John Lackey

2015 ITI 350m Winner; Current Course Record Holder

Bikes:

  • Fatback Corvus with Fatback Footprint rims and Fatback/Hadley hubs Ti
  • Fatback single speed with Fatback Uma III 70mm and 29+ wheels, rims both on Fatback/Hadley hubs

Winter Results :

  • 2015 IDITAROD TRAIL INVITATIONAL – 350 Miles – 1st Place (and a new course record of 1 day, 18 hours and 32 minutes)
  • 2009 FROSTY BOTTOM 50 – 50 Miles – 3rd Place
  • 2010 FROSTY BOTTOM 50 – 50 Miles – 1st Place
  • 2010 LITTLE SUSITNA 50 – 50 km – 1st Place
  • 2011 SUSITNA 100 – 100 Miles – 3rd Place
  • 2012 FROSTY BOTTOM 50 – 50 Miles – 2nd Place
  • 2012 SUSITNA 100 – 100 Miles – 1st Place
  • 2012 EAGLE RIVER RAMPAGE – 20 Miles – 1st Place
  • 2013 IDITAROD TRAIL INVITATIONAL – 350 Miles – 5th Place
  • 2013 WHITE MOUNTAINS 100 – 100 Miles – 2nd Place
  • 2015 LITTLE SUSITNA 50 – 50 km – 2nd Place

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.

Why Fatback?
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.