Ride the Ridge – Maple Moonshine Fat Bike Criterium

Ride the Ridge – Maple Moonshine Fat Bike Criterium

Maple Ski Ridge and HRRT Present the 2016 Ride the Ridge Series. Event #1- Maple Moonshine Fat Bike CriteriumSaturday, March 12th – 6:30 pm. Registration Fee: $20, register online at bikereg.com.

PicsArt_1424277110049WHERE: Maple Ski Ridge, Rotterdam NY WHAT: With its short lap format, success in a winter Fat Bike criterium requires cyclists to hold their own on a fast, snowy course that covers the lower portions of Maple Ski Ridge Mountain. Wide tires will be the tool of choice for riders to navigate the varied terrain in this spectator friendly, one of a kind event…

More info here: Ride the Ridge

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Snow biking added to Empire State Winter Games

SARANAC LAKE – Racers jostling with each other down a snowy mountain on skis and snowboards is wild enough, but the Empire State Winter Games is about to take things to a new level – doing the same thing on bicycles.

Snow biking will be the new sport at this year’s games from Feb. 4 to 7, 2016. Mount Pisgah Ski Area, owned and run by the village of Saranac Lake, will be its venue.

It’s a bold move intended to shake up New York state’s own version of the Winter Olympics. Local municipalities and agencies took over the sports festival after the state abandoned it in 2010, and therefore they have more freedom to add new sports – even ones no one plays yet.

Fat-tired snow bikes have become more common lately, but while Adirondack residents may have seen people use them for winter commuting or athletic training, they probably haven’t seen anything like bike cross, a two-wheeled equivalent of snowboard cross or ski cross. Bikers start en masse at the top of a ski run and try to be the first one down, with some rough-and-tumble action on the way.

Fat tires are not required, according to new ESWG manager Tait Wardlaw of Lake Placid. If you want to use regular tires and feel you can pull it off, go for it.

The same goes for cross country bike races around the ski runs and a “winter bike enduro” that’s a combination of the two: Bikers will race around the ski center to the top of a run, and then down…

Full story–>> Snow biking added to Empire State Winter Games

Giving Thanks MTB Race #fatbike

PSX_20151126_180850My first fat bike race was a blast. The annual HRRT Giving Thanks MTB Race added a fat bike class this year. Fat bike are a so much fun to ride, I decided to race it today. If you have never ridden a fat bike, get on a friend’s and give it a spin. You’ll probably want one too.

The race, at Schenectady’s Central Park trails, is a ~6 mile race course on about 95% singletrack. And regardless of the bike you are on, the singletrack is a good ride. For me, being on a fat bike made it better. Riding a fat bike is definitely a different feel and a different workout. I felt good for this time of year, although I did fade a bit at the beginning of the second lap, and then I managed to regrouped to finish strong. I finished the 2 lap race in 5th place with a time of ~1:17:00.

Fat Biking: Grafton

20151125_122001What a great day for biking…or I should say, fat biking. I took a drive over to Grafton State Park today with my On-One fat bike. My plan was to ride an ~8 mile loop that I use for training rides. But when I got there and started to ride, it was just too much fun. 40 degrees, dry, and a bike that will go over and trough just about anything. No, the fat bike isn’t as fast as my Cannondale Scalpel, but it might be more fun to ride.

When I finished my planned ~8 miles, I took a left and rode the next trail…and then the next trail…and then the trails in the opposite direction. By the time I got back to the car, I had been out for nearly 3 hours. It was a fun day of mountain biking and being on a fat bike only enhanced the day of riding.

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