Make Your Own Fun!

Well Groomed, A FatBike FUNraiser

Tomorrow morning Well Groomed, A FatBike FUNraiser will be featured throughout the morning news live on CTV. Watch for us or join us at 7:23, 7:50, 8:15 and 8:40am, at the Bessborough by the river, as we make our own fun in front of the camera.

The final auction items have arrived and what fun THEY are!

Our live auction items are the Carbon Salsa Mukluk Fat Bike Frame plus $50 off a custom build package thanks to the Bike Doctor and Salsa Cycles, three resorts that have shown their support, two in-province; Elkridge Resort with a 2 night stay for 2 with breakfast, and 4 rounds of golf, Outerbanks with a 2 night stay for 4 in their Riverside Cabins, and from BC, Nipika Mountain Resort with a 2 night stay in their luxurious hand-built cabins and one of the first resorts to groom trails specifically for FatBikes.

Four local bike shops; Bike Universe, Bruce’s Cycle Works, Doug’s Spoke ‘N Sport and Bike Doctor have donated items that will keep you warm on those winter trails. Doug’s has even supplied the bike parts that we are tying the helium balloons to, to keep from floating away – thanks Doug’s!

On the theme of winter recreation, businesses such as Eb’s Source for Adventure – Mountain Hardware backpack, Escape Sports – women’s snowshoes, Outtabounds – Patagonia backpack, Outter Limits – gloves, socks, and dry sack, and the Better Good – certificate, have what we need to keep the silent auction focused on Making Our Own Outdoor Fun. Aimy and Trent Theissen have donated an Eb’s gift certificate and two West Coast Trail t-shirts, a reflection on a past Source for Adventure!

Saskatoon Massage Therapy Supply will “heat and heal” you with a 30-minute infrared sauna session at Broadway Health Collective. Bid on this and one or more of the other treatments being offered by BHC practitioners for a great wellness experience.

Woofgang & Co. Family Pet Grooming has donated a grooming package that adds to the dog friendly section of our auction.

And to close on the theme of this post: “Make your own fun,” we had a most wildly creative and supper fun donation come in today. Auntie Tutu’s aloha and ‘ukelele party for 7! Auntie tutu (aka Roberta) brings the ‘ukeleles, the music, and the fun to all you Well Groomed partiers. She assures us that talent is not required. A sense of adventure is.

Buy your tickets now and join the adventure as we Make Our Own Fun this Friday evening!
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Putting the FUN in FUNraiser!

Only four more days left to purchase tickets to Well Groomed, A FatBike FUNraiser!

For live interviews about this event listen to CBC Radio’s Saskatoon Morning, Wednesday morning at 7:50 am, and watch CTV Morning LIVE, Thursday morning (specifically at 7:23, 7:50, 8:15 and 8:40am).

Buy your tickets now before they sell out.


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Excitement is building as many new silent auction items have arrived over the weekend that we will feature for you here.

On Wednesday we will share with you four premium items that we will now auction live as we have secured a live auctioneer, plus more silent auction items related to winter recreation and cycling.

In keeping with our play on “Well Groomed” silent auction items, many local businesses have donated items in support of the evening. Two businesses generously donated items for each attendee as well as balloon prizes and silent auction items!

Thanks to Bourbon Barbershop and Shave Club (2 balloon prizes and 2 silent auction items of cut, wash and style plus The Ultimate Shave Experience!) and Visions Salon and Spa (20 balloon prizes, and one silent auction item of services and products) for putting the FUN in our FUNraiser!

    

Other unique items are featured from Float Now-Float Pass, Freedom Functional Fitness Class Pass Package, Muscle MLK Protein Package, Bluetooth Headset with Noise Cancellation from Accelerated Technology, Odd Couple and Picaro where the Well Groomed go for great food, Paramount Day Spa, Salon Grea, Sweet Living Company – Saskatchewan hand made, artisanal skin care packages for men and women and Worthy of Love Spa – waxing. Janna Dutton, Owner/Operator of Tim Hortons has donated exquisite eco-friendly artisan jewelry from Color By Amber that the Well Groomed would wear, Broadway Health Collective has donated Wellness Treatments in support of a “Well Groomed Body, Mind and Soul” and the Weed Man has donated a summer Lawn Care Package.

Not to be overlooked, our furry best friends get their day with silent auction items from the Mutt Hutt (grooming and products), and Waterpaws (grooming and swimming sessions).

Stay tuned for more great items that you will have the chance to bid on this Friday night!

 

Well Groomed, A FatBike FUNraiser

Having wicked winter fun on your FatBike and well groomed trails go hand in hand.

You and your sense of adventure will benefit from attending the upcoming Fatlanders “Well Groomed” fundraiser in support of the purchase of Winter FatBike trail grooming equipment. This new equipment will help the club maintain and grow winter trails in and around Saskatoon for our collective enjoyment.

Have fun with your friends and winter-loving community in support of those who wish to make your winter trail riding EVEN MORE FUN.

It’s all about the Well Groomed Fattie trail of fun!

Well Groomed – A FatBike FUNraiser
Lucky Bastard Distillers
814 47th Street East
Friday, October 20th at 7:30pm
Tickets include food by The Saskatoon Club, your first Lucky Bastard cocktail, and music by DJ Robby-B.

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Silent Auction – Including a two night stay at Nipika Mountain Resort in BC and a Carbon Salsa Mukluk Fatbike frame.

In keeping with the theme of winter recreation and good grooming other items include snowshoes, spa packages, dog grooming, a summer of lawn care and more.

Excitement Today Comes In Black & Blue!

This sweet Salsa Carbon Mukluk Fatbike frame is sure to be one of the most popular auction items at the Well Groomed Fatbike FUNraiser October, 20th at Lucky Bastard.

Thanks to Salsa and the Bike Doctor for ensuring there will be BIG excitement the night of Well Groomed.

More auction items will be featured here as they arrive from Saskatoon’s local bike shops; Bruce’s Cycle Works, Bike Universe, and Doug’s Spoke “N Sport.

Tickets to Well Groomed, A Fatbike FUNraiser are $26.06, include food by The Sasaktoon Club, your first cocktail by Lucky Bastard, and music by Robby-B.

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Global FatBike Day Saskatoon – 2015

As the season draws to a close I finally found a few minutes to capture the Global FatBike Day experience Saskatoon style.   With route options for newcomers and singletrack sultans that wind along the Eastbank of the South Saskatchewan River from Broadway to Chief Whitecap Trail featuring the newly opened TransCanada Trail to Whitecap. I have listed it as one of the top 10 winter fatbike rides in Saskatchewan. http://fatlanders.bike/2015/01/06/top-10-winter-fatbike-rides-in-saskatchewan/

Wintershines 2016 – FatBike Festival Weekend Jan 22-24

Come celebrate winter FatBike style in Saskatoon.

Friday Jan 22 – Shopping and FatBike Movie night at the Bike Doctor

6-7pm shop and socialize

7-8pm Screening of “Off the Beaten Path” Film check out the trailer athttp://firsttracksproductions.com/

8pm Q&A with Sarah on winter riding, bikepacking and gear for longer rides and races.

email hehner(at)yahoo(dot)com for an invite

Sat Jan 23rd
The Wintershines White VeloCross on (https://www.facebook.com/events/556935984474404/). $20 ($5 rebate for Fatlanders members). Must have SCA membership for insurance purposed.   Register at https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/white-velocross-at-wintershines.  Signon 1pm. Race 2pm  A one of a kind mashup of Cyclocross, mountain bike, and BMX as well as a bit of monster truck.  We have crafted an amazing course that is comprised largely of pristine groomed ski trail along with some paved trail, a small sampling of single track, a stair climb (or run), and then the signature winter pump track of berms and rollers and some fatbike feature obstacles like the snakes and ladders section

Sat Jan 24rd
Wintershines SnowFondo (https://www.facebook.com/events/119217485121533/).  A big social ride of 10, 20, 30 or 50 km.  Free event 12pm at riverlanding Wintershines site.  This ride is not supported so bring what you need to sustain yourself for the length of ride you are planning to do.  There is also no warmup facility for 10,20 and 30km rides which will return you to the Farmers market where you can resupply if continuing on to the 50km distance. More info on the facebook event.

 

LightenUp! Ride

We have been invited to join a fun run and lighten things up a bit by getting all lit up and going for a ride.


Sunday Dec 20th

Get out your bells, and battery-op l.e.d. lights.
Decorate yourself for a fun run on the first day of winter.
Hot beverage, and dainties apre-run provided by D’lish.
No fee, no registration > just come out & have some fun.
Bikes welcome.

https://www.facebook.com/events/209991145998491/

The Story of Wintershines SnowCross 2015

_DSC1894Well the first Wintershines Festival FatBike SnowCross will go down as memorable.  Twenty brave riders lined up on -30c but bright and glorious Saskie day to celebrate winter – Fatbike style.  Shout out to Mark Gibson and Brad Kerr who joined us from Regina, all the Fatlanders FatTire Brigade, and everyone who tried fatbiking for the first time yesterday.  A special thanks to Charlie Clarke who loaned Duane his bike for the day and to the Bike Doctor who got everyone else on a machine.  Congrats to Cory Zetterstrom from Bruce’s Cycle Works who scampered around the course the cross the line first.  Reagan Wildeman – founder of the Pedal Wenches women’s cycling group brought the purple power to the line winning the Women’s event.  Sarah has the full results compiled and you can find them Wintershines SnowCross 2015 Results.  Congrats to all those who took a chance on entering such an unknown event format.  Although we kept time, declared winners and posted results for this event, it  as mostly have about getting out and playing in the snow like we used to when were 12yrs old – bravo to those who embraced the concept and romped around the course no matter where you finished._DSC2037SnowCross-22_DSC2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big thank you to Sarah Robbins for taking on the race director role and supporting my efforts to create the course.  Making the course was as much fun as riding it – many moments where I was a kid again back on the farm building snow forts :-).  Quite a few nights I came home after 9:00pm from playing in the snow to find an awesome supper waiting for me – Sarah you are here best! SnowCross-48

We had some great support from Bike Doctor to set up free FatBike Demo opportunities and for helping to setup the course.  Hopefully still lots of winter left and you can go rent a fatbike for a day or weekend and go checkout some of the awesome riding we have right in the city.  Thanks also for arranging support from Salsa Cycles – some great draw prizes for just about everyone – Salsa machines where definitely a dominant presence out on the course.  It was pretty neat to see folks finish an event in some truly frigid temps and still hang around the finish after to swap stories over a tasty Muscle MLK shake.  A big thank you to Mike Nederhoff and Muscle MLK Canada for supporting the event and the post race recovery and comradrie.   Thanks to the FatLanders FatTire Brigade for hosting the event – if you had a blast or would like support more events like this in the future please consider becoming a FatLanders member – only $10 – visit our website (www.fatlanders.bike) for more info on how to get signed up and help further develop fat-biking in out province.  We have group rides every Tuesday night 6:30pm from behind the Mendel and often a weekend ride as well.SnowCross-101

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A huge thank you to all the volunteers  starting with Oleg who worked hard to SnowCross-118built us a massive teeter totter that became a highlight feature of the demo course.  Racing in -30c is one thing to stand on a corner for an hour is two notches up on the true Saskie pole – thank you to Becky Mang, Colin French, Jeff Charmney, Becky, CarolAnne M., Cheryl Brooke, Carmen Bell, Shaun Murphy, Scott Bell and Chase Seale – you guys rock. Not sure how these guys were able to keep their trigger fingers warm but somehow Bob Holtsman and Peter Goode where captured some amazing action shots and plenty of inner 12yr old expressions as they rode up stairs and over teeter-totters, ladders, rollers and berms.  I have included a sampling of their photos here but go check out the whole deal: Bob’s album and Peter’s album.  Thanks to Cam for posting a pretty cool video of the whole race to YouTube.  You can also join in on a tour of the course on the first lap in this video on YouTube.  Also, thanks to Cycledelia for lending us some hosting equipment and to Sask Cycling for the online registration and event insurance.

Thanks to the Shad, Jeff, Mandy, and Piper over at On-Purpose Leadership for organizing Wintershines and helping the Fatlanders FatTire Brigade to create and host this one of a kind event – already looking forward to what next year might bring.  Some great support from the City of Saskatoon as well – massive thank you to Dan Jean and Jeff Boone for grooming the Victoria park section of the course.  I know we challenged to the capabilities of the equipment with some of the tight sweeping turns but wow did they turn out to be a pile of fun.  It was a privilege to have the scenic Riverlanding area as part of our course and extended thank you to the City of Saskatoon Open-Spaces group for supporting our efforts to host the event.  If you had fun this year I can guarantee the course will be even better next year – some of the best terrain available in that area was under construction and behind fencing – hoping to be able to greatly reduce the paved path portions and add some snowshoed single track threads for next year.  Drop us a note if you have other suggestions and also head over to the Wintershines page and give it a like.  I will make a shorter summary post there – be great if you can share a comment in that thread to show your support for the event.

Keep those fat tires rolling and we will see you out on the trails.

 

Jeff – Fatlanders FatBike Ambassador.