Cold Catfish Cup organizer, Reed Smidt shares his thoughts and recap of the season’s first Cold Catfish Recap with RideFatbikes readers, below. If you think this event sounds like fun, make sure to come out to the 2nd in the series, this coming Sunday. Angry Catfish and Reed are known to put on a great event. Here’s the story from the first event in the series.
The Carver Lake Cold Catfish Cup – Race # 1 was held this past Sunday at Carver Lake Park in Woodbury, MN. Angry Catfish Bicycle Shop + Coffee sponsors the time trial series that includes 3 races in total. The weather was perfect and trail conditions were prime. Fat bikes ruled the day and easily were the fastest riders on course. In total 25 riders registered and raced in the first ever mountain bike race at Carver Lake Park.
The Carver Lake Park Off-road Cycling Trail opened July of 2011 and has never hosted any other races. The turnout and event were fantastic with riders enjoying the friendly competition and fun atmosphere. The race is set-up as a time trial format with riders being sent off every 30 seconds. The course route this past Sunday was 2 full laps of the 4 mile single-track trail. Riders were flying through the course on perfectly groomed snow conditions that allowed fast lap times. Lap times were much faster than expected with the winner, Heath Weisbrod, clocking 2 laps in just under 41 minutes.
Racers were very happy with the course, trail conditions and the event as a whole. This coming Sunday, February 5th will be race #2 and will most likely have a different course set-up. Although the trail and snow conditions will be poor this Sunday due to unseasonably warm temperatures, and many of the trails could be closed due to poor trail conditions, the race will go on as scheduled. The City of Woodbury and Angry Catfish have some very fun alternative routes that will surely challenge all fat bike riders and create a good time. Think single-track, ice, snow, snow packed lake loop, and beach sand. It’s going to be fun and different, no doubt about it. You’ll have to load up your fat bike, head over the Carver Lake Park and find out what’s in store for this Sunday’s race. We’ll see you there!
Race Series # 2 – Sunday, February 5
Race Starts: 1pm
Race Series # 3 – Sunday, February 19
Race Starts: 1pm
Swag, fat bike demos, bonfire, premo coffee from Angry Catfish and much more!
Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/255210811211173/
Carver Lake Park Off-Road Cycling Trail Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Carver-Lake-Park-Off-Road-Cycling-Trail/182408298505799