The “race” is on for fat bike enthusiasts as the second annual Northland Fat Bike Rally approaches at Lake Bemidji State Park. The event will take place on Saturday, March 5.
It features both a 10K and a 28K route. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with a mass start at 11 a.m. on Lake Bemidji. Bikers will head into Lake Bemidji State Park, where the course loops through Rocky Point, Balsam and Fish Hawk trails, and the Old Logging Trail.
The rally is not just for experienced fat bikers. Anyone with 3.8-inch tires and a helmet can ride the course. Those unfamiliar with this new winter sport can check out various fat bikes, talk with fat bike experts and take a short spin in the snow on one of the bikes. Local vendors will have a limited supply of bike parts, tools, accessories and equipment available for sale. Live music, food and refreshments will be provided throughout the day in the visitor center.
The course will be closed until the official start time. After the event, the course will be open to biking until 4 p.m.
The event and activities are free with a cash or canned food donation to the Bemidji Community Food Shelf. Permits ($5/one-day or $25/year-round) are required for vehicles to enter the park.
For more information on the bike rally, contact Lake Bemidji State Park at 218-308-2300, or visit the Bemidji Area Mountain Bikers Facebook page.
For more information about fat bike opportunities at Minnesota state parks and trails, visitwww.dnr.state.mn.us/fatbike.