braised beef tips and bananas foster plus all the beer you can drink for $75... at a campground? The Alafia Fat Tire Festival provides all this and more: two nights camping, guided or self guided rides day and night. And did we mention that the price of admission also includes extreme bike movie night, a swap meet, and a ridiculous full costume clunker crit? The fest is limited to 350, and it usually sells out in two weeks. It’s Florida, so there is no actual elevation gain. In fact, “you ride down into a hole, then you ride out,” explained one festival organizer. But it’s Florida’s most extreme riding, all intermediate and advanced trails.
Details: Five hours from Miami, $75, November 8-10, 2013.