Global Fat-bike Day in Pictures

Here in SE Wisconsin we had a turnout of about 60 fat-bikers at the John Muir and Emma Carlin trail systems near Palmyra, WI. Temps in the 50’s kept snow at bay but, to be truthful, we really haven’t had much in the way of early December snow for many years. Still, the sandy terrain in parts of the Kettles and the general overall fun of riding a fat-bike made it a great day. Barbecue, fire and Derby activities completed the day.

Lonely Stef from Gaspe, Quebec sent in a shot from Forillon National Park.

Mark from SLC sent in several and said “We had a fantastic day. I was completely confident that there would be at least 1 in attendance. There were a total of 8 & I got to meet 6 New friends with fat bikes. I would say it went great!”

Trains and fat-bike from the town of Bewdley in England.

Lance joined 4 friends in Dubuque.

Dan soloed in Peoria, IL.

Cody Einstein Cycles in Traverse City, MI went on a Lunar-like ride on the Old Mission Peninsula.

The Iowa City Crew rode and commiserated! Pix from a couple of different riders.

Luca sent in a photo from the Door County Peninsula in Wisconsin.

From The Netherlands:

More than twenty fatbikers took to the Drünen dunescape trails in The Netherlands on Global Fatbike Day : Dutch homeboys and Flemish-Belgian visitors. Near-freezing temperatures, but it was dry until the finish. Beautiful trails, great fun!

A handful of Surleys, two Pugleys, a Moonie, even a handbuilt fully got a slightly more than even match from a whole herd of Sandman models : Hoggar, Gobi, Atacama and even an Outback tandem skippered by Rovaniemi 150 winner Elias Van Hoeydonck and his dad.

Here’s the Sandman die-hards that went for an second on the 25 Km tobogan trail. The picture was taken by a Surly companion – I think his name is Tom – when a bleak sun peered through the clouds. Thanks mate !

I’m the big fatty with the Nutcase helmet on the left behind my Sandman Hoggar Ti XL on Surly Nates – a wee bit of overkill on this compacted sand 😉

Ben from Denver sent is this report:

Pedal of Littleton, Colorado led a ride out of the shop on Global Fatbike Day. The group started out as 8 and ended as 5 almost four hours later. They rode the shoreline of Chatfield Reservoir, a large reservoir just south of  Denver. The group enjoyed a high temperature around 65, calm winds, blue skies, and no crowds! The ride hit up everything a fatbiker could ask for – packed sand, mud, water, rocks, old sunken paved trail, bog-like grass, deep sand, singletrack, bike path, and some bushwacking.

Walt from San Diego, CA joined in the fun and sent in a couple of pix.

Dan took a ride along the southwest edge of Saylorville Lake in Des Moines,IA, heading northwest along the river up to the High Trestle Trail Bridge, then east to Madrid, IA with about 20 fat-bike friends.

Al took a ride at the Fakahatchee Swamp near Big Cypress National Preserve, He says:

This is a old Tram used for logging years ago, there is swamp/water on both sides. It leads into the prairie which goes on for a while and then back into the interior of the swamp. My favorite loop in Fakahatchee of which there are many miles of Fatbike heaven.

Jim sent in the shot from Washington!

Check back here, several folks were shooting pix and we will add to this gallery as the photos come in.

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Other readers sent us links to photo sets on other sites. Have a look!

Walter from Leipzig –

From Sapporo, Japan –

7 Responses to Global Fat-bike Day in Pictures

  1. Mark Peterson December 2, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    We had a great day, I know that you guy’s did too! Awesome Pic’s Thanks

  2. djonnymac December 2, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    yup, that was a great day!
    my photos are here-
    shot a lot of video too that will someday get edited together.

  3. jthompson December 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Looks like a phat time!

  4. Ben December 3, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    sweet pics everyone!

  5. Saw December 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Love the pictures of the alligator in FL and the photo set from Japan. I would like to get some more info on the tire chains used on the tan japanese Pugsley. I also really liked the train in England and the “Huge Tire Sale”. Fat Bikers rock!

  6. Nure December 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Il nostro primo raduno made in Italy lo abbiamo fatto a Sestriere con notte in tenda a -15 C e poi via con le nostre bici fat 🙂

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