It all started at The Forks in the Heart of Winnipeg – where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers join and our adventures begun. 45+ riders joined Winnipeg’s GFBD Ride at some point along the way.
First we crossed the Red River via the Riel Esplanade Foot Bridge.
Then over to the St. Boniface Cathedral for our first group photo.
Then back down to the Red River …
For our official photo-shoot …
… with Gregory McNeill ready and waiting.
After a bit of “work with me – work with me” … ‘Money Shot’!
Whittier Park got us back onto the trails where fatties belong!
The Seine River was just recently hard frozen and rideable …
Hard frozen? Yes siree!
Riding the Seine this early in the season was a bonus!
Back onto the road … necessary to ride to the Casa PitStop.
Where all riders could rest, feast and ‘re-hydrate’ 🙂
Global Fat Bike Day thrived in Winnipeg in 2014!
Today’s challenge in Winterpeg (sometimes called Winnipeg) is that the name often comes true. A couple of days ago, 17cm(6+ inches) of snow fell, with the temperature plummeting a day later. On the drive to the start of the GFBD ride, temperatures were -27C ( -17 F) with wind chill pushing things down to -35C, (it warmed to a balmy -24 at the end).
A surprise for all of us at this time of year. While many chose to snuggle with their significant others, a few brave soles started the ride at 6 a.m. with our usual ride out to Nick’s Cafe and back via the Harte Trail and then the Assiniboine Forest, Park and River edge trails towards the Forks.
A few of us ended at the Forks; home of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Brrrr… ‘Winterpeg’ lived up to is nick name and we fatbikers embraced it!
Fat Ian’s Post:
Fat bikes like the Whiteshell. Photo by Hal Loewen.
I guess it’s not quite summer yet …