SUN VALLEY, ID – Fat bike racing returns to Sun Valley on Saturday, February 25, with the 3rd Annual Snowball Special Fat Bike race. This year, the race is a part of the Frosty’s Fat Bike Race Series. All categories will race at 9:00 a.m. for either one loop (10.5 miles) or two loops (21 miles). Packet pickup and registration is Friday, Feb. 24 from 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. at Sawtooth Brewery. Participants may enter online for $40 until midnight. The entry fee increases to $50 on race day.
While many of us take to skis and snowboards in the winter months, the time between our chairlift seasons can seem like an eternity. Most bike parks are buried, and even for those of us who love playing in powder, months without riding two wheels can be torture. Slow, painful torture. Sure, some of us are lucky enough to live in sunny climes and ride year-round, or we get breaks in the weather to sneak in some shuttle runs and pedal some laps, but many resorts are giving riders winter options. Here's a list of upcoming winter bike events going on at bike parks around North America to keep you shredding until the snow melts.
VERNON, NJ – The iconic US Open of Mountain Biking will make its long-awaited return to Mountain Creek Bike Park on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 - 28, 2017. The US Open was last held in 2011 and is now being relaunched by one of the original founders, Clay Harper. Keeping with tradition, the US Open will bring one of the largest prize purses in American downhill racing with over $15,000 up for grabs in the Open Class and some of the most coveted amateur prizes available anywhere.
NORTHFIELD, NH – Highland Mountain Bike Park has announced that it will hold its first ever 'Winter Woolly," a fat-bike festival with a downhill twist, on Saturday, February 11. Working in conjunction with local advocacy group MTBVT, the Highland team is hosting an event that includes organized group rides, a demo loop and yes, even lift-served downhill laps and a downhill fat bike race.
VALDEZ, AK – The Second Annual Chugach Fatbike Bash returns to Valdez March 1 through 5, 2017, and will mark the debut of the World Fat Freeride Championship. You heard that right—freeriding fat bikes in Alaska. The event will also feature a fat bike 'rodeo,' cross-country race and a 'Big Air, Big Splash' event sending riders hurtling into the frigid waters of the Prince William Sound.
BOULDER CITY, NV – The USA Cycling Nevada State Championships will kick-off the Winter Gravity Series at Bootleg Canyon MTB Park January 13 and 15. The first event in the three-part winter series will crown USAC State Champions in downhill, super-D and dual slalom to the top three in each category/age bracket.
DULUTH, MN – Spirit Mountain has announced its second annual winter downhill fat bike race, the 'Frosted Fatty,' will return to the mountain March 4 and 5, 2017. The two-day winter bike festival will include demos, live music and even a cross-country race in addition to the downhill race and offer more than $5,000 in cash and prizes.
GRANBY, CO – Bike Granby Ranch will host its second annual Granby Ranch Meltdown race series beginning January 28, 2017. No word yet on official courses, but last year's race took competitors down Dragon Lady, a trail groomed for the race with snow berms, rollers jumps and other features.
SNOWSHOE, WV – Snowshoe Mountain Bike Park is hosting its third and final championship race in its gravity series Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25. The two race event will be held on the resort's basin side. Details and video below.