Where is the race?
Same spot as King Vasa! We will be back at Timber Ridge Resort. Even the start times is the same, 2pm. However, this race will not include the Vasa 25km. Like most of our races, we’ll be doing a two-hour, lap format.
There will be day of registration starting at noon, but make your life easier by signing up here.
So what does that mean?
Each racer will try to do as many laps as possible in the time allotted. For example, for the 30 minute race, you’ll do as many laps on the 2 mile course as you can. If you come through the start/finish at 29:59, you can go out for one more lap. Come in at 30:00, and you’re done for the day, and will be technically one lap down from the person who got in under 30 minutes. However, you are still ahead of everyone that came in behind you.
What categories are there again?
We have a 30 minute Low-Fat race. This is geared to beginners who haven’t done any fat bike races, or have only raced once or twice on mountain bikes. We have a one hour race for Juniors, kids over 12 and under 18.
The rest of the races are 2 hours. The Duo category features two riders who switch off each lap. They can share one bike or use two different bikes, but only one person will be allowed out on the course at a time.
The other races are Solo races. The Men’s and Women’s Open is for all riders, usually under the age of 45. The 45+ crowd has the option to be scored in the Master’s race.
Is there beer?
There is. All registered racers will get free entry into Suds’n'Snow, the mircobrew festival that coincides with the race. They’ll have dozens of local craft beers on tap, live music, big fires, and a ton of fun. Racers also get a sweet deal: 2 food/drink tickets and a pint glass for just $10.
What’s the course like?
The course will be a very flat, fast criterium-style loop that will bring racers past the both beer tents. It should be the most vocal and loud crowd every to see a fat bike race. The course is just over two miles with two small elevation changes that could split the group late in the race.
What’s the Series part of it?
Each race is worth points. Right now, Jorden Wakeley and Danielle Musto are winning, but both will be at the Birkie race on March 8, so it’s wide open. Take the win and grab yourself a neat 50 points! The Series winners will get their names engraved on the NMFBS FAT trophy to tell the eons of fat bikers to come just how this sport started out. You will become legends.
Where is Timber Ridge again?
4050 Hammond Rd.
Traverse City, MI 49686
Park as close as you can and ride your bike to the Lodge, if it’s packed. Parking is okay along Harrand and Six Mile, but please take care not to park in front of driveways, too close to intersections, and make sure other cars can get around yours to leave.