Another sweet winter night ride with a few of the Manitoba Fat Bikers and one ‘Skinny’. Check it out:
The Assiniboine Park and Forest trails were super hard-packed and not a lot of snow base … great conditions for our friend Skinny Charles to join the Fatties for part of the ride.
Welcome to new fatbiker Pat on her shiny-new 9 Zero 7. Thanks to Fat Serge for suggesting the ride. 1st place Frosted Beard honours to Fat Luke, with a close 2nd place to Charles. Big thanks to Fat David for bailing me out after my Mr. Moonie’s bottom bracket seized up! 🙂
‘Fat Serge’ has called for a meeting of the ‘MB Fattie Herd’ tonight for some sweet nite trail riding.
Who: Any fatbikers or winter trail riders (Hey Charles!?)
What: Ride the Assiniboine Park and Forest trails
When: Tonight, 17 Dec 2014, 7:30 PM (1930 Hrs for ex-military types like Serge or 0130 Hrs Zulu/GMT for us Air Force folks!)
Where: Assiniboine Park Duck Pond Shelter
Why: You need to ask? Seriously? BE THERE!
Looking back at a great day of fat biking on the winter trails at Grand Beach Provincial Park in Manitoba, Canada.
These are multi-use winter trails (Park designation) that are groomed for classic and skate XC skiing. Others use the trails as well (hikers and snowshoers, but they can mark up the trails).
We fat bikers with our wide tires (3.7 inches minimum up to 4.8 inches) and low tire pressure (below 10 PSI is advised) can ‘float’ on the firm-ish packed trails and cruise along at speed, while having great control (good grip).
As long as we stay off the set classic ski tracks, avoid the trails once it’s warmer (near O C) and ride in a smart courteous way, we can enjoy the trails and not conflict with others on the trails, especially the skiers. Our speed is very compatible with good skate skiers, while the classic skiers are much slower, so give a friendly warning as you approach them (just like skate skiers have to).
Groomed winter trails can be a blast for us fat bikers, as long as we use them correctly and with good trail etiquette! Remember though that while access to these trails may be allowed at this time and at this location (a Provincial Park – not a private ski trail location), this access could be lost. So … 3.7 inch minimum width tires, keep the pressure low and avoid the trails if they are warm/soft!
I have finished my “2014 Global Fat Bike Day in Winnipeg, Canada” Video.
Check it out here:
It all started at The Forks in the Heart of Winnipeg – where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers join and our adventures begun. 45+ riders joined Winnipeg’s GFBD Ride at some point along the way.
First we crossed the Red River via the Riel Esplanade Foot Bridge.
Then over to the St. Boniface Cathedral for our first group photo.
Then back down to the Red River …
For our official photo-shoot …
… with Gregory McNeill ready and waiting.
After a bit of “work with me – work with me” … ‘Money Shot’!
Whittier Park got us back onto the trails where fatties belong!
The Seine River was just recently hard frozen and rideable …
Hard frozen? Yes siree!
Riding the Seine this early in the season was a bonus!
Back onto the road … necessary to ride to the Casa PitStop.
Where all riders could rest, feast and ‘re-hydrate’ 🙂
Global Fat Bike Day thrived in Winnipeg in 2014!