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!

Fat Bike Birkie is an Open-class Bike Race

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

Event/Distance Options

47 km (29 miles) “Big Fat” Fat Bike Race

23 km (14 miles) “Chico” Fat Bike Race

Friday Evening Criterium

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.



Registration is Open! Reserve your spot now!

 Through Sept. 8Sept. 9 through Dec. 15Dec. 16 through Feb. 2February 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.

Requests to change a registration between the race distances can be made here. There is a $10 fee required to process these requests.

Register now for the 2017 FBB Criterium!

Get your legs warmed up on Friday with a little crit racing!

  • Kids: 10-14 years old, free!
  • Novice: 15 minutes + one lap, $10
  • Expert: 25 minutes + one lap, $10

Schedule of Events

Three Full Days of Fat Bike Birkie!


Courses Open for Pre-Riding10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Expo / Bib Pick-Up / Bike Demos10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Novice Criterium: 15 minutes + one lap4:30 PM
Kid’s Criterium: 5 laps – ages 10 to 145:00 PM
Expert Criterium: 25 minutes + one lap5:30 PM


Bib Pick Up - In the Great Hall7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
47 km Fat Bike Birkie - The Big Fat9:00 AM
23 K Fat Bike Birkie - The Chico9:15 AM
Bike DemosAll Day
After Party - Hosted by CAMBA at the Sawmill Saloon, Seeley, WI. Raffle prizes from Fat Bike Birkie Sponsors! Link Coming Soon!4:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Bike Demo at the Highway OO Trailhead9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
CAMBA Guided Singletrack Rides at the Highway OO TrailheadStarts at 10:00 AM

Fat Bike Expo & Bib Pick Up

fbb-demoAvoid 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.

    • Vendor Booths featuring great products and information from FBB Sponsors
    • Demo Bikes
    • Beer in the Fat Bike Lounge
    • Free Coffee Samples from Hayward Coffee Company

Race Day Bib Pick up available on Saturday from 7:30 to 8:30 am.

Course Information

Races will start and finish at the new American Birkebeiner Trailhead and are back to 100% precision groomed ski trail for 2017!

Big Fat Course

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.

Big Fat Course Profile

Birkie Classic Elevation Profile

The Chico Course

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.

The Chico Course Profile

Birkie Classic Elevation Profile
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.

Start Gates

The Big Fat 47 km Fat Bike Birkie will feature 4 start gates. Riders will be placed in one of these gates based on their finish time from the long race of the 2016 Fat Bike Birkie. Riders without a previous result will be assigned to Gate 4.

Requests for Gate upgrade based on 2014 or 2015 Big Fat Birkie results or results for other fat bike or mountain bike races can be made here. There may be a fee required to process these requests.

Elite riders with out previous FBB results send gate requests with credentials to elite@birkie.com

There will not be any gate assignments for the Chico 20 km race.


fbb-podiumFat 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.

      • 47K – 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
      • 20K – 13-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+


Title Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor

Clif Bar
BeFAST Sportgear
Maxxis Tires
Magura USA


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 x:2 or Click HERE for available shifts.   There is no obligation—we’re happy to answer your questions. Contact us today!


Please contact us with any questions at birkie@birkie.com or 715-634-5025