Fat biking is hot! And, it’s only getting hotter – especially on the North Shore!
If you’re not familiar, a fat bike is a bike with over sized tires (usually around 3.8 inches wide or wider) and rims. In addition, the bikes are ridden with less pressure than the average off-road bike. This allows riding on unstable routes, including snow, sand, and mud. Though the sport has been around for well over a decade, it is only the last few years that the sport has become extremely popular, especially among off-road cyclists.
The North Shore has seen a large increase in visitors who are fat biking, as well. Earlier this month, on January 7, the inaugural Norpine Fat Bike Classic was held. Over 150 riders embraced the cold to ride the 16 and 24-mile race courses. Next year’s event is scheduled for January 6.
In addition, about three miles of new, groomed trails have been opened up to the public on the Superior National Golf Course at Lutsen. With a spectacular view of Lake Superior and the surrounding Sawtooth Mountains, many local and visiting fat bikers have been excited about the new trails.
Day or season passes for the groomed trails at Superior National at Lutsen are available at:
Superior National at Lutsen Golf Club House (when open – winter hours vary)
Lutsen Resort (front desk)
Clearview General Store (in downtown Lutsen)