2019 MN Global Fat Bike Day Events

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Global Fat-Bike Day is a worldwide grassroots campaign that started seven 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 and close to the border in Wisconsin on December 7th that you may want to get in on.  I have complied a list of them so you can get your "fat on" and ride with others of the "well-endowed tire crowd".  New events will be added to this post as they become available.

Big Ring Flyers hosts the 2019 BRF Global Fat Bike Day from the UW Wanderoos in Wanderoos, WI at 10:00 am for a 14 mile group ride.

The 5th Annual Big Ring Flyers Global Fat Bike Day Celebration!  
We’ve had a pretty good recipe historically so we’ll stick with it agajn. Park at the UW Wanderoos place of higher learning, hit the Stower westbound and back for 14 miles round trip. Duck into the UW to get educated afterwards! Pace will be friendly, this is not your VO2 max workout, this is fun with friends! Open to all!!

Avid mountain biker/fatbiker Steven Orwig will be hosting Cuyuna Global Fat Tire Day at the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Crosby.  Make the trip for a full day of riding, food, beverage and fun.

Feel free to join us if you’d like.  Here is our tentative plan for Saturday Dec. 7th 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM.  Ride the awesome Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails!

9:00 AM – Breakfast North Country Cafe, Crosby (Will most likely park on Main St. between 1st & 2nd Ave. in between CafĂ© and Red Raven)
10:00 AM – Rolling down to ride the updated Yawkey Unit and most likely Portsmouth Unit as well
12:00 PM – Around this time head to Red Raven for lunch
1:00 – 1:30 PM – Meet at main trailhead to ride Mahnomen Unit (Bring extra clothes and warmers if needed)
3:30 PM – Head into Cuyuna Brewing Company for a cold beer and warm-up (change clothes if you’d like) 
4:00ish PM – Heading over to Iron Range Eatery for dinner
5:00-5:30 PM – Heading back to the cities for us non-locals

Above are estimated times.  Feel free to join us for all or part of the riding..  We will be in the area Friday as well and will have a day filled with local fun.  Of course riding, maybe some bowling at the Cuyuna Lanes, and be sure to grab some cheese, crackers, and wine from ShopVictual for the evening.  Can't wait!  

MORC members will be celebrating with Faturday-Global Fat Bike Day starting at 9:00 am from the parking lot at the Bloomington Ferry Unit trailhead in Bloomington. Ride will cover the western segment of the Minnesota River Bottoms between Bloomington Ferry Unit and Nine Mile Creek.

Meet at the Bloomington Ferry bridge lot
9:00 a.m. so we get done before it warms up
will ride East to 9 mile creek and back and then some not so known trails
studded tires might be nice to have
post up so we know who to look for
you are responsible for yourself

Trailhead Cycling will be hosting their Global Fat Bike Day ride from their shop in Champlin.  Ride leaves the shop at 10:30 am and returns around 1:30 pm.  Fat bike demos available, contact the shop for more information.

Meet your friends at Trailhead for Global Fat Bike Day! We'll ride to the Coon Rapids Dam; have a snack then break into groups; those that ride along the Mississippi, those that ride over to Alloy Brewing for a refreshing mid-ride beverage, and those that ride back to Trailhead. No matter your skill level, your allotted time, or what Fat Bike you ride we've got a ride for you! Demo bikes are available, reach out to pam@trailheadcycling to reserve one! 

Ride and socialize with GRIMBA members at Global Fat Bike Day taking place at the Tioga Recreation Area in Cohasset from Noon to 3:00 pm.

Group ride at Tioga Recreation Area to celebrate Global Fat Bike day. We welcome new members, existing members, and anyone interested in learning more about GRIMBA. Some fat bikes are available to use, check with us at info@grimba.org.

We plan to have a campfire to keep warm and socialize after riding. Great opportunity to ride and get acquainted with what GRIMBA is about.

Now Bikes hosts their Global Fat Bike Day 2019 ride from Rice Lake Elementary School in Lino Lakes at 10:00 am.  Refreshments will follow the ride at their Arden Hills shop.

Join us as we celebrate Global Fat Bike Day on Saturday, Dec 7!
Where to meet: Rice Lake Elementary School in Lino Lakes (park at the northeast corner of the school).
The course: Trails consist of a mix of bike path, single track and gravel roads. Plan to ride for 2+ hours. Shorter or longer loops available.
Please call us (651-490-7709) if you or a friend are interested in trying a fat bike. Free demos available by appointment. Supplies limited.
Please RSVP at 651-490-7709.
Join us afterwards at the Arden Hills shop for refreshments and brats on us. We hope to see you there!

Tonka Cycle & Ski hosts Global Fat Bike Day 2019 with three rides to accommodate riders of all abilities.  Meet at the shop at 10:00 am and roll out at 10:30 am. Refreshments following the rides.

Come join us on this amazing day of celebrating fat bikes. We will have three different rides featuring different mileage and speeds ( ride routes are tbd and  routes will be posted soon). Meet up time is 10am and ride out time will be be 10:30am ( please DO NOT park right at the store, lot fills up too fast, use available parking at Shady Oak and Excelsior). There will be raffle prizes as we arrive back at the shop to give out following the ride and riders will receive a coupon for 20% off of fat bike accessories that day. 
Immediately following the ride we will have a grill going and some cold beverages. Then join us for some fun filled activities on your bikes. Can’t wait to see all of you. 

Falls Area Singletrack and Falls Area Bicyclists will be hosting Global Fatbike Day 2019 from Brandon Valley High School in Brandon, SD.  The ride will depart at 11:00 am.

Join us for Global Fatbike Day, Saturday, Dec 7th. The group will meet in the Brandon Valley High School parking lot at 11:00 a.m. The total ride distance will be about 25 miles. There will be a bonfire and grilled food at roughly the half-way mark.

Continental Ski & Bike hosts their Global fat bike day group ride from Chambers Grove Park in Duluth from 9:00 to 3:00 pm with two rides and a barbecue.

Come on out  for GLOBAL FAT BIKE DAY 2019! Join us at Chambers Grove Park for a ride around Mission Creek, a fire, and a barbecue! We will have two rides, the first will take off at 9am and return around 11pm. We will then take a break and enjoy some food from the grill and warmth from the fire! At 1pm the second ride will leave Chambers Grove and return around 3pm! We will have our rental fleet of Rocky Mountain Blizzards available for free on a first come first serve basis for both rides. So, grab your bike, a friend, and come join us for the fun! Keep an eye on this page for more details as the event draws near. 

If you're in Duluth on December 7th stop in at Ursa Minor Brewing for the Global Fat Bike Day 2019 Afterparty! Ride your bike to the taproom for 1/2 off your first beer as well as a bonfire and live music from 7:00-9:00 pm.

Global Fat Bike Day 2019 is coming to Duluth on December 7th, and we are hosting the afterparty! We will have a bike-in promo going all day. If you ride your bike down to the taproom, you will receive 1/2 off your first beer! There will be a bonfire going on the patio as well as live music provided by Camille Marsten from 7:00-9:00pm!

The Duluth Experience is also running a shuttle from Ursa Minor, with an added incentive. If you register for the shuttle, you will be entered into an exclusive, shuttle-only raffle that is filled with goodies from #GFBD2019 and their sponsors. The raffle is ONLY for those in the shuttle and your odds of winning are fairly high. The drawing will be held at the after party here at our taproom! No stress, just fun and prizes. Secure your spot on the shuttle by clicking the link below. 

Check out the main event page here:

Here's the link to sign up for the shuttle:

Head to Northfield for Global Fat Bike Day hosted by Downtown Bicycles.  This family friendly event will roll out from the shop at 1:00 pm for a ride around Northfield and return for refreshments.

Join Downtown Bicycles for it's 6th Annual Global Fat Biking Event. 
We will gather at the shop before rolling out at 1:00pm. The plan is to cruise around Northfield trails and hopefully snow covered roads for a few hours before returning to the shop for beer, hot drinks, and snacks. This is a family friendly event, so bundle everyone up and come join the fun! We do offer a limited number of fat bike rentals - reserve early before they are gone!

Head to the Levis Mound Trail in Neillsville, WI for Global Fatbike Day-Levis & Trow mounds from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for "low key social rides" and more.

Come join the fatbike fun at Levis & Trow Mounds!  Low key social rides, campfire, beverages and snacks.   Pot luck is encouraged.

My Bike Guy hosts their Global Fatbike Day Ride at Gamehaven Reservoir Park in Rochester.  This fun group ride starts at 6:30 pm with a bonfire afterward.

It's the time of the year we celebrate everything FAT.  Bring your fatbike, lights, and post ride refreshments.  Fun ride, not fast ride.  Post ride warmth and socializing around a fire.

Mesabi Outdoor Adventures is hosting Global Fat Bike Day Ride in the Sax/Zim Bog from the Mcdavitt Townhall in Forbes.  This no-drop, 2 to 3 hour ride rolls out at noon for a trip of about 23 miles.

Join us on a fat bike ride through the Sax/Zim bog for global fat bike day. We will meet up at the Mcdavitt town hall on Zim Rd (County 27) and roll out at noon for a 23 mile ride on the flat gravel roads with a chance to see various wild life including the Great Gray Owl. This will be a no-drop ride, meaning no one will be left behind. Dress for the projected weather and bring anything you will need to spend 2-3 hours on a bike. We hope to see you there! Mesabi Outdoor Adventures now has 2 fat bikes we could borrow out for this ride. If you would like to reserve one of these bikes, send us a message and we will arrange for you to pick up the bike the morning of the ride or we could arrange to have the bike brought to the starting location. 

Michael's Cycles in Chaska hosts Global Fat Tire Day from the shop.  Ride departs at 8:00 am with breakfast after the ride.

Ride rolls @ 8 am, breakfast after the ride.
We will have a fire in the woods during the ride and a Vendor Expo back in the shop during the day!

The Mid MN Cycling Club hosts their annual MMCC Global Fat Bike Day Poker Ride from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm from Riverside Park in St. Cloud.

The Mid MN Cycling Club will be hosting a Poker Ride and a Membership Drive/Fundraiser for Global Fat Bike Day 2019
The ride will be held on Saturday Dec. 7th starting at 10am.
Starting location will be the Riverside Park Parking Lot (1800 Kilian Blvd SE, St. Cloud, MN)
Additional route info to follow but plan on roughly a 2 hours with 5 planned stops.  Each stop will have a volunteer there with playing cards.

Nicollet Bike & Ski Shop will be celebrating with their Nicollet Bike Global Fat Bike Day Ride 2019 from their shop in Mankato at 1:00 pm for a two hour ride.

Join us for Global Fat Bike Day 2019- The greatest day of the year!
When: Saturday December 7th at 1 pm
Where: Meet at Nicollet Bike. The group will then ride out together to Kiwanis Trails.
What: Casual 2 hour group ride with plenty of chances to stop and take in the scenery followed by food, drinks, and socializing back at the shop.

The Woolly Bike Club will be hosting their Woolly Global Fat Bike Day 2019 ride which will start at the Howlin' Wolf Creek Bar in St. Croix Falls, WI at 10:30 am.  There will be two groups to choose from depending on a rider's ability.  Stick around after the ride for burgers and beer at Howlin' Wolf.

A fat bike ride in the Barrens is a must each year.  Snow on the ground or not, fat bikes up there are too much fun to not go back.
Over the last few years we have had 30+ folks up each year and I haven't heard any complaints.
We are going to have an A and B ride again this year. I'm calling them the Shreddy Group and the I'm Just Here For A Good Time Group. Both groups are no drop, but expect to have to ride faster with the Shreddy Group to not get dropped.
After about 2 hours, give or take, of riding and exploring, we will reconvene at Wolf Creek Bar for burgers and recovery beverages. 
It should be another fabulous GFBD ride.
I wouldn't be surprised to find another bacon and beverage stop again this year.  Yes, bacon.


  1. Do you want to include the CAMBA/Birkie event in Seeley, or is that too far from MN? I'd guess 75% of the participants will be from Minnesota anyhow.

    1. I try to keep this post Minnesota and nearby border events only.


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