It’s been a FAT BIKE FRENZY!!!.So much has happened in what feels like so
little time.We took the shortest month
of the year (even with the leap!) and managed to fill nearly every waking
moment with something exciting and memorable.I’ve raced 5 incredibly awesome events in 4 weeks. Then, we decided it was
totally normal and possible to buy a freaking house right smack in the middle of
it.It’s been a wild ride trying to fit
in all the travel, training, racing, packing, unpacking, shopping,
pinteresting, decorating, working, Frostbiking, partying, and caring for sick
cats (they are better now!) – all in no particular order.This is our life.We wouldn’t want it any other way.Buying a house was a pretty special deal for us – it felt
like we had been rebuilding and saving forever.I still pinch myself when I turn the keys…I mean we have actual
neighbors and stuff.
I’ll remember this month of racing for a long time.It was incredible to see feel the results of
to me what feels like many years of dedicated training all coming
together. Thanks Matt! Historically a season like this would cause me to come apart at the seams. I’ve matured a lot as a racer taking things much less seriously – smiling more – and
reminding myself that cycling is my passion (not my job!) and that I’m lucky I am to
be able to do what I love weekend after weekend.I am again behind on blogging, but I do think each of these races deserves in own special
recognition – because after all, this is my favorite season of the year.So here are the highlights of what seemed like the fastest
Iron Line Fat Bike
Race: We all know I love cats – but the truth is…I love dogs
too.I wrote about this awesome
adventure of a race getting to share the trail and event with sled dog teams on
45NRTH Chronicles page.It was a riot
and a fun post to write. The best part – racing in a long sleeve t-shirt and
then hanging out afterwards in the sun!!I was reminded of the great community of fat bike racers and how fun it
is to see all my friends as we travel to destinations across the Midwest.I was inspired to keep on traveling. This
races wins “Best Surprise” of the
Photo Credit: Jenny Scott
Whiteout: I love Cuyuna, and the mountain bike mecca that this town
has built.They put together an awesome
new race course with enough rad singletrack to make just about anyone
happy.It was warm and the riding
conditions were mint – that almost never happens.Plus there was free Red Bull and tons of
45NRTH swag to raffle off!This race
wins “Biggest sufferfest start” of
the year as Hollywood Jay set a roaring pace that had me dropped and chasing a
wheel for a torturous 2 mile roll out. I loved my Dillinger 4 studs on this day
as well as the killer “up-north” bar party!
Photo Credit: I think Danielle's Phone
Penn Cycle Fat
Tire Loppet: We hosted 5 people in our tiny apartment the night before –
it was awesomely crowded – and then we got to treat them to Hoagies, our neighborhood greasy spoon.We were all
grateful for the late start. and being the 2nd
race in 2 days I expected this one to hurt…but not nearly as bad as it did.
OUCH! Penn put on a first class event and they had a big turn out!I had a great start, but then suffered badly,
like what I’d imagine a road race breakaway feels like.Pam was hot on my wheel for most of the race
– did I mention how bad this hurt? This race wins “Happiest to see the finish line” for this year.
Photo Credit: Matthew Pastick
Tom waving to his mom...priceless.
Photo Credit: Tom's sister Michele
BRR!Seems they jinxed this
race when they put the word “Frozen” in the name.It is always the coldest and the
longest race of the year.It’s also the
most humbling and really the only race that provides a long enough time for us all
to experience the rollercoaster that is endurance racing. I think it’s also the
most satisfying of races to complete.It’s far from easy. I raced in my Wolfgars for the first time and
gleamed with joy that I had warm toes for 4.5 hours!It was beautiful.Elm Creek is the best groomed trail there is
– and I love that course like a sister.This is also the race where Kurt at 45NRTH broke out
the polar bear fur! This race wins “Best
Snow Beard” of the year!
photo credit: Matthew Pastick
906 Polar Roll: Marquette.I adore
this town and all of its beauty and simplicity – and because it’s always
treated me well.45NRTH kicked
off the weekend with its RideDuluth video and then Saturday we were all treated
to a very tough race – one that forced us to dig deep and decide what we
were made of.Soft snow isn’t
necessarily my forte as I prefer to stand on the pedals and smash. Over the
first 10 miles I traded places with Danielle(who has much more finesse)
and we couldn’t stop laughing with all the crashing that was going on.I think I crashed my bike more than 30 times
this race!!My abs were blasted from
trying to balance on the trails and from laughing so hard Saturday night that I
thought my ribs might explode!! This race wins a double for “biggest crashfest” and “best after-party.” I think I’m still
recovering from that epicness :)
Photo Credit Hilary Dolan
Last weekend was finally some sleeping in and finishing up
some moving stuff.Plus I got to check
out Frostbike and practice my grooming skills in the 45NRTH booth.
Check out that sweet photo above me of Elm Creek master groomer C.J. Smith!
Plus I finally got to meet Jim from Onyx for the first time! What a great guy! It's been so awesome to ride their hubs this season and I'm excited to hear that they have something pretty rad up their sleeves! Frostbike also taught me how massive my quads look when they are larger than life.
All-City makes some great bikes, and I’m stoked to be representing their Macho King in this photo. This steel stallion will be my bike of choice for the upcoming Dirty Kanza 200.
Next on tap is the Grand Finale, AKA the Fat Bike Birkie....see you all on the trail!