Dec. 5, 2018

7 reasons to try fat biking at the Frosty's race in Jasper

If seeing Jasper's sights in a healthy and new way isn't enough to get you to register for the Frosty's Fat Bike Race on Jan. 12, maybe these other reasons will.

(Spoiler: one of them is just straight up cash)

If we had a nickel for every time we heard people say they used to snicker at fat biking (until they tried it and fell in love) well, we’d be able to afford our own fat bike.

When this wintery sub-sport of cycling first rolled onto the scene in the 1980’s, it was dismissed by many as a trend that wouldn’t last. But much like the internet (remember when people said it was only a matter of time until that fire burned out?) fat biking has only continued to grow in popularity (though the ‘net probably* still has it beat).

Luckily, both novices and zealots alike can scratch their fat biking itch via the Frosty’s Fat Bike Race. Held on the first weekend of the 30th Jasper in January festival, this acclaimed race will traverse some of Jasper’s best trails.

1. Try something new

The best memories are made when you venture beyond your comfort zone and try something you’ve never tried before. Even if you’ve tried biking in the winter before, we can practically guarantee that the Frosty’s experience is a novel one. So go ahead, live a little.

2. Get fit

Not only is fat biking tremendously fun – it has been likened to floating over the snow drifts – but it is also a great way to get in shape. And what better time than January, on the heels of a full month of holiday parties, to hop on the ol’ cardio train. At the very least, it’ll keep you warm when the mercury drops.

3. See Jasper

Jasper National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the whole world. Our mom said so. And although it’s spectacular at any time of year, there’s a special sort of magic to the landscape when it’s sparkling and still. The fat bike race will take cyclists to some of the national park’s most scenic spots, and is a great way to familiarize yourself with this UNESCO World Heritage site.

4. Prize money

Fancy yourself a speedster? Gear up for a race to the podium, where a total cash prize of $5,000 (you heard that right folks) awaits the top three men and women finishers of Saturday's endurance race.

5. Rentals on site

Being the unique sport that fat biking is, it is entirely conceivable that you might not have a technical fat bike just hanging around in your garage. But silly details like equipment shouldn't stand between you and happiness. Conveniently rent one of these two-wheeled behemoths right in Jasper, and approach the start line with a smile that says: "I won't have to pack this into the car later."

6. Meet the pros

It's always inspiring to ride among the best. On Jan. 11, join the Ride with the Pro's group ride — a fundraiser to benefit Jasper Park Cycling Association (100% of the proceeds are donated to JPCA). Check back for updated details on the trail course.

7. Festival celebration

The Frosty's Fat Bike Race occurs on the first weekend of the 30th Jasper in January festival! Whether you're able to stick around for multiple weekends or whether you want to pack all your winter revelry into three days, this annual fête shows Jasper at its most authentic! Celebrate the beauty and spirit of the season with dog sledding, skating, skiing and yes of course fat biking! Don’t miss the new series of live music and comedy shows, After Dark! 

*Footnote from top: We haven’t exactly taken a hard look at the numbers for this claim, but encourage you to make a leap of faith with us. 

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