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Fat bikes take over Crested Butte

Jon Harmann and Montana Miller race their fat bikes in Aspen last year. Crested Butte is holding a huge fat bike festival later this month, with many races like this to participate in.
Colleen O’Neil / Post Independent |

CRESTED BUTTE — The Crested Butte/Mount Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the first-ever Borealis Fat Bike World Championships presented by Odell Brewing Company this winter. The event is a five-day fat bike festival that starts on Wednesday, Jan. 27, and ends on Sunday, Jan. 31.

“We are proud to partner with these iconic Colorado companies in making this first-time event something to remember,” said David Ochs of the CB/Mt. CB Chamber of Commerce.

Epic backcountry single track and downhill-specific trails at Crested Butte Mountain Resort will be topped off each day with parties, events, live music, food, raffles and more. The idea is to bring back the flavor of grassroots bike festivals of old.

They’re also inviting the founding fathers of mountain biking to get back in their saddles and duke it out. Dave Wiens, six-time Leadville 100 champion and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame member, has thrown his hat in the ring and is looking forward to throwing down on the snow.

Crested Butte holds the first-ever Fat Bike World Championships at end of this month

“Having been a mountain biker in Gunnison for nearly 30 years,” Weins said, “I’m no stranger to riding on snow. I bought a 1977 Ford F-150 4×4 back in the day, just to pack the roads at Hartman Rocks. What I haven’t ever done is ride a proper fat bike, but there’s a Canyon Dude sitting in my basement right now, and I can’t wait for it to snow!”

The main sponsor, Borealis Fat Bike Company, is based out of Colorado Springs and builds cutting-edge race and recreation fat bikes. Borealis provides the lightest and toughest carbon fat bikes on the market. They’ll roll into town with a fleet of demos for event participants and spectators alike.

In addition, the Regional Fat Bike Summit will provide opportunities to get land managers, nordic centers, ski resort representatives, enthusiasts and more on fat bikes.

Another main sponsor, Odell Brewing Company, started their brewing odyssey in 1989 in a converted grain elevator on the outskirts of Fort Collins. Odell was the second microbrewery to open in Colorado. Their craft beer will fuel the event and provide libations matched to the character and grit of the fat biker.

You don’t have to qualify — the Borealis Fat Bike World Championships is an event for all shapes, sizes and levels of ability. The races and rides (there are lots to choose from) will be timed, but that doesn’t mean you have to be all serious about it.

That being said, the winners of the official Fat Bike World Championship race on Saturday will be “branded” with the Fat Bike Worlds logo. Location of the branding will be at the winners’ discretion.

Other notable sponsors for the first ever annual Borealis Fat Bike World Championships include the Town of Mt. Crested Butte, Quality Bicycle Products, Salsa Cycles, Surly Bikes, 45NRTH, Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, the Town of Crested Butte, Bikepackers Magazine, FAT-BIKE.com, Chopwood Mercantile, and more. Visit our http://www.cbchamber.com/events/fat-bike/ for information and to sign up. Individual day passes are available, or you can buy access to all the events for $250.

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