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Roam Fest 2024

September 20 - September 22

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Last Updated May 17, 2024

Roam Fest, the world’s first and largest femme mountain bike festival, offers an unparalleled experience for women, genderqueer femme folks, and non-traditional riders. Set in the stunning desert landscape of one of the Best Destinations for Outdoor Athletes - Fruita, CO, this event is a haven for those looking to build community while enjoying world-class trails. The festival is produced by The Roam Collective, who began the even in 2017 with a goal to create a welcoming space to enjoy biking and foster a sense of belonging. Over the years, Roam Fest has evolved into a world-class event with a dedicated team of nine year-round staff, over 30 event staff, and 100 volunteers, all contributing to over 5,000 hours of planning for each festival. The festival continues to prioritize inclusivity, fun, and attention to those who need it most. The festival is held at the famed 18-road trail system, and attracts women from all over the country, many of them being repeat attendees.

The female arm of our team has attended and can personally vouch for the genuine epic-ness of the festival. Strambecco considers Roam Fest to be one of the Best Mountain Bike Events in Colorado and Best Mountain Bike Events in the Rockies.

Some of the past participants reflected upon last year's event:

-"One of the best run events I've ever attended. Add in a slew of rad women in all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds and you'll leave this event with tired legs, more laugh lines, and a happy heart."

-"I went with a group of friends and we had the time of our lives. The event is impeccably well run by the most stellar bad assed women who TRULY care about the community of femme MTBers, including the sponsors and vendors who clearly represent the mission of Roam."

-"Roam Fest was not only a damn good time, but an incredibly special space to build community and grow my confidence as a mountain biker. In every moment, I felt like I was truly included and meant to be here, and made amazing connections on and off the bike with other rad folks. Can't wait to come back!"

Below you will find information on course details, lodgingdining, and other outdoor activities to do while in town for Roam Fest .

Event Info

Roam Fest promises a kid-free, dog-free, and responsibility-free weekend, allowing participants to fully immerse themselves in the joy of mountain biking. Whether it's taking an e-bike for a spin, joining the Solo Shredders social ride, or exploring the Roam & Ramble Expo, there are countless ways to tailor your adventure. The festival has evolved over fifteen iterations to ensure that every aspect of playing bikes is infused with intentional joy and authenticity.

Roam Fest is dedicated to creating an inclusive space for a diverse range of participants, from World Champion riders and Paralympians to weekend warriors and seasoned riders of all sizes and backgrounds. The festival holds 20% of its event registration for BIPOC riders and welcomes para-athletes, queer folks, and those who identify as FTWN-B (femme, transgender, women, and non-binary).

Participants have many options around how they spend their time over the weekend and can choose to do as little or as much of the planned/available activities and resources. Just want to do an hour of PBR laps by yourself? great! Want to hop on a group shuttle to Kokopelli, awesome you'll meet some new people and shred some epic trails. It's really up to you to craft the experience you're looking for, but the team has curated so many options to truly make it unforgettable.

One of the great elements of the festival is the range of Demo Bikes available. Festival pass holders can demo bikes from 1pm-4pm, with options including e-bikes, carbon, and full-suspension models. Upgrading to an all-weekend Demo Bike Pass ensures size availability and allows participants to try multiple bikes starting first thing in the morning.

Workshops and Activities

  • Guided rides at Roam Fest provide expertly curated routes supported by local Ride Guides, ensuring participants experience the best trails Fruita has to offer. Social group rides allow participants to connect with other Roamies, with shuttles available all weekend long.
  • Workshops at Roam Fest are almost as significant as the riding itself. Participants can enjoy sessions like "Bleed Yo Brakes" with pro mechanics, "A Wheel Education" with Industry Nine, and "Learn to Ride More Playfully" with legend Angi Weston. Riding workshops, included in the festival pass, cover a variety of on-the-bike activities such as track stands, e-bike basics, and group rides for different affinity groups.
  • Pivot Dig School offers a deep dive into trail building, led by local legend Anne Keller. This multi-session academy covers everything from basic trail building to advanced techniques, sustainable practices, and organizing local trail work parties. The school includes online workshops before the festival and an optional on-site session.
  • The Roam & Ramble Expo features over 40 vendors, handpicked and vetted to align with the festival's laid-back, intentional vibe - it guarantees bikes in your size, zero mansplaining, and an extensive selection of femme-forward apparel, gear, and adventure brands. Participants can expect a friendly atmosphere where feedback is welcomed and everyone feels included.
  • The SHREDTalks panel, launched in 2017, focuses on facilitating conversations around diversity, equity, access, and belonging in cycling and the outdoors. The panel aims to increase representation and promote allyship within the community.
  • The Adventure Film Fest, presented by Peak Design, showcases femme-focused adventure films, emphasizing mountain biking but occasionally featuring other epic outdoor pursuits. Participants can enjoy meet-and-greets with filmmakers and featured athletes, along with popcorn, snacks, and drinks.
  • Dance Party and Happiest Hour: Roam Fest's dance party is a highlight, offering a space free of the male gaze where participants can let loose with friends. The playlist, curated over fifteen festivals, ensures a night of fun and freedom. Happiest Hour, featuring costumes, body paint, mocktails, cocktails, and snacks, is a key community-building event.
  • Pre-Fest Skills Day: The Liv Ladies All-Ride Pre-Fest Skills Day, led by world-renowned instructor Lindsey Richter and elite instructors, offers participants a chance to hone their skills before the festival begins. This day includes on-the-bike and on-the-trail instruction, mechanic training, and early access to premium camping spots.

Roam Fest in Fruita, CO, is more than just a mountain biking event; it’s a celebration of community, inclusivity, and the pure joy of riding. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or looking to push your limits, Roam Fest offers an unforgettable experience in a world-class riding destination. However, it's important to note that this festival is not suitable for brand new or unskilled riders due to the technical nature of the trails and the limited resources available to support novice bikers safely.

Area Accommodations & Things to Do

Where to Stay in Fruita

The vast majority of Roam Fest participants choose to camp on-site at the event venue. It's a fun environment and it's nice to be onsite for the morning and evening festival activities. Note: they will pack you in like sardines with about 4 cars per campsite. So if you're looking for a little more space, or don't like camping, you have some other great options.

Fruita offers a range of accommodations to ensure a restful retreat after days of pushing physical limits. The hotel options include Super 8 located downtown, while The Balanced Rock Inn is another option which has recently been remodeled; there are also choices like La Quinta or Comfort Inn. Alternatively, charming bed and breakfasts like the Castle Creek B&B or the Historic Downtown Motel offer a cozy escape with a touch of local hospitality. We also enjoy staying at one of the many great home-like experiences in the area and can personally recommend Tour de Fruita.

That being said, it’s a great time of year to camp and there are a myriad of options including North Fruita Desert CampgroundFruita CO River SectionHighline State Park, and other unique one of a kind camping locations. However, participants of Roam Fest often opt to reserve on-site camping at 18-road during registration.

Dining in Fruita

Downtown Fruita becomes a hub for post-activity, with local eateries and breweries welcoming tired but satisfied athletes. Fruita, CO, and the surrounding area boast a burgeoning culinary scene, offering a blend of traditional American fare, local delicacies, and eclectic dining options influenced by the region’s rich outdoor and cultural activities. The aroma of gourmet pizza from The Hot Tomato wafts through the air, providing the perfect culinary reward for a day spent conquering Fruita’s trails. Fruita’s burgeoning brewery scene, including spots like Copper Club Brewing Company, serves as a perfect post-adventure gathering point, while Best Slope Coffee is the go to spot for cyclist pre and post rides.

Outdoor Activities around Fruita

While the festival is the focal point of the weekend, Fruita’s allure extends beyond the slickrock and singletrack. Fruita is known for its rugged and beautiful landscape, which offers various outdoor sports activities. In addition to mountain biking, Fruita offers many other outdoor sports activities, such as hiking, rock climbing, and river rafting. The Colorado River flows through Fruita, providing whitewater rafting, kayaking, and fishing opportunities. This small town in the Colorado River’s Grand Valley, surrounded by the Book Cliffs to the north and the Colorado National Monument to the south. The city has an elevation of around 4,500 feet and covers an area of approximately 8 square miles. The Colorado National Monument, with its towering red cliffs and expansive views, beckons for exploration.

Naturally, one of the most popular activities in Fruita is mountain biking, with trails that cater to riders of all skill levels. The Kokopelli Trail System covers over 140 miles of terrain and is a favorite among riders. Other popular mountain biking trails include the Horsethief Bench Trail System, and the North Fruita Desert Trail System. Athletes can extend their adventure by tackling Rim Rock Drive via road bike, a scenic cycling route that winds through the geological marvel of Colorado National Monument.

For those with a penchant for pounding trails on foot, Fruita’s trail running scene is equally captivating. The Kokopelli Loops offer a mesmerizing array of singletrack options with breathtaking vistas of the Colorado River. Whether tackling the challenging Mary’s Loop or opting for the more moderate Rustler’s Loop, trail runners find themselves immersed in a desert symphony of color and solitude.

The surrounding area of The Grand Junction and Palisade area, or “Grand Valley,” also has many activities to enjoy, from local vineyards and breweries & distilleries to outdoor activities within the Colorado National Monument.

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