I suppose if there is a “traditional” fat-bike event it would have something to do with snow, suffering, proximity to dogs and would probably be above at least the 45th parallel, although a lot of the winter snow bike action is now below that line on the map. However, we have been seeing fat-bikes in all sorts of events that used to be strictly the stomping grounds of road bikes, fixes, mountain bikes etc. In fact, more than a few events around the country have added fat-bike classes specifically to cater to our brethren of the fat and fat-bike racing is not just for winter anymore.
Some guys and Gals will simply race fat-bikes in their age group or just show up at the line with those monster tires while others opt to enter the fat-bike specific classes. Either way, Fat’s Where It’s At! Here are a few events that we know of that happen in the “off season” that include fat-bike specific classes. There are a lot more. Let us know about them!
Iceman Cometh Challenge – Billed as the largest 1-day mountain bike race in the United States has added a Fat-bike Class to this year’s event to be held on November 2nd, 2013.
WORS – The Wisconsin Off Road Series is the largest state mountain bike racing series in the country and they added a fat-bike class to the series this year. Races run from Early May through the end of October.
Riverwest 24 – The RW24 is a 24-hour Urban Assault ride through the streets of the Riverwest neighborhood in Milwaukee. This past year the Team A competition against mostly road bike teams was won by 6 guys on a fat-bike! In Team A all the riders use the same bike. There is also a Team B category that each racer rides his/her own rig and there was a guy on a Salsa Mukluk on course as well. More fat in 2014!
What is going on in your neck of the woods? Are there fat-bike specific classes in any events in your area? Let us know about them! You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can also add your event directly to our Fat-bike.com Event Calendar by using our Submit a Fat-bike Event Page.