Chainless Downhill World Championships

The chainless DH at the Crested Butte Fat Tire Fest is a decade-old tradition. Why not declare it the world championships?

The Chainless Race down Kebler Pass during the Crested Butte Fat Tire Festival in Colorado is a decade-old tradition. This year organizers raised the stakes by declaring the event the world championships.

Riders descend for more than six miles on pavement, then turn onto dirt for a few hundred meters of twists and turns before a tight right turn onto pavement and the finish on CB’s Elk Avenue, which quickly became the most colorful and happiest finish line this reporter has encountered in many years of race reporting.