Bikers & Skiers Mix It Up

March 15, 2012

I've written about the fat bike craze in the past, and have noticed a new trend: Nordic ski race directors are now beginning to compliment their ski race with a fat bike race. The Noquemanon, a large Nordic race in Marquette, Michigan, had a fat bike race tied to the ski event.

There are a few others. A good resource for finding these fat bike races is Interestingly, fat bike racing isn't completely new. For example, the Arrowhead 135 race was started in 2005, and is held in one of the coldest places in the United States: Northern Minnesota.

As these grow, it only makes sense to tag them along with cross country ski races. As the vice president of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation board, I feel it is only natural to look into doing a fat bike race on our world famous trail. The Birkie is the fourth-largest cross-county ski race in the world with over 12,000 participants. Likely, we will look into having a fat bike race event on a weekend after the Birkie is over due to lodging issues in our small community.

Another idea: perhaps a race between skiers and bikers…yeah! Check out the video we shot this past weekend of skiers and bikers mixing it up.

Prince Haakon's Revenge from Scott Brown on Vimeo.