Fat Bike Birkie Race
First Time The Fat Tire Bike Race Started at the New Location in Cable, Wis.
CABLE, Wis. –
The Fat Bike Birkie race took place this morning and it’s the largest Fat Bike event in North America.
This year the race drew in 1,200 riders from 18 different states and 2 different countries.
At the starting line this morning it was a cold one and a different one, as it was the first time the race began at the new location, in the small town of Cable Wisconsin.
Fat bikes are the new craze and growing in popularity, spectator Kurt Wannanen said, “I enjoy skiing the Birkie but this is just a different way to be outdoors.”
Fat Bike tires are near five inches wide with low air pressure to help grip the snow. But after last weeks rain and colder temperatures to follow… the race needed to be moved off of the original Birkie trail.
“Mother nature just did a bad trick on us.” said Dennis Kruse the Vice President of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation.
Saw dust was used on the modified trail today to help with the slick ice.
The course now consisted of a lapped race instead of the original point to point race.
“We rode the course yesterday and did a loop and I can’t imagine doing 5 loops, really challenging.” explained Wannanen.
The 49K “Big Fat” spanned 32 miles and the 21K “Chico” covered 14 miles.
The winner of the 49K was Jorden Wakeley.
“I’m happy about it, it’s my second Birkie win.” Wakeley explained. “It was super good, definitely icy but they put together a good trail with hills.”
The modified trail included three times more hills than the original Birkie trail, plus a 750 foot climb each lap.
With slick comditions around corners and up hills, “There were a couple crashes in the lead group, couple guys every lap fell off of the back.” said Wakeley.
But spirits were high as everyone returned to a festive and fun filled Birkie finish line. The day ended with food, beer and plenty of Birkie Fever!