Look­ing Ahead

Jan­uary 10–12, 2019

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - THE CALENDAR -

Frosty’s Bike Race Se­ries – Jasper

For the third year run­ning, Frosty’s Fat Bike Race Se­ries slides into Jasper, Alta., this Jan­uary. When most Cana­di­ans are pulling on skis or hid­ing in­doors for the win­ter, fat bik­ers from across North Amer­ica will gather high in the Rock­ies to play in the snow.

“The past two years in Jasper have been quite the ad­ven­ture. Our team has learned so much, and we are ex­cited for the best Cana­dian Frosty event yet, Jasper 2019,” says race or­ga­nizer Randy Gibb, who is based in Utah.

The main event is the Satur­day’s en­durance XC race. Rid­ers start from the cen­tre of town, and then head up into the Pyra­mid Bench trails. The Jasper Park Cy­cling As­so­ci­a­tion grooms the trails for the event, turn­ing sum­mer moun­tain bike routes into frozen roller-coast­ers for win­ter.

Be­fore the rac­ing be­gins, par­tic­i­pants gather for a group ride on Jasper’s Over­lan­der Trail. Tem­per­a­tures in the past two years have dropped to -30 C, as if the moun­tains were run­ning their own test for rid­ers ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion. Race days have been warmer – rel­a­tively. Mid-teens have greeted rid­ers be­fore they’ve du­elled for their share of $5,000 in cash priz­ing. The Abom­inable (pro) event is ac­com­pa­nied by Big­foot (sport) and Chilly (begin­ner) cat­e­gories for those newer to fat bik­ing. Frosty also fea­tures an ad­ven­ture cat­e­gory, which even al­lows rid­ers to use ebikes, for those who want to ex­pe­ri­ence fat bik­ing with­out the com­pe­ti­tion.

In ad­di­tion to on-bike ac­tiv­i­ties, there’s a Fri­day so­cial at Jasper Brew­ing Co., and a ban­quet at the Fair­mont Jasper Park Lodge. Gibb and the Frosty crew drive two days each way from Utah, so they make the most of their time in the park.

“Yes, it’s an epic ad­ven­ture just to get to Jasper,” Gibb says. “But trust me, it’s worth it.” ( frostythe­fat­bike.com)

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