On the World Famous Birkie Trail in Cable, Wisconsin!

The Fat Bike Birkie, Presented by Freewheel Bike, 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 events to choose from: The Big Fat 47K, The Half Fat 21K, and the un-timed Fun Fat 10K Tour – there is something for every rider!

We remain committed to providing inspiring opportunities to promote a healthy active lifestyle and wellness events for all.  We will take every safety precaution and measure to ensure the safety of our participants, volunteers, spectators, staff, and local communities.

Fat Bike Birkie is an Open-Class Bike Race

There are no restrictions on 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.

E-bikes are not allowed for any event of the Fat Bike Birkie on Saturday, however, may be ridden during Friday’s pre-ride of the trail only.

No special equipment classes will be recognized in the Fat Bike Birkie results or awards.  Tandems bikes are allowed, but there is not a special class and will not be eligible for awards.  Each tandem rider must register and contact registration@birkie.com to ensure the proper results are shown.

Event/Distance Options

The Big Fat 47K Race

The Half Fat 21K Race 

The Fun Fat 10K Tour

Fat Bike Birkie Start

Registration

2022 Fat Bike Birkie Registration is Now Open!

 May 1 through September 16September 17 through November 11November 12 through January 20January 21 until full or March 11
Big Fat or Half Fat Race$75$85$95$105
Fun Fat Tour$65$75$85$95

All Big Fat 47K participants must be at least 18 years of age on race day. All Half Fat 21K and Fun Fat 10K participants must be at least 13 years of age on race day.

Protect Your Registration!

Get reimbursed up to 100% on your registration if you can’t compete for a number of reasons.  Next Wave Insurance offers Regsaver so you can insure your non-refundable registration fee in the case injury, illness, or another covered peril occurs.* Please see policy for complete list of covered perils at www.registrationsaver.com/birkie. Limitations and exclusions apply. Next Wave Insurance, CA License #: OF00755.

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2022 Birkie Gear Bag

It’s back for 2022!  This year, as part of our ongoing Birkie Green initiative we’ve designed a new custom Birkie gear bag with SWIX!  The reusable Birkie gear bag is available for $50 and only during registration for the Birkie, Korte, Prince Haakon and Fat Bike Birkie.

2022 Birkie Gear Bag

 

Birkie Green As part of 2022 race registration, ABSF members will automatically receive a copy of the 2021 Birch Scroll® magazine. If you are not a member and would like to join the ABSF or would like to purchase a copy of the 2022 Birch Scroll results issue, you may pre-order a copy during your race registration process. As part of ongoing Birkie Green initiatives, all registered participants will receive a digital copy of the 2021 Birch Scroll magazine.

Getting There

Driving to the American Birkebeiner Trailhead – Start & Finish Venue

All races start and finish at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead, Cable, Wisconsin.  Access to the start area is available ONLY from Telemark Road.  GPS Coordinates: 46.193613, -91.256976

  • From Cable, WI, Take Highway M traveling East out of Cable for 2-miles. Turn right on Telemark Road.  Follow the road past the former Telemark Lodge to the designated parking areas.  Follow the directions of the parking attendants.

Schedule of Events

Two Full Days of Fat Bike Birkie at the Birkie Trailhead in Cable!

Friday

Courses Open for Pre-Riding10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Expo / Bib Pick-Up / Bike Demos / Birkie Store 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Saturday

Bib Pick Up - In the Great Hall6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
47 km Fat Bike Birkie - The Big Fat 8:00 AM
21 km Fat Bike Birkie - The Half Fat8:15 AM
10 km Fat Bike Birkie - The Fun Fat Tour8:30 AM
Expo / Bib Pick-Up / Bike Demos / Birkie Store / Brats + Beer!All Day
Post-Race Party for All Participants--Food! Plus your first beer is Free!
Spectators and families can purchase meal tickets, too!
10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Fat Bike Expo & Bib Pick Up

Open from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, March 11.

  • Fat Bike Birkie EXPO — Great Gear and Guidance from FBB Sponsors
  • Fat Bike Demos All Day
  • The Birkie Store, with Great Birkie Merchandise

Start Gates

*New Start Times!  Due to the forecasted temperatures, all races will start 1 hour earlier!

Riders will be assigned to multiple start gates based on the last 3 year’s of Fat Bike Birkie results for all races.  Gate qualification times will be available in January.  Gate sizes will allow for a physically distanced start.

Full Fat Start Gates:

  • 8:00 am start- New time!
  • 50 riders/5 minutes
  • 9 start waves
  • Based on finish times of past 3 Full Fat or Half Fat races
  • will be assinged in early March
  • Winners of Men’s and Women’s races are first across line
  • Gate 1 is gun timed
  • Gates 2-9 are chipped time (your time starts when you cross the line)
  • Riders have 3 minutes to cross the line

Half Fat Start Gates:

  • 9:00 am start- New time!
  • 50 riders/5 minutes
  • 7 start waves
  • Winners of Men’s and Women’s races are first across line
  • Gate 1 is gun timed
  • Gates 2-9 are chipped time (your time starts when you cross the line)
  • Riders have 3 minutes to cross the line
  • Self seeded based on expected finish time- If you hope to be the Half Fat champion, please choose the 9 am start time.  If you did not choose a start time during registration, you will be sent an email with information.

Fun Fat Tour:

  • 9:35 am start- New time!
  • 3 minute start window for a relaxed and physically distanced start

The Big Fat (47K) race will feature 9 start gates of 50 riders.  Riders will be placed in one of these gates based on their best finish time from the previous 3 Big Fat or Half Fat (21K) races.  Riders without a result in the past 3 Big Fat or Half Fat races will be assigned to Gates 7, 8, and 9.

2021 Big Fat Gate Assignments Based on BIG FAT Results

Start TimeBig Fat Gate2020 Big Fat Finish Time2019 Big Fat Finish Time2018 Big Fat Finish Time
8:00 AMGate 11:41:10 to 1:56:201:46:27 to 2:02:251:48:11 to 2:04:25
8:05 AMGate 21:56:21 to 2:08:282:02:26 to 2:15:112:04:26 to 2:17:24
8:10 AMGate 32:08:29 to 2:22:382:15:12 to 2:30:062:17:25 to 2:32:32
8:15 AMGate 42:22:39 to 2:35:472:30:07 to 2:43:562:32:33 to 2:46:36
8:20 AMGate 52:35:48 to 2:56:012:43:57 to 3:05:132:46:37 to 3:08:15
8:25 AMGate 62:57:01 +3:05:14 +3:08:16 +
8:30 AMGate 7NEW PARTICIPANTS & PARTICIPANTS WITH NO RESULTS FOR LAST 3 YEARS
8:35 AMGate 8NEW PARTICIPANTS & PARTICIPANTS WITH NO RESULTS FOR LAST 3 YEARS
8:40 AMGate 9NEW PARTICIPANTS & PARTICIPANTS WITH NO RESULTS FOR LAST 3 YEARS

2021 Big Fat Gate Assignments Based on Half Fat Results

Big Fat Gate2020 Half Fat Finish Time2019 Half Fat Finish Time2018 Half Fat Finish Time
Gate 1ACHIEVED WITH BIG FAT RESULTS ONLY
Gate 249:18 to 56:4153:58 to 1:02:0455:48 to 1:04:10
Gate 356:42 to 1:02:361:02:05 to 1:08:321:04:11 to 1:10:52
Gate 41:02:37 to 1:09:301:08:33 to 1:16:061:10:53 to 1:18:41
Gate 51:09:31 to 1:15:551:16:06 to 1:23:071:18:42 to 1:25:56
Gate 61:15:56 +1:23:08 +1:25:57 +
Gate 7NEW PARTICIPANTS & PARTICIPANTS WITH NO RESULTS FOR LAST 3 YEARS
Gate 8NEW PARTICIPANTS & PARTICIPANTS WITH NO RESULTS FOR LAST 3 YEARS
Gate 9NEW PARTICIPANTS & PARTICIPANTS WITH NO RESULTS FOR LAST 3 YEARS

Track Your Rider


Family and friends can track their riders as they journey toward the finish line.
  • Here’s How You Can Track a Rider:
    • Sign-up to receive tracking updates via SMS/text or email for Fat Bike Birkie riders, by clicking here, or through the Birkie app.
    • Enter the participant’s name along with your mobile/cell phone number or email address to receive SMS/text messages (charges may apply).
    • Here are the points along the trail where you’ll be able to track your skier’s progress:
      •  Big Fat: Timber Trail (6.6K), OO Trailhead (24K), Timber Trail (37.7K), Finish Line
      • Half Fat: Timber Trail (6.6K), Nordmoor (18K), Finish Line
      • Fun Fat: Finish line only
  • CLICK HERE to track your rider

Awards

fbb-podiumFat Bike Birkie Overall Trophies will be presented to the first three male & female finishers of the Full Fat and Half Fat races.  The top 3 winners in each race will also receive a custom vest created by Borah Teamwear!

Awards will be immediately following the finish of the top 3 racers.

Post-Race

Starting at 10:00 am, finishers are treated to a to-go lunch by the Northern Lakes Coop Corner Deli, Earth Rider beer, or soda.   We have to save the party and gathering for next year- please take your food and beverage and enjoy after you have left the venue.

Sponsors


Presenting Sponsor


1up USA
Northern Lakes Cooperative
Backroads Coffee
Toko
New Moon Ski Shop

Volunteer

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:2,1 or click here for available shifts. There is no obligation — we’re happy to answer your questions. Contact us today!

Questions

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