Penn Cycle & Fitness will hold their annual Get Phat With Pat Fatbike Races for the fifth year at the Minnesota River Bottoms in Bloomington on January 21st and January 28th, 2017. 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 2017 season.
Fat bikes (3.8” tires and wider) are recommended. 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, the Recreational class race starts at 10:00 am and the Advanced class race starts at 12 noon. Distance and laps for each race class yet to be determined based on the course layout.
Start and Finish will be under the 35W bridge with the course heading west on existing trails and some new sections. Lap will be a loop with one section of trail heading out and another heading back. Lap distances and number of laps for each race class to be determined based on trail conditions. 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.
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.
For more information and updates on the races visit the Get Phat With Pat Race #1 and Get Phat With Pat Race #2 event pages on Facebook.