Extreme racing: Fatbike race takes over Greenway in Grand Forks
Sunday in Grand Forks was a day for bitter cold temperatures, possible flurries and fat tires.
About 20 bicyclists took to the Greenway for the third Bikecicle Fatbike Race, an event sponsored by Extreme North Dakota Racing and its partners. Dubbed the first fatbike-only race in North Dakota, the path took the riders of fatbikes, or off-road bicycles with oversized tires, up and down the Red River on the west side. Bikers who were brave enough to hit the track peddled 15-plus miles before meeting up at the Rhombus Guys Brewing Co. in downtown Grand Forks.
The National Weather Service forecast called for 1 to 2 inches of snow Sunday afternoon, with highs reaching into the high teens. However, wind gusts of nearly 25 mph made it feel like it was below zero.
But that didn't stop bicyclists from enjoying a chilly ride. Light flurries danced through the air, but there was no snow falling during the event. Warming stations were placed along the path, and cash awards, prizes and refreshments waited for the riders at the finish line.
The race is run by the Northern Star Cycling Club. Last year, 28 bicyclists competed in the race had racers finishing anywhere between 1 to 2½ hours.
For results, go to endracing.com/bikecicle.