Two wheel magic in the snow
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.”