One day a year Fat Bikers are allowed to gather in Cable, WI, for a rousing race on the snow covered Birkie Trail. The race, known as Fat Bike Birkie and sponsored by the American Birkebeiner Foundation, this year capped registration at 500 racers. This year’s 47 km long race was also the Fat Bike National Championships. The March 8th race started and finished at Telemark Resort. Congratulations to Ned Overend (Durango, CO) and Jenna Rinehart (Mankato, MN) – men’s and women’s 2014 National Champions. A shout goes to the 20 km winners Jim Kauth (St. Paul, MN) and Hayward’s own Cindy Bijold.
Fat bikes originated with several Alaskan frame-builders, but Minnesota-based bike companies, Surly and Salsa, made fat bikes nationally popular and desirable, especially for snow biking. Bill King rides a Salsa Mukluk, and he truly loves his Fattie.
Bill rode in the first Fat Bike Birkie last year, and he rode this year, too. He said the course was perfect. Wheels down and head up, Bill finished the 20 km race in 1:32:26 – a great finish time for a 68 year old guy new to the sport. Congratulations, Bill – you inspire the athlete in all of us!
Also – thanks to Chris Frasch for the nice Fat Bike Bill photos! And Thanks to Mick & Beth at the Rivers Eatery for the pizza power post-race party!