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.
Well 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.
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!
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.
A huge thank you to all the volunteers starting with Oleg who worked hard to built 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.
Time to get signed up – we have put some big energy into creating a pretty unique event experience – it is part cyclocross, part mountain bike, part BMX, and all on a fatbike in the snow and trails in and around Riverlanding and Victoria Park.
Check out the event page at: http://fatlanders.bike/2014/12/12/wintershines-fatbike-snowcross/
Saskatchewan is proving to be amazing to live if you are a die hard FatBiker. FatBiking has opened up not only a whole new season of riding but a whole bunch of new routes also now become accessible on the two large wheeled machines. As always when riding please make sure you are well acquainted with and adhere to the best practices for FatBiking set forward by the IMBA
Going to start this list off with a couple favorites and we can add submissions as people provide their favorite winter rides.
Green Lake Loop – Duck Mountain Provincial Park
Grey Owls Cabin Trail
Blue Mountain Outdoor Adventure Center
coming soon 🙂
Narrow Hills Provincial Park
coming soon 🙂
coming soon 🙂
Global FatBike Day Course Saskatoon
Global FatBike Day Saskatoon
Saskatchewan’s toughest one day winter event. Participants may run, ski or bike a 60km course consisting mostly of groomed snowmobile trails in the Elkridge and surrounding areas. Registration will be limited to 25 participants. Relay teams of two will also be accepted (35km + 25km). More details at: sask60.weebly.com/
Wintershines FatBike SnowCross
Brought to you by the FatLanders FatTire Brigade and the Bike Doctor
This will be a first of its kind Cyclocross style event meant to showcase the abilities of winter specific FatBikes. A 1.5-2 km loop will be constructed for a variety of terrain including hardpack trail, to machine groomed ski trail to snowshoe packed single. Nothing to novel so far, other places have similar events, what will make this unique the the fun winters features such as the SnowTomb rollers, the lazy berm, a stair climb and other fun packed features.
You don’t have to be a die-hard racer to want to try this – it is going to fun at whatever pace you want to romp around the course at. You can also make a weekend of winter fun by taking in a whole lineup of wintershines events:
Friday night: Saskatoon Cycles – Winter Moving Feast and Movie (“A Winter of Cycling”) night. http://www.saskatooncycles.org/
Saturday: FatLanders Snow Cross
Sunday: Saskatoon Nordic Ski Club – Skate and Classic Loppet http://saskatoonnordicski.ca/Portals/0/Saskatoon%20Skate%20and%20Classic%20Loppet%20JPEG%20500K.jpg
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2nd Annual Wintershines Fatbike SnowFondo
When: Jan 25 12pm from Farmers Market
Distance: 18km, 25km, 35km, 55km – variations available for those wanting to include a few technical singletrack sections along the route. This course is meant to take riders on tour of just a portion of the riding possibilities that exist right inside the City of Saskatoon. We have included a couple destinations that most riders have not experienced before such as trails at trails at Holiday Park, Cedar Villa Estates, and the new Multipurpose trail at the Willows.
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Blue Mountain Ski and Fatbike Day – Dec 21
Five of us ventured out through the light ice fog for a 1.5hr journey to the rolling hills of Blue Mountain Outdoor Adventure Center. We were greeted by Jason and pack of friendly doggles and after a quick pit stop at the chalet to change and get suited for riding we were off down some perfectly groomed ski trails making our way to the long climb up to the lookout tower.
Jason was unable to get equipment through the entire back trail so we did an out and back up to the Tower and then back to Chalet and continued along the gorgeous road into the center. The scenery was spectacular as the hoar frost was as thick as it could possibly be and it was like riding through a winter wonderland postcard. Christian took this amazing photo of us on the road into the center which has well over a 100 likes on the Fat Tire Facebook page – even some folks wanting to make a poster out of it! Before heading back we gathered in the Fireside room in the chalet and recovered on a feast of Liz’s homemade cookies- nom nom nom….
It was a little dissappointing that we were unable to ride the entire back loop but was a damn fine ride just the same. We will plan to do this again
This area will not be technical riding but it is very hilly so it will be plenty challenging physically. We will be riding mostly on a back trail that the owner will groom with a snow machine – snow conditions are unpredictable so we won’t really know what we will encounter until we get out there. We will try to get a sense from the owner how well it has set up before we head out.
When: meet at day lodge for 12pm. Allow at least 1.5hrs from the city edge. Gravel short cut by taking grid 687 from 16 to 387.
What: Ski and or Fatbike
More about Blue Mountain: http://bluemountaincanada.com/