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Thursday Night Fatbike Rides from Woodcock Cycle Shop at 6:30

Everyone had a great ride last Thursday night! We left the Woodcock shop at about 7 p.m. (after showing up for 6:30), rode North shadowing the Seine (because the river is not frozen yet), through Whittier heading East, over Esplande Riel, to the Forks, then back south on the East side of the Red River to the St. Vital Bridge, and back to the shop on St. Mary’s. Check with Woodcock Cycle, but there should be consistent rides every Thursday leaving the Shop at 6:30, with varying routes. woodcockcycle.com

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You get what you give

Over the last few years, Wayne Bishop has worked hard to bring to the community a club that instills the ideology ‘Give Love – Get Love’.

All of the monies generated from Two Wheel Revolution (2WRVLTN) through sales of hats, mugs, shirts, memberships and race registrations get put back into developing new course venues and events.

Wayne has gathered like-minded individuals into his club and is constantly recruiting locals to join. The members are doing it because they love what they do, and people who love what they do are willing to sacrifice. This allows 2WR to lean towards being inclusive with the community, rather than exclusive.

With all of the volunteer power and the non-profit approach to capital, 2WR can give lower entry fees for racers, again expanding the possible number of people who will be able to try out a race. This also results in more spectators with family and friends coming out to cheer.

Even Wayne’s beautiful wife Kim and their two sons, Ryder and Chase, work hard in their free time to keep the machine running. Ryder, who is eleven, has the awesome responsibility of being the club’s secretary.

“Being secretary, there is always some challenges but nothing that can’t be done.” says a positive Ryder. “Sometimes tasks are frustrating but I overcome it and try to get the task done. I really enjoy what I do and it is fun to open up my laptop and have a surprise in my inbox. Every day is enjoyable, even with challenges.”

Well get ready because 2WRVLTN has a good show happening on Sunday January 15th, at Falcon Ridge in the Whiteshell Provincial Park.

Veteran Provincial racer Ken Stojak rode the course last weekend, and was very impressed. “The Falcon Ridge Trail has it all and more.  There are climbs, single track sections, downhills, switchbacks, all with out of this world scenery. There are epic views with the ‘On Top of the World’ loop and when crossing the lakes.”

Another long-time sportsman who has raced inline-speed-skating locally for decades is Greg Carrigan. He was out with Stojak and Paul Lapointe doing a pre-ride last weekend and this is what he had to say, “There is something of everything for everybody. Plus there are real nice people running the Chalet and a good burger! I believe if new fatbikers are doing the 10 km after the first tough climb (where they will learn how awesome a fatbike climbs (with the correct tire pressure), they will have a blast!”

Bishop finishes with describing the course, “The course is a 10km loop comprised of a complimentary mix of wide open coastline lake ski trails, tight single track with amazing views and some flowy Fatbike groomed trails that descend back to the chalet!”

“The day will start with a racer check in and tire pressure verification. Some schmoozing and a race start at 11:30 with 5 minutes between classes.” he adds. “Spectators can experience the resort, tubing, live music and all things falcon. Racers will get a meal and beverage, trophies and some Prizing for special efforts, sportsmanship and just general awesomeness! Ideally the outcome from this race is to promote Fat Bikes in MB parks and at Venues with the purpose of creating opportunities for future riding locations!”

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5th Annual – Winnipeg Global Fat Bike Day Ride: 11:30AM Sat Dec 3rd 2016

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Giddy up, mark your calendars and get ready for our 5th Annual Winnipeg Global Fat Bike Day Ride on Saturday December 3rd 2016 starting at 11:30 AM. We had 70+ rider out last year and we had a blast, so let’s make this year bigger and better!

We will meet at The Forks Canopy/Tower Atrium area at 11:30 AM, organize and head off on our ‘Media Loop’ at 11:45 (led by Jason Carter, David Cobb, Keith Holm, myself and others) to ride across the Esplande Louis Riel Bridge to arrive at 12:00 at our usual Group Photoshoot on the East side of the Red River down from the St B Cathedral, where our very own Gregory McNeill will be waiting to capture our gathering and then we will ride south behind the St B Hospital to the Norwood Bridge and the “Green Bridge” back to The Forks.

Details are yet finalized, but after the Media Loop, their will be a variety of ‘short-slow’, ‘medium’ and ‘longer-faster’ ride route options and opportunity to ride over a period of one to three plus hours, with ride leaders and ‘back of group’ guides.
We also hope to have a social connection aspect to the ride, which can involve venues at The Forks (details pending) and a local ‘Fatbiker Friendly’ home location (details pending).

Here’s our 2014 Wpg GFBD Ride Video:

Here’s our 2015 Wpg GFBD Ride Video:

This is a ‘Fat Bike’ event, so ideally you will be riding a fat bike (3.7 inch tire width +), however if you don’t have one yet, you have a few options:
1. Sign out a ‘Demo’ Fat Bike from a conveniently located Bike Shop – White Pine Bicycle Co (http://www.whitepinebicycleco.com/) located in the Forks Terminal Building. Brendan at WhitePine has offered them for free use in connection with our GFBD Ride and will be there at our 11:30 gathering.
2. Ride your MTB and we will welcome you to see what all the fatbiking fun is about … we know you want one! 🙂

Check out at our FBM FaceBook GFBD Event – HERE
Also check out our brand new Twitter Account
HERE

MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW, BUT TIME TO GET READY!
SEE YOU ALL THERE!! 🙂

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Global Fat Bike Day Ride – Dec 5, 2015 – Facebook Event Page

Tom Kolesnik’s Post:

Check out all the GFBD Ride Event Fun here:
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Last year’s 2nd Annual – 2014 Winnipeg Global Fat Bike Day Ride was a blast, with over 50 Fat Bikers joining in on some or all of the biking and social fun! This year’s 3rd Annual Ride will be bigger and even more fun!!
Plan to meet at The Forks (Canopy Rink beside the glass Tower Atrium) at 11:00 AM on Saturday December 5th 2015.
No costs … just bing a smile and a helmet of course 🙂
* Btw, we will be obeying all traffic signs on a group ride, though we hope to use as much trail as possible …
After our first Mass-Group ride over the Louis-Riel Esplande Bridge to the shores of the Red River for our group photo, we will ride back to the Forks Riverwalk trail and head west. There will be several options to bike for as little as 1 Hour or over 4 Hours, with coffee/warm-up stops along the way and opt-out points enroute to the Assiniboine Park Duck Pond Shelter and eventually back to the Forks via a special stop-over `Casa` (with chili and suds) for the longer distance riders.

 

1st Annual Fat-Skills Clinic: 8 Nov 2015

Tom Kolesnik’s Post:

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Dust off your steeds and mark you calendars for this great season opener:

Sunday, November 8th at 1:00 p.m. at Bourkevale Community Club for the….

First Annual Fat-Skills Clinic, hosted by The Fat Levels Biketrials Team.

Adrian Alphonso and Liam Mohan will instruct, help and cajole us into the groovy side of riding fat – the sweet spot of skills that maximize big tires and gob-smack your significant others.

>> Check out Jason C’s FaceBook Event Page Here <<
Fat Bike Skills Clinic FBook Invite

Fat Bike Throw Down – Grand Beach – Sun 22 March 2015

Fat Tom K’s MFB Post:

Here it is folks, probably our last chance to gather the MB Fat Bike Herd for a group ride on groomed winter ski trails … yes, you heard me and it’s true!  Once again, thanks to Jason ‘Big J’ Carter, we have been granted access by MB Parks officials to the Grand Beach Prov Park ‘Winter/Ski’ Trails for some fat biking fun!  This is just for the end of the ‘snow season’, but should bode well for future coordinating of more regular access. 🙂

So, giddy up Fatties:

When: Sunday, 22 March 2015. Start at 9:00 AM – sharp
Where: GBPP Parking lot for XC Ski/Hiking Trails
Who:  Any Fat Biker
Bike Tech:  Minimum 3.7 inch wide tires and low pressure – 10 PSI Max (float & traction = :-))
It’s a Fireside Potluck BBQ – bring something Eh!

Check out the Event Bible here:
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(DO NOT forget PARK PASS)

Park and Trail Map Here:
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2014 Global Fat Bike Day in Winnipeg, Canada – It was a SUPER BIG FATTIE Blast!!!

It all started at The Forks in the Heart of Winnipeg – where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers join and our adventures begun with Fat Jason Preaching the Fattie ‘Gospel’: “Fat Bikes Roll Over Everything”!
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45+ riders joined Winnipeg’s GFBD Ride at some point along the way.
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First we crossed the Red River via the Riel Esplanade Foot Bridge.GFBD in Winnipeg 2014 - 9 GFBD in Winnipeg 2014 - 13

Then over to the St. Boniface Cathedral for our first group photo.GFBD in Winnipeg 2014 - 17

Then back down to the Red River …
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For our official photo-shoot …
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… with Gregory McNeill ready and waiting.GFBD in Winnipeg 2014 - 24 

After a bit of “work with me – work with me” … ‘Money Shot’!
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Check out Greg’s awesome pics over at his flickr photo site HERE

Whittier Park got us back onto the trails where fatties belong!
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The Seine River was  just recently hard frozen and rideable …
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Hard frozen?  Yes siree … until a group cluster led to cracking sounds!
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So off we went again …
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Riding the Seine this early in the season was a bonus!
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Back onto the road … necessary to ride to the Casa PitStop.
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Where all riders could rest, feast and ‘re-hydrate’ 🙂
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That was a blast and organizing with Big Fat Jason Carter made it a big bunch of fun for sure!

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Global Fat Bike Day thrived in Winnipeg in 2014!
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Global Fat Bike Day (GFBD) Ride in Winnipeg! … Saturday, Dec 6th 2014

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Global Fat-Bike Day … in Winnipeg

Saturday December 6th, 2014 – Meet at the Forks – 11:00 a.m.

All clubs, store riders, fat bike groups (with token skinnies) are welcome.

Loop ride, following the rivers and creeks as much as possible, centered on the Forks, and including a Photo Shoot, Treasure Hunt, a Food Item Deliver Task (FIDT) and Pit Stop (chili and toddies!).

*** 29 Nov Update:  Expect a much shorter route(s) due to the recent arrival of fresh snow and the intent to make this fun and accessible to many! ***

Polar Bear Double Crossing … Lake Winnipeg by Fat bike

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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!

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

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It was a cold, dark and windy (as in snow wind-drifts) tough start …

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Jason Cater leading as we cross many new/soft wind-drifts (notice the snowmobile trail marker on the…

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Video Time: Actif Epica 2014

It’s Actif Epica video time again … well almost … here’s my Trailer for “Actif Epica 2014 – Meeting The Challenge”.

This year’s 3rd Annual race was even more EPIC than previous years, thanks to plenty of snow and a chilling wind from the north!
Once again, I was sadly sidelined with an injury, but I really enjoyed my now usual role as Roving-Medic-Support-Video guy and starting to work on the video has just re-awakened my awe of the spectacle of racer’s stepping, pedaling and skiing up to Meet the Challenge of this great event! Human Powered Perseverance and Resilience … it’s awesome to see!

This year’s 3rd Annual race was even more EPIC than previous years, thanks to plenty of snow and a chilling wind from the north!
Once again, I was sadly sidelined with an injury, but I really enjoyed my now usual role as Roving-Medic-Support-Video guy and starting to work on the video has just re-awakened my awe of the spectacle of racer’s stepping, pedaling and skiing up to Meet the Challenge of this great event! Human Powered Perseverance and Resilience … it’s awesome to see!

Lindsay’s 1 Million Kms Celebration Video

Fat Tom K’s Post:

Here’s a little video I made to commemorate Lindsay Gauld’s amazing achievement!
This video tries to capture the day of celebrations, the early morning start, the riding along the way and the hosted event at The Forks put on my Paul Jordan and MC-ed by comedian Peter Jordan.

I had the distinct honor and pleasure to ride out (with ‘FatCory’, Vern N. and ‘FatJason’) to Nick’s Cafe in Headingly this past Saturday morning to link up with others to congratulate Lindsay Gauld on his awesome feat of having cycled over 1,000,000 Kms!  After a little ‘million candled’ cake (courtesy of Vern & Doris N), a group of us made the ride back into town to link up with more riders on the way to the Forks. There, many more riders braved the -25C temps and rode in peleton style to a waiting crowd of enthusiastic supporters.

It was awesome to see the support and appreciation shown by many close friends, fellow cyclists and many Winnipegers! Close friend and faithful ‘man-servant’ Andy Lockery gave a moving speech, as did other hosts and dignitaries! Lot’s of clapping (muffled by big mitts!) and cheering for a REAL CYCLING HERO! WOW … 1 Million Kilometers (to the moon and back and 1/2 way back again)!!

This video includes some nice pics of Lindsay from various local blogsites (Olympia Cycling Club, WinnipegCycleChick and other interwebs) and my own, plus of course my GoPro HD video footage.