Mountain State Fat Bike Champs
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Sunday February 3rd, 2019 (Super Bowl Sunday) Categories: Xc Mens $25 / $35 Day Of Xc Womens $25 / $35 Day Of xXC Mens $25 / $35 Day Of xXC Womens $25 / $35 Day Of
Fat bike rentals from Blackwater Bikes $40
What the heck are we doing?
This is a timed, XC style fat bike race held on amazing XC ski trails at a local Nordic center with a staff of groomers making sure we have an amazing, groomed surface of that all important white stuff to ride on.
You ought to know by now that mother nature beats the the sound of her own drum. We have no control over snow. We do know that we will run this thing come hell or high water and will have fun doing it. If you are a condition dependent type of rider……well, you might consider just riding the trainer instead. We’ve raced in blizzards, sub zero temps, warm temps, and soft snow. Thats just how it goes. We make no claims or garuntees on snow conditions, and or trail conditions that are a direct result of snow temps.
The first time I borrowed a fat bike and rode it down double trouble (a local trail), I was sold on why fat bikes are here to stay. I bought one the next day. We put on this race a a central way to pump up fat bike stoke around these parts.
Whitegrass Ski Touring Center is opening its doors to us silly people that choose fat bikes over skis. With over thirty years in business, WG has a relaxed, eclectic vibe and everything revolves around the “cozy”, packed ski lodge. WG is not open to fat biking the rest of the year. Btw- come early and ski the trees too.
The course will be on a mix of rolling lower trails this year,same as last season.It is a relatively flat race course with small descents and climbs in there as needed to try and regulate temperature a bit. The course will be groomed, as warranted by the conditions. Your day pass fee is included in the race entry. We may decide to change trails right before the race, since it will be based on what the best option is at the moment.
As is every year, any proceeds and funds raised over the weekend will go directly to a local advocacy project. These funds do not end up in general funds for any club. For 2019, the race proceeds will go to funding the purchase of a fat bike specific single track groomer so that we can start providing local groomed trails for fat biking. Proceeds from the Saturday Night Fundraiser at Stumptown Ales will go to the WV Land Trust to purchase the Yellow Creek Preserve, that holds local trails to Moon Rocks and HooDoo Rocks. Check them out:
Check in Sunday at 8am Race start 9:30 AM XXC course cut off at high noon Awards at 2pm Have more questions? Maybe, they are answered below. If not, email me at email@example.com. ·
What kind of bike do I need to participate?? You must ride a fat bike at this event – 3.8″ or bigger tires. ·
What if I don’t own a fat bike? Blackwater Bikes will be offering their rental fleet to reserve before the event. ·
Is it timed? Yes, this race will be timed and results will be posted. Awards (no prizes, no cash) will be classy and cheap.
What kind of support is out on course? There will be a couple warming huts passed on the course, but you are responsible for any food and drink during your ride. Consider this a self supported race. We do have a “comfort stop” with a couple supplies to help you feel more comfortable during your ride/race. ·
What if I am not the “racer” type? Not a problem – feel free to enter anyway. Think of it as a chance to ride kick ass groomed trails with new friends! ·
What about the weather? This is a snow only event. Chances are good for this date, but if there is no snow it will be postponed or course will be adjusted to stay on the snow farm. We are hardy West Virginians and will ride no matter the condition…unless it’s just stupid out. Then individual races will be cancelled as needed. ·
So how do I stay warm? Dress appropriately in layers, ready for temps that can be well below zero. Watch the weather. If your feet get too cold, walk. Walk to the side of the groomed trails. If you walk on the trails it screws up the surface, so be respectful and walk off the edge! . Be prepared, I don’t suffer fools. ·
What if I register but can’t ride?? We will miss you but, sorry, Registration fees are non-refundable. Registration can be transferred through your bikereg profile for a $5 exchange fee.
2018 Race Photo Slideshow
2017 Race Photo Slideshow