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Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival creates knobby fun

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Hundreds of mountain biking enthusiasts flocked to Duthie Hill Park in Issaquah on Saturday to celebrate all things having to do with knobby-tires.

Duthie Hill Festival

Here, a pro free-styler flies through the air on one of the runs at the Go Huck Yourself Jump Jam down in the Flow Park section of Duthie Hill.

Duthie Hill Festival At right, a biker executes an aerial somersault while another rider sticks a landing just ahead of him.

This was just some of the action at the 130-acre park on Saturday.

The annual festival is hosted by the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, which developed the mountain bike park with the cooperation and grants from King County. In addition to nearly a dozen free-ride lines through the forest, the park has nearly six miles of cross-country single track that’s accessible for all levels of mountain bikers.

There was more going on Saturday than just the races and jump events.

Duthie Hill FestivalSome 40 vendors had booths or tents set up in the Central Clearing to sell gear or offer mountain bikes for demo rides. Evergreen instructors also offered clinics during the day, and the evening hours were set aside for barbecue and live entertainment.

The festival wasn’t the only two-wheeled action taking place on the Eastside on Saturday.

Just outside the south entrance to Duthie Hill Park, below, a steady stream of cyclists passed by on Issaquah-Falls City Road.

Flying Wheels CenturyThey were taking part in the Cascade Bicycle Club’s annual Flying Wheels Century.

It’s predicted that if you can finish the 45- or 60-mile rides that start at Marymoor Park in Redmond, you’ll finish the 2-day Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic coming up in July. If you knock out the hilly 100-mile route, you’re good to go for a 1-day STP.

I’d say if you can make to the top of this long climb with a smile on your face, you’ll have no trouble on STP.

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