11/22/2021

2021 MN Global Fat Bike Day Events

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Global Fat-Bike Day is a worldwide grassroots campaign that started ten 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 quite a few rides scheduled here in Minnesota and across the border on December 4th 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 are hosting their 7th Annual BRF Global Fatbike Day ride from UW Wanderoos in Amery, WI at 10:00 am.  This will be a casual 14 mile ride on the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail.  Wisconsin State Trail Pass required.

WOW… this means I’ve had my Fatty for 7 years! Can you slow your roll and ride for fun with some fab folks? Smile watts count! Tell your friends, tell your family, tell the kid down the street! All welcome! Pace will be easy/friendly, so respect the ride. I’ll have Whiskey the trail dog with so not too fast by any means. Dress for the weather of the day and 70-90 minutes pedaling. We will meet up in the UW Wanderoos west overflow parking lot and depart at 10:00am. Heading west on the Stower Trail to its end past Nye, then turn around and head back. Round trip back to the UW is 14 miles. We’ll gather in the UW for lunch, snacks, Bloody Mary’s, higher education or whatever you like. The trail is a rail trail (flat) gravel so we'll ride no matter the trail conditions. It is a state trail and I advise a day pass, available online. Contact Brian Headlee via messenger with any questions.


Angry Catfish Bicycle Shop and Coffee Bar and Minneapolis Bike Parks are hosting Adventure Coffee on Global Fat Bike Day at the Minnesota River Bottoms with coffee, donuts and a bonfire along the trail between Sibley House and the 494 bridge.

Join us for adventure coffee on Global Fat Bike Day. We will have a fire, donuts, and coffee on the bank of the Minnesota River between the Sibley House and the 494 bridge.
Hit us up at the start of your ride or the end of your ride or anywhere in between, it doesn’t matter when you get there we just want to provide you with one more reason to get out and ride.
We will have Northern Coffeeworks coffee and Bakers Wife donuts at a bonfire along the River Bottoms trail at the overturned car (2 miles from the Sibley House or about 5 miles from the Old Cedar Bridge).
We will have a limited number of disposable cups, so please bring your own cup.
More info to come...


The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association will be hosting their CAMBA Global Fat Bike Day Celebration at CAMBA’s County OO Trailhead, Samuel C. Johnson Outdoor Center in Seeley, WI from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  Stick around after the ride for lunch and refreshments.  Registration is required to ride.

Join us to kick off the winter fat bike season . Guided rides for all levels. Post-ride lunch includes gourmet soup and refreshments. Located at CAMBA’s County OO Trailhead, Samuel C. Johnson Outdoor Center. Course will be determined based on conditions. Register and more info here: https://cambatrails.org/events/camba-global-fat-bike-day-celebration/


Limestone Brewers in Osage, IA is hosting a Fat Bike Holiday Ride for Global Fat Bike Day at 4:00 pm for a 10 mile trail ride and will join the Decemberfest lighted parade after.  

Light up your bike & celebrate Global Fat Bike Day!
Meet at Limestone Brewers at 4:00pm for a 10 mile trail ride. Riders will join in the Decemberfest lighted parade after the ride.
Free growler of Limestone beer to the best decorated bike!


The Bloomington Off-Road Cycling Alliance is celebrating Global Fat Bike Day with a no-drop group ride at the Minnesota River Bottoms at 1:00 pm.  Meet at the Bloomington Ferry Bridge parking lot and stick around for socializing and snacks after.

Come celebrate Global Fat Bike day at the River Bottoms! No drop, group ride. All are welcome! Route will depend on temps/weather-for sure to the raft and back. Join us afterwards for socializing! BYOB and snacks.


The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew and Red Raven will be hosting Global Fat Bike Day 2021 on the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails at 8:00 am.  This is a great opportunity to ride some of the best singletrack in the state and support the local businesses that support these trails.

We want to invite you to bring your fat bikes to Cuyuna for Global Fat Bike Day on December 4th!! Come ride the trails and visit our Trail Maintenance Partners. Support the businesses that support the trails, including Rafferty's Pizza Crosby, Cuyuna , True North Basecamp , Red Raven , The Bike Vault Crosby MN. 


Downton Bicycles will be celebrating Global Fat Bike Day 2021 with a ride on local Northfield trails.

Join us for our 2021 edition of Global Fat Bike Day. We will be riding for about 90 minutes on Northfield’s local trails.


Don your ugliest holiday sweater and head to Trailhead Cycling in Champlin for Global Fat Bike Day 2021 AND Ugly Sweater Ride - ChamplinThis leisurely 15 mile ride will take riders to the Coon Rapids Dam and the Mississippi River Bottoms with a stop at Elm Creek Brewing on the way back.  Roll out is at 10:30 am.

It's baaack! Global Fat Bike Day has returned to Minnesota with an bonus layer: The Ugly Sweater. That's right folks, grab your Ugliest Holiday Sweater, your faithful fat bike and head on over to Trailhead. 10 am gathering, 10:30 am roll out. Where? Champlin will ride to the CR Dam, have a snack, then romp around the Mississippi River Bottoms (at the CR Dam, not to be confused with THE River Bottoms) and ride back to Champlin, stopping at Elm Creek Brewing for a refreshing beverage.
Champlin Trailhead is at 11350 Aquila Dr N.
Expect 15 or so miles at a leisurely laughable pace. Questions? Call the shop. 763.712.0312. Sorry; no demo bikes this year; there's a global shortage of Fat Bikes ya know. For this reason we'll bend the rules a bit and let semi fatties along (aka mountain bikes). Helmets required.


Grab that ugly holiday sweater and head to Trailhead Cycling in Plymouth for Global Fat Bike Day 2021 AND Ugly Sweater Ride - Plymouth.  This leisurely 15 mile ride will take riders for an out-n-back ride on the Line Trail with a post ride beer at Luce Line Brewing.  Roll out is at 10:30 am.

Global Fat Bike Day has returned to Minnesota with an bonus layer: The Ugly Sweater. That's right folks, grab your Ugliest Holiday Sweater, your faithful fat bike and head on over to Trailhead. 10 am gathering, 10:30 am roll out. Where? Trailhead Plymouth. Meet at 10 am with a 10:30 roll out onto the Luce Line Trail for an out-n-back. We're shooting for snacks on that ride too; with a post - event brew at Luce Line Brewing.
Max Fat and Ug in one event!
Expect 15 or so miles at a leisurely laughable pace. Questions? Call the shop. 763.712.0312. Sorry; no demo bikes this year; there's a global shortage of Fat Bikes ya know. For this reason we'll bend the rules a bit and let semi fatties along (aka mountain bikes). Helmets required.


Roll on your fatty at the Levis Mound trail in Neillsville, WI for Global Fat Bike Day Levis Mound.  This group ride departs the Levis Trailhead at 10:00 am with a campfire and socializing after the ride.

GLOBAL FAT-BIKE DAY! You are all part of the FUN! Join us at Levis Mound for some worldwide fat bike group fun!
Informal group ride and social. Starting at 10:00am at the Levis Trailhead, drop off things you want shuttled to the GFBD grounds campfire on Goat Dance. Fire will be lit at noon. It's a BYOB and share snacks if you like. The local Levis celebrities will be on hand to share profound knowledge of Levis Mound and the history of fatbiking here. Trail donations appreciated for fat bike grooming.


The Mid Minnesota Cycling Club will be celebrating with a Global Fat Bike Day Ride that will take riders through Quarry and Heritage Parks.  Roll out is at 11:00 am from Back Shed Brewing.

Global fat bike day 2021 ride through Quarry Park and Heritage Park.
When: Saturday, December 4th, 2021, 11AM ride out.
Where: Start @ Back Shed Brewing
Membership Drive, Fundraiser, Presentation, and Election; 3pm-6pm
Thank you to our sponsors; Erik's, FitzHarris Bike & Sport, Revolution Cycle & Ski, Bernicks, and House of Pizza!


Doug Swenson and Big Sioux Bikepacking Brigade are hosting  a casual Global Fat Bike Day Ride on the scenic gravel roads around Canton, SD.  Ride starts in downtown Canton at 9:00 am and will finish up with an optional lunch after.

Gravel Fat Bike ride taking in some of the scenery and hills around Canton. Starting in downtown Canton and finishing up with option for lunch at Garden Of Eat’n or elsewhere in Canton. Stay tuned for updates or refinements to this event. Expect this to be a casual unsanctioned ride.


Michael's Cycles hosts their annual Global Fat Tire Day Ride from their shop in Chaska at 9:00 am.  Expect a 10-20 mile ride through Louisville Swamp that will have multiple groups based on rider pace.  Return to the shop for a breakfast and prize drawing.  Riders that are looking for more mileage can head out for round two to Shakopee for a stop at Shakopee Brew Hall and Badger Hill Brewing.

Join Michael's Cycles for a fun day of riding that starts with a 9 AM ride through the Louisville Swamp. Mileage can vary from 10-20 miles and will have multiple groups based on pace. This is an out and back route mostly, so there are ideal points to turn back when you have ridden enough. We are planning to have a bonfire out on the route for you to stop and enjoy. Upon our return to the Chaska shop the staff will have a pancake & sausage breakfast prepared for us. OJ and coffee also provided. All riders will receive a raffle ticket for an opportunity to win some nice gifts. Once you are fueled back up it will be time for round two. Those who want to ride more will head up from Chaska to Shakopee for a stop at Shakopee Brew Hall, and then onto Badger Hill Brewing. Those that wish to end there we recommend leaving a vehicle and shuttling with friends down to the Chaska Michael's shop. Parking is available in front of the Chaska shop, behind the shop, or on the side streets before/after the shop. If you'd like to grab a delicious pastry and coffee before the ride we recommend visiting our friends at Red Bench Bakery in Chaska. Please select Interested in order to stay updated on all event updates. See the latest news in the event Discussions.


Spokengear in Two Harbors is hosting their Global Fatbike Day - Sliver Creek Edition at private trails in Silver Creek at noon.  Stick around for chili, socializing and warm up at the campfire after the ride.

Come and ride the private trails that our hosts Kevin and Alison have created up in Silver Creek. Enjoy some Chili and other goodies at the Silver Creek Town Hall. Ride, Eat, Laugh, and enjoy some conversations around a fire and warm up inside if you get too cold. This is a fun, all are welcome event.


Grease Rag will host Grease Rag goes to the River Bottoms for a relaxed social pace ride from the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Bloomington at 10:00 am.

If you’ve been curious about riding the MN River Bottoms or off roading on dirt/gravel in general, this is the ride for you!
Bring your thick tires! Think fat, gravel, mountain, or plus size. Depending on the weather, there may be leaves, dirt, sand, or snow. That’s half the fun of riding the bottoms!
We’ll meet at the parking lot of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. This location is accessible by the 28th Ave Blue Line station, but you’re also welcome to drive or bike to the meeting spot.
This will be a very chill social pace. We’ll ride about an hour or two, depending on weather and people’s energy. It will be an out and back ride, no one will get left behind! There won’t be stops to pump up tires, fill up water, or grab a snack, so plan accordingly. If need an accommodation to get to this event, please message me and I can try my best! Hope to see you there!

Central Lakes Trail
The Central Lakes Trail is a 55-mile trail 
that runs through the heart of 
west-central Minnesota 
from Osakis to Fergus Falls

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