Guess what?!?! It’s fat bike season!!! Today I’m recovering from an incredible weekend up in
Marquette, MI taking part in the 45NRTH & Blackrocks Winter Kick-Off
Party! (That’s right….it’s winter!!!
Just without the snow!) If you’ve been
following my blog for a while you know by now that Marquette is one of my
favorite places in the entire world and this weekend sure did not disappoint.
45NRTH & Blackrocks put together one heck of a weekend full of group
rides, UP Snowcross racing and a killer party at the Blackrocks Cannery. The more and more I race my bike the more I
fall in love with this fat bike community.
I get so much energy from seeing everyone’s excitement on these bikes
that today I’m nearly pinching myself that I get to do this for another 3 full
Dolan and I made the trek up there Thursday after work
arriving just before midnight. Most of
Friday was spent dorking around like goons and taking some sweet team photos
(which was a challenge without snow!).
We got a killer night ride in…where I may or may not have rocked a tripod
down a super sketchy rooty downhill.
45NRTH Scott found some snow!
Bad ass endurance racer Tracey Petervary inspired me to
finally learn how to ride a wheelie…..Braapp!!
I’m only two pedal strokes in…but it’s progress towards my dream of one day rocking a finish line
That's Tracey on the left....like a boss!
And of course when the 45NRTH team gets together there is
always bound to also be some a lot of shenanigans… like dinosaurs, wearing your
Wolvhammers to the brewery (totally normal!)
These boots are sooo HOT!
and being challenged to eat a
cookie off the floor with just your face. Yeah...
Saturday was the big day – the Winter Kickoff Party!!! Which meant we got to enjoy riding a couple
of hours on some sweet UP Singletrack which included the longest, rootiest ( is
that even a word?...it should be!) climb I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t believe how awesome the ride was
on my new HED Big Deals! I swear these wheels just turn themselves.
Laced with sweet Onyx Hubs!
AND THEN Saturday night we got to smash ourselves for 60
full minutes at the UP SnowCross race!!
Holy hard!!! I had a blast racing
with good friends and being scared by random people in the woods with fake
chainsaws! What a riot on a sweet course that even had a snow pit! 12 laps of
fat bike bliss.
Photo Credit: 45NRTH
Photo Credit: 45NRTH
Afterwards 45NRTH and Blackrocks treated us to an amazing post-race party that
helped raise money for the local trails!
There was great beer, great music, and even a TACO TRUCK!!
45NRTH Kurt! AKA - Bunny BEIST!
Talk about a perfect kick off to the season. I’m really looking forward to returning to
Marquette in February for the 906 Polar Roll.
However, first on tap is the
Solstice Chase this weekend. Looks like
we’ll be lacking snow, but we certainly won't be be lacking fun. Hope to see you BEISTS on Saturday!