Last year’s Fatbike Frozen Forty by Ride Enterprises, LLC was a success. This year, the event will carry forward with many of the things that were great about last year, with some new things which we believe will make 2013 even better.
Here’s a quick run-down:
1) Date & venue. The Frozen 40 is a 40-mile mid-distance endurance race. We’ll be at Elm Creek Park, on February 16, 2013. Fatbike races are popping up throughout the country, with many adopting short XC-style sprint distances, and others becoming epic all-day or multi-day endurance formats. All the formats bring something to the table, but the Frozen 40 is uniquely positioned as a huge challenge for a new fatbike rider, a very solid endeavor for even a veteran racer, and an opportunity to showcase one’s talent if you believe a 10-mile winter race is too short and a 100-miler is too long. So, this year we’ll again be utilizing the beautiful trails nestled into the landscape of Elm Creek Park Reserve, featuring a mix of rolling tree-lined wilderness with open prairie. Elm Creek features a good mix of tight turns, flowing and rolling hills, and scenery. Mark February 16th on your calendar as a date to bring your fatbike to Maple Grove, MN. Details at Frozen40.com
2) New co-promoter. This year the Frozen 40 has a new co-promoter! Last year the race was successful due to strong support from racers, Elm Creek Park, sponsors, and everyone who came out to help. This year, race promoter Brad Boyd is joined by Ben Welnak to make year 2 of the event even more memorable. Ben is a native of WI, and now lives in CO. He was involved in the Frozen 40 last year through in a less direct role. This year, he’s involved as a co-promoter, and he’ll have an active role from race planning to PR, to race-day implementation. Ben runs the website and radio show Mountain Bike Radio, which has been gaining a huge following this year, featuring guests such as olympic medalist Georgia Gould, Salsa sponsored rider Tim Ek, and a variety of other pros and amateur racers and riders. Ben is a wizard of PR, a recovering accountant, an established mountain bike racer in a variety of race formats including fatbike races and 24-hour solo and other long-distance endurance races, and an all-around good guy. His involvement in the Frozen 40 is an exciting development, and one that is sure to bring new elements to this race. Find out more about Ben here, and don’t forget to tune in to Mountain Bike Radio.
3) Joining the Great Lakes Fatbike Series. We’ve previously announced that the Great Lakes Fatbike Series will feature a group of terrific races throughout Michigan and Minnesota, and the Frozen 40 is proud to be among them. One of the sponsors of last year’s Frozen 40, XXC Magazine, just posted the Great Lakes Fatbike Series schedule, here.
4) Cool sponsors, swag, event mojo. Last year’s race was a good time. From racers who were trying their first winter bike race of all time, to seasoned veterans, everyone came and left the race smiling. Sponsors were generous, and the swag, prizes, food and beverages reflected this. We hope to have even more of that “cool race mojo” in 2013.
While we’ll continue to release some info here at RideFatbikes.com, stay tuned to Frozen40.com for all your Fatbike Frozen 40 race info.