Well folks, it’s that time of year again. We are enjoying fall but our minds eye is turned to a wintery and wild West Virginia fat bike season. There’s a number of winter outlooks all across the board, but we choose to listen to the most favorable one. Snow is on the way!
With a plumped up season behind us, we are looking forward to a new and improved wv fat tracked winter wonderland. We need support for grooming, which is our primary goal: getting regularly groomed Fat Bike Trails! With the support already levied, we will be able to pick up a small track groomer for the 2020 season. Any additional race revenues or donations will aid in more time spent on it out in the snow. With that in mind, we are working on regular grooming locations which will be announced as the pre-season progresses.
You can expect a new race addition to the calendar this winter and more of the social events to progress as well. The White Grass race will be back, and we’ll announce the new venue when there is something to tell. You might also keep an eye out for a cold weather, bike packing bivvy event. Until then, get out and ride!
Sunday February 3rd 2019, on a surprisingly warm and sunny winter morning, 82 fat bikes took the line at the 3rd annual Mountain State Fat Bike Champs in Canaan Valley, WV at the Whitegrass Ski Touring Center. The center piece of a season of fat bike fun, this race is an xc style lap race on groomed cross country ski trails. Conditions held firm despite the warm temps, and the result was a perfect course. With a moto style start, racers funnel into the first trail and our across the mountain to find rolling terrain on a 2.2 mile lap. Early leads were established by race favorites Rob May and Chris Hays of Dred.not Racing in the XXC race and in the Mens XC 2 time winner Zach Bittinger of CTC Racing took a strong early lead as well. The Womens XC field was strongly contested with tight margins between racers. Laura Hamm of the highly revered Moon Stompers taking a strong lead. For more information, visit www.wvfat.com
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.
A huge thanks to this years sponsors: Highland Outdoors, Blackwater Bikes, and Mountain State Brewing Company.