Tim Berntson

2015 Winner – White Mountains 100, Talkeetna Trio 60, Susitina 100

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.

Why Fatback?
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.

Results:

  • 2015 White Mountains 100 – 100 miles – 1st place 2015 Talkeetna Trio – 60 miles – 1st place
  • 2015 Susitna 100 – 100 miles – 1st place
  • 2015 Arrowhead 135 – 135 miles – 2nd place
  • 2015 Frosty Bottom 50 – 50 miles – 2nd place
  • 2014 Homer Epic 100 – 100k – 1st place
  • 2014 Fatbike Birkie – 6th place
  • 2014 Iditarod Trail Invitational – 350 miles – 2nd place
  • 2014 Frosty Bottom 50 – 50 miles – 1st place
  • 2013 White Mountains 100 – 100 miles – 1st place
  • 2013 Talkeetna Trio – 60 miles – 2nd place
  • 2013 Iditarod Trail Inviitational – 350 miles – 2nd place
  • 2012 White Mountains 100 – 100 miles – 1st place
  • 2012 Arrowhead 135 – 135 miles – 2nd place
  • 2012 Frosty Bottom 50 – 50 miles – 1st place
  • 2011 Susitna 100 – 100 miles – 1st place
  • 2011 Frosty Bottom 50 – 50 miles – 3rd place