The Borealis Fat Bike World Championships presented by Pure Fuel, now in their seventh year, will take place in New Richmond from January 28-30, 2022, hosted by the Big Ring Flyers (BRF) -Apex Cycling Team.
This celebration of winter recreation is for pros and enthusiasts alike and was founded in 2016 in Crested Butte, Colorado by the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association. Fat Bike Worlds is a cycling race on groomed snowy tracks using a specially designed mountain bike and fitted with “fat” tires up to 5 inches wide. The wide tires combined with very low air pressure (4-8 psi) allow the rider to “float” above snowy trails rather than sinking. Fat biking has taken off in recent years, especially in areas with a long snow season.
This event attracts cyclists from all over the world and the terrain will include everyone from accomplished professional cyclists to costumed cycling enthusiasts. This year’s 3-day festival arrives for the first time in the Midwest in picturesque New Richmond. The main event, a four-lap championship race of approximately 25 miles, as well as the Half-Distance Fun Race, kicks off Saturday at 10 a.m. at the New Richmond Golf Club and will traverse a fast, rolling 6-mile loop on along the meanders of the Willow River.
Other racing events that will close the big show on Saturday will include a timed fat bike obstacle course on Friday night under the lights and a timed circuit race on Sunday morning, both held at the 45th Parallel Distillery. Riders can accumulate points across all three races to complete the weekend Open.
There will be ample opportunities for aspiring beginners to jump into the action with the junior categories for riders 12-18 years old. Kids (14 and under) will have their day to go fast on Sunday morning at the Kids’ Run after the Community Pancake Breakfast presented by Anderson’s Maple Syrup.
All events are open to the public and spectators are encouraged to join in the fun. According to Dave Ochs, former race director and brain of Fat Bike Worlds, the event grew out of the idea that “We love to ride a bike… and we love to have a good time doing it, so why not extend the season? and kick a bike party in the dead of winter?
The event has taken place five times in Crested Butte, Colorado and made a change late last year in Pinedale, Wyo. due to COVID-19. “It’s an amazing way to get people outside and an amazing way to get people into different sports,” Ochs said of fat biking. “Anyone can ride a bike! »Registrations are open now and the field will be limited to 500 runners. Cyclists should expect a generous package and prizes, which are in part supported by sponsors from the cycling industry. Access a free training plan through the website to try out structured training leading up to the event. Borealis Fat Bikes will be available all weekend for testing. The host of this year’s event, the Big Ring Flyers-Apex Cycling team, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. The 115-plus member cycling club based in West Wisconsin is dedicated to creating an opportunity for its members to improve their fitness and athletic performance, have new and enriching cycling experiences and meet new ones. people through cycling and endurance sports.
For more information, visit fatbikeworlds.org or @fatbikeworlds social pages to sign up for email updates, or contact race directors Chris Stevens and Cheryl Iverson at [email protected]