Riders can look forward one week to the third annual running of the Mountain State Fat Bike Champs. West Virginia’s only fat bike race is hosted at White Grass Ski Touring Center, in the heart of the West Virginia Highlands.
Extended weather forecasts are predicting cold temps and light snow throughout the week, but a rise in temperature may prove detrimental to snow conditions. For the past two years, race day temperatures above 30 degress have plagued the event. Early in the morning trails have been firm, but as the temperature rises towards freezing, the snow softens. This softer snow is not as ideal for riding as colder temperatures yield a more firm surface. “There’s no controlling weather, just what you’ll make of it,” says race officials, hoping to Ullr for one more day of low temps. With multiple days of snow in the coming week, it just could be great….hard to tell at this point.
For racers coming into the area, it is highly recommended to pair the race with a visit to Dales Trail at the Thomas City Park Trails and Stumptown Ales for the Yellow Creek Preserve/WV Land Trust meet and greet. Conditions will be prime on Saturday to take a spin at the Thomas Trails, which has been donated to by the Mountain State Fat Bike Champs for the last 2 years for completion of Dales Trail, a new green level trail created by New Historic Thomas. The Stumptown Fundraiser is from start to close on Saturday, and $1 of every beer will be donated to the WV Land Trust for purchase of the property that holds the iconic Local MTB spots called Moon Rocks and HooDoo Rocks. The WV Land Trust will be on hand at 5pm to talk about this amazing project. Race proceeds this year will go towards the purchase of a single track groomer for furthering the fat bike cause in Davis, WV.