Fat Bike Worlds Returns to Crested Butte for Year Four


New in 2019, the 4th Annual Borealis Fat Bike World Championships announces its inaugural ‘Winter Townie Crit’ race.

Fat Bike Worlds in Crested Butte is both a fun, and serious race and winter fate bike festival open to all. Photo by Petar Dopchev

Crested Butte & Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado – The Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host the 4th Annual Borealis Fat Bike World Championships presented by Upslope Brewing Company January 23 – 27th, 2019. Held in the heart of winter in Crested Butte, Colorado, this five-day fat bike extravaganza includes races, parties, live music, a free demo day, costumes, outdoor grilling, and all the free Upslope beer you can drink. For those that love to pedal as much as they love to party and prioritize a good time over finishing time, Fat Bike Worlds was designed for them. With a focus on fun, this event has seen steady growth and an impressive amount of cult-status momentum since its inaugural year in 2016. Always looking for ways to up the shenanigans, Fat Bike Worlds 2019 is adding a new race, the Winter Townie Crit, to close out the weekend’s festivities.

You may have heard of a criterium or “crit” race before, but you’ve likely never seen one done Crested Butte style. On Sunday morning, participants will race laps around a closed circuit loop through the streets and alleys of downtown Crested Butte, putting their biking skills to the test on slippery bridges and snow packed roads. As the name implies, the Winter Townie Crit is not just for fat bikes and is open to any bicycle deemed “road worthy” by its racer. Expect to see a lot of costumes, old-school townie bikes, and (of course) a few quality crashes. The Winter Townie Crit will include a ‘fun’ heat and a ‘pro’ heat with plenty of prizes and awards up for grabs.

So, why head to Crested Butte in January? Dave Ochs, Race Director and Executive Director of the Crested Butte Mountain Biking Association, explains, “Crested Butte is already a world-class cycling destination. We love to bike here, and we love to have a good time doing it, so why not extend the season and throw a kick-ass biking party in the middle of winter?”

Registration for the 4th Annual Borealis Fat Bike World Championships, including the Winter Townie Crit, is open now. To secure a spot and view a full schedule of events visit cbfatbikeworlds.com.


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