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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! ūüôā

Grand Beach Fat Bike Throw Down #3: Even More Awesome in Pictures!

Fat Tom K Productions

Ok, so there are manyothersuperlatives that I could use to describe how AWESOME this past Sunday’s Throw Down #3 was, but hey, #1 was Awesome, #2 was More Awesome and yes, #3 was Even More AWESOME!

Our happy herd (think Big Fat Manitoba Bisons!) of 9 fatties started even earlier in the morning, due to rising spring temps, but in the end conditions turned out to be stellar!

We cruised the Grand Beach ski trails on our low-pressure fat tires and only left dimple marks behind!
The XC skiers we met and shared our potluck feast with were unanimous in their awe at how smoothly we floated on the packed snow trails and marveled at how cool are bikes are … “you can’t ride a fat bike without smiling“!

GB FB TD 3 - Greg's Pic 4 Photo Credit: Gregory McNeill

With all the sweet GoPro video footage I have from all three…

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Fri Night Fat Bike Trail Ride – Picture Perfect!

Fat Tom K Productions

With snow melting temperatures on the way, this past Friday night’s trail ride at Assiniboine Park and Forest was billed as a last chance for us Winnipegger fat bikers to  trail ride on snow.  Today the snow is melting and our prediction is coming true.
So, how was Friday night’s ride? … Picture Perfect!Fat Bike Night Ride 4 Apr 14 - Handle Bar As you can see by these screen caps and the smiles on all ten of our faces (while riding and as we relaxed at Joe Black’s Café) after 2 & 1/2 hours of cruising pathways and carving up snow packed single track!  Good times and worth of a snappy video.   But for now, check out the gallery:

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Video: Fat tire riding the river trails with JC

Fat Tom K’s Post:

Made this little video from footage of fat tire riding with JC (alias FatJason) coming back from the Lindsay Gauld celebration at the Forks.¬† We rode the Assiniboine River edge trails from the Hugo St River Trail point all the way to Omand’s Creek.¬† From there we connected to the Ass. Park ‘Monkey Trails’, which were in good shape.¬†¬†Nice to get to know Jason better and compare notes about¬†tackling Actif Epica .
Good times ūüôā

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.

Lake Wpg Ride

Fat KC’s Post:

Rode Lake Wpg with a friend today. ¬†Was AWESOME! ¬†Could not have asked for a better day or better trail conditions. ¬†Sunny. ¬†Little wind. ¬†Freshly groomed with little blow over. ¬†Was very doable but still a work out (gentle to moderate pushing at times ‚Äď does that make sense?). ¬†55 kms. ¬†-20C on the Lake

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Hey doesn’t your mom work Saturdays at the Petersfield Motor Hotel?

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Locals wondering what the…

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Met the groomer and club member at the warming hut; were very hospitable.

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Snoman trail leading to the Lake

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Approaching the lake trail.

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Lake Wpg trail.

Oh yeah to our surprise (despite weak wind) we did not hear sleds approaching until they were almost right with us.  Wise to be +++careful riding single track sled trail.

ALSO I have a converted .crs file (.gpx file) for the Actif Epica for those with garmin handheld vs forerunner and edge.

30 Jan 13 WNR Report – Windy-Chilly Gravel Grinder

Fat Tom K’s Post:

It was Cory’s idea of a good Actif¬†Epica prep ride on gravel from in town and south via the Brady Road to the La Barriere¬†area and back.¬† Good plan, so I joined and we met up at the Duck Pond warming shack along with Serge (who was joining us for part of the ride to the Forest) and Charles (who lives down south and was riding home from work).¬† Did I mention that the windchill was -35C¬†with a NW wind of over 30 KMs?¬† No … ahh not that important …¬† not yet anyways!

Oh yah, a quick shout-out to Muddy Guy Anthony for the awesome job he did on the frame bag and gas tank bag he custom made for my Pugsley!  Picked them up from Guy via Olympia Cycle & Ski on Portage.

WNR 30 Jan 13 - 1My Pugsley all kitted out – thanks Muddy Guy!

So we rode south through the sheltered forest (see ya Serge) and then cruised south with the tailwind via MCCreary Rd and McGillvray to Brady Rd.  We were smok’n along (yes, by fat bike standards), but already starting to notice the windchill.  Did I mention that I was the only one with goggles on at this point?  No … not important yet!  So then it’s time to say good night to Charles as we’re 3/4’s the way down to the Perimeter (he rides this every day … hardcore!).

So we press on south past the Brady Landfill and start punching through our first snowdrifts across the otherwise solid gravel … more drifts … our first turn west (ohh … so that’s how strong the wind is!) … more south until we are abeam La Barriere … decision time!

It was only 20 kms back, but the headwind was going to be a factor and Cory had no goggles with him.¬† Well then, hot drink and snack, put on yer best facemasks and giddy up ‚Ķ it‚Äôs the real ‚ÄėGrinding‚Äô time.¬† Yup, it was slow going and chest/lower-regions numbing cold ‚Ķ but Cory and I pressed on at a reasonable pace ‚Ķ the lights of habitation and shelter from the wind coming closer oh so slowly.¬† No time for pictures, but it was actually a beautiful thing to see and yes feel!¬† We rode steady back to the Forest pathway (except for the ridiculously long traffic light at Wilkes!) and enjoyed the shelter and pathway trails.

WNR 30 Jan 13 - 2Cory – as we reached the shelter of the Forest

At his point, the ride was easy going with -25C type firm pathways.  Seemed pretty fast, but once we arrived back at the park footbridge to split up, I realized we had ridden for over 3 hours and only one of those had been going south.  Ah, wind … the great equalizer!

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Now Cory says it wasn’t too bad riding back into that 30 Kph headwind -35C windchill with no goggles, but I figure he’s pretty tough, cuz it had to have hurt!  Nice ride Cory!

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Still hiding from the elements – thank you goggles!

Great riding with ya guys.  Hope the forest trails were fun Serge and hope to see ya again at Actif Epica Charles.

WNR 23 Jan 13: Frosty ‚Äď but fun!

Fat Tom K’s Post:

Thanks to KC and Cory for the¬†good company and motivation¬†to get out last night on my 3rd long-ish night ride in a row.¬† It was around -30C¬†most of the ride and we got a slow start due a mechanical of mine, but we soon warmed up as we headed south from the Forks with Cory leading us on his ‚ÄėChurchill Parkway ‚Äď Seine River Loop‚Äô:

Fat-Tire-Ride-23-Jan-13-1Pathways were all hardpacked and smooth cruising:

Fat-Tire-Ride-23-Jan-13-2Most of the river edge trails were rideable and the Seine River track was solid from the Windsor Park area up until a bit south of Provencher Blvd (just north of Kavanagh Park).  The Seine River Parkway trail was mostly rideable from there north to the Robins Donuts at Provencher:

Fat-Tire-Ride-23-Jan-13-3Here’s one last screen cap from my GoPro cam, before the frigid temps killed both batteries (batt backpack does not equal 2 x life in the cold!):

Fat-Tire-Ride-23-Jan-13-4Thanks for ‚Äėpulling‚Äô me along guys.¬† Good times!

What you missed – WNR Report

Fat Ian’s Post:

Wednesday ride report: there was beard frost and reflective stuff.
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and cold/dark enough to prevent camera from focusing, apparently.

Nearly 30km loop, about 95% of which was off road. Nice route, Cory.

Next Wednesday (January 9th) ride is at western meetup spot ‚Äď Assiniboine Forest (Grant @ Chalfont) at 7:30.

Fatbike Wonderland

Fat Jon’s Post:

I rode my Pugsley up and down the trails at Grand Beach today. Wow! It was fantastic on the sandy trails and had SO much control up and down the hills. The fatbike smoothed out the trails and conquered the rock gardens, what rock gardens ? ha ha ūüôā

Wouldn’t be surprised to see it roaring up a hill at a local race?

After 40 KM of hitting every rock and boulder my 60 gram tubes (26X1.9/2.3) held up fine