Here’s my Trailer for the 2016 Winnipeg Whyteout – Fat Forty Festival, held today 24 Jan 2016 at the Fort Whyte Alive, City Of Winnipeg Nature Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Lots of great fun was had on a challenging fat bike trails with a mix of firm snow packed pathways and softer packed singletrack that required some pushing today due to recent high winds that drifted the open sections. Problem? MEH! We just pressed on and had a blast 🙂 Big thanks to Jaxon Locken of WoodCock Cycleworks, Wayne Bishop of 2 Wheel Revolution, Park City Timers, John Paige our Medic and many many volunteers and of course sponsors!
Music Credit: Scott Altham for “Transitional Moment” from ccMixter.org Photo Credit: Gregory McNeill
So, it was a great night for fat biking and enjoying the sights in the core of Winnipeg. I decided to enjoy more riding and stopping occasionally to capture the beauty of the night scenes … starting with the Louis Riel statue by the Manitoba Provincial Legislature:
back to the Forks, the CMHR (with Manitoba Flag out front) and hello to Ghandi:
over the Louis Riel Esplanade Footbridge and the east shore of the Red River:
Yup, it’s hard not to be a proud Manitoban Fat Biker after this night ride 🙂
Tom Kolesnik posted for Wayne Bishop and Dan Lockery:
YES it’s going to be really cold this weekend … PERFECT! Time to get out there and confirm your frigid weather gear setup, layering, anti-goggle-fogging techniques and how to eat and drink – still (dehydration/bonking are common in extreme cold rides).
ACTIF EPICA: Actif Epica Recon Ride with Dan Lockery and Pete McAdams.
Date: Sunday, January 17th, 2016
Location: St-Pierre-Jolys, we will meet in the parking lot of Le Routiere restaurant (next to the Shell station).
Purpose: To scout/preview the Actif Epica course between St. Malo and St- Pierre-Jolys, along the Crow Wing Trail (note: this section is part of both the regular and long version of the route).
Important Note: All participants join us at their own risk (e.g. please be safe, wear appropriate winter riding clothing, a helmet, bring blinky lights for improved visibility, enough food and water for the ride and a basic repair kit). Citing a famous quote, “YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU”, so please respect the nature of a winter riding adventure, it can be unforgiving.
Hope to see you on Sunday!
Thanks to Ian Hall, Dwayne Sandall, Pete McAdams, Wayne Bishop and all those who took part in an informative evening chat tonight at Olympia Cycle & Ski. Lots of hard-earned skills, techniques, lessons learned and upcoming race discussions about Winnipeg Whyteout Fat Forty Festival and Actif Epica. Bring on the races and adventure fun!
Congrats to all our Team Toba Fat Bikers (Dan, Sue, David, KC, Jason and Garth) for taking on the challenging Tuscobia Ultra Race. Many excelled, achieved new goals, persevered as much as possible and a few learned new lessons to pass on to the rest of us. Kudos to Dan Lockery and Sue Lucas for both finishing 3rd in their 160 mile categories! Check out the results HERE.
Inspired by the valiant efforts at Tuscobia? Want to try something similar close to home?
Reminder – Free winter ultra/Actif Epica clinic this Thursday (Jan 14) at 7:30 p.m. at Olympia Cycle, 1813 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
*Wayne Bishop will fill us on the Winnipeg Whyteout Fat Forty Festival event coming up Jan 24, 2016 at Fort Whyte
*Dwayne Sandall from Trail Run Manitoba will talk about the news on Actif Epica – new course sections, relay options, and more
*Pete McAdams will share tips for packing light and staying safe on days like… February 13, if you’re ready to sign up for the Actif Epica adventure
What better way to ring in 2016 than a great fat bike ride on the La Salle River!
I met up with my old riding buddy/new fat biker Brian Dyck, plus Dallas Sigurdur and Dan Lockery, who were finishing their own out & back on the La Salle from La Barriere Park. We three rode to La Barriere on our own, except for a few friendly snowmobilers (thanks for packing the river folks :-)).
The ride back to La Salle on the reverse route was uneventful, except for the crisp bright scenery.