Get ready for a weekend of fat biking!
We see value in hosting a Winter Shakedown weekend to practice winter skills and to give you a taste of what you may experience while cold-weather camping, or that you may find at a winter ultra.
Join us for a weekend dedicated to learning skills, sharing experiences, and most importantly:
practice with your gear!
5-8pm Gear Check in the lodge & Bunk assignments.
Meet up at 5pm Friday, January 17th at the Long Lake Outdoor Center's lodge in Yankee Springs Rec Area. Check in and get some swag, go through gear check, and be assigned your cabin and bunk. Each cabin contains 5 bunk beds - let us know if you want to camp with friends or if you want us to assign a cabin for you. Cabins are co-ed unless otherwise requested. We'll do our best to accommodate everyone's requests.
7:30pm optional night ride. Less than 10 miles, short and sweet to make sure our bikes are in working order. Your bike does not have to be fully loaded. We'll share knowledge of riding at night and techniques for mounting your lights.
Friday dinner will not be provided but we will have some snacks after the night ride. Then it’s off to bed before waking up in the morning!
8am Breakfast in the lodge. During breakfast we will talk technique on how to pack your bike, tips on tire pressure, and general bike maintenance. Open it up to Q&A, and then we ride!
We will be utilizing the WMMBA Fat Bike trails, some of the forest service roads in the area, and a section of snowmobile trails. The course will be roughly 40 miles.
(We encourage you to ride with your bike loaded on this expedition!)
Lunch is at the midway spot when you get there. Remember to pack snacks in case it's taking you longer - speed depends on conditions! For your lunch we will provide soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. You will be required to melt snow with your camp stove before heading back out on the course.
We’ll arrive back at basecamp and you can change and relax before having a guest speaker from the WMMBA talk about winter grooming initiatives.
6pm catered dinner. After eating, we will gather around a bonfire to share stories and what we learned through out the day. There will be optional campfire feats, opportunities to win camp awards, and we will be giving out prizes provided by our sponsors.
6am optional early morning un-loaded coffee ride. It's really early, especially after yesterday's fun, but we promise the sunrise will be worth it. Less than 10 miles, no-drop group ride. Fill your thermos with coffee before we begin riding.
8am light breakfast served in the crafting shed. There is limited seating inside of the shed but you can take your breakfast and eat it around the bonfire.
We must be packed out of our camp by 11am on Sunday. Remember to clean up any trash inside of your cabin and to leave the place cleaner than we found it.
Still itching to ride? Check out Hammond Hills in downtown Hastings, Michigan, on your way out of town!
*BYOB - We will not be providing beer at this event, so bring some if you want it!