FAT TIRE BIRKIE: Racers trade in skis for winter bikes

Published: Mar. 12, 2022 at 8:58 PM CST
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CABLE, WI. (CBS 3 Duluth) - In Northern Wisconsin on Saturday, Birkie racers traveled through the winter woods once again.

But this time they weren’t skiing, they were pedaling.

“So today we’re actually hosting the tenth annual Fat Bike Birkie here in Cable at the Birkie Trailhead,” said Kate Barido, American Birkebeiner Foundation’s Director of Marketing and Communications.

For the Fat Bike Birkie, riders traveled up to 47 kilometers, with 3 different race length options.

While the single-digit temperatures may have been less than ideal for spectators, for racers the conditions were just right.

“Today the course is really fast and firm, it’s colder out today, but that means that we won’t get the warm-up where it will melt the course,” said Barido.

According to Barido, Birkie events have been growing in popularity, especially in the last two years.

“With the pandemic, people really had to get more creative with what they were doing for their activities,” said Barido. “So you saw more people getting outside, more people trying cross country skiing for the first time, and more people buying bikes.”

Devin Horne, a Wisconsin native, traveled all the way from his current home in Washington D.C. to take part in the race with his brother.

“Winters can be bleak and it’s fun to get outside. I haven’t seen my family much in the last two years, so it was nice to get back and do something really fun with them,” said Horne.

For Horne and his brother, the race wasn’t just about getting a good time, it was also about having a good time.

“I think I like it because it doesn’t feel competitive to me, I can only go so fast on a bike like this, so it’s just kind of screwing around and having fun,” said Horne.

The three races held on Saturday were The Big Fat 47k, the Half Fat 21K, and the Fun Fat 10K Tour.

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