We hosted nearly 50 this Saturday for a roll of the 2018 Vasa Fat Bike course.
Winter is back, and just in time for fat bikers and skiers to prepare for the North American Vasa's Festival of Races. Slated for February 10 and 11, the fat bike races caps off Saturday's events with a 1pm start from Timber Ridge.
Eager to see how it all fit together, nearly 50 people were on hand for a low-key recon ride. Riders of all abilities were ready to roll out, and with over six hours of grooming in the bank on Friday, our groomers had the course almost perfect!
We have to give a big thanks to the local snowmobile club for using their groomer to fix some dangerous 4x4 tracks on Riley's near the Supply Road Parking Lot. After their machine went through, you could hardly tell there was any damage at all. Easily ridden by fat bikes, there were tracks indicating that more than a few skiers made quick work of that short section as well. Thank you!
The opening miles of the course are wide open and fast, with a short section of the Winter Sports Singletrack coming after two miles of Logger's Run. After just over a half a mile, it's back onto the Vasa 25km Pathway and Riley's Loop, where riders should hold speeds around 15-17mph for a big stretch before spilling down Riley's and by the lakes. It' s a short but very steep climb up away from the water, with gradients as steep at 17%. It's another few miles until the section that should decide the race, Yeti's Revenge. It's just shy of a mile, but the steep climbs and fast descents will see some big gaps form, especially for riders on their second lap in the 42km event.
After a dash along the WST, there's a short section of Riley's before a relatively straight shot back to Timber Ridge, with just enough twisting and turning to get out of sight.
We're planning on hitting the trails again tonight, with an emphasis on WST and the Riley's section from the Supply Road parking lot to the Kinglet turn off.
Here's a look at today's two lap ride of the course, hitting the full 42km (26 miles) on the docket for next week. You can also sign up for the 18km single lap race and be a bit quicker back to the Short's Brewing beer!