Global Fat-Bike Day is a worldwide grassroots campaign that started four years ago to bring people from the fatbike community together to ride and make new friends. In honor of Global Fat-Bike Day there are several rides scheduled here in Minnesota on December 3rd that you may want to get in on as well as the Winter Bike Expo, and the Superfat Crit. I have complied a list of them so you can get your "fat on" and ride with others of the "well-endowed tire crowd".
COGGS will be holding their 2016 Global Fat Bike Day Ride in Duluth with a meet up at 8am and ride at 9am with multiple ride lengths.
Nicollet Bike in Mankato will be hosting their Global Fat Bike Day 2016 group ride from 1:30pm to 4:30pm starting from the shop. "Riders of ALL levels are welcome! This is a no drop ride and will be very social. There will be a social gathering after the ride with some refreshing treats! Hope to see all of you there!!!"
The Woolly Bike Club has decided to move their Global Fat-Bike Day 2016 group ride adventure from the Woolly singletrack to the "Sand Barrens north of St. Croix Falls, where weather is not going to be a factor. This ride will be a 20ish mile loop, and should take between 2 and 3 hours. This will be an unsupported, no-drop casual-paced ride, with as many rest breaks as necessary. The course can be easily short-cut, or modified to keep us within the 2-3 hour time frame."
The adventure begins from the Wolf Creek Bar in St. Croix Falls, WI at 9am and will cover all types of terrain along the way. The ride will conclude at the Wolf Creek Bar for food and beverages afterward.
Trailhead Cycling is hosting their Global Fat Bike Day Ride at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park in Coon Rapids at 10am. "Global Fat Bike Day! Everyone grab a fattie and join us for a super fun ride at the Coon Rapids Regional Park off West River Road. there are trails along the river bottoms, as well as trails across west river road at the BP environmental area. feeling like a longer ride? follow the Rush Creek trail (there is a single-track trail along side the paved trail) that (almost) takes one to Omni Brewing! Food truck day!! bring a fat bike, helmet, lights (hey, it gets dark early) and some $$. FATNESS!!!"
Join Tonka Cycle & Ski for their Global Fat Bike Day Ride that starts at 11am from the shop parking lot in Minnetonka. "There will be 3 different groups (speeds) Mellow, Mid Mellow and Fast." A limited number of fat bikes are available for rent and can be reserved online. Free beer and brats will be available under the Tonka tent after the ride.
The Global fat bike day ride will leave the Touright Bicycle Shop in Little Falls at 10am. "Come celebrate global fat bike day. Free fat bike rentals first to reserve. We will ride form the bike shop to Lindbergh state park. Hopefully snow will be good. Pizza, coffee and donuts available for energy. If you are interested come on out. Great time to try that fat bike fad you keep hearing about."
Global Fat Bike Day with Downtown Bicycles will start from their shop in Northfield at 2pm for a ride around town and then back to the shop for refreshments. This is the 3rd annual Global Fat Bike Day ride that Downtown Bicycles has hosted.
Salsa Cycles Global Fatbike Day River Bottoms Ride will begin at the Henry H. Sibley House in Mendota at 10am. This family friendly event will require a participation waiver to be signed by all who attend. "Salsa sponsored rider and musician Ben Weaver will perform a short set at some point during the ride. Conditions will most likely keep us from riding the River Bottoms trail, but we will still have a ride. The route will be determined day of. Be there!" For updates, check the discussion section of the event page.
Women on Wheels Liv/Giant and Trailhead Cycling will host Women's Global Fat Bike Day Ride with a meet up at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. "Meet at 10 am. we'll ride along the river bottoms. It's a fun place to explore on your fat bike. the ride will last about one hour. For those that want to ride loger; we'll pedal over to Omni Brewing in Maple Grove. There is a single - track trail that parallels the Rush Creek trail. bring some $$ for food truck and liquid refreshments. Lights recommended (it gets dark early) Helmets and Fat Tire Bike required."
The Winter Bike Expo presented by Freewheel Bike returns for its sixth year December 3rd & 4th to the Freewheel Midtown Bike Center. The expo draws hearty cyclists from all over to see and demo all that manufacturers have to offer for winter commuters & fatbikers. Admission is free and the fun kicks off at 9 am each day. Winter biking seminars will be held throughout both days and there will be fatbike demos, raffles and beer! For a schedule of events, visit the Winter Bike Expo link above.
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Stick around after the Winter Bike Expo on Saturday night for the Superfat Crit, a criterium race for fatbikes set up on a feature laden course along the railroad trench of the Midtown Greenway. Racers must have fat tires of at least 3.7" or wider and lights since the race will be conducted in the dark. Racing starts at 6:00pm and entry requires you to bring "a pack of something to share with your new friends." Freewheel Midtown Bike Center is located at 2834 10th Ave. S. in Minneapolis right on the Midtown Greenway.