You know the Tour De France, but what about the Fat Bike Berkie?
On Saturday, March 9, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) will greet over one thousand fat bikers to Cable, Wis. for the 45NRTH Fat Bike Birkie. According to ABSF, this is the world’s largest fat bike race and will take place on the legendary Birkie Trail.
While the Birkie Trail is more commonly known as a destination for cross-country skiers, once a year, the trail hosts fat bike riders.
There are three riding options for participants in the Fat Bike Birkie:
- The 45NRTH “Big Fat” 47K race
- OTSO “Chico” 21K race
- The new Salsa 10K Tour
The race will start and finish in Cable, Wis. Fat Bike Birkie festivities begin Friday, March 8 and continue through Saturday, March 9. Festivities will include fun, food, demos, and riding.
Interested riders can register for races or the Salsa Tour through Thursday, March 7 at 11:59 p.m.
“Now in its seventh year, the Fat Bike Birkie has continued to grow. From fewer than 200 riders in 2013 to over 1000 riders in 2019. The growth has been exponential and the excitement much the same! And, with the addition of the new 10K Tour, we have riders of all skill levels participating in this weekend’s event,” said Ben Popp, Executive Director, American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation.
For anyone interested in trying out a fat bike, the Fat Bike Birkie Expo will provide an opportunity to test out the latest bikes and gear.
The over 100-kilometer Birkie Trail spans two counties – Bayfield and Sawyer in NW Wisconsin – and provides recreational opportunities for skiers in winter, and for hikers, runners, and bikers in spring, summer & fall.
A full schedule of events is available at Birkie.com.