Fat bikers, get ready!
The Pend Oreille Pedalers are hosting the region’s first ever endurance fat bike race on February 21st, 2021 in Pine Street Woods, Sandpoint, Idaho. Spots are limited, so check back here on December 1st to register!
The race will take place from noon to 6 pm, with lights required for the last 90 minutes of the race. The rider or team who completes the most laps before 6 pm wins. Prizes will be awarded in three categories:
- Solo men
- Solo women
- Teams of two (men/women/mixed)
The top three finishers in each category will receive awards. Additionally, prizes will be awarded to the team and solo rider with the best costumes!
Other rules and important information:
- Leman’s style start with an initial loop on a groomed wide trail to spread riders out
- Riders must start their final lap before 6 pm. Any competitor crossing the finish line from 6 onward is done with the race
- Racers must be self-sufficient on the trail – no mechanical assistance provided, so bring your own tools/spare tubes/etc
- No e-bikes allowed
- Fat bikes with 3.8″ or wider tires only
- Race will go forward in all weather and conditions. Dress and plan accordingly
- Riders must arrive at venue with a charged bike light or helmet light. No charging will be available on site (lights are only needed for the last 90 minutes of the race)
Pine Street Woods, which lies just two miles west of downtown, is Sandpoint, Idaho’s community forest. Owned by Kaniksu Land Trust, the 180 acre forest and its central meadow, along with the 100 acre parcel to the south, are home to Pend Oreille Pedalers’ winter narrow trail network, which consists of 4.7 miles of groomed trails maintained for fat bikers, snowshoers, hikers, and runners. The race course circles the perimeter of our winter trail network, covering 2.6 miles with about 400 feet of elevation gain and loss.
The trails will be groomed to perfection in the days leading up to the race with a SnowDog singletrack grooming machine; maintenance will take place during the race to the extent that it is needed.
Individual competitors and teams must be self-sufficient. The Outdoor Recreation Center will be available as an indoor warming station for competitors, but social distancing requirements will be enforced, meaning only a limited number of athletes will be allowed inside at any time with face masks required. Fires will be burning throughout the race at the start/finish area for warmth, and a food truck will be on site to cater the event. A warming and aid station will be positioned approximately halfway through the course for athletes who need it.
Competitors are welcome to bring their own fire pit, a pop-up tent, propane stove, or any other resources you think you might need to thrive outdoors during the six hour race!
Food and Drink
To keep competitors fueled for the race our friends at Mandala Pizza will be slinging their delicious brick oven pies throughout the race! Beer will be available for purchase throughout the race.
Every competitor will receive an official Fatsquatch Buff, a Fatsquatch sticker, and a holographic POP sticker at the competition.
Race registration will be capped at 50 teams and/or solo riders. Teams must arrive in a single vehicle, as there is limited parking available on site. The venue is open to the public seven days a week from 7 am to 7 pm.
Registration fees for 2021 POP members are:
- $90 for a solo rider
- $160 for a team of two riders
Registration fees for non-members are:
- $120 for a solo rider
- $215 for a team of two riders
To join POP, click here. All proceeds from POP membership and from race registration go to support our winter grooming operations in Pine Street Woods and the expansion and ongoing maintenance of the Syringa Trail Network, of which Pine Street Woods is a part.
If you plan to compete in a team of two but do not yet have a teammate, please register as a team and put “TBD” in the form when asked for your teammate’s name.
A full refund will be provided to registrants in the event that the race has to be cancelled due to COVID-19 related restrictions.