The Big Wheeled Ballyhoo: 2009

The Big Wheel Ballyhoo is back for 2009. We found a private stash of singletrack in Nebraska’s Sandhills that rocks for rollin’ the big wheels. It’s called Potter’s Pasture and guess what? We got good ‘ol Mr. Potter to let us camp on his land for the weekend, ride his trails and have a Big Wheel Ballyhoo on his incredible trail system near Brady, Nebraska. We’ll have to be sure to thank him when we see him riding on the trail (yep, he rides too).

Both a bash to celebrate the coming of the fall riding season, as well as previews and demo rides on the hottest new 2010 Big Wheel mountain bikes, as well as a host of hand builders, local retailers and other manufacturers to-be announced soon, the 2009 Big Wheel Ballyhoo is an event 29er and 36er enthusiasts are making plans to travel to from several states away. Start making your plans now for the weekend of October 10-11. Highlights of Ballyhoo events for that weekend include:

  • Guided trail rides for riders of all abilities ­– beginner to expert

  • More than 40 miles of the best single- and double-track trails in Nebraska

  • New bike and equipment demos from local bicycle retailers and more

  • The first-ever “Ballyhoo Brew-down” amateur beer brewing competition

  • Nightly campfire cookouts, live music and plenty of hangin’ out under the stars

  • Free camping: (Note- the campground is PRIMITIVE. No electricity, limited water, no showers) Porta Potties: Courtesey of  Cycle Sport bike shop of North Platte, NE.   Thank You!!!!

Who should attend? Anyone that loves 29ers, 36ers or 650b-wheeled mountain bikes, or wants to give one a try. Bring your family, riding buddies and even someone who hasn’t ever tried a mountain bike. The Big Wheel Ballyhoo is fun for all!

What is it? The Big Wheel Ballyhoo is a 2 ½-day mountain bike festival celebrating big wheel mountain bikes and off-road adventure. There will be riding, demo rides, food, entertainment and camaraderie.

When is it? The 2009 Big Wheel Ballyhoo will officially run October 10-11. There will be optional events and event check-in on-site the evening of October 9.

Where is it? Potter’s Pasture, near Brady, NE. (Map it.)

Tentative Schedule of Events:



  • Check-in, 3-8pm

  •  Campfire acoustic jam, 8pm-midnight


  •  Breakfast (Sponsored by Giant Bikes and Cycleworks, Lincoln, NE)

  • Guided trail rides – leaving at 10am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm

  • Guided gravel road/off-road adventures – sponsored by the Salsa Fargo –10am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm

  • Self-guided rides – leaving whenever you’d like, on trails you choose

  • Test Loop – test ride the new 2010 Gary Fisher 29ers on a special test loop, 10am-5pm

  • Campfire cookout Bar-B-Q Dinner –5:30pm-7pm (5 Trails Winery will have some pizza and wine)

  • Ballyhoo Brewdown” beer tasting/voting – 9-10pm – There will be a separate class for brewers competing to host the 2010 Big Wheel Ballyhoo.

  • Live music – Bandit Sound .


  • Breakfast

  • Guided trail rides – leaving at noon, 2pm

  • Guided gravel road/off-road adventures – sponsored by the Salsa Fargo – leaving at 10am, 1pm, 

  • Self-guided rides

  • Test Loop – 10am-2pm

  • 2009 Big Wheel Ballyhoo ends at 4pm

  • Porta Potties sponsored by Cycle Sport bike shop of North Platte, NE.


Potter's Pasture Trail Map

Potter's Pasture Trail Map

 Why participate in the 2009 Big Wheel Ballyhoo?

  • Free event – The entire weekend is free and open to riders of all skill levels.

  • Great trails – Sample Nebraska’s sweetest singletrack in prime season.

  • Free camping – Bring the family and your good buddies. This is an event everyone can get into!

  • Demo bikes and products – from Gary Fisher, Salsa Cycles and more. Both manufacturers and local retailers will be in attendance, with one of the most diverse spreads of big wheel equipment available for demo available to the public.

  • Free stuff – There will be schwag ‘o plenty. You can count on that, and we’ll be giving it all away in a big drawing to registered Ballyhoo participants at the event.

  • Fun and camaraderie – We always have fun when we get the band together, don’t we? This is the only event of its kind in the country. Be a part of history!

  • Meet Guitar Ted – The Man, the Myth… the legend behind Guitar Ted Laboratories and the writings of Twenty Nine Inches will be on hand hosting the event and signing autographs.

  • Inquiries? send us an e-mail at

  • Links: Potter’s Pasture Blog 

  • Big Wheeled Ballyhoo (Official Site)

  • Twenty Nine Inches

  • The Cyclist

  • Local Knowledge: Directions From The Interstate @ Brady, NE: Take the Brady exit on Interstate 80 (exit 199).  Travel approx. 3 miles south from the interchange. Turn right on to Brady-Moorfield Rd. Follow the road past Jeffery Lake and past the end of the blacktop.  After traveling approximately 2 more miles (after the blacktop ends) on the gravel road, turn left (East) at the next intersection. Drive another 1-2 miles. The camp is on the right (South side of the road).

    Brady exit 199 :    NO MOTEL/HOTEL
                              Gas / DQ at the exit     THIS IS THE ONLY GAS STATION
                               The Hitch’n Post       Bar/Eats       AWSOME PRIME RIB AND PIZZA !!! BEER

    Gothenburg exit 211 :  MOTEL/HOTEL
                                            Pony Express Inn                        Super 8
                                    207 Lake Ave.                            @ Exit 211 behind Pizza Hut
                                    308-537-3660                            308-537-2684

                                    GAS, GROCERIES, BEER  ARE AVAILABLE  AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS.
                                     RUNZA,PIZZA HUT, McD’S , MI RANCHITO  ………
                                                    North Platte is west of Brady about 30 miles and is large enough to have all services.


5 Responses to “The Big Wheeled Ballyhoo: 2009”

  1. Slowerthensnot Says:

    Count me in this year!

  2. Andy from Ames Says:

    Mr. G-Ted…I’m hoping to make it this year. P.S….wondering if you would be able to redirect the old URL to the new site? I’ve been checking the old site for updates for weeks until I discovered the new site today. Either way, I’m planning on it. Thanks!

  3. Guitar Ted Says:

    Andy from Ames: Working on that old site URL. I should have something done about that soon. Thanks for pointing that out.

  4. Llama Says:

    Looks like a good start on the site. Feel free to link back to the Potters Blog, there are more updates over there happening little by little.

  5. CJ Says:

    I am looking forward to this event. Since I may be in the market for new 29er next year riding some nice bikes will be very cool.

    And I plan to brew up some sweet beer for the homebrew comp!

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