WOW! Can the Fat Bike Birkie Race get any Bigger and Better?
Well, this year’s 2016 version was all that and more than the great race I have enjoyed the last two years! It wasn’t just that it has grown to over 1000 racers … the whole weekend experience was enhanced by the new Start/Finish location and venue right in the heart of Cable, Wisconsin, USA. The locale created a fun ‘carnival’ atmosphere, allowed for more sponsors space (wow – do they have a ton of sponsors – Fat Biking continues to explode!), access to local businesses and a seriously long straight racers line-up and roll out …
Credit: James Netz Photography via the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation
While we racers were all a bit nervous about the roll-out road conditions (very icy on the pre-race day), it all turned out well thanks to 3 inches of fresh snow that…
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Video Time: “Fattie Snowfest Foray” – First Fresh Tracks
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! 🙂
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“!
With all the sweet GoPro video footage I have from all three…
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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! 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:
What: Probably last chance to NIGHT trail ride ON SNOW. All bikes welcome, fat bikes best suited.
Where: Meet at the Ass. Park Duck Pond Shelter
When: Fri, 4 Apr 7:45 PM for a 8:00 PM sunset/start
It might look like kinda like this:
Well, since we had such a blast cruising our fatties on the rolling Grand Beach trails on Throw Down #1, we headed back out there this past Sunday for Throw Down #2 … upping the ante with a potluck feast after! Fatbiking and Bacon … they just seem perfect together! It was a bit warmer; so we started sooner to maximize the firm snow conditions and all was well.
All was well that is … until we were ‘photo ambushed’ by Greg McNeill.
Sorry guys, ‘sneaky’ Greg got me to give up our trail secrets.
Check out Greg’s handy work here:
Greg’s – ‘Rocky Mountain Hiker Part Deux’ Photostream
*UPDATE: Check out Greg’s article in Community News Common:
A little known piece of Manitoba Paradise
Check out my GoPro screen caps here:
Thanks to Jason’s initiative to get us Grand Beach Provincial Park staff approval to ride the winter trails and good conditions, a fun group of nine Fat Bikers enjoyed a great day ‘rolling our fatties’!
Check it out in these GoPro screen-cap pictures …
Looks like we’ll be back … soon!