Friday, January 10, 2014

Last Minute Race Details!

the Farmer, preriding his course Friday 1/10... photo by Ted Bentley 

Thanks to everyone who registered for Farmer's Fat Bike Race.  Brewery Vivant, Grand Rapids Bicycle Company, Cannonsburg Ski Area and 616 Bicycle Fabrications are excited to host you at tomorrow's event.

A Word on the weather for tomorrows race!

As many of you have seen the weather forecast for the 12 hour period leading up to the race (friday night into Saturday morning) is calling for rain.  The most current forecast (as of this email) has rain ending in the middle of the night between 3am and 6am, with little chance of rain in the morning hours just prior to the race.  We're also expecting temps to stay just above freezing, in the mid 30s, from now until the start of the race at noon tomorrow.

As of this morning the trail at Cannonsburg was groomed and in nearly perfect condition.  We've had record snowfall this season, almost hip deep this morning when the Farmer stepped off the groomed trail in the woods.  We expect that conditions tomorrow will not be ideal, but we intend to move forward with our event.  This is michigan after all and this is Farmer's race and the Farmer doesn't worry about conditions, he just gets on his fatbike and rides it!

Please take the weather forecast for Belmont, Michigan into consideration when planning for tomorrow's race and come prepared for potentially sloppy conditions.

If you need to warm up and grab a coffee or hot chocolate, the Cannonsburg Lodge is well stocked with plenty of room to relax before, after or even during the race.  Tomorrow the Cedar Lodge (upstairs) at Cannonsburg will also be open, they have many taps featuring craft beer and they also serve Brewery Vivant Farmhand Ale.

While you are at Cannonsburg access to the race course requires that you have a race number plate attached to your bike.  The start/finish area and the pit area, where you can drop a bag or pitch an EZ Up tent, are to the East of the ski hills, approximately 200 or more yards from the Lodge and parking area, in the same spot as last year.  All gear needs to be carried in and out, so keep that in mind when packing for the race.

Number/chip pick-up can be done tonight (Friday) from 5-8 at Ada Bike Shop  Or Saturday prior to the race at the Cannonsburg Lodge from 9:30-11:30 am

Timing Chips will be fixed to your number plates.  


Race Rules and more detailed race information can be found on the Farm Team website

Don't forget that Awards will take place at 4PM inside the Cannonsburg Lodge.  We have a room reserved on the 1st floor and we'll be serving Brewery Vivant Farmhand Ale.  And we'll be doing a drawing for a set of Fatbike Hubs from 616 Bicycle Fabrications (you must be present to win)!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Snow on the trail!

Snow, it's why we ride fatbikes!  And this winter West Michigan has had more than it's share.  With 3 feet falling in December alone, the trails at Cannonsburg Ski Area have a solid base, and new for this year the ski area is grooming their winter loop for fatbike riding and nordic skiing. Add to that a weather forcast these next two weeks that's calling for cold temps and occasional lake effect snow.

That mean we'll have a groomed course for Farmer's Fat Bike Race.  In the mean time check out a video of last year's race course.

Register online here through 1/8/14.  And don't forget that we'll be holding an after party in the Cannonsburg Lodge, sponsored by Brewery Vivant.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Brewery Vivant supports Farmer's Fat Bike Race!

We are happy to announce that Brewery Vivant has signed on as a sponsor partner for Farmer's Fat Bike Race! With our history of partnering with local producers and businesses such as Versluis Orchards, Grand Rapids Bike Company and 616 Bicycle Fabrication, we are thrilled to have the area's finest craft brewery on board to help support our event on 1/11/2014.  Cannonsburg Ski Area will be serving Vivant's signature craft brew, Farmhand Ale, at the awards and after party! In the mean time you can find Farmhand Ale at retailers across Michigan.  But we suggest enjoying at pint at the brewery along with an order of Vivant's famous Duck Nachos!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

We're Throwing A Party!

Farmer's Fat Bike Race will be held on the groomed trail system at Cannonsburg Ski Area between noon and 3pm on January 11, 2014.  Afterwards, Cannonsburg Ski Area invites you all indoors for the Farmer's Fat Bike Race awards and after party! The ski area will have craft beer on tap, we'll do our podium awards in the warmth of the lodge, and we'll draw a winner for a set of Fatbike hubs from 616 Bicycle Fabrication!  We'll also be drawing for Gift Certificates from Grand Rapids Bicycle Company!  All racers are eligible but must be present to win.

Don't forget that Cannonsburg winter trails are open to ride!  Stop in the lodge to get a day or season pass if you want to preride the trails before race day.  And if you're looking for proper riding gear or a fatbike upgrade, check out the downtown Ada location for the Grand Rapids Bicycle Company.  They've got everything you need from fatbikes to winter cycling boots!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Registration Is Open

Registration is open for Farmer's Fat Bike Race!  Go to and take advantage of early bird registration pricing through 11/8. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Farmer's Fat Bike Race 2014

Mark your calendars! Farmer's Fat Bike Race will return on January 11, 2014.  Same format, 3 hour solo or 2 person relay team.  Same venue, Cannonsburg Ski Area.  And once again part of the Great Lakes Fat Bike Series.

Next month we will be announcing this year's event sponsors and putting registration online.  So stay tuned!  In the mean time check out for the write up of last year's race.

photo by Jason Mahokey,

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Great Day To Race!

 photo by Jack Kunnen
 photo by Jack Kunnen

photo by Jack Kunnen

race video by
Record high temps greeted racers for this year's running of Farmer's Fat Bike Race.  The winter temps disappeared the friday prior, taking with it almost all of our snow.  What it left for us, though, was plenty of bare trail we don't normally get to ride in the dead of winter.

We once again awarded our famous shovel trophies, cash purse and a huge pile of sponsor prizes from 616 Bicycles, Twin Six, Ergon, Optic Nerve, Salsa, Soigneur.  The race could never have happened this year without the support of Ada Bike Shop.  Keep in mind that the trails at Cannonsburg are open to ride all winter!

Results from the race can be found at  Jack Kunnen has a huge stash of photos available on his website  There's an amazing video and write up of the event at

Thanks to all of you who came out on Saturday to help make this the biggest fatbike event in Michigan!  We're already working on next year's race and we can't wait to have you back.