Category Archives: Group Rides

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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Actif Epica Recon Group Ride – Sun 1 Jan 17 – Niverville – 10:30 AM start

Here’s an invite from Dan Lockery:
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“A week off and even more snow? Time to head out for the next recon ride! Interested in joining us? Here are the details:

Date: Sunday, January 1, 2016 (Happy New Year!)

Time: 10:30am (we celebrate by starting later)

Location: Niverville, we will meet in the parking lot of the arena in town (turn North on Arena Rd. from Hwy 311).

Purpose: To scout the Actif Epica course between Niverville and Crystal Spring along the Crow Wing Trail.

Who: The Course Organizing Crew (Pete, Dallas and Dan) invite you to join them at a slow rolling pace (perhaps including some walking depending on trail conditions) and they would love it if you brought ANY type of bike and joined them (bring friends on bikes too!).

The Plan: To ride South along the course from Niverville and capture some images of the route conditions while enjoying a fun, sociable ride out to Crystal Spring Colony to meet up with Pete before riding back to Niverville. The approximate distance is just under 20km one way. The plan is to roll out from Niverville at 10:30am and estimate a total ride time somewhere around 3.5-4 hours. In case you are late arriving to the start, you can look for our tracks and/or follow along with the Crow Wing Trail Markers (White arrows on blue background) and catch up with us along the route as we will be stopping periodically to take pictures. Also, it is quite likely that there will be a post-ride discussion over coffee/food at a local establishment should you have the time and feel so inclined to join us. Since we have had significant snowfall, on the return journey we may detour some sections of trail to be respectful of your time.

Important Note: All participants join us at their own risk (e.g. please be safe, wear appropriate winter riding clothing (it might be cold), a helmet, bring blinky lights for improved visibility, enough food and water for the ride and a basic repair kit with parts/tools). 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!”

 

Great Fatbike Riding at the Bur Oak Trail

This past Sunday was a great day for us fatbikers in the Winnipeg area of Manitoba, as we got the chance to ride GROOMED WINTER FATBIKE TRAIL again in our own ‘backyard’ on one of our favourite trails … Bur Oak Trail at Birds Hill Provincial Park!

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Photo Credit:  Gregory McNeil

Now we’ve ridden this trail in the winter before, having packed it by snowshoe and then riding our fatties slowly round and round and round until it was possible to ride with ‘flow’ … so it was today with a bit more packing making it more groomed than usual.

 I first connected with a crew of six riders new to me and most of us regulars.  They called themselves the “Pinoy MB Fatbibers” and Tito, Drex, Sam, Trek, Jovil and Ador were keen to check out the trails, so I lead them around the main track …

The early morning lighting and fresh snow on the trees had created those special winter vistas that you only really get to appreciate when you are out on the trail.

After a fun ride with the Pinoy Crew, I connected with more arriving fatties …

bur-oak-fatbiking-11-dec-16-22Once again I link up with a new crew, but this time most were regulars (Peter, Greg, Janice, etc) and off we went …

Of course, it wasn’t long before we connected with our very own fatbiking ‘Photo-ambusher’ Gregory McNeill …
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Actually, it’s always a good time for a hot apple cider break when Gregory’s ‘at work’!

Once we turned back toward the south, the bright sun made for some surreal views …

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We cruised the newly groomed sections and put in the tougher effort to ride to the narrower and tighter curved sections that had only been snowshoed in so far …

A full lap of all the trail sections takes 1 to 1 & 1/2 hours depending on conditions, pace and number of hot apple cider breaks :-).  Anyways, back to the trail head we went …
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Just in time for me to connect with two new fatbikers who had just arrived, but missed another group of regulars who were heading off lead by Keith Holm and “Lou Fatinsky”

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Angie W. and Chris F. showed up ready to roll with goggles, mitts and balaclavas at the ready (excellent start!).  So I lead off onto the main groomed section … north from the trailhead parking lot, but accessed first by going out the west side of the lot by the trailhead sign and then taking the first right onto the singletrack trail for a short east leg of 100 metres before the trail heads north and west.

Chris was right behind me on the way out so he was in view of my rear GoPro video camera.

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Chris lead us back and Angie followed with a wide smile on her face the whole way!  Yup, the saying is true … “Everyone who rides a fatbike wears a huge smile”!! 🙂

We met up with Keith Holm’s crew and more introductions to our fun community of fatties were in order and partaken.

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To top off our day’s adventures on the trail, we had a close encounter with Mike on his fat tire unicycle … that guy’s got skills! 🙂

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Back at the trailhead we all marvelled at our amazing luck to have taken part in the first real day of groomed winter trail fatbiking in the our local Winnipeg and Eastern Manitoba area!   Good times and more ahead! 🙂

The right people

One year is all it took.

Wayne Bishop and his 2 Wheel Revolution have done many things in the past and been involved in many different types of racing, from mountain bike racing to scramble motor cross and fatbike racing.

One year ago, a few local fatbikers got together for a ride at the Grand Beach Trails. Bishop’s name came up, and a few of us had good things to say about him. ‘He is a good man’ was the common theme. The group then decided to support him as best they could from then on.

Today, many local racers and enthusiasts appeared at Bird’s Hill Park’s Bur Oak trails, to pack down the trails with snowshoes, as per Bishop’s request. Sunday, 8:30 a.m., ‘be there’ – was understood.

After the snowshoe people (snowshoers) did their ‘thing’, more fatbikers appeared, to do their part and ride the trail, further packing the snow down as per Bishop’s request. Some of the snowshoers had family commitment and other commitments for the afternoon, so the torch was passed on to the cyclists.

Wayne thanked those he could today, but it is we in the community who thank him. Without him, this would never have happened.

A lot can happen in one year. You just need the right people. 🙂

Bur Oak Group Trail Ride – Sun 4 Dec 2016 1:00 PM

Some riders are heading out to Birds Hill Prov Park today, Sun 4 Dec 2016 at 1:00 PM to check out the sweet Bur Oak Trail – complete with a fresh dusting of new snow. 🙂

 Look out for Gregory and his ‘photo-ambushing’ skills! 😉

It should look a lot like this (enjoy) …

Btw, Bur Oak is a BHPPark recognized winter trail for FATBIKES ONLY!  MTBs would just leave grooves behind ;-(  So bring your fatbike and keep the tire pressures low (less than 10 PSI) and enjoy the fun! 🙂

Fast riders need apply

Last night there was an invite from Wayne Bishop at 2 Wheel Revolution for people to go ride with him in the evening at the Bur Oak trails in Bird’s Hill Park. There was light snow on the ground and it is assumed that it would be fat tires only, but there was no requirement. 4 of us attended, all riding fatbikes with tires from 3.8 to 4.8 inches, 2 Specialized Fatboys (1 carbon), 1 Trek Farley 27.5 (carbon) and 1 Salsa Blackborow (mine).

The trails were relatively hard packed, with some loose ‘corn’ granular snow in the berms and some small areas of water and no snow cover. There was an overcast and there was almost no light at all, so strong front lamps were mandatory.

I tried to stick with the elite riders, but after a few kms I just waved Pat Burr by so he can join his fast friends at the front. It is a closed loop course so riding by myself was not a problem for I just followed the tracks made by the other three, and I could follow their lights for the majority of the time. It was very peaceful and I rode at my own pace. If I got lost, I know they would not leave me out there. Mark Seel, maybe, but not me. 😀

We were out there for 1.5 hours, and left close to 8:30 p.m. Be sure to be dressed before you go so you don’t get heckled by your friends and given an ultimatum of not being invited anymore!

Wayne has informed me that there will be an effort to have Wednesday night rides at Bur Oak at 6:30 from now on led by 2 Wheel Revolution. Of course situations and conditions may not permit these events from being continuous, but there will be effort made so local people can come out and experience the beautiful peaceful park at night. If you want to ride with the leaders, pack light and leave all of your extra gear in your vehicle – these people don’t screw around 🙂

FAT LEVELS SKILLS CLINIC #4 “Masters of Mud & Snow” – SUNDAY 27 NOV 2016

How does the song go?  “Let the good (FAT) times roll, Let … !” 😉
Fatlevels Clinic #3 was BIG success last week, so Jason’s called for #4 and here it is:

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To Quote Jason’s Plan:
“Masters of Mud & Snow: Fat Levels Skill Clinic #4
Sunday NOVEMBER 27 at 1:00 p.m. at

IF it is dry conditions: St. Norbert – MEET at Sunrise Cafe & King Express, 3564 Pembina Hwy, on Elise Ave and Hwy 75;

[ IF it is wet conditions, we will go to Burr Oak – decision will be made on this thread next Saturday. ]  Note: Jason is referring to the “thread” on our FBM FaceBook Closed Group – HERE.

[ DO NOT use the train bridge to access the St. N. trails!! CN & RCMP are just about a ruthless as a real train! We will show you the safe access route. ]

Late Comers: Indicate that you will be late on this thread and we’ll set up a text system to let you know exactly where we are. Super late comers may be better off starting from La Barriere park.

Liam Moham will instruct using the St N trail system that awkwardly connects to the La Barriere systems. This area is a main fat bike playground when the river is frozen, so we will explore it when the leaves are down and the riding is a bit easier. Excellent trails for newbie riders, with longer gravel road sections/Brunkild Dike for Actif Epica training too.

No set cost, but bring some cash for the Pros.
BYO food, hot drink, and/or cash for post clinic java brew.
Fat bikes only, please (borrow, don’t steal, one if you have to).
RSVP pls on this thread so that we have an idea of numbers.”

I can’t make it this time, but Jason and Liam will be coordinating and leading, so good times will be had by all who attend!  Take lots of pics – eh! 🙂

Another fantastic Sunday!

Liam and ALine Alphonso held another great day of skills development last Sunday. Riders met at the Forks and rode up the Churchill drive trails learning how to tackle steep climbs and general riding through wooded areas. Some of the group went home and others continued back to the Forks via the trails by the Seine River and Whittier Park. Next week’s training will take place at the excellent St. Norbert trails, selflessly maintained by Kevin Braun and friends.

Check the rest of my pictures on flickr:  HERE

FAT LEVELS SKILLS CLINIC #3 – SUNDAY 20 NOV 2016

Since 25+ of us had such a good time the last two Sundays, we have called for a third!

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To Quote Jason’s Plan:

“Masters of Mud: Fat Levels Skill Clinic #3
Sunday NOVEMBER 20 at 1:00 p.m. at THE FORKS – MEET ON THE GREEN BRIDGE
Late Comers: Go to the Paddling Club on Churchill Drive and Redboine, then follow your nose to find us.

Liam Moham will instruct using the south bound trail route towards BDI, with lots of stopping to “segment” the trails into challenging parts that inhibit the elusive “flow”.

No set cost, but bring some cash for the Pros. BYO food, hot drink, and/or cash for post clinic java brew. Fat bikes only, please (borrow, don’t steal, one if you have to).  RSVP pls on this thread so that we have an idea of numbers.”

* Check out the FaceBook Event Page over at
our FatBike Manitoba Closed Group

 

A nice Sunday afternoon ride with Good People :)

Adrian Alphonso took today’s Nov 13th Fatbike Free Clinic riders through skill building techniques and shared his lifetime of experience of riding safely and correctly. Adrian, Tom Kolesnik, and Wayne Bishop from Two Wheel Revolution were on hand to talk about coming events this winter and how we can participate and support the local Fatbike scene here in Manitoba. It was a glorious day weather wise, and the trails in Whittier Park did not disappoint this large crew. Many happy faces out there 🙂

FatBike Skills Clinic – Sunday 13 Nov 2016

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So we had so much fun at our 2nd Annual FatBike Skills Clinic this past Sunday that we decided to do it again this Sunday 13 Nov 2016 at 1:30 PM … this time we will meet at The Forks (Canopy/Atrium Tower).
Good times will be had and we can enjoy food/bevies after at the Forks Market.
Hosted by again by The Fat Levels Biketrials Team:
Adrian Alphonso and Liam Mohan will again 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.
Things like:
– track standing forever
– hoppity-hop-hops
– wheels to the sky
– Everest-pitch hill climbs
– logs, boulders and blocks of steel
– drop-of-doom
– Jordan jumps
– trick-escape moves
– bad-habit-busting drills
and lots more.
* No set cost, but bring some cash to say thanks to the Pros.
** Fat bikes only, please (bring, borrow or rent from WhitePineBicycleCo – in the Forks Terminal Bldg)
Check out the FBook event page over at our FatBike Manitoba Closed Group

2nd Annual FatBike Skills Clinic – 6 Nov 2016

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Dust off your fat steeds and come out and enjoy our 2nd Annual Fatbike-Skills Clinic:
Sunday November 6th 2016 at 12:00 Noon.
Meet at Woodhaven Park at the Top of the hill by the Big Rock.
Best to ride there or park on Assiniboine Ave by the park or at the Woodhaven Community Centre.
Hosted by The Fat Levels Biketrials Team:
Adrian Alphonso and Liam Moham 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.
Things like:
– track standing forever
– hoppity-hop-hops
– wheels to the sky
– Everest-pitch hill climbs
– logs, boulders and blocks of steel
– drop-of-doom
– J jumps
– trick-escape moves
– bad-habit-busting drills
and lots more.

No set cost, but bring some cash to say thanks to the Pros.


BYO food, hot drink, and/or cash for post clinic java.

Fat bikes only, please (borrow, don’t steal, one if you have to).

Wknd Rides 16-17 Jan 16: Fort Whyte Fatness and ACTIF EPICA Recon

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).

So here’s your options:
FORT WHYTE:

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Ride the newly groomed trails (thanks Wayne Bishop) at Fort Whyte to practice and pack them for the Winnipeg Whyteout – Fat Forty Festival:
Sat and Sun at 10:30 AM – meet at the Fort Whyte Alive parking lot/cafe
Link to the Groomed Trail Map or try 2 Wheel Revolution

ACTIF EPICA:Dan Lockery on AE Recon Ride
Actif Epica Recon Ride with Dan Lockery and Pete McAdams.
Date: Sunday, January 17th, 2016
Time: 9:00am
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!