2015 Fat-Bike Race

by Jereme on January 15, 2015

Lake Altoona County Park  –  Altoona, WI  –  Sunday  January 25, 2015

The Chippewa Off-Road Bike Association (CORBA) will be taking a one year hiatus hosting our usual Powderkeg Fat Bike race at Lowes Creek County Park.  In 2015 we will moving the event to the lovely shores of nearby Lake Altoona to participate in the 1st annual Northwest Wisconsin Winterfest and Games Celebration.

The Winterfest celebration will be a 3 day event with organized ice fishing, ice racing, broomball, games, food and local music.  We are hoping to use this opportunity to introduce the fun of fat bikes to a new group of people who normally would not be exposed to them.

The Races

On-site registration starts at 10:00 am.

11:00 am –   FEATURE RACE  (Fat Bike Series) will be a 90 minute lap race on the lake with checkpoints

*Approx. 2 mile race lap around the shoreline on the lake.   Final course will be dependent on snow and ice conditions.

*Several checkpoints will be present along the lap in which participant will be asked to perform a feat of skill or intelligence.  For example:  Bike handling challenge such as riding a skills course, feats of strength, maneuvering through obstacles. Winner will be whoever completes the most number of laps in the least amount of time. Race will be 90 minutes.  Riders will be allowed to finish the lap they are on after the 90 minute time period has expired and it will be counted.

Open to any rider – Fat tire bikes only (3.7” tires or wider)

Categories will be:

Solo Male   –   Solo Female  –  Two-person Male  –  Two person Female –  Two person Mixed

Cost:  $25    (Includes a commerative t-shirt)    $50 for duo  (both get t-shirts)

12:45 pm-  awards

1:00 pm-  OPEN CLASS RACE  will be a 45 minute lap race on the lake with checkpoints 

The open race will be using some or all of the same lap and checkpoints as the feature race.

Open to any rider – This race will allow the use of any type tire bike.  Skinny, cross, mountain, fat or Frankenbike.

Categories will be:

Solo Male  –  Solo Female –   as well as some fun awards for: creativity, interesting/decorated bike, good sport etc.

Cost:  $20   (Includes a commerative t-shirt)

2:00 pm- awards

Fat Bike Fun Challenges

2:00 pm-  After the races we will have some FREE Fat Bike Fun Challenges in which people can complete for top honors in events such as:

**Log Pulling     ** Timed Obstacle Course    **Fat Bike vs. Ski sprint races     **Fat Bike skijoring

ALL EVENTS subject to change dependent on snow, ice and weather conditions.



snowshoersThe web site is live, registration opens November 1st, and plans are underway to welcome snowshoers from across the country to Eau Claire, Wisconsin for the 2015 U.S. National Snowshoe Championships.

We’ve got the Junior and Senior events, the “Powder Keg” open 5K for citizens, a team relay, a kids’ race, and we’ve got something new:  for the first time, Nationals will include a Half Marathon Championship!

The snow’s not quite here yet, but right now we need your help.  We’d like you to spread the word.  Go to the Facebook Event Page, tell us you’re coming (or might be), and then invite your friends.  All of them.  Invite your colleagues.  Invite your enemies, even, so that you might be able to crush them on the race course here in E.C.

We’ve set up a web site with all of the details at

For those interested in the Powder Keg Fat-Bike Race, that event will be held on a separate date this year.  Right now we’re fine-tuning the specifics and will release more information in the near future.  Stay tuned.

See you on the trails!


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