Up North: Riders hit the slopes in 4th annual Frosted Fatty

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: February 24, 2021 11:15 PM
Created: February 23, 2021 11:22 PM

Last summer Spirit Mountain took a break from hosting activities. Now they're back it and last weekend hosted their downhill fat bike race, the Frosted Fatty.

The spirit of winter was in full force on Sunday with skiers and snowboarders covering the hills at Spirit Mountian. 

They were joined by fat bikers speeding downhill in the fourth annual Frosted Fatty race.

"They race downhill, they take the lift back up, and they have smiles on their faces," said Jon Regenold, co-director of resort services at Spirit Mountain. "We're having a really good time."

During the 2015-2016 season Spirit Mountain equipted their lifts to carry fat tire bikes making alpine racing possible.

"The Frosted Fatty is, I think, maybe the only lift served fat bike race, said Regenold. "There's a number of the cross country fat bike races, but this downhill race is truly unique and so much fun."

Roughly 40 competitors from ages ten and up threw their bikes into gear to maneuver down the track's two different trails. They had an hour on each course to record their best times.

"Each time riders go through they create new routes and someone crashes here, crashes there, and it's very dynamic so it's been super fun," said 24-year-old competitor Josey Weik. 

Weik, of Carlton, Minnesota, said one challenge was the fresh powder which made the trails feel like a sand pit. While it slowed him down he kept himself in the race by staying relaxed and loose.

"It's all about just staying on your toes and doing these little micro movements to keep yourself upright," Weik said. "It's challenging, I've only had two clean runs so far."

Weik went on to claim first place in the 2021 Frosted Fatty and hopes to return for round two next season.

"Duluth has an incredible mountain biking scene, and it's only getting better," Weik said. "I'm really excited for the future."

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