What is the Chubby Tire?
The Chubby Tire crew is a group of volunteers who promote mountain bike events and gatherings in Cloudcroft, NM.
Your Chubby Crew believes that our daily lives are stressful enough already (hustlin' at the day job + rushing kids around + trying to find time to ride + gettin' the perfect lighting for that trail-side selfie + the jerk who just cut you off in traffic = #dastruggle). And we believe that riding bicycles is a way to bring people together, disconnect from the busyness, and simply have fun!
The purpose of all Chubby Tire events is to have a weekend dedicated to mountain biking, to promote having fun, and bringing out the best of what the bike community offers: sweet single track, getting outside, meeting new friends, and connecting with old ones over a great micro-brew.
What types of events?
The Chubby Tire crew aspires to host various throughout the year. The events will always have a mountain and/or gravel bike focus.
What happened to the High Altitude Classic? Is it gone? Did it change?
No, our favorite XC mountain bike race in the NMORS (we might be a tad biased) has not gone anywhere.
The High Altitude Classic still exists and is one of the events the Chubby Tire volunteer crew promotes.
Chubby Tire: Mountain Bike
Chubby (adj) - plump and rounded
Tire (noun) - a rubber covering, typically inflated, placed around a wheel to form a flexible contact with the terrain.
Rendezvous (noun) - a meeting at an agreed time and place
Did you sell-out?
Same grassroots crew: Mark Castelo and Matt & Jessie Willett as co-founders and promoters, with the wisdom and guidance of the guru Dave Halliburton.
We are very grateful and lucky to have added talent to our crew in recent years:
Amy Coor (Chubby Tire Volunteer and Organization Goddess)
Kevin Quattlebaum (Chubby Tire Scavenger Hunt - Event Coordinator)
Joe Myers (Chubby Tire Scavenger Hunt - Event Coordinator)
Josh Barnett (High Altitude Classic - Event coordinator)
Why charge? Do you make money?
Ha! No... We try to not lose money (in other words break-even).
Chubby Tire Rendezvous + High Altitude Classic has been - and is currently - run 100% on volunteer time (we all have at least one day-job BTW). None of our Promoters, Event Coordinators or other volunteers make money or profit from the event.
We look for sponsors to help out and keep our pricing fair. Entry fees are charged for our cornerstone events to ensure we cover our basic expenses (insurance, permits, licenses, etc.)... and run safe and fun events.
Our goal is always to put the band back together next year, so we can keep putting on mountain bike events for decades to come.
There are no refunds. Race and events runs rain or shine. Bad weather can happen, and we will do everything we can to delay or modify the event so you can still ride and have fun on your bike.
However, safety is our #1 priority. And we reserve the right to cancel an event, without refund, if the conditions are too unsafe.
Do you still donate money to charity?
Yes! It's our goal every year to donation a chunk of money to local New Mexico Charities doing good work.
We take the proceeds from events and donate that money! We've donated $400-$1000/yr year in the past.
Past beneficiaries are: American Cancer Society of New Mexico, Roadrunner Food Bank, Earl Gage Recovery Fund, NM Recycling Coalition, and Boys and Girls Club of Alamogordo.
Can I have a say in which charities to donate to?
Yes! This is something we hope to promote better in the future. We know there are a lot of great people working to make New Mexico a better place.
Please use the "Contact Us" page and drop us a suggestion of where to donate to.