Get Phat with Pat Returns to the MN River Bottoms with Two Races for 2014

Penn Cycle & Fitness will hold its yearly Get Phat with Pat Fatbike Race for a second year at the fatbike popular Minnesota River Bottoms in Bloomington.  Owner Pat Sorensen has worked with the City of Bloomington to have two races there for 2014.  These races will be held on January 18th and 25th.  They are co-sponsored by and are a part of the Bloomington Winter Fete which runs from January 18-26.

The Details: 

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, etc.

All bike styles, fat or skinny are welcome to participate.  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 also one lap, the Advanced class race starts at 12 noon and will be two laps.  

The race course will be similar to last year's race with a few areas that will be different.  Start and Finish will be under the 35W bridge with the course heading west past the railroad swing bridge before returning.  There will be an ice crossing for Nine Mile Creek but if the ice is deemed unsafe due to warm weather, the cottonwood tree crossing will have to be used.  The lap will be a loop of about eight miles with one section of trail heading out and another heading back.

Course conditions one day before last year's race

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.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three 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 9:Zero:7 fatbike frameset will be held at the January 25th race for race participants.  All prize winners must be present to claim their prizes.

Get Phat with Pat will be a fun and challenging race course and if you missed out last year, you have two chances to race it this January.  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.

Meteorologist Kristin Clark will be supplying her 2WheelWeather Cyclecasts for both of the Get Phat with Pat races.  Be prepared for the weather conditions with this hyper-local forecasting by visiting the Get Phat Cyclecast page on 2WheelWeather.com.

To view all of my photos from the 2013 Get Phat with Pat races go to my Flickr Photostream.

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