Two wheel magic in the snow

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IT’S a crisp, clear Au­gust morn­ing, the cool moun­tain air pack­ing down the snow on trails and runs across the re­sort.

But while most in the re­sort are gear­ing up for the day on one or two planks, Jiri Cech is ped­alling into the back coun­try.

The Top Shots pho­tog­ra­pher was one of the pi­o­neers of fat bik­ing at Falls Creek.

Now the cu­ri­ous two wheel­ers are avail­able for hire in the re­sort.

“I guess I started about 10 years ago and at that time peo­ple looked at me like I was some sort of freak,” he said.

“To­day nearly all the ma­jor bike man­u­fac­tur­ers are pro­duc­ing fat bikes.”

Cech says con­di­tions are the key to rid­ing in the snow.

“It is like magic when you are mov­ing that big wheel,” he said.

“It’s tough go­ing in soft snow but when you get a deep freeze, on a clear Au­gust night, there is noth­ing bet­ter than get­ting there first thing in the morn­ing.” Cech has some words of wis­dom. “My set up is sin­gle speed but oth­ers go through the gears, the real key is to run the tyres on re­ally low tyre pres­sure,” he said.

“Go­ing up steep rises you might still strug­gle but down­hill is al­ways fun.

“The other trick is jumps – I wouldn’t rec­om­mend it on soft snow.”

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