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.
  • See the Event Update page for information that has been developed for our other in-person events.
  • Stay tuned for specific Fat Bike Birkie information.

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.  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


2021 Fat Bike Birkie Registration is Now Open!

 May 1 through September 17September 18 through November 12November 13 through January 28January 29 until full
Big Fat or Half Fat Race$70$80$90$100
Fun Fat Tour$60$70$75$80

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.

Race/Event Change Request

The deadline for requesting a change in race/event distances is March 3, 2021 at 4:00pm CST.  Link coming soon.

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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2021 Birkie Gear BagSold Out!

It’s Back for 2021!  Everywhere we looked during Birkie week 2020, we witnessed skiers using their awesome reusable Birkie gear bags!  This year, as part of our ongoing Birkie Green initiative we’ve designed an all new custom Birkie gear bag with SWIX!  The reusable Birkie gear bag is available for $47 and only during registration for the Birkie, Korte, Prince Haakon and Fat Bike Birkie.  Through your support, over 10,000 Birkie gear bags are now in use, keeping thousands upon thousands of plastic bags out of landfills. Thank you for your support of Birkie Green!

Birkie Gear Bag

Birkie GreenAs part of 2021 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 2021 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.

Fat Bike Expo & Bib Pick Up

Expo and Bib Pick Up details are still be developed.  Check back for more information on what will be available at the Birkie Trailhead.

Course Information

Both races and the Tour will start and finish at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead in Cable, WI.

The Big Fat 47K course will ride out on the Birkie Classic Trail after the Powerlines and return on the Birkie Skate Trail to the Powerlines where it will come into the finish on the Birkie Classic Trail. The Half Fat 21K course will ride out the Birkie Classic Trail after the Powerlines to Timber Trail where it will enter the Half Fat only course.  The Fun Fat 10K Tour will ride on a mix of Birkie Classic Trail, smaller ski trails, and the Half Fat course before finishing the same way as the Big Fat 47K and Half Fat 21K races.

Interactive Course Map

Experience the race again or for the first time! Roll over the epic hills on the legendary Birkie Trail, witness the race rollout, ride along with the pace cameras, check out the Half Fat 21K and Big Fat 47K courses, and feel the rush as you virtually ride the Fat Bike Birkie. This interactive map experience has it all!

The race course will be ridden clockwise starting with the Birkie Classic Trail and finishing on the Birkie Skate Trail!

View Interactive Course Map »

Pre-Riding the Course — When & Where

The Fat Bike Birkie Race Courses will be groomed and marked for pre-riding on Friday, March 12 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Please follow signs carefully.

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.


fbb-podiumFat Bike Birkie Overall Trophies will be presented to the first three male & female finishers of both races.

Cash Prizes for the first three men & women in the Big Fat  $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.

  • Big Fat – 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
  • Half Fat – 13-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+

There will be no awards ceremony in 2021.


Presenting Sponsor

Terrene Tires
Backroads Coffee
1up USA
Timber Ford


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!


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