Whoever said cycling is a warm-weather sport might want to venture into Langlade County this coming weekend.
Bear Paw Outdoors will host its inaugural Growlers Snowbike Saturday, kicking off a new outdoor activity in the County of Trails.
“Once riders experience the diverse terrain of Langlade County they’ll be sure to return in years to come,” Chris Berry, who is one of the event coordinator, said. “This event not only showcases our great trails in the northeastern Langlade County, but because of lack of snow, really helps the businesses in the area.”
Berry explained that snow bikes or “fat bikes” are they are sometimes called, are rapidly gaining traction in the Midwest as another form of recreation, and the northeastern side of the county is capitalizing on this momentum.
Since the sport is new, organizers understand that equipment is limited and have created a rider pool. Teams can share a bike or ride their own.
Teams will be formed the day of the race or participants can bring their own. Riders who bring a snow bike sign up as team captains or be part of the rider pool. Team captains pick riders from the pool to form a team with a three-person minimum. Teams will race for three hours and the group with the most laps wins.
Entry fee is $25 per rider and helmets are required.
There will be chili, beverages from O’so Brewery, awards, prizes and a bonfire.
The race is sponsored by O’so Brewing Company, Surly bikes, 45 North, Dean Distributing, Fatbikes.com, Langlade Area Mountain Bike Association, and Bear Paw Outdoors.
For more information on this event or a registration form, please contact bearpawoutdoors.com or call 715-882-3502.