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If you attended the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival in March 2020, then you likely remember it as the last ‘normal’ thing to happen in our little mountain bike bubble before the world locked down amid the spread of COVID-19.
It’s perhaps fitting then, that the festival is among the first large-scale demo events to return to the calendar post-pandemic. The festival, which includes bike demos, music, food, a beer garden, shuttles and an expo, returns to Sedona’s Posse Grounds Park November 12-14 for a one-time fall running before it goes back to its usual place on the calendar of March 4-6 in 2022.
Tickets go on-sale this morning at 9 a.m. MST over at sedonamtbfestival.com, and can be purchased for both the fall and spring ’22 events, just the November weekend or single-day entries for November. The festival itself is free—anyone is welcome to walk through the expo, listen to music or drink beer—but tickets buy you access to bike demos from attending exhibitors and shuttles to various trail zones in Sedona, like Dry Creek, Broken Arrow and Scorpion. A single-day entry ticket costs $75, a three-day weekend pass is $150 and $270 buys you weekend passes for the November and March events.
Despite unprecedented product shortages that have made some bikes increasingly difficult to obtain this year, a long list of exhibitors has confirmed attendance, and some are planning to double down on extra demo bikes to fulfill rider demand. Confirmed exhibitors include Specialized, Pivot, Yeti, Revel Bikes, Esker, YT, Giant, LIV, Transition, Why Cycles, Rocky Mountain and dozens of others—check out the full list here.
Beta will have a significant presence in Sedona this fall, and will premiere our new film festival on-site. Sedona Mountain Bike Festival ticket holders and Outside+ members will get free entry to the evening, which is sponsored by 10Barrel Brewing and Specialized. More details to come.