On the World Famous Birkie Trail!
The 45NRTH Fat Bike Birkie is the premier on snow bike event in North America. Riders test their skill and endurance on the professionally groomed American Birkebeiner Ski Trail!
Three days of fun! March 10 – ride the Criterium course and check out the latest gear at the Fat Bike Birkie Expo! March 11 – race day, post-race party in the big tent, and an after party at the Sawmill Saloon in Seeley, WI! March 12 – guided rides, on-snow fat bike demos and more!
There are no restrictions the specific tire size allowed. The Birkie groomers are some of the best in the world and have the goal of providing a firm surface to ride on for the races. However, we cannot control the weather and the course conditions can vary widely, from hard packed to soft powder. Just like in the Birkie Ski race, Fat Bike Birkie participants are free to choose different equipment based on the conditions of the course. We recommend that participants be prepared to race in any course condition, on a bike equipped with at least 3.5 inch wide tires.
No special equipment classes will be recognized in the Fat Bike Birkie results or awards
Pre-Riding the Course — When & Where
The Fat Bike Birkie Race Courses will be groomed and marked for pre-riding on Friday, March 10 form 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Please note that riding bikes on the Birkie Trail during the winter is only allowed on the days designated for the Fat Bike Birkie event. However winter bike riding can be accessed from many of the trailheads utilizing the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association trail system. Trail conditions can be found on the CAMBA Winter FAT BIKE page.
|Through Sept. 8||Sept. 9 through Dec. 15||Dec. 16 through Feb. 2||February 3 until Full|
|47 Km or 23 km Race||$65||$75||$85||$95|
All long race participants must be at least 18 years of age on race day. All short race participants must be at least 13 years of age.
This event has a participant cap of 1200.
Three Full Days of Fat Bike Birkie!
|Courses Open for Pre-Riding||10:00 AM – 3:00 PM|
|Expo / Bib Pick-Up / Bike Demos||10:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Novice Criterium: 15 minutes + one lap||4:30 PM|
|Kid’s Criterium: 5 laps – ages 10 to 14||5:00 PM|
|Expert Criterium: 25 minutes + one lap||5:30 PM|
|Bib Pick Up - In the Great Hall||7:30 AM to 8:30 AM|
|47 km Fat Bike Birkie - The Big Fat||9:00 AM|
|23 K Fat Bike Birkie - The Chico||9:15 AM|
|Bike Demos||All Day|
|Bike Demo at the Highway OO Trailhead||9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon|
|CAMBA Guided Singletrack Rides at the Highway OO Trailhead||Starts at 10:00 AM|
Avoid the race morning rush and pick up your bib at the Fat Bike Expo located in the Great Hall at the Birkie Trailhead. Open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Friday, March 10.
Race Day Bib Pick up available on Saturday from 7:30 to 8:30 am.
Follows Birkie Skate Trail south 7.5 km to the Timber Trail Aid Station, then 5 km to Fire Tower Aid Station, then 4 km to Boedecker Aid Station, then 4.5 km to the southern end of the course just prior to County Highway OO. From this point the course turns back north on Birkie Classic Trail 5.5 km to Boedecker, then 4.5 km to Fire Tower, then 6.5 km to Timber Trail, followed by the last 7.5 km to finish back at the trailhead.
Follows Birkie Skate Trail south 7.5 km to the Timber Trail Aid Station, then 3 km to “High Point” where is cuts over to the Birkie Classic Trail. From there it heads back north for 5 km to where it turns and follows the Kortelopet Trail for 5 km and turns back on to the Birkie Classic Trail for the last kilometer to the finish back at the trailhead.
Click for a Google map of the 2017 Fat Bike Birkie
Check out the Trail Genius coverage of the 2015 FBB below – The 2017 race will feature a slightly different course, however these videos and maps give you a good idea about the trail and terrain.
The Big Fat 47 km Fat Bike Birkie will feature 3 start gates. Riders will be placed in one of these gates based on their finish time from the long race of the 2014, 2015, or 2016 Fat Bike Birkie. Riders with out a previous result will be assigned to Gate 3.
Elite riders with out previous FBB results send gate requests with credentials to firstname.lastname@example.org
There will not be any gate assignments for the Chico 20 km race.
Fat Bike Birkie Overall Trophies will be presented to the first three male & female finishers of both races–20K & 47K.
Cash Prizes for the first three men & women in the 47K $500 | $250 | $100
Winners must be present at award ceremony to receive the cash prize.
Age-class Awards will be given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place riders, male and female, in each age class for the Fat Bike Races.
Want to get involved, see this event up close and personal, and be part of what makes Birkie events great? We’d love to hear from you! Contact the Birkie at 715-634-5025 or email@example.com and put “Fat Bike Birkie Volunteer” in the subject line. There is no obligation—we’re happy to answer your questions. Contact us today!
Please contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-634-5025