I check the climb forum from time to time. Been following the thread for the FTF .
As the person who started the FTF i am happy to see it has grown in some ways but saddened in others.
My Objecives were to create a board to not let one person run/direct things because from past experience of running leagues, Golf Outings and huge parties I felt it was draining for one person to conduct all the work. I see one person attempting to run it now and I know how fustrating it can be to please everyone.
Originally after the first one called "Spartyfest" my goal was to incorperate a race the same weekend which I did for the second as we piggy backed off the carl hart race. That was a huge disaster because of the lack of communication between climb and the race directors.....which left hard feelings.
The 3rd year I had tried to convince climb to host a race on the same weekend, which almost happened......but the plug was pulled by......well.....
Finally it looks as the 2017 FTF will piggy back off the Muddy tire 2017 race.....that is great because this is what its all about.....a weekend of Mountain Biking....Gelling the community.....and not focusing on the growth of a club (that will happen after the community grows)
After racing the Chequamegon Fat tire forty and experiencing a FTF back 2004 I felt long island needed this. with the condensed population and the ratio of mountain bikers it couldnt fail!
Bring in sponsors, Live band, food....and open the flood gates......."If you build it they will come"
What also was part of the original intention was to open the opportunity to Road cycling as well as hiking clubs...second year was a success with Janine maning the hiking booth.
From what I can see though some things have changed. Hiking club and roadies excuded........some great sponsors.........live music.......and a race once again. But from what I can see is the person who is running it is doing it as a solo....which will burn him out.
I will be attending the race for sure.......but the festival?