Saturday, February 7, was the date of the fourth race in the Frosty Fat Bike Race Series. The venue was fantastic—Powder Mountain ski resort in Northern Utah. The course was designed and built specifically for fat bikers, with large berms, jumps, and lots of ups and downs. In fact the US Cycling Fat Bike National Championship race will be on this same course tomorrow. It was a six mile course, which proved to be fairly challenging. The wind played into the challenges not only with strong headwinds, but drifting snow across the trail that forced all riders out of the saddle at times. Parts of the course were across open areas and the wind whipping across the landscape looked like something up in the arctic tundra. The A division did three laps for a total of 18 miles, the B’s did two laps, and the C’s did one lap. The competition was ramped up at this race and some of the usual favorites on the podium got a run for their money. The leaders were averaging about 30-32 minute laps.
As we were driving across the valley along Pineview Reservoir we were wondering if there was going to be any snow because it was certainly dry. But the road climbs steadily into the mountains for about 15 miles and ends at a dirt parking lot literally at the top of a mountain, where a large ski life terminated. Park, ski down the mountain, take the lift back up to your car. Pretty cool.
First up, an excellent video by our videographer Bullet.
At the conclusion of the race, Mad Dog Cycles held a raffle with lots of riders winning things like t-shirts, water bottles, Bar Mitts, and so on. Bullet’s son scored some Bar Mitts, so we’ll be able to test those out soon. Enjoy these photos of this great race. Scroll down for race results and some announcements. Click on the photos for a larger, better view.
For more photos, see my Flickr page:
Also check out this video about the race made my Park City TV.
1st Charles Jenkins
2nd Chris Stuart
3rd Geoffrey Montague
1st Andrew Mckerrow
2nd Eric Greenwood
3rd Terry Stone
1st Kenneth Gibbons
2nd Al Aguilera
3rd Peter Martin
Next up for the race series is a night race on Wednesday, February 18, 6:00 pm at Soldier Hollow, the site of the 2002 Winter Olympic cross country ski races.
And finally, the last race in the series will be at Big Springs in Provo and thanks to the City of Provo, the event will be free. See this link for more details.