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BIKERS & SKIERS MIX IT UP

by Scott Chapin

March 15, 2012

I've written about the fat bike craze in the past, and have noticed a new trend: Nordic ski race directors are now beginning to compliment their ski race with a fat bike race. The Noquemanon, a large Nordic race in Marquette, Michigan, had a fat bike race tied to the ski event.

There are a few others. A good resource for finding these fat bike races is www.fat-bike.com. Interestingly, fat bike racing isn't completely new. For example, the Arrowhead 135 race was started in 2005, and is held in one of the coldest places in the United States: Northern Minnesota.

As these grow, it only makes sense to tag them along with cross country ski races. As the vice president of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation board, I feel it is only natural to look into doing a fat bike race on our world famous trail. The Birkie is the fourth-largest cross-county ski race in the world with over 12,000 participants. Likely, we will look into having a fat bike race event on a weekend after the Birkie is over due to lodging issues in our small community.

Another idea: perhaps a race between skiers and bikers…yeah! Check out the video we shot this past weekend of skiers and bikers mixing it up.

Prince Haakon's Revenge from Scott Brown on Vimeo.