Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pedaling POWder!

Winter is upon us and we are getting snow in the Black Hills! The Fatbike riding is phat, and we are gearing up for a few events that will be taking place both in and out of our homeland.

We are heading out to our second year at JayP's Fat Pursuit, on January 10th!  Kristi was stoked and ready to redeem herself on the short 60k course, but unfortunately she'll have to wait another year.  Two weeks ago she slipped on the ice hitting her head and suffering a concussion. The doctor's orders were No Rides for two to three months.  She may not last that long, but at this point is still having headaches and decided that it would be in her best interest to bow out in this years event.  I, on the other hand am ready to suffer!  I'm hoping to improve on my 34 hour time from last year, and will enjoy the company of a larger field.  This year's (long course, 200k) event was capped at 50 riders and all of the spots have been filled.   Spectators will be able to follow the race on trackleaders.com, (link with Fat Pursuit), where they can view each rider in the race and how they are progressing.  I've been busy prepping, getting all the required gear, and am hoping for good race day conditions.  We'll see what Old Man Winter blows in this weekend?
On another note, we are looking forward to hosting the second annual Savoy Winter Challenge, which
includes the 28 Below, a 28 mile fatbike race, and Buzzards Roost, a 6 mile snowshoe race.  This race is the only USFS permitted Fatbike event in the Black Hills, and will be using pristine, groomed snowmobile trail for all 28 miles of riding!  All proceeds (if any), from this year's event, will go toward the South Dakota Snowmobiling Association, to use in the grooming of the trail systems.  We as a fatbike user group, are working towards fostering a relationship with the US Forest Service to allow us access, in riding the groomed trails throughout the season.  At this time fatbike riding on snowmobile trail is in a gray area, but we hope to have the issues resolved in the next year.  You can sign sign up for the races at getevent.com, and help support permitted riding on the Black Hills snowmobile trails!
Pedal Powder,
PJ

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