Posts Tagged ‘bikepack racing’

When I first saw a fat bike, I thought wtf? A year later I rode one in a parking lot and thought about the possibilities. Then I bought one and haven’t picked up my skate skis since. Well, I have moved then around a bit, but that doesn’t count. I rode that bike though the winter and decided to race it in my first multi-day bike race, the 300 mile AZT300. Then I rode my Blacksheep custom Singlespeed fatbike in every race that year. I was addicted. After a fusion of 2 Cervical disks, I decided it would be best to leave the rigid SS community. Summers are spent on one of my full suspension bikes and winters are reserved for my fat bike. It’s a lonely time when the ground is still dry and the temps are cold. I really prefer the ground to be covered in snow before I put the fat tires out. Plus it just feels weird now. I’m blessed to have, IMO, one of the best fat biking areas around at the Pole Mountain / Happy Jack trail system.

I think often about how Fat Biking has changed how I look at the Wyoming winters. I used to sit on an indoor trainer, now I hit the trails as much as possible.

It’s strange now that I have 2 ‘I dislike to ride’ seasons. One after October-ish and another when the temps warm and the snow is soft.

For now, I’m happy to be riding on cold snow. I’ll hit the dirt north of Tucson next month at 24HOP (not racing this year) but will be back on snow again the next week.

Indoor training with Zwift may or may not be needed depending on trail conditions before racing in May. I can only hope the snow continues.

I figured I’m not getting any younger.  Work messed up my scheduled go at this years CTR so I fired the advance warning that next year I will be taking vacation during that timeframe.  So to get ready for it I have also committed to the Coconino 250 and the AZT300 as warm-ups to the main event.  $ in gear: invested.  Time in the saddle: minimal investment (can’t remember the last time I did back to back +10hour days).  Mental fortitude to endure the unknown over multiple days: Questionable.  I have scoured Al Gore’s creation over and over perusing trip and race reports.  Now it’s go time.  You can’t DNF if you don’t toe the line when the gun goes off.