Winter Results :
Why I ride in the snow:
I like the first snow of the year after the mountain bike and cyclocross races are all done so I can break out the fat bike and just go play. I like the cold dark night rides in the dead of winter where your jacket freezes solid and it feels like it’s made of cardboard because I’m the only one on the trails. I like the springtime when the sun starts to feel warm again, but there’s still a month of beautiful snow waiting to be ridden. I really just like riding my bike and fat biking the snow brings it back to the basics of just getting out and enjoying the ride. Truthfully it’s a bit sad every year when the snow on the trails starts deteriorating I know that every day could be the last day on the snow until next year.
The Corvus is an amazing machine that feels so light and agile even though it keeps you afloat on 5 inch tires. It has the pedigree of an xc race bike, but it’s capable of tackling the toughest terrain in the world. This is the bike I piloted to the ITI success this year.
The single speed Ti Fatback is also a rocket ship and brings a smile to my face whenever I ride it. It handles everything and depending on the terrain I can run it as a fatty or 29+. It’s a perfect machine for beach rides and general fun. I also intend to race this bike in the Pierre’s Hole 100 SS category as a 29+ this summer.
Why I ride in the snow?
I was in a bit of a lull during the winter months for my first few years in AK. I met Greg Matyas in the Spring 2008, started road and mtn biking that summer, used a Fatback ti for the first time in 2010 and owned my first one in 2011. I found riding in winter to be my favorite time of the year to ride bikes. Quiet trails and riding through a tunnel of snow covered trees was invigorating. I’ve always enjoyed an adventure and competition. Long winter races provided both.
Because they are the best, that’s why! Seriously though, Greg was racing bikes long before he started Fatback. I think he’s a natural tinkerer, which has made the Fatback Corvus the best designed bike for racing ultra’s. The results show it, even with the influx of all the other brands over the last few years. The Corvus is light, fast, and comfortable whether you’re racing 1000 miles or 10. It’s without question the bike I’ve had the most fun on. It also doesn’t suck to ride and race with Greg, John, Kara, Jeff, Heather and Kevin!
Bike of Choice: Fatback Corvus w/Footprint rims and Fatback hubs.
Hometown? Elkhorn, WI.
Favorite thing about Fatback?
The products of course! I love my Corvus, coming from my previous bike is like night and day. The light weight and smooth feel makes for an amazing ride. Just looking at it makes me want to ride. Fatback is one of the originators of the fatbike, so they have more time developing the perfect bike with fat tires then most companies, and it shows. When I first started looking for a fatbike, Fatback was one of the first I found. With great products and great people behind them, I couldn’t be happier to be riding one.
Fatbikes are the ultimate all terrain bike to me. I can have fun riding them anywhere in any condition. From the road to snowy singletrack and everything in between, throw on the right tires for the conditions and it’s a blast. They are so versatile and have opened up so many more riding possibilities. Finally being able to ride in the snow and enjoy it is amazing. I have been trying since I was a little kid, but never had any luck with my skinny tired bikes. I have ridden places I never thought a bike would even move, and came away smiling. Riding things no one else has is a huge draw to fatbiking for me. I am constantly looking for new obstacles. The trail is only half the fun, it’s what’s hidden in the woods that really makes things interesting (where’s it legal of course). Although I hope to never have only one bike, if I had to pick one it would be my fatbike.
If you were a dessert, what would you be?
Chocolate milk, because I like to be smoooooooth.
Bike: Fatback Corvus with Fatback Footprint Wheelset.Results:
Why fatbike?: Cider is one crazy tough training partner and always keeps me going. He has gotten me ready for all the big races I have done! I have ridden, pushed my bike, and suffered on some ridiculous “fun” rides because someone needed a run…
The Fatback Corvus is amazing and I just love the way it feels like a high end mountain bike that can just go anywhere. I am planning to make this my summer bike for riding all over this next season. Can’t think of a reason to stop riding it!
I sort of have two home towns…Lansing, Michigan and Madison, Alabama. I currently live in Fairbanks, Alaska.
A bit complicated…it started out as winter biking, not fat biking. Winter biking appealed to me (I guess) because it seems like such an unlikely pairing and difficult thing to do. Sometime around 1995 I decided I wanted to do the Iditasport but I had no concept of how to go about it. Seemed pretty daunting. There wasn’t all the intel out there that there is now. I think there was about 30 people in the world that new anything about it. A couple years later I decided to move to Fairbanks to figure it out. Fatbikes came along later and bumped the fun factor way up. Now, living in Alaska, winter biking works well for me. Winter is long and there are ridiculous amounts of trails. Real trails…that go places…not just loops inside of loops. And summers are so busy that I just don’t get to ride enough anyways so I’m fresh and ready to ride a lot when winter sets in.
What do you love about Fatback?
Almost every single thing!! I bought the third Fatback frame that was produced. I didn’t know Greg well at the time. I talked to him for about 15 minutes about his idea for a bike and I was like, “This guy gets it.” I was sold immediately. Fatbacks roots are in winter racing…particularly the Iditarod Trail. Every change and improvement that’s been made has kept that primary goal in mind. Even the aesthetics of the tube sections and shapes, things that appear to be as much style as substance; Greg dissects them and considers how they will impact everything about the performance of the bike. Not just from a “how will this impact the ride” perspective, but also from a “how will this perform in a ride to carrying a ton of gear and getting on and off your bike 5,000 times” perspective.
In addition to all that, nobody has as much fun after the race as the Fatback crew.
I love racing bikes. But I have a hard time thinking of it as an accomplishment. Through racing I’ve had an obscene amount of fun and have become friends with some of the most incredible, inspiring, and fun people you can imagine. I think that’s an accomplishment.
If you could be a dessert, what would you be?
That seems a bit ‘Silence of the Lambs’-ish…but…probably a dark chocolate chip w/peanut butter brownie. With ice cream…maybe pistachio or a coconut/pineapple. But I wouldn’t be a dessert, I’d be an entrée.
Hometown? Waseca, MN – now Crested Butte, CO
Favorite thing about Fatback(the brand)? It is made up of a great group of people who are on the cutting edge of fatbike design and passionate about the culture. When I ride the bike, I am proud to represent the brand and the people behind it.
Why fatbikes? I live in winter for 8 months of the year, with snow covering the ground. As someone who loves riding year-round it makes sense for me. I also am an avid backcountry skier and ski mountaineer, and a big advocate for human powered travel. While there are many places to ski in Crested Butte that are most easily accessed via snowmobile, I can do it on my Corvus!
Favorite fatbike slogan(or make your own!)? Does my ass makes this bike look fat?
What is something weird that makes you happy? Worms. I love when it rains and they all come out and wriggle around.
If you were a dessert, what would you be? Rain Cake. I’ve always thought the smell of rain would probably taste really good as a cake. (This doesn’t yet exist, but maybe someday it will!)