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Fat Video Time: 2017 Winnipeg Global Fat Bike Day Ride

Once again our 6th Annual Winnipeg Global Fat Bike Day Ride was a blast, with more than 55 riders taking part and having casual fun and connecting while riding and sharing stories over hot chili and drinks!  🙂
Check it out:
Thanks again to Gregory ‘G-Mac’ McNeill for the great pics (especially our ‘iconic’ group picture), to my Lori K who hosted the chilifest (sore wrist precluded riding this year) and our ride organizers and guides Keith Holm, Guy Anthony and ‘Lou Fatinski’.  🙂

Fat Video Time: ‘Hang Loose’ Woodcock Fat Bike Club Ride

Seriously, ya need to get out to Woodcock Cycle Works on Thursday nights at 6:00 PM for a snappy and fun group fat bike ride.  All ya need (besides a fatbike and some lights) is to be a WCW club member or have an MCA license and sign a waiver.

I had a blast ‘Hanging Loose’ with them on the trails and paths for a few hours and following Nicolas’ lead … check it out:

Video Trailer: Winnipeg Whyteout – Fat Forty Festival

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

Video: Fat biking frozen Lake Winnipeg … a near polar experience.

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Finally got around to making a video that captures Jason C and I fat biking across Lake Winnipeg (both ways). Unfortunately I did not have any footage of Ian H, KC and Pete M, who also rode and finished separate from us.

Our Fat Bike Double Crossing of frozen Lake Winnipeg was a special adventure!

Five of us fat bikers decided to join the annual “Polar Bear Crossing Run” on March 10th 2013, which is a fund raiser for the Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada chapter of Habitat for Humanity. With permission from the local snowmobile clubs, the event used the Snoman Snowmobile Trails that cross the lake from Grand Marais (the town near Grand Beach) to near Gimli, a distance of approximately 27 kms (16.8 miles) one way.

Tom's Polar Bear Double Cross Map

Lake Winnipeg is located about 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Winnipeg. It is the 10th largest lake in the world by surface area and…

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Video: “Fattie Snowfest Foray”

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Video Time: “Fattie Snowfest Foray” – First Fresh Tracks

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It was the day of our first real snowstorm of winter 2015-16 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada … way overdue, so some of us local Fatbikers did not hesitate to get out there and lay down some fresh tracks. The result was our “Fattie Snowfest Foray”! Great fun … bring on the snow! 🙂

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Global Fat Bike Day 2015 – Having a Blast in Winnipeg, Eh!

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Check out my Winnipeg GFBD Ride 2015 VIDEO:

Our 2015 – 4th Annual Global Fat Bike Day ride in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada was even BIGGER and BETTER than last year!

Almost 70 Fat Bikers gathered at the Forks in the heart of Winnipeg to start our GFBD ride (or joined us along the way).  Jason Carter and I organized the ride again and even though the weather was milder than normal (0 to +5C) we still got to ride on snow trails, but no frozen rivers and creeks this year.
Some rode a shorten route, some much longer, but all enjoyed a great day of early winter fat biking on a beautiful sunny day.
Our official photographer Gregory McNeill did the honours again on the East side of the Red River at our now standard perfect riverside spot.
GFBD 2015 Group Pic 1
This year Gregory was riding his new Fat Bike and still carrying all his cameras and tripod … hardcore tough that guy … just the way we like him!

Our 48 Km route this year (after our Prologue across the Red River and back to the Forks) took us west along the Assiniboine River walkway and river=edge trails, through Wolseley, along Wellington Crescent and on the Assiniboine Park ‘Monkey Trails’ to the Park Duck Pond Shelter (no need for it this year). Then we made our way south to Fort Whyte Park via Assiniboine Forest pathways and to our 3/4 route goal of ‘IKEA Hill’ and a short steep up to another group photoshoot.

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Most of the still large crew made a pitstop at the Buffalo Cafe (funny name – since we call them Bison in Manitoba and there are actual Bison at Fort Whyte Park in a large enclosure field).
Onward east now took most either along the MacGillvary pathway or Bishop Grandon Greenway to the Wildwood Park area and north to the Elmpark (BDI) Bridge and the official “Casa Fat Tom K’s” Pit Stop … chili-fest, suds and hot ‘toddies’. Good times! 🙂

First Singletrack Fatbike Trailride of the winter … Bur Oak Trail

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First Fat Bike single-track trail ride of the season on snow and it was a blast! Four of us (Wayne Bishop, Jason Carter and Mike Stiles) put in a few laps and kept the trail packing going while new snow kept falling and then another eight ‘fatties’ joined us for more sweet fatbIking and setting the trail for later riders. 🙂

Video Time: Winter Night Ride – “Fatties and a Skinny”

Another sweet winter night ride with a few of the Manitoba Fat Bikers and one ‘Skinny’. Check it out:
http://youtu.be/xF3B_3e0isI

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! 🙂

Video Time: Fat Biking Winter Groomed Trails

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!

Video Time – 2014 Fat Bike Birkie – A Racer’s View

WOW!!! The 2014 Fat Bike Birkie Race held a Cable, Wisconsin, USA, on March 8th was the BIGGEST FAT TIRE RACE ON THE PLANET and the US National Fat Bike Championship, with over 535 registered racers (3/4s on the 47 Km loop and the rest on a 20 Km loop), including 100 women!
It was a blast to race and capture the event on video … like a kid in a big fat candy store! 🙂
Fat Tire Biking is exploding around the world and no where was it more evident than this past weekend at the Birkie Ski Trails complex, with just 2 days access for fat bike racers to check out the amazing trails, in perfect conditions (-10C overnight and -5 max at race end), expertly groomed by the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation and all their organizers and volunteers!
Everything about the weekend, from hosting, coordination, facilities, accommodations options, restaurants and after race party local hang out and the sea of sponsors was superb!
Thanks to Jason Carter for being a great travel and racing partner, to Lindsay ‘The Legend’ Gauld (who won the 60+ age category) and his wife Lynne (who stepped up to be my roving videographer) for hosting J and me in their sweet cabin!  I rode 3 minutes (downhill) to the race start from their digs – nice 🙂
Can’t wait to come back next year!

Comments (2)

  1. David Cobb says March 15, 2014 at 22:14

    Awesome Tom, loved the footage. Do you guys get together here in Winnipeg at all? Looking for a group to ride with.

  2. Thanks David. Sorry I didn’t see your comment sooner. Definitely ways to connect with Fat Bikers (our MB Fat Biker’s were irregular this year with weekly rides for a variety of reasons).
    It’s not to late to head out to Grand Beach Prov Park tomorrow (23 March) on the trails for an unofficial race/ride (10:00 AM start at the ski trail head). Jason Carter is organizing and I’m helping. Anyone with a fat bike is welcome! 🙂

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WOW!  The 2014 Fat Bike Birkie Race held at Cable, Wisconsin, USA, on March 8th was the BIGGEST FAT TIRE RACE ON THE PLANET and the US National Fat Bike Championship, with over 535 registered racers (3/4s on the 47 Km loop and the rest on a 20 Km loop); including almost 100 women!
It was a blast to race and capture the event on video … like a kid in big candy store! 🙂
Fat Tire Biking is exploding around the world and no where was it more evident than this past weekend at the Birkie Ski Trails complex, with just 2 days access for fat bike racers to check out the amazing trails, in perfect conditions (-10C overnight and -5 max at race end), expertly groomed by the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation and all their organizers and volunteers!
Everything about the weekend, from hosting, coordination, facilities, accommodations options, restaurants and…

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