Ever since the beginning, the IronLine organizational crew has set out to have a full-functioning winter festival type of event surrounding our sled dog race. After two successful years, we want to bring something new to the table: a Fatbike race. If you don’t know what fatbikes are, you should. The sport has seriously grown over the last 3-5 years, and races are popping up all over the northern states, especially here in the upper Midwest. Understanding this, and adding that a few of our core organizers are winter bikers and privy to the ins and outs of fatbiking/snow biking, we have decided to launch our first IronLine Fatbike Race in 2015!
We are very excited to basically “double our efforts” by adding another fun, yet competitive winter sport to our great sled dog race. One of the ideas behind this was the fact that our trail crew and volunteers work so hard, we wanted to maximize the use of our fast, well-marked, and exciting trail. With all the markers up, good grooming and safety, plus a ton of beautiful views, it seemed to be a no-brainer.
There WILL be a decent purse guaranteed at $1,500. Entry fees will be pretty standard for races of this kind. It will be a one-day race on Saturday, January 31st, as opposed to the two-day mushing event. We will have an open event concerning age groups, but there will be a male and female designations. Distance will be in the neighborhood of 20-22 miles, following our six-dog course…which covers the community footpath, snowmobile trails, and the gorgeous countryside and woods of George Young’s golf course. Top racers will have a place at our stellar banquet, also at George Young’s.
As of right now, we are working to get the word out to Upper Michigan, Wisconsin, and surrounding areas. We are expecting 50-100 riders on a good weekend in the winter race schedule, so tell your friends! Any questions can be sent to us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or find the IronLine Sled Dog Race on Facebook.
More details and registration will be posted here on the website and on Facebook.
Josh Brindle, IronLine Race Director