This 6th annual gathering of fat bike aficionados at Round Lake State Park near Sandpoint caters to both new and seasoned fatty riders with group rides on groomed trails. The 2020 event will take place on Saturday, January 25.
“Our goal since the beginning has been to provide a fat bike event that was fun and offered something for all levels of riders,” says Brian Anderson, event organizer and owner of Greasy Fingers Bikes N’ Repair in Sandpoint. “The fat bike festival is really a social event. Rides are casual. People often hang out in between and after riding. Not only do we get people from Sandpoint but also from Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, Bonners Ferry, and Priest River/Lake areas. So you can expect to meet some new people and probably learn of some new places to ride your fat bike.”
Round Lake State Park has a variety of options for beginners and more experienced riders, says Anderson. “The main loop around the lake is going to offer the easiest riding. But there are several side trails along the way that offer more technical options.” Riders looking for more of a challenge typically take several laps following different trail combinations with breaks back at the campfire in between, he says. Round Lake is a great place for beginner fat bikers, says Anderson. “Some of the trails are wider and allow some leeway for riders to get the hang of riding on snow and maintaining their balance. Additionally, the terrain at Round Lake is fairly mellow, so no big climbs or descents.”
This years’ event will also have a brand-new demo fleet of fat bikes from Salsa Cycles. The Mukluk features wide 4.8″ tires, wide range 1×12 drivetrain and a lightweight aluminum frame/carbon fork. Demos on a marked course are free. Fatty Flurry runs Saturday, January 25 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Round Lake State Park. You will need an Idaho State Park Pass available on site for $5. Bikes must have tires that are at least 3.8″ wide to ride the groomed trails. There will be a warming fire and porta-potties, but no drinking water or other services so come prepared. Camping is available for the brave and there are areas for snowshoeing and sledding.