By: CXC Team Member, Nicolette Reker
Not too long ago Fat Biking become a rather popular winter sport. And it has continued to grow in the Midwest for the last few years. When it first began, I just did not understand why anyone would feel the need to replace skiing with more biking! You can ride a bike 9 months out of the year, why not ski in the winter?
Over the Holidays, my parents became proud owners of the new Surly Wednesday fat bike. Being a bike junkie, I took my mother’s new toy out for a spin when I was home for a few days around Christmas. And I must admit, I had SO MUCH FUN! Perhaps it was a combination of not wanting to rollerski at the end of December or ski in (many more) circles on a 1k loop, and having too much discomfort running that made it so much fun. Regardless, I could probably see myself as a proud owner of a fat bike someday as well.
I don’t need a fat bike quite yet, however, because Winona was nailed with a snowstorm this week that gave us more than 10 inches of snow! I got to get out at St Mary’s ski trails and put in some distance and intervals this week. With SISU Ski Fest being just a week away it is time to get on snow for real and get some real work in the books.