It was a balmy -13c in Frisco, Colorado when we decided to go Fat-biking some beautiful single track. Matt had kindly loaned me his Fat-bike for this little excursion. Liz, Leigh & myself left the house around 8:30pm for a night ride in the woods. This was my first time on a Fat-bike & riding on snow.
What an interesting feeling. Very different riding. I quickly learnt that you cannot stray from the trail at all or you will sink, go over the bars and eat snow. The best idea is to find a well packed trail and follow it. Not being as skilled as the girls I was definitely bringing up the back of the pack.
It was a lot of fun to be out there and it required a lot of concentration to stay on the trail but that's the good thing about night riding, you tend to get tunnel vision when all you have is a headlamp to follow. The sound of the snow crunching and cracking under the weight of the wheels is amplified by the silence of the night. Another reason I love night time activities. Combined with the tunnel vision created by the headlamp, you feel as though you are the only one within a 100 mile radius.
Being a last minute decision to go ride nobody had had time to charge their headlamps so only a couple of miles in my headlamp began to blink, warning me it was on its way out..
As soon as I caught the girls who were waiting for me atop a small rise I told them my lamp was going flat, turns out both of theirs had started to blink also. What makes Fat-biking in the dark more fun you ask??? Your headlamp going flat......
We turned around cutting the ride short & hightailed it back to the trail head. Again bringing up the rear with the dogs I was left to watch the girls disappear into the dark as my headlamp finally gave up. I slowed down and could just make out the trail enough to get back to the trail head.
None the less we had had a fun blast on the bikes in the dark and cold. Thankfully I had my io merino keeping me warm again ( I was beginning to notice a trend, check out there gear by following the link http://iomerino.com ) We put the bikes in the garage and everyone went home with a big grin on their faces and plugged headlamps in to charge for the next Adventure :D
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I am an ultra runner, Mountain biker, Packrafter, Climber, Ironman, Endurance Athlete