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Fat bike events are coming your way this weekend

Summit venue changed and entry is now free according to organizers


Photo courtesy Axel Becker-Lakus

Fat bike enthusiasts are holding a Bash this weekend in Valdez.

The town's first fat bike competition is set to be held this week, and organizers say it will be a blast.

"Chugach Fat Bike Bash featuring a little something for everyone from fun-loving fatties to cross-country specialists, a family and spectator-friendly fat bike rodeo and the debut of the Fat Freeride World Championships," the group, Levitation 49, said on its website. "This is not your standard issue long-distance sufferfest. We just want to have fun."

The track is groomed and ready. The event is actually a series of events, including a summit, which the group says will be led by Mountain Bike Hall of Famer, Gary Sjoquist. The group says he is arguably among the leading voices of fat bike advocacy.

"The new venue for the Summit is The Fat Mermaid restaurant on the harbor in downtown Valdez," the group said. "There will be no fee to attend the event but participants are still asked to register for a free ticket online."

A number of roads will be closed periodically for the event according to the city of Valdez.

The following times and places for the closures are taken from a press release from the public information office:

Road Closure: North Harbor Drive will be closed to traffic from 9:00-10:00 p.m. on Friday, March 18th.

Fat Bike Cross Country Race

Photo courtesy Axel Becker-Lakus

Fat biking is gaining popularity in Alaska.

Road Closures: From 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19th, the southern lane of Egan Drive from Hazelet Drive to Shoup Bay Trail Head and one lane of Hazelet Drive from the City Dock to Egan Drive will be closed to traffic. Additionally, flaggers will be in place to direct traffic where the race crosses road intersections.

Trail Closures: The Mineral Creek West Dike Trails, Snow Machine Loop, and Mineral Creek Road will be closed to motorized recreational use from 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 18th until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19th.

Trail Closures: Shoup Trail, Homestead Trail, the Mineral Creek East & West Dike Trails, Snow Machine Loop, Mineral Creek Road, and the Meadow/Skyline Trail System will be closed to ALL recreational use from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Saturday,

March 19th.


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