WCW: Fat Bike Club Rides – Starting 15 Nov 2018 on Thurs & Fri Nights

Posted for the Woodcock Cycle Works (WCW) Fat Bike Club Ride Leaders:

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What is the Fat Bike Club?

We can always use someone to ride with and that’s what Fat Bike Ride Club is all about. It’s a chance for us to get on our bikes, enjoy the company of familiar faces and share that experience with you. Our rides are suitable for any cyclist and make it easy to get in your 2-hour training ride. Led by trained and experienced ride leaders, club rides are insured for your safety through the Manitoba Cycling Association. And when you register as a member of the WCW Ride Club you get a whole host of perks in store. Our first Fat Bike Ride Clubs will commence on November 15th and will run Thursdays and Fridays every week.  For more info get in touch with us rideclub@woodcockcycle.com

Now if you haven’t been on a WCW Fat Bike Club Ride then just click on the FBM Website Blog Posts Category “Woodcock Fat Bike Group Rides” on the right column of the website.

You may also want to check out a little video called “Hang Loose” I made from one of WCW’s Rides last winter:

Cheers, Fat Tom K

Fat Video Time: 2019 Fat Viking Race in Geilo, Norway

Check out this excellent Fat Viking Race Promo Video just made by Mattieu Leroux,  who I have been connecting with over the last few months about his plans to race the FV150 this year in Geilo, Norway, which is organized by Race Director and Fat Viking champion and my friend Nina Gassler (I did some fatbiking and bivy camping on Lake Winnipeg with her in 2016 and race the first FV175 in 2017):

 

The Fat Viking is an excellent Winter Endurance Race held in stunningly beautiful Geilo, Norway in very hilly terrain (big ski hills, lots of multi-use XC ski trails, etc) with usually lots of deep snow and challenging winter weather conditions.

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Race Director Nina Gassler has built a strong organizing team (The FatViking Society)!
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Are you ready for a Challenge worthy of a Viking?

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Not sure yet?  Okay then, check out my little video from racing the 2017 FV175:


How about these maps and views from the race
(Btw January 2017 was a very unusually warm period in Geilo and so in the lower terrain it was very icy, so we all rode fully studded tires and needed studs on our boots as well!  Last year they had tons of snow before and during the race!):

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That’s what I thought … of course you are ready!

Links here:
http://www.geilo-aktiv.com/no/fat-viking

https://www.facebook.com/groups/fatviking/

Cheers, Fat Tom K (1st year addition Fat Viking)

 

2WR Announces: 2018-19 MB Fatbike Race Series & Social Events Schedule

Posted for Wayne Bishop of 2 Wheel Revolution (2WR) – it’s out on social media:

“As we kick off another start to an amazing season we have some new sponsors, tricks and additions.  New venues for races and rides.  So get on board and be prepared.  All New race routes and a lil secret trail special for the Moonshiner.

Race Schedule as follows …
Birch Mountain – Sunday, December 9, 2018
Falcon Ridge – Sunday, January 13, 2019
The Forks – Sunday, February 10, 2019
Bison Butte – Sunday, February 24, 2019

Social Schedule as follows…
Intro to Fatbike – Saturday, November 24, 2018
Global Day the 2WR Way – Saturday, December 1, 2018
Moonshiner – Friday, December 21, 2018

More dates TBD

Check out 2WheelRevolution.ca for more info”

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He He He … now that’s got me excited!  How about you?  Giddy Up Fatties! 🙂

Cheers, Fat Tom K

Actif Epica 2019: Race Registration is Live

Posted for the Actif Epica Race Team (posted to the AE Site Registration Page today):

“Registration is now live for Actif Epica 2019, the weekend of February 15th-17th. Sign-up is available via Webscorer:
(https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=155624)”

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So giddy up Fatties … time to register and get training for a terrific winter ultra race challenge! 🙂

Need some perspective on the race then check out my video “Actif Epica Race 2014 – Meeting the Challenge”:

* BTW, when the video ‘appears’ to end at 3:49 – keep watching and you listen and be inspired by the Ultra Foot Racer (now avid fatbiker) Gregory ‘G-Mac’ McNeill, when I walk into the finish with him along the Red River approaching the Forks!  This is exactly when G-Mac and I first bonded and fellow adventure friends and partners!  He is awesome in many ways – athlete, adventurer, photographer, volunteer, stalwart friend …

Cheers, Fat Tom K

Fat Video Time: “Cold Spokes” – Volunteer Fatbike Trail Grooming

WOW!  Check out this very inspiring video just released on YouTube called “Cold Spokes”, which tells the story of the volunteer trail groomers keeping the network of winter fatbike trails open for riding in Michigan, USA.

As they describe it:
“The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is home to roughly 80 miles of groomed [winter Fat Bike] trails. It is the largest network in North America. These trails exist thanks to the contributions of local land owners and government entities, and they thrive thanks to the volunteer efforts of a handful of dedicated hard working people.”

Enjoy:

I must say this video has come along at a very pivotal time for me, as I am about to commit to some ‘soon to be announced’ endeavours in support of increased winter fatbike trail access and grooming, support to our growing local fatbike race series and for me personally to enable more Fatbike Adventures in Manitoba.

So, I too will soon join the ‘gang’ of Manitoban fatbikers who own one of these sweet rigs … the SnowDog:
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It’s not hard for me to imagine these SnowDogs out on Lake Winnipeg … making recon trips and grooming a track:SnowDog Pic - 1

Plus hauling gear and or people as needed:
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Here’s to more adventures and fun ahead … ‘Rolling our Fatties’! 🙂

Cheers, Fat Tom K

Website ‘ReBoot’: All is well now! :-)

FYI, due to WordPress platform/template admin issues and the need for security modifications, a lot of content had to be reclaimed/reloaded and so …

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… after a lot of work the site is back up to date and ready to roll – just in time for another winter season of ‘Rolling our Fatties’! 😉

Note: If you were a regular WP Follower or Email Follower of this site (50+ of you good folk were), then you will have to ‘Re-Follow’.  Sorry for the hassle.

Cheers, Fat Tom K
FBM Editor and WebMaster – almost as cool as a ChessMaster! 😉