Mariah and I (Brooke) packed up the Fat Bike Ski and headed to Colorado for the inaugural Fat Bike World Championships in Crested Butte. This seemed like the ideal venue to launch Fat Bike Skis and reveal the future of fat biking to the world. We expected a good response, but the enthusiasm we received was nothing short of amazing.
The event organizer and fat bike advocate, Dave Ochs, told me it was fine to race with the Fat Bike Ski, as long as I didn't win. Fair enough. I got the hole shot off the start and ended up placing 20th in the Open category. Not bad for a Vermonter at 8,800 feet. The course started out firm and fast, but developed a lot of deep ruts after the first lap. I was able to pass riders on every little downhill section by taking tight inside lines as many struggled to keep their bikes' wheels tracking. As expected, the Fat Bike Ski performed great over the 15 mile race. I can't wait to see the advantage it would give to someone like Travis Brown.
After the race, I kept the bike on site and let a stream of around 50 curious folks take it for a spin. Some were racers who'd seen me cruising by them on the downhills and others were spectators out to catch the excitement. Everyone came back smiling and impressed with the effortless and intuitive handling of the Fat Bike Ski. One of the best reactions from a fellow racer was, "I don't know why you would ride on snow with anything else."
The next day was one of the best of my life! A race on downhill flow trails at Crested Butte Mountain Resort was scheduled, but a foot of dry fluffy snow fell overnight and disrupted the plans. The race was cancelled and riders were invited to take some laps down the lightly groomed trails then enjoy a chair lift ride back up, but the deep snow made it tough going. Except for me on the Fat Bike Ski!
After making friends with some photographers covering the event, I was invited to ride for a video shoot they had planned. I spent the whole day riding through deep snow in front of extraordinarily expensive video cameras for a couple very well-known ski film crews. I was the only one able to ride most of the trails and quickly became the star of their fat bike segment. I'm proud to announce that Fat Bike Skis will be featured by the biggest name in ski films this coming October!
More on that later. For now, check out the new videos from the trip to Colorado.