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Bike festival goes big in Truckee

Karl Immers launches into the air at the Little Big Bike Festival on Saturday, May 26.

Hundreds of spectators and athletes showed up last Saturday to Truckee Bike Park for the annual Little Big Bike Festival Skills Clinic.

From tykes on strider bikes to pros throwing down in the jump jam, this year's event had a little something for everyone.

The festival opened with a skills clinics, providing women and girls a morning of riding focused on progression. The park also hosted an additional skills clinic that morning where riders were organized by ability and age, before working on fundamental cycling skills.

From there, the music was cranked up as the park opened to the public, sending youngsters flocking to the pump track and strider track to show their skills off.

Later in the afternoon a large crowd gathered to watch amateurs and pros as they launched off the park's dirt features, performing backflips, spins, tailwhips and more.

"Last year I couldn't make it because I do BMX shows on the side," said Truckee's Mark Rubia, who competed in the pro division. "I'm actually on tour right now for Go Green BMX."

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Rubia took home the prize for the day's top trick, landing a 720 during the jam session.

Rainy conditions had threatened to dampen the day's festivities, but held off enough to make for solid conditions out on the park.

"It wasn't that wet, the jumps could use it too, it was nice and primed for today," said Rubia, who has 15 years of riding experience. "What Truckee is doing here is awesome. Truckee Bike Park is amazing. Come check it out."

Karl Immers, who works at Woodward Tahoe, made his first trip to the Little Big Bike Festival, and threw down a variation on a scooter trick, known as an inward, for his best move of the afternoon.

"Everyone is sending it and having fun," he said. "This place is sick."

The park also hosted the first of its summer-long dual slalom race series at the festival. The next dual slalom date has yet to be announced, according to the park, but will likely include Truckee Bike Park's new straight rhythm section.

For more information visit TruckeeBikePark.org.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com.