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Fatbike Frozen 40 Announcement

For everyone riding or sponsoring the Fatbike Frozen 40, we plan to contact you in the next couple days regarding a possible trail/venue change for next Saturday’s Frozen 40 event.  Either way, we are still on, and we will still begin registration at 8am and first wave of ride at 9am.  However, we might not be at Elm Creek Park in Maple Grove.

While the Elm Creek Park singletrack is a wonderful place for our event, the trail is currently closed, due to unseasonably warm weather.  While they suggested that there might be a possible alternate trail/option, nothing will be known or confirmed until just days before the event.  This is neither desirable nor predictable, but welcome to a crazy winter in MN.  Many great MN events have been rearranged or cancelled due to weather.

We’re working on an alternate/contingency plan venue.  Originally, our contingency plan was at Elm Creek, but all of their trails have some limitations that may make our event unwelcome at Elm Creek.  our contingency venue might be every bit as exciting and fun as Elm Creek, and will be sure to have its own points of interest.  If you’ve already registered or were thinking of registering, you’re still in for a great event; just be flexible and please be prepared to join us at a different site on Saturday morning (alternate venue will also be in Twin Cities metro area and no more than 30 miles away from Elm Creek).

So, stay tuned here on RideFatbikes.com for more updates/info.  We’ll also update you with new info at Twitter (follow @RideFatbikes) and will try to keep Frozen40.com updated as well.   Sorry for the last minute changes, but Mother Nature dealt us a wildcard this year.  With great sponsors and prizes, and a fun day of riding, this is still a can’t-miss fatbike event.

~ Ride Enterprises, LLC


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Kudos to Elm Creek

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to test out the new singletrack bike trails at Elm Creek Park (part of the Three Rivers Park District in Maple Grove, MN).  These trails were developed in cooperation with MORC (Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists), and feature 12.7 miles of beautifully engineered and maintained, recently-opened singletrack.  More information about the Elm Creek Singletrack trails can be found at the Three Rivers Park District website, here: http://www.threeriversparks.org/news/news/singletrack-trails-open.aspx.

When I was riding the trails, they were reasonably quiet.  While there were other riders out there, the singletrack has enough forks and branches that the trails don’t get overloaded too easily.  In the photos below, you can see that while the trails are tight and twisty in spots, there are great views (particularly in fall), fun rolling and twisting runs, and plenty of challenge without the rock gardens, log-hopping and some of the other mountain bike obstacles that others enjoy but which I can easily do without.  I’m out to ride, not to run a trials course.  For fatbikers who share that mentality, these trails rock!

Plus, for families looking for a great place to spend a day enjoying family activities beyond mountain biking, Elm Creek features disc golf, hiking, horse trails, paved walking/biking/running trails, picnic areas, amazing playground areas, beach/swimming area, cross-country ski/snowshoe trails and more.  RideFatbikes.com is a fan of Elm Creek Park.  See photos below featuring the Elm Creek singletrack, taken on September 24, 2011.

Kudos and thanks to Elm Creek, MORC, Three Rivers Park District, and everyone involved in developing these great trails.

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