Fatbikes are the hottest trend in the mountain biking world right now and not surprisingly, super fun fatbike events are popping up everywhere. Following are our top 9 events to get in on the fat bike action.
4th Annual Global Fat-Bike Summit – Snow King Resort, Jackson Hole, WY -January 23-25th, 2015. Hosted by QBP, along with Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, Hoback Sports, Wyoming Pathways, and Mountain Bike the Tetons/IMPA. Here’s what you can expect:
“On Friday the summit will focus on training sessions and panel discussions featuring the latest in the evolving world of best management practices for fat-bike use on public lands. Management practices will be discussed with a focus on winter use since the majority of access issues fall in the winter months. This interactive training day will include land managers from the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and state and local governments, along with bike advocates and industry representatives.”
“The festival portion of the event begins Friday night with a fat-bike night ride and evening banquet, and continues through Saturday and Sunday with a variety of demo rides, product clinics, and riding events that include an optional guided fat bike tour of Grand Teton National Park.”
Winterbike at Copper – Leadville Series – Jan 24th, 2015. Here’s why you want to try this event. Join Copper and the Cloud City Wheelers for WinterBike, part of the Leadville winter mountain bike series. Competitors will ride into the night for this cross-country race slipping, sliding and riding on the mountain and throughout the Village. Make it a family affair and bring the tykes for LittleBike, a free fun ride.
Arrowhead 135 – Last week in January. Here’s what separates the Arrowhead from the other events. “The Arrowhead 135 is recognized in the book “The World’s Toughest Endurance Challenges” by Richard Hoad and Paul Moore as one of the 50 toughest races in the world. It is a human powered Ultra Marathon taking place in the coldest part of winter in the coldest city in the lower 48 states. Our average finish rate is less than 50%, the finish rate for new racers is much lower. 2014 finish rate was 35%.”
“135 miles Deep Winter across Northern Minnesota on rugged, scenic Arrowhead State Snowmobile Trail from Frostbite I-Falls to Tower, MN Fortune Bay Casino. Pick mode of transport at start: bicycle, ski or foot. This is our 11th year, beginning with 10 entrants in 2005 to ~150 starters 2014, featuring some of the best winter ultra-athletes in the world.” Obviously, this event isn’t for the faint of heart – but one definitely to aspire to doing!
Abominable Winter Fat Bike Race – Como, CO – January 31st, 2015. If you are feeling a little wild, then this event might be for you. Abominable events are for those with a little wild in them. Not for the timid, they are challenging you to come get after it in the whitest Colorado has to offer. On January 31st get “yeti” for a winter adventure run, fat bike rides hot chocolate and more. Grab your friends, hop in the car, and crank up the heat because it’s gonna be cold, wild one out there!
Alley Loop Fat Bike Race – Crested Butte, CO – February 6th, 2015. This fun fatbike event takes place simultaneously with the 28th Annual Alley Loop Nordic Marathon. If you have any skiers in the family, this is a great event to combine your two passions. The plus side, for those on the fence about whether to race or not, they offer same day registration.
Big Fat Bike Festival – Homer AK – Feb 6-8th, 2015. Concerned about getting cold while racing your fatbike? Well, this event lures you in with a cozy bonfire about 8 miles in where you can warm up before venturing on or returning to the start. “The ride is approximately 16 miles long (or more if you choose), follows the beautiful bluffs of the south shore with ample opportunity to enjoy the view.”
Tennessee Pass Night Jam – Leadville Series – Feb 7th, 2015. This is part of the Leadville winter mountain bike series. For customers of our Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop and locals in Colorado, you’ll note the 12 mile course starts at Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, Tennessee Pass, and the cost of entry is $20.
Frozen Fat Fondo Fest – Davenport IA – Saturday, Feb 7th, 2015. This event challenges you to be a fatbike hero! “Make history being a part of FORC’s first Fat Bike challenge, the Frozen Fat Fondo Festival! The FFFFestival will be held — rain or shine, snow or slime — on the beautiful shores of the Mississippi River at the newly rebuilt Credit Island Lodge. Riders will test their mettle on a circuit featuring many technical challenges through thick lowland forest and chunky river shoreline on this 3 hour endurance ride. Participate as a 3-person relay team or solo. 3.5″ tires or greater required! All proceeds from this event benefit FORC to continue maintaining and improving local trails.”
Mineral Belt Mayhem – Leadville Series – March 7th, 2015. Again, this is part of the Leadville winter mountain bike series. However, this event starts at the mineral belt trail in Leadville, Colorado. Entry costs $20
US National Fat-Bike Championship – Cable, WI – March 7th, 2015. What? There’s a National Fatbike championship? Yep! That’s how popular these bikes and events are! The 47-kilometer event will be, for the second year in a row be the “U.S. National Fat Bike Championships” with cash prizes for the top three women and men. The field limit for the third annual Fat Bike Birkie on March 7, 2015, has been bumped up to 750 riders and is quickly filling.
Eastside Epic – Leadville Series – Apr 18th. Another great event that is part of the Leadville winter mountain bike series. This one starts in Leadville and entry is $20.
Does reading about all these great fatbike events make you curious about fat bike riding? Demo a fat bike at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop in Golden, Colorado and stay tuned for more upcoming blog posts on fat bike bike selections, cycling apparel, hydration strategies, fat bike bike parts, and accessories.