Date(s) - 02/05/2017
White Grass Ski Touring Center
Register at www.bikereg.com/fattiresandstoutbeers
Mountain State Fat Bike Champs
Presented by Mountain State Brewing Company
Sunday February 5th, 2017 (Super Bowl Sunday)
Xc Mens $25
Xc Womens $25
xXC Mens $25
xXC Womens $25
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 our 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. The first time I rode a rental fat bike down double trouble (a kick ass groomed trail there), I was sold on why fat bikes are here to stay. I bought one the next day. I want to share that feeling with you.
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 knows snow. It’s got 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- we all ski the trees too.
The course will be on a mix of rolling lower trails and rugged mountain trails. I’ll try to find the most steady, rideable way up the mountain to see to best view in Canaan Valley at Bald Knob, followed by a tail whipping, tire sliding, blast down the mountain. I’ll sprinkle small descents and climbs in there as needed to try and regulate temperature a bit. At least 95% of the course will be groomed, and non groomed course will be gravity aided. Your day pass fee is included in the race entry. We won’t know what the course is until right before the race, since it will be based on conditions and what the best option is at the moment. But know it will be good.
Any proceeds and funds raised over the weekend will go to funding the construction of a new, 2.4 mile beginner trail in the Thomas City Park. This project is a partnership between New Historic Thomas, Blackwater Bicycle Association, and the City of Thomas. More info on this project can be found here: __________
Fundraiser, raffle, and packet pickup Saturday at 6pm
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 will be classy and cheap.
What kind of support is out on course?
There will be a couple warming huts passed on the course for your needs, but you are responsible for any food and drink during your ride. There are natural springs with dipping cups on course for a quick sip.
· 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 and non-transferable.