Blog: Fatbikes, Frost & Fun!

Cold winter mornings in Minnesota can mean different things for different people. Some people will see a bitterly cold morning as an opportunity/excuse to stay inside, make some coffee, sit and relax. For some, though, they see the cold and snow as an opportunity to have fun. This is what I noticed when I had the opportunity  to attend the beginning of the Fatbike Frozen 40, which is an annual event held at Elm Creek Park Reserve and part of the Great Lakes Fatbike Series. What I witnessed  were people gearing-up – full-throttle – for the opportunity to race through the elements of cold and snow through the beautiful trails of Elm Creek.

Cold winter mornings in Minnesota can mean different things for different people. Some people will see a bitterly cold morning as an opportunity/excuse to stay inside, make some coffee, sit and relax. For some, though, they see the cold and snow as an opportunity to have fun. This is what I noticed when I had the opportunity  to attend the beginning of the Fatbike Frozen 40, which is an annual event held at Elm Creek Park Reserve and part of the Great Lakes Fatbike Series. What I witnessed  were people gearing-up – full-throttle – for the opportunity to race through the elements of cold and snow through the beautiful trails of Elm Creek.

For people who may not know, a Fatbike is a bicycle with over-sized tires. The tire size is typically 3.7” or larger and has rims wider than 44mm. These tires and bicycles are designed to handle riding on unsteady terrain, which may include snow and sand.

Not being an avid cyclist, I can’t definitely verify this, but I see the cycling community as a tight-knit group, all working towards a common cause for their hobby. It seems to me the Fatbike community takes this to another level. When I arrived at the event, I noticed a celebratory atmosphere. Tents lined the commons area with complimentary food and beverages, sponsors of the event worked diligently to help make sure everything ran like clockwork, radios blasted some classic 80’s tunes, attendees huddled around a fire pit and cyclists tested out there bikes up-and-down the roads.

When race time came, anxious riders waited while event organizers, Ben Welnack and Brad Boyd, went through race details. And, once the race began, I watched as the 200 racers darted down the path. Spectators cheered on as riders came back through the first trek before making their way onto the wooded trails of Elm Creek, and working towards completion of the 40-mile endurance.

The Minneapolis Northwest CVB is excited to have this spectacular event in our area, and we are proud to be a sponsor now and into the future.

A slideshow of photos of the race are available at Race.Vista.com: http://racevista.com/featured-races/triplef2014/.

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