Penn Cycle & Fitness will hold the Get Phat With Pat Fatbike Races for the fourth year at the Minnesota River Bottoms in Bloomington on January 23rd and 30th. They are co-sponsored by and are a part of the Bloomington Winter Fete.
Both races will be held at the Russell A Sorenson Landing at the end of Lyndale Ave. S. in Bloomington, MN underneath the 35W bridge. Registration will start and 9 am the morning of each race and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. Registration will require a $10 entry fee and also a $5 donation to MORC (Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists) which will help the non-profit volunteer organization pay for trail maintenance, equipment and fund their 2016 season.
Fat bikes (3.8” tires and wider) are recommended. Depending on course conditions and entries, there may be a separate class for non-Fat-Tire bikes. Spectators are encouraged and welcome! There will be three race classes for each race day; Beginner, Recreational and Advanced. The Beginner class race will start at 10:15 am and consist of one lap, the Recreational class race starts at 10:00 am and is two laps, the Advanced class race starts at 12 noon and will be three laps.
The race course will be similar to last year's race with a new section in the East segment that lies between Lyndale Avenue and Cedar Avenue. Start and Finish will be under the 35W bridge with the course heading West before turning around near Nine Mile Creek for an additional loop East of the Lyndale Ave. parking lot. The lap will be a loop of about 6 miles with one section of trail heading out and another heading back.
An agreement with the City of Bloomington will allow many temporary sections of trail for the races. The race course will be groomed and ready to ride one week before the first race. Riding the temporary course once established is encouraged to pack down the trail.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each category. There will be plenty of swag given away to race participants at the conclusion of each day's races. A Grand Prize Drawing for a Trek Farley fatbike frame and fork will be held at the January 30th race for race participants*. All prize winners must be present to claim their prizes. *To be eligible for the Grand Prize you must race in both races.
Get Phat with Pat will not only be fun but the weather will also make it challenging as we saw at the second race last year. Thanks to Pat Sorensen and Penn Cycle & Fitness for organizing these races and the City of Bloomington for allowing them to take place at the Minnesota River Bottoms. I'll see you there.
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