Riders can gear up and get ready for the Fourth Annual Northland Fat Bike Rally at Lake Bemidji State Park on Saturday, March 3.
The main event begins at 11 a.m. with a mass start on Lake Bemidji and then heads into Lake Bemidji State Park and up the Rocky Point Trail. Riders can choose from a 10K or 28K route.
The rally is not just for experienced riders. Anyone interested in this new winter sport will have the opportunity to ride the course, check out various fat bikes, learn about the sport by talking with experts and take a short spin in the snow on one of the “big fatties.” The Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park will offer food and refreshments at 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 park will also be open to fat biking on Sunday, March 4.
9:30 a.m. Registration, Lake Bemidji State Park Visitor Center.
10:15 a.m. Mandatory rules meeting, Lake Bemidji State Park Visitor Center.
11 a.m. Event start on Lake Bemidji.
2 p.m. After-event social with awards and raffle at C.K. Dudley’s,
6405 Bemidji Ave. NW, Bemidji.
Participants must have 3.8-inch tires and wear a helmet.
The event and activities are free, but participants are encouraged to make a free-will donation to the Trek North Middle and High School Mountain Bike Teams.
A Minnesota state parks vehicle permit ($7/one-day or $35/year-round) is required 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. The event is sponsored by Lake Bemidji State Park, C.K. Dudley’s, Bemidji Brewing, Super 8 Bemidji and the Bemidji Area Mountain Bikers.
For more information about fat bike opportunities at Minnesota state parks and trails, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/fatbike.