12/28/2018

Weekly Winter Fatbike Group Rides


Now that winter is into full swing there are a bunch of weekly fatbike group rides you can get in on.  Some are put on by bike shops, others are organized by clubs or individuals.  Below is a list with links to more details about these rides.

Sunday


Tonka Cycle & Ski Ladies Ride hosts their weekly Emily's Fat Bike Group Ride on Sundays this winter from the shop in Minnetonka.

Join me for a group fat bike ride starting and ending at Tonka Cycle & Ski every Sunday this winter! This ride is for anyone who experiences barriers to cycling due to their gender. Any questions, please message the page! Or contact Emily at the shop: 952-938-8336.

This is a casual, no-drop ride. All fitness levels welcome! Rental bikes available for $25 (normally $50).

Image Credit: Pete Hager

Sundays are when the Mankato Fat Bikers set out for their weekly ride at various locations around Mankato including Mount Kato, the Red Jacket Trail, river bottoms and Kiwanis Park.  Visit the Mankato Fatbikers Facebook page for information on upcoming rides.

Image Credit: Now Bikes

Now Bikes hosts a weekly group ride and fatbike demo at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings.  The Sunday Morning Fat Bike Demo & Group Ride is no-drop for riders of all levels.  Locations change weekly and are based on trail conditions.  Check the Now Bikes Facebook page on Fridays and Saturdays for updates on the Sunday ride locations.

Come out and ride with riders of all levels, meet new friends and pick up winter riding tips on our Sunday Morning Fat Bike Demo & Group Ride!

- Free demo bikes to ride!  Must call ahead or stop by the Arden Hills location (651-490-7709) to schedule for us to bring a bike for you to ride.  

- Demo bikes from the following brands may be available: Salsa, Felt, Otso in all sizes XS, SM, MD, LG, XL

- Ride generally goes from 9am-11am 

- No drop ride, all rider levels are welcome!

- Location for ride is determined the Friday or Saturday before the ride and is based on trail conditions*

- *First Sunday of Nov., Dec., Jan., the ride will leave from NOW Bikes Arden Hills location, this ride will showcase the fun of riding fat bikes on road and paved trails!  We will also provide refreshments for after the ride.

Monday


Steven Orwig host a weekly Monday night mountain bike ride at various trails throughout the south metro of the Twin Cities.  Ride event pages are posted in the South Metro Group Rides Facebook group, which is a closed group so you will need to request to join to see these events and others for this area.


Big Ole Bike Club in Alexandria is now into their Fat Tire Monday Rides schedule for the winter.  Ride locations and ride leaders change weekly and start at 6:30 pm.  To get a text reminder: Text @snowbiker to 81010

Tuesday

Image Credit: CROCT

With winter is in full effect, Cannon River Offroad Cycling and Trails (CROCT) members host Fat Tuesdays out of Northfield.  They have some great trails there and are a good group of friendly riders.  Updates for these rides can be found on the Cannon River Offroad Cycling and Trails - CROCT Facebook page.

Wednesday


Penn Cycle hosts a winter weekly fatbike group ride called the Wednesday Night Fat Bike Ride Series from their Minnetonka store. Rides leave the shop at 6:00 pm and operate at a moderate, no-drop pace.

Feeling adventurous? Join us for our weekly fat bike rides where we’ll explore a new and exciting route each week. The rides will be led by a knowledgeable guide and will operate at a moderate, no-drop pace. All riders will enjoy 15% off parts, accessories, and winter apparel one hour before and after the ride. Fat bikes, lights, and helmets are required. We can’t wait to ride with you!

Thursday


Rich and Ambrose from Now Bikes will be hosting their weekly ride, Rich & Ambrose Rollin' Fatties throughout the winter on Thursday nights at 6:00 pm.  Once more snow arrives, future rides will include several mountain bike trails.

The event you've all been waiting for. Join Rich and Ambrose every Thursday night this winter (weather permitting) for a social fat bike ride. We'll depart the Now Bikes St. Paul shop (75 Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN) at 6PM sharp. Future rides will also include other MTB locations (such as Carver or Theo) once the snow accumulates. Check this page for updates.

Fat bikes available for demo. Demo lights from Light & Motion available at the shop as well. Must give 48 hour request - Contact Rich at the shop: 651-644-2354.

Notes: Please dress warm and bring lights. There will likely be a beer stop halfway through the ride on the trail (not mandatory). This is also an inclusive no-drop ride, however we will be traveling off-road and require SOME mountain bike experience. The ride will be from 6-8ish. Refreshments at the shop post-ride.


The Thursday Night Group Ride is held every Thursday that the trail is open at Elm Creek Singletrack in Champlin.  Rides start at 6:30pm and are no-drop.  Details for each week's ride can be found on their Facebook page.

Are you looking for a group of fun mountain bikers to have fun with on mountain bikes? Then you've come to the right place! The Thursday Night Group ride at Elm Creek Singletrack is a no-drop mountain bike group ride for any rider from beginner to expert.

We ride every Thursday that the trail is open, starting at about 6:30pm. However, if the air temp is below 5º or the windchill is below 0º, we won't have an official ride.


Michael's Cycles hosts their weekly Thursday Night Fat Bike Ride out of their Prior Lakes store at 6:00 pm. Some ride locations include Murphy-Hanrehan and Cleary Lake Regional Park.  Check the Michael's Cycles-Prior Lake Facebook page for updates and weekly ride details.  Rentals available from the shop.

Saturday


Faturday is a weekly fatbike ride that has taken place for years on Saturday mornings at the Minnesota River Bottoms.  Start location changes week to week as well as routes and distances depending on the weather and trail conditions.  Rides are usually posted a few days before on the MORC Group Rides Forum and in the MN Fatbike Group Rides Facebook group with that week's details.

This ride stops to regroup frequently along the trail making it a good one for riders of all abilities. Most rides usually last two to three hours and sometimes conclude for a beer or two afterward at Bald Man Brewing in Eagan.


Michael's Cycles hosts their weekly Sat Morn Bikes and Coffee rides from their shop in Chaska.  They open the doors to the shop at 7:30am with donuts and coffee and roll out at 8:00am sharp.  Depending on trail conditions and the weather rides include both paved/aggregate and singletrack. Visit the Michael's Cycles-Chaska Facebook page for details on upcoming rides.


Downtown Cycles in Northfield hosts a bi-weekly Saturday group ride that includes fatbike or gravel rides dependent on the weather and trail conditions. These six Downtown Bicycles Winter Ride Series rides start January 12th and continue through March 23rd from the shop.

Join us on the second and fourth Saturdays during winter months to get out and ride with your buddies!  We will enjoy some great Fat Bike rides if we have snow OR we will find some fun gravel rides.  Meet in front of our shop at 1pm!

Occasional Rides


One Ten Cycles will be hosting Fat Bike Rides/Chili Feeds are Back! for two dates so far this winter. These rides will be on January 13th and February 10th and both start from the Sibley Historic Site in Mendota.

Join us for a casual, social ride, followed by chili, snacks, and coffee in the OneTen Cycles warming hut! Don't have a fat bike, OneTen has rentals you can pick up on Saturday. Meet at the River Bottoms trail head behind the Sibley House. See you there!


Otso Cycles will be hosting another Shakopee Brewhall Social Ride coming up on January 12th from the Shakopee Brewhall.

For all you fat bikers out there we will be starting the ride at the brew hall and heading to Chaska and if time allows Carver. The current plan will be to ride all snow and single track. Come join us for a great ride and some awesome beer after.

Races


If weekly fatbike racing is your thing then check out the FAT Wednesday Fat Bike Races starting January 9th and going through February 27th.  Visit the Fat Wednesday Fat Bike Races Facebook page for updates.

We have 8 events with a crit style format. 30min and 60min options with a different course each week. Bonfire, Food, Beer, Swag, Fun, Friends, and much more!! 

Event day registration starts at 6pm and events start at 7pm. Event takes place at Keller Park off Hwy 36 and Hwy 61. Registration is in the clubhouse across the street along with the awards and raffle each night after the events.

Entry fee on day of event is $20 or sign up for all 8 events for the price of 6 ($120).

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