Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Farmer's Fat Bike Race

It is official. Versluis Orchards and Ada Bike Shop will host Michigan's very first Fat Bike snow race on Saturday January 14, 2012!  Organized by The Farm Team, Farmer's Fat Bike Race will follow a multilap format.  Fat Bike riders will compete to log the most laps on a closed course that will take them through the rolling hills of Versluis Orchards and the surrounding woodlands.  For 3 hours riders will tackle a loop that will consist of two track, single track and weather permitting, lots of snow!

We will offer categories for Solo Men and Solo Women, as well as a Duo category.  If you don't own a Fat Bike, find a friend who does and enter the Duo Category!  The two of you can share a bike.  If you don't own a Fat Bike and you don't like to share, we will allow entrants in a seperate Solo Skinny Bike class.  But be warned, we will NOT be plowing or clearing the course of snow.  Last January there were 6 foot high snow drifts in the orchard!  And this year Farmer's almanac says "expect plenty of snow in 2012". 

On race day Salsa Cycles and Ada Bike shop will be there with a fleet of Salsa Mukluks to demo.  If you've yet to ride a Fat Bike, this is your chance to test the best Fat Bike on the Market, the Salsa Mukluk.  We will have a bonfire burning throughout the race to help riders and spectators keep warm.  And we'll be putting up a temporary shelter in the orchard to act as a transition area for those racing Duo. 

Registration will go online soon at  We will cap preregistration at 75 people (total).  If we hit 75 preregistered riders prior to January 10, 2012 there will be no day of registration.  Because this is a grassroots event and we want people to have value for their money, we will charge only $30 per person for preregistration.  But on race day any preregistered rider who shows up for packet pickup with a Fat Bike will get $5 of their entry fee back.  That means solo Fat Bike Racers get $5 cash back.  A duo team sharing a Fat Bike will get $5 cash back.  And a duo team with two Fat Bikes will get $10 cash back ($5 each)! 

We will offer awards to the top 3 riders/teams in each category, and we'll have a schwag drawing after the race!  We will also be adding additional sponsors over the next few weeks.  Check back often to see what else we have in store!

Farmer's Fat Bike Race

Register now at 

Categories: Solo Fat Bike (seperate categories for men and women), Duo Fat Bike, Solo Skinny Bike.  A "Fat Bike" will be considered as any bike that has one or more tires that are at least 3.7" wide.  Bikes with both tires narrower than 3.7" will not be allowed for either Fat Bike category.

Check in and race packet pickup January 13 from 5-8pm at Ada Bike shop or at The Farm on January 14 from 10am to 11:30am (see addresses below)

Madatory Racer Meeting at 11:30am  at the Start Line

Race Starts at Noon January 14, 2012

Race Finish at 3pm (only laps completed prior to 3pm will count toward your total)

Post Race awards at 4pm in The Farmer's Barn.

The Farm is 3 hours by car from Chicago and 2 Hours from Detroit. We are located 4 miles West of downtown Grand Rapids:  3455 O'Brien Rd, Grand Rapids, MI 49534        Parking will be limited on race day, so plan to carpool if possible!

Ada Bike Shop is located 10 minutes East of Grand Rapids: 597 Ada Drive, Ada, MI 49301

There are many hotels in the Grand Rapids area, especially downtown for those coming in to spend the night:


  1. It was fun (even though some of those hills were pure evil)! Looking forward to next year's iteration. :)

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