2014 BLBBRBK Fat Bike Race

20140126_122735_IMG_0776My wife and I drove up to Dekalb, IL today to hang out with the North Central Cyclery and Axletree folks as well as Dean from Riding Against The Grain. We had a blast at their BLBBRBK fat bike race event. The course looked amazing and judging by the numerous smiles on riders faces, the event was a huge success.

The Slemans start, a variation on the Lemans start where racers sled down a hill to the get to your bicycle and then ride up the hill you just sled down was smile inducing!
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6 thoughts on “2014 BLBBRBK Fat Bike Race

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  2. Resurrection post…sorry I know it’s been a year. How did that guy on the Surly Kramus get along? Do you recall? I just picked up a 2015 Salsa Blackborow 1, a 5″ class fatty, been wondering about the skinnier bikes.

    I dig your blog man. Don’t worry, I’m stalking Dean’s (against the grain) and Max’s (max the cyclist) blogs too :) when I’m not riding I just want to read about riding! Cycling: hey at least it’s not crack!

    Cheers, Andy

    • I too enjoy cycling blogs :) Krampus and other similar sized tire bikes do pretty well in snow, but I think the true fat bikes tend to do better with much accumulation of fresh snow. That’s all speculation on my part.

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