It seemed like the snow would never end during a series of storms that was being dubbed snowpocalypse. It was almost like mother nature was looking at the calendar and had Fat Bike Worlds on her radar, because the storms passed, temperatures dropped, and the sold-out event was set to be a weekend of fun in the sun.
Similar to last year, the festivities started with a kick-off party at the Brick Oven pizzeria in town, and the racing began on Thursday at North Village, which is located northwest of the ski resort. It is a great backdrop for the first day, where nearly 100 racers took on a double-track groomed surface which was a lot of fun, and also difficult. Racers had to pick the best line, especially as the race course deteriorated. After the race was over I went out to test the conditions for myself. It was pretty fun. There were some ruts, but it was almost like mountain biking, you had to pick the best line and focus on keeping your bike upright. Here are some photos from Thursday’s event and the surrounding area.
The main event was on Saturday, where 300 riders took to the start line to take on the firm and wide track that is kindly groomed by the Crested Butte Nordic Center. Lindsay and I had the opportunity to volunteer, and I think we had the best spot, almost at the high point of the course. We danced, drank some whiskey, shot a few photos, but mainly just had a really fun time keeping racers pumped up. Before the race start, I had the pleasure of being the first fat biker on course to make sure it was flagged properly. It was a great way to start the day. Enjoy the sights from Saturday.
After the lap 1 was complete, it was time to start the party…in true Crested Butte fashion.
Congrats to Karen and and Robbie for being world champs – Results: http://my6.raceresult.com/67232/results?lang=en#0_8C95C9