Mega Gallery: Fat Bike World Champs Day 1

Phat winter times high in the Colorado Rockies

Fat Bike Race Coverage Winter Guide
The top 3 men — Taylor Sheldon, Dave Wiens, Jordan Williford lead early on, while the rest of the field snakes their way around the groomed rolling track.

The top 3 men — Taylor Sheldon, Dave Wiens, Jordan Williford — lead early on, while the rest of the field snakes their way around the groomed rolling track (click to enlarge).

Editor’s Note: This article is part of the Mtbr Ultimate Guide to winter mountain biking, fat bikes, gear, apparel, lights and trainers. We are taking a deep dive into all manner of cold weather mountain bike gear, with round-ups and reviews of fat bikes, tires, wheels, apparel, trainers and more. To see all the articles, head over to our Winter Guide Hub Page.

Day 1 of the first annual Borealis Fat Bike World Championship went off in spectacular fashion on Thursday at the North Village venue in the Town of Mount Crested Butte. Skies were stellar blue, temps were a balmy high 30s, and the 2.6-mile rolling track was in perfect shape (except for the last few laps when high traffic created a host of terrifying tire trapping ruts). Mtbr was on the ground for opening race of this 4-day event, completing the 8-lap race, 21-mile race, without too much drama. Next up Friday is an advocacy summit, then Saturday’s world championship race in Crested Butte, and finally a downhill fun ride on Sunday at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort Ski Area. Here’s a tip-to-tail pictorial look at the day that was. (Thanks to Zack and Wade from Scott Sports for taking over picture taking duties while we were racing.)

The Borealis RV was in the house at the event expo.

The Borealis RV was in the house at the event expo.

Odell Brewing is pouring adult beverages all weekend. Yum...

Odell Brewing is pouring adult beverages all weekend. Yum…

The North Village demo and expo area and start finish area.

The North Village demo and expo area and start finish area.

Le Mans start was the order of the day. We lost our bike for a minute in the madness.

Le Mans start was the order of the day. We lost our bike for a minute in the madness.

Ready to race.

Ready to race.

Go time!

Go time!

About 100 racers contested the opening day race, which included solo and team categories.

About 100 racers contested the opening day race, which included solo and team categories.

The rolling 2.6-mile track was in perfect shape at the start. The views weren't bad either.

The rolling 2.6-mile track was in perfect shape at the start. The views weren’t bad either.

Nice day for a bike race. In January. High in the amazing Colorado Rockies.

Nice day for a bike race. In January. High in the amazing Colorado Rockies.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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  • jcote says:

    I remember many years back, we used to shovel out the trails to ride them. And, there were races like arrowhead, yukonultra, idadrod plus some in vermont on snowmobile trails. Not many showed up. I remember doing back country roads on sand filled roads (not salt) with studded tires we used to make with screws. People thought we were odd back then (10+ years back)… now, its the norm. With fat bikes.
    I still get a kick bringing out the cyclocross bike with 700×35 tires and head down the highway in the dead of winter… get odd looks.
    But, maybe one day the norm.

    good to see many out in the winter enjoying it rather than being stuck like a hamster on a trainer – yuk, who wants to do that… better being outside enjoying it all – pure freedom!

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