Our Special Guest is…..

21st May

Jasper Jauche was recently awarded German mountainbiker of year 2011, at this years Fat Tyre Festival he will run skills clinics for the kids on the pump track and will be hosting local rides giving you the opportunity to ride with Europe’s best!

About Jasper

21 year old Jasper is not only racing world cup DH races in 2012 and is an amazing all-round mountainbike talent, he has also been awarded the German mountianbiker of the year 2011! Enough said?

So, who is Jasper?
Jasper completed his matriculation in the summer of 2012. Since 2007 he has been racing DH and riding a vast discipline of mountainbikes and has loved every moment since he started with it. It has come to the point where Jasper is switching from being a hobby rider to being mounatinbiker – earning hib bread and butter with it. He has set himself a very short time of one year to becoming a pro mountianbiker as he would have otherwise started university studies. If Jasper finds that mountainbiking on its own does not bring the daily bread and butter, Jasper wants to work in the sports industry. At the moment Jasper is making a living by leading mountainbike skills klasses and guided tours, some price money from races and sometimes some paid photoshoots and video sessions aloso bring in some dollars.

What does Jasper like about the sport?
“The speed is what I love most about the sport. On a fast run the eye scans the terrain for every root, every rock. The corners invite for drifts and the dirt flies through the air. The body is at its full potential and combined with the bike becomes a powerful machine. The nature and being outside in the fresh air makes the sport itself even more sympathetic, an the inner strength needed to train even in bad weather and snow improve self discipline. But especially the balance of a perfect 3 minute DH run in which nothing else matters, and no thoughts wander off provides pure contentment. Even if many wouldn’t believe it, even in a race run I can see myself grinning, provided the phisical state allows it.”

Jasper about his bike:
“Since 2010 I have been riding for Liteville / Syntace. The 901 is my faithful companion in all things freeride and DH. The 200mm travel and the low weight make the bike unbelievably versatile and fast. In combination with the trustworthy Syntace components the bike a pure weapon.” Meanwhile Jasper has th ewhole stable of Liteville bikes with a 301 for all round trail riding, a 601 for freeride and a 101 for dirt and street, while his 901 remains his faithful DH bike.

So how did it all begin?
“I began mountainbiking in 2005, when my best friend Oscar, bought a jump bike. At the time I only had a “Wheel-Works” a Euro100 K-Mart bike which didn’t last very long. So my birthday wish was a new bike. I got a new bike that also came from a discount shop.  I still loved this bike, and distroyed it. I was so sad when it was stolen while parked in fornt of a hardware store. But my father realised early that the bike riding meant alot to me and although we couldn’t really afford it, my father bought the same bike for me again.

One day Oscar’s father, Oscar and myself were out riding. We rode our self made “DH” trail and on the last jump, a 25cm long jump, the headset burt into 1000 bits. I tried to hide this from the others but it came out when I rode free handedly and landed in a wooden fence.

Oscar’s father saw some sort of talent in me and took me to Winterberg where he taught me downhill riding. Oscar’s father offered me a deal where I would get a new fork and headset in return for some gardening – I agreed to the deal. In addition to the fork and headset I also got a CMP firestorm and a CMP BB and cranks and altogether had to work off Euro 260.- and it all went from there.

Again and again I needed new parts and worked to pay them off. I was sitting in the train when I read an article bout the planned dirt masters festival. I talked to Oscar and when the day came, Oscar’s father invited me to come to Winterberg – to race. I was so happy. I was going to compete against 8 other riders in the catergory “Hardtail under 19″. I was very nervous. In the final run I crashed and I knew I couldn’t win anymore. The spectators fired me on and I got back on the bike and finished the run and still won, though only just.

After this fantastic weekend, Oscar’s father offered me his Fusion Whiplash for a very good price. I didn’t have to think long and agreed. That bike was the best! But I had some bad luck and the frame and some othert parts were distroyed before I was able to completely pay it off.

But Oscar’s father also didn’t leave me standing in this situation and talked to Juergen from Alu-Tech if he didn’t want to sponsor a jung talent. The problem was, that I only had one race result with not exactly the best time. But luckily we had made a video to show and I was able to convince Juergen to look after me. That was the beginning for me as a supported DH rider.”

Since early 2010 Jasper has been riding and racing for Liteville / Syntace. He is now part of the Liteville / Syntace team and is regularly on tour with the team on festivals and races as well as being a skills coach and tour guide. Although it is what he loves, Jasper is not only a DH racer. He is an all round mountainbiking talent. It is best to watch his videos on his website, especially “Dario-Jasper Jauch der edit” shows his all- round talent very well. He was chosen as German Young Talent 2011 by riders. This shows how much his all-round riding talent is looked up to by mountianbikers throughout Germany.

Jasper’s best race results include:

2011 IXS German DH cup, series, elite men, 6th
2011 IXS German DH cup Thale, elite men, 3rd
2011 DH Worldcup La Bresse, elite men, 71th
2011 German DH champs, elite, 5th
2011 Megavalanche Alpe D’huez, hobby class, 2nd
2010 IXS German DH cup, series, elite, 10th
2009 IXS German DH cup series, U19, 3rd (best german rider)

2012 Sponsors:
Flatout Suspension
Five Ten
Fluid 24
Connect TV


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McCallum boys playing at Fat Tyre Festival!

28th Mar

Awesome footage of Melrose – these guys live and work in adelaide now but are looking forward to coming back to play in their home town for the Fat Tyre Festival


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Loren Kate – playing live at 2012 Fat Tyre Festival!

1st Mar

‘Engaging, sensitive and impossible not to fall in love with’
- RTRFM (Perth).
“Loren’s voice is simply gorgeous, floating with authority over the gentle melody and letting the heart-warming sentiment of the lyrics flow like honey”.
-Andrew Vasser, Music SA.

Award winning songwriter Loren Kate is coming to Melrose for the first time ever!
Loren’s  beautifully crafted melodies are performed with an honesty and passion that is both humbling and inspiring. Dont miss a performance that is bound to move your heart and soul!

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Drumming monkeys are booked for Fat Tyre – family fun event!

1st Mar

The Amazing Drumming Monkeys is an adorable little variety show aimed at 2 – 8 yr olds, and is also great entertainment for all ages. The 2 monkey puppets (Bongo & Congo) play African drums, lead audiences in songs & dances, and perform magic tricks and (low tech) special effects gags. The show also features beautiful positive messages, such as caring for our environment, and getting along with each other.

The Monkeys appeal to a great range of people, places, and events.  The show has cute & funny monkeys for the kids, great drumming for the adults, variety segments for all ages, and a message for the world.

The monkey show is the brainchild of South Australian based percussionists, Xavier Beaubois and Troy Moore. The original idea for the monkeys came when Xavier’s daughter, Kira, laughed hysterically when Xavier used her toy monkey’s hands to play the drum. Xavier and Troy quit the bands they were in and set about developing the concept for the Amazing Drumming Monkeys and, as they say, the rest is history! Together they hope that the show will not only entertain but also positively influence current and future generations towards sustainability and peaceful coexistence.


The monkeys have been described as:

The Next Wiggles” (NT News),

The Next Bananas!” (Nicole Foote JJJ),

“**** ½ stars. Beating HI-5 Hands Down” (Adelaide Advertiser).

“Big favourites in our KidZone, Congo and Bongo are banging good fun!” (WOMADelaide Festival)

Famous all over Australia, this show is not to be missed.

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Halfway to Forth playing at 2012 Fat Tyre Festival

23rd Feb



We had to go down to see these guys just to make sure that they were as good as everyone says they are! AND THEY ARE! We can’t wait to bring these guys up here and boogie the night away. Check out more info about them below.

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Survey Monkey Results for Fat Tyre Festival

15th Jul

Thank you to all that filled out the survey – we really appreciate the comments and feedback, we are going to make our 10th Anniversary the biggest and best for you, thanks to you guys we have some new ideas up our sleeve, so keep the 2012 June long weekend free for No 10 – let’s do it again!

Here are some comments made by our FTF riders -

“Karaoke was definitely a hit! Margarita night is always a fun and interesting night! Nothing can quite describe the sight of a bunch of men, tearing each other’s shirts off and dancing so hard one was thinking perhaps the floorboards would cave! Ah the memories!!!”

“Having a ghetto dual slalom race at Rankine’s hut with the entire ride group. Or maybe bunny hopping over a beer keg at the North Star”

“The highlight was seeing so many people congregate on the sleepy town of melrose with one thing in common, wanting to ride mountain bikes for a weekend. The highlight of the weekend for me was the nightride. I find that you can go a lot faster at night as you don’t tend to notice the 20ft drop next to you”

“Gaining the confidence to tackle the tracks on our own on the Sunday afternoon, after the fantastic women who helped build our confidence over the weekend. Girl power just awesome!”

“I loved the way the kids want to come back each year and are improving with the skills clinics”

“As it was my first ever Fat Tyre Festival attendance, the entire thing was a highlight”

Please email kerri@otesports.com.au if you wrote the below feedback – you have won a $25 dinner voucher at Mt Remarkable Hotel

“The people hands down the people I briefly met 2 years ago seemed like old friends, and the new people i met, i have since ridden with, and had a lot of fun at the festival with. Just the whole atmosphere and outgoing selfless people made it a great event to be at with friends / family, or alone!”

We are still looking for a winner to take home the Shimano M785 XT Front and Rear Brake Set – This contest will end at the end of the month – so please don’t forget to e-mail kerri@otesports.com.au with your awesome ideas – this is a fantastic prize valued at over $400!!!

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WIN Shimano M785 XT Front and Rear Brake Set Valued at over $400!

4th Jul

To all of our Fat Tyre Festival fans!


WIN A SHIMANO M785 XT Front and Rear Brake Set!!! Valued at over $400

Next year is our 10th Anniversary – We want to put on the biggest party for you so what would you like to see at next year’s event? Come up with an idea – AWESOME PRIZE in exchange for some AWESOME IDEAS!

Simply fill out the survey and e-mail me your ideas! Ask your mates for some suggestions, tell them all about the festival – better still, bring them up to Melrose for a ride!

Click Here for the survey

richards group ftf

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More photos from Audra

21st Jun

Happy as fat spiders with the new skills they’ve learnt

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Fat Tyre Festival pictures

21st Jun

Audra’s rides were winners for riders who were looking to develop their skills.

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Fat Tyre wrap up

13th Jun

clunker crit Fat Tyre Fest

Monday 13th June – sad good byes to our mountain bike buddies who had come all the way from America -Melbourne and Sunshine Coast. Some of the riders have made this pilgrimage for the 7th time -
Kerstin Oelkers, David Cox, Stu Clement and co as well as Cathy Moffat and Andy Prosser.
Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped out this weekend – could not have done it with out you!
We hope that you all had an AWESOME time and we look forward to seeing you all again next year for our 10th Fat Tyre!
Photos are coming – watch this space.

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