Little bit country, little bit rock and roll! Come race your fat bike on the groomed ski trails and single track around Alaska Pacific University. Don’t forget your sled…did we mention the Le Mans-style start down the sledding hill?
We had a blast putting this event on. Thanks to our volunteers and participants for playing along. Results are now posted!
You may have picked up on the vibe that this is meant as a fun, sort of silly, event. This is about having fun on some great trails in Anchorage, as well an enjoying the disco ball aesthetic. What does that even mean? We have no idea. Clearly, you should come out to see for yourself.
Special thanks to Alaska Pacific University, Recreation Programs for trusting us to actually put on this event. To the fine people who work at the APU Moseley Sports Center, we can only say, we will try not to disappoint you or get you fired.
Date: Wednesday, February 26
Time: Races start at 7:00pm
We have four events to choose from:
- Little Nipper Ripper (Kids Race) – A fun little untimed scramble around the start and finish area for your fat bike tyke. Sorry, you must be 11 years old or under to ride this ride! There is NO CHARGE for this event.
- Three-Lap Theodore (Heavy) – Been hitting the pork rinds a little too hard? Time to work it off with the THREE lap Theodore.
- Two-Lap Tanya (Medium) – Completely the same but totally different. Do TWO laps of our esteemed Blue Booty Blitz course.
- One-Lap Wanda (Light) – Get it on with ONE lap of the Booty! Just enough to whet that fat bike appetite.
All of this could be yours for the low, low price of only $19 bucks. That’s value, folks.
Perhaps you noticed this event takes place at night. We couldn’t do this event during the day because the disco ball wouldn’t work very well, and, besides, we have our priorities. The disco ball must shine. Since it will be dark, bring bike lights so you can see in the woods.
So you’ve made it this far, and now you want to sign up. That’s fantastic. Do so here.
4400 University Dr, Anchorage, AK 99508
Park at the Moseley Sports Center or across the street from the Moseley Sports Center.
What to Bring/ What is Provided
Okay, you read the part where this is a night race, right? Okay, so bring bike lights. Maybe you’ve seen the references to sledding? That means you should probably bring a sled. It’s a fat bike disco ball and race, with a heavy emphasis on the fat bike part. Do not even try to ride a bike with less than 3.8″ wide tires. As jokey as we are about the whole thing, skinny tires ruin the trail. That’s not funny.
A disco ball. That’s what we are providing. We also have LED lights to make it sparkly and a small motor to make it go around. In addition, we’ll have a few tents down on the field, loud music, a fire pit, and a BBQ, if it’s not too cold. We will also have a bike corral made out of pink flamingos and Christmas lights.
Toilets will be available close to the finish/start area, but not too close to the BBQ.
Like the mullet you used to have in high school, the course is kind of all-business in the front, and all-party in the back. This is by design because who doesn’t like mullets?
When it’s your time to start, you will park you fat bike in the bike corral, grab your sled, and make your way to the start line. When the race starts, you will run uphill for a short while. When you reach the top, you will jump on your sled and ride down to the bike corral.
After the sledding shenanigans to start the race, you will ride approximately 2.6 miles on perfectly manicured ski trails (okay, they’re really multi-use trails) with corduroy so smooth, it’s like a Formula 1 race track. This is the short-haired, all-business part. The trail should be fast and wide with plenty of opportunities to pass your fellow Fat Bike Disco Ball participants. Careful though! There are some steep hills and descents with sharp corners. Take it easy!
The final mile jumps onto the popular Blue Booty fat bike trail, a snaking single track through the woods. This is the all-party, long hair part of the mullet trail. After popping out on the field, sprint your way around to the finish area. Or not. It’s your choice.
You thought you were finished, didn’t you. Nope. You are not finished. Drop your bike in the bike corral, grab your sled, and complete the run-up and sled-down portion again to the finished line. If you signed up for the One-Lap Wanda event, congratulations, you’re a winner on the inside. If you signed up for the Two-Lap Tanya, or the Three-Lap Theodore, well, aren’t you the sturdy little fat biker. Keep going!
Since this is a RACE and awards are sort of EXPECTED, we wouldn’t want to disappoint you. That’s why we will recognize the 1st, 4th, and 7th place finishers, respectively Why? Just because.
If you end up on the podium, expect an appropriate award for an event of this serious nature.
Awards will take place right after the event is done or whenever the race directors feel like it.
That would be us and Alaska Pacific University, Recreation Programs.