7 Reasons to Come to Fat Bike Worlds

by Laurel Runcie

7 Reasons to Come to Fat Bike Worlds

by Laurel Runcie

We are giddy over the prospect of hosting the first annual Borealis Fat Bike World Championships presented by Odell Brewing Company this year (January 27-31). It’s not just the event that makes us happy, it’s everything that comes along with it. Here are seven reasons you should make tracks for Crested Butte at the end of January to be here for Fat Bike Worlds.

1)  It’s the First Annual

This is THE FIRST ANNUAL Borealis Fat Bike World Championships presented by ODell Brewing. You can’t race in every Fat Bike Worlds unless you show up for the first one. winter bike racers in Crested Butte

Crested Butte has a history of being a pioneer in the sport of mountain biking. We are home to the first and oldest mountain bike club in the world, the first and oldest mountain bike tour in the world, and the first and oldest mountain bike festival in the world. While digging through the archives at the local history museum (worth checking out for its mountain bike exhibit), we came across a mention of the First Winter Klunker Bike Race and Rodeo held here in 1977. It turns out we pioneered winter mountain bike racing here, too. Warren Miller Entertainment is even coming out to document the weekend, since it’s the first. If you show up, you’ll have a chance to be featured in the first ever fat bike segment in a Warren Miller movie, too.

2)  The Best Fat Bike Race Courses

To give you a full taste of all aspects of Gunnison Valley fat biking, the three days of racing will be spread across three unique venues. To be honest, we’re not sure which one we’re most excited about. Race number 1 is a team relay hosted on our new groomed singletrack in the North Village in Mt. Crested Butte. The 3.5 mile loop is the perfect distance to make for a good time with teams. Race number 2, the actual Fat Bike Worlds, is going to be a looped course on the east side of the town of Crested Butte under the imposing and beautiful Crested Butte Mountain. This will be a combination of groomed nordic track and some fat bike singletrack groomed just for this event. We’ll also have a great big party tent pitched at the base area, a demo village, and food, beer, and a band at the finish line. Finally, race number 3: the hair of the dog. On Sunday, January 31, come on up to Crested Butte Mountain to ride up the day-time uphill skin track and race down some of our Evolution Bike Park downhill tracks. We’ll have them groomed out, buffed up, and bermed for maximum speed and good times.

3)  Rocky Mountain Regional Fat Bike Summit

On Friday, we’ll be giving people a bit of a rest day from races between Lily Lake and the East Side Fat Bike Worlds with the Rocky Mountain Regional Fat Bike Summit. It’s a great opportunity to learn from the leaders in the sport, like Gary Sjoquist of QBP, where we can expect the sport to go in the next five years. Team Borealis enjoying some fine fat biking near Mt. Crested Butte. If you’re a bit of a policy wonk, you will enjoy learning about downhill fat biking on ski resorts, land use management, and other challenges that our new sport faces. If you’re just into riding bikes, we’ll break for lunch and then head up to North Village and Snodgrass in Mt. Crested Butte where you can demo bikes from at least 6 different brands, including title sponsor Borealis Fat Bikes. If you haven’t been on a carbon, 20-pound fat bike, you cannot even image what you’re missing.

4)  Awesome Prizes

Fat Bike Worlds Finisher's flask

We just got the first set of prizes in. The first 250 finishers across the line in the elite class of the race will be walking away with a Fat Bike Worlds leather and stainless flask. Like a Leadville buckle, the only way to get one of these is to finish the 30+ mile race course. It’s worth it for bragging rights alone. On top of that, our good friends over at SRAM are stepping up with two Bluto forks, 4 pairs of guide brakes, and a whole lot of sweet swag. Bar Mitts threw in some mitts to keep hands toasty.

5)  Free Beer for Racers, Parties for Everyone, and LEZ ZEPPELIN

Yes, you read that right! All registered participants will be able to cap off each of their races with a frosty cold beverage from presenting sponsor Odell Brewing Company. We’ll even set you up with a reusable silipint perfect for rolling up and tucking in a bike jersey pocket. The beer will be accompanied by parties each night. After Fat Bike Worlds on Saturday, January 30, we're throwing down with a free concert for all participants by Lez Zeppelin, the world's greatest all-female Zeppelin cover band. Spectators, townsfolk, and all others can get in for $5. Either buy your ticket online in advance or come with cash to pay at the door. You do not want to miss this show.

6)  Cheap Skiing

We partnered with Crested Butte Mountain Resort to offer really great lift ticket rates during the event. The rates are good for participants, spectators, fans, entourages, vendors, and support teams. You can get your lift tickets for 30% off the ticket window price for two-day or longer lift ticket packages. Just call (855) 441-2278 to reserve your tickets with Gunnison-Crested Butte Reservations. While you’re on the phone, make sure to take advantage of their lodging discounts, too.


Fat Bike Worlds is an excuse to visit Colorado in the winter time. We have 300 sunny days a year here, so while we’ll probably have plenty of snow, there shouldn’t be any issues with SAD. It’s either dumping big, fat, fluffy snowflakes or bluebird skies and the brightest sun you’ve ever seen. Just be sure to pack your sunscreen! Fat Bike Group in Crested Butte We also know how to have a good time here in Colorado in general and Crested Butte in particular. Costumes are encouraged. Shenanigans are guaranteed. You will probably spend the majority of the weekend laughing your ass off.

Here’s What you Need to do:

Go to cbfatbikeworlds.com right now to register for the event. Use discount code: I<3FatBikesCB2016 and save 20% off your registration fees if you register before January 17. Then, call (855) 441-2278 to book your lodging and reserve your discount lift tickets to ski while you’re here. We’ll see you in Crested Butte the last week in January for the biggest fat bike festival the Rockies have ever seen.