Grand Beach Fat Bike ‘Throw Down’ #2: Sunday 30 March – Giddy Up Fatties!

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Last Sunday’s Grand Beach Fat Bike ‘Throw Down’ Group Ride was a blast!

Fat Jason C leading the way on the trails he arranged for our access ... well played J Fat Jason C leading the way on the trails he arranged for our access … well played J

So … let’s do it again!  This time we will start at 9:00 AM (not as cold, so earlier start) on Sunday 30 March, again at the Grand Beach Prov Park Winter Trails main trail head.

Here’s the Event Bible (courtesy the ‘Grand Fat-PooBah’ Jason Carter):
FatBike Throw Down #2 2014

Park and Trail Map Here:
Grand Beach Prov Park – Winter Trails Map

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Grand Beach Fat Bike Throw Down #1: Awesome in Pictures!

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Grand Beach Fat Bike Ride 23 Mar 14 - Rear Cam 10

Thanks to Jason’s initiative to get us Grand Beach Provincial Park staff approval to ride the winter trails and good conditions, a fun group of nine Fat Bikers enjoyed a great day ‘rolling our fatties’!
Check it out in these GoPro screen-cap pictures …

Looks like we’ll be back … soon!

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Grand Beach ‘Throw Down’ Fat Bike Race – Sun 23 March – Conditions are Perfect!

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I just got the on-scene trail conditions report from Fat Jason Carter and the news is AWESOME!  The Grand Beach Prov Park ski trails are in perfect shape for Jason’s ‘Throw Down’ Fat Bike Race, tomorrow 23 March at 10:00 AM. Come on out and race or just have a fun ride on some terrific rolling trails.
Here’s the Event Bible:
FatBike Throw Down #1 2014

Park and Trail Map Here:
Grand Beach Prov Park – Winter Trails Map

Screen Cap 4Time to break out the GoPros again 🙂

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Video Time – 2014 Fat Bike Birkie – A Racer’s View

WOW!!! The 2014 Fat Bike Birkie Race held a Cable, Wisconsin, USA, on March 8th was the BIGGEST FAT TIRE RACE ON THE PLANET and the US National Fat Bike Championship, with over 535 registered racers (3/4s on the 47 Km loop and the rest on a 20 Km loop), including 100 women!
It was a blast to race and capture the event on video … like a kid in a big fat candy store! 🙂
Fat Tire Biking is exploding around the world and no where was it more evident than this past weekend at the Birkie Ski Trails complex, with just 2 days access for fat bike racers to check out the amazing trails, in perfect conditions (-10C overnight and -5 max at race end), expertly groomed by the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation and all their organizers and volunteers!
Everything about the weekend, from hosting, coordination, facilities, accommodations options, restaurants and after race party local hang out and the sea of sponsors was superb!
Thanks to Jason Carter for being a great travel and racing partner, to Lindsay ‘The Legend’ Gauld (who won the 60+ age category) and his wife Lynne (who stepped up to be my roving videographer) for hosting J and me in their sweet cabin!  I rode 3 minutes (downhill) to the race start from their digs – nice 🙂
Can’t wait to come back next year!

Comments (2)

  1. David Cobb says March 15, 2014 at 22:14

    Awesome Tom, loved the footage. Do you guys get together here in Winnipeg at all? Looking for a group to ride with.

  2. Thanks David. Sorry I didn’t see your comment sooner. Definitely ways to connect with Fat Bikers (our MB Fat Biker’s were irregular this year with weekly rides for a variety of reasons).
    It’s not to late to head out to Grand Beach Prov Park tomorrow (23 March) on the trails for an unofficial race/ride (10:00 AM start at the ski trail head). Jason Carter is organizing and I’m helping. Anyone with a fat bike is welcome! 🙂

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WOW!  The 2014 Fat Bike Birkie Race held at Cable, Wisconsin, USA, on March 8th was the BIGGEST FAT TIRE RACE ON THE PLANET and the US National Fat Bike Championship, with over 535 registered racers (3/4s on the 47 Km loop and the rest on a 20 Km loop); including almost 100 women!
It was a blast to race and capture the event on video … like a kid in big candy store! 🙂
Fat Tire Biking is exploding around the world and no where was it more evident than this past weekend at the Birkie Ski Trails complex, with just 2 days access for fat bike racers to check out the amazing trails, in perfect conditions (-10C overnight and -5 max at race end), expertly groomed by the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation and all their organizers and volunteers!
Everything about the weekend, from hosting, coordination, facilities, accommodations options, restaurants and…

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Polar Bear Double Crossing … Lake Winnipeg by Fat bike

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Tom's Polar Bear Double Cross Map

Gregory McNeil contacted me a few days back about an article he was working on for Community News Commons about the Polar Bear Run (winter run event across Lake Winnipeg) last year and the first inclusion of Fat Bikers.  I joined Ian Hall, KC Turczak, Pete McAdams and Jason Carter as one of the ‘fattie’ riders who made the Double Crossing.  It was a tough 8 hour slog, but awesome and worth all the effort to earn the amazingly surreal views … especially at sunrise!

Here’s Gregory’s article – enjoy and be motivated:
http://www.communitynewscommons.org/culture/polar-bear-adventure-makes-memories-that-last/

Photo Dump tells the story of our ride!

Pic 1
My trusty steed … ‘Mr. Pugsley’ (Surly Pugsley 3.7 Inch wide tires with pressure down to 6 PSI = floatation without flatting)

Polar Bear Double Cross - Screen Cap 3
It was a cold, dark and windy (as in snow wind-drifts) tough start …

Polar Bear Double Cross - Screen Cap 6
Jason Cater leading as we cross many new/soft wind-drifts (notice the snowmobile trail marker on the…

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Racing with 500 Fat Bikers? … It’s Birkie Time! :-)

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In only it’s second year, the Fat Bike Birkie Race has exploded onto the bike racing scene and it’s racer limit of 500 is about to be capped!  Thanks to some nudges from fellow fatbiker Jason Carter and kind offers of lodgings on site from our very own Manitoba cycling legend Lindsay Gauld (and Lynne of course), I am signed up to race (ok, while still mending a bit, I will mostly focus on video capturing this spectacle of fattie racing utopia!) … with 500 fat bikers – WOW!
Check it out:

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