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Tour of Anchorage Fat Bike Race

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Any help for this Hawaii guy would be great. Heading to Anchorage in March to do the Fat Bike race. I鈥檒l be renting a bike from a local shop but I鈥檓 unsure about clothing to wear or any tips or tricks for snow riding. Mahalos 馃
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The Tour is similar to another event, the Frosty Bottom, but if I recall, the Tour has a different end point than beginning point and is shorter. What you wear really depends on the conditions. A big generalization is that you want to dress like an XC skier, because that is the sport that most closely matches the output and speeds of riding a fat bike and in many cases, they may be passing some of the riders. From there, we could be having a cold spell (like we are right now) or it could be in the upper 20s. It can go both ways at that time of year, but it's usually starting to lean towards warmer temps and more sunlight. Hands and feet are usually the biggest issue for people, but don't over-do your core. I find 95% of the time that a base-layer+soft-shell type jacket is plenty and keeps you from getting too warm, you can unzip it if necessary. The base layer doesn't really matter. Wool doesn't dry as fast and retains more moisture, synthetic is warmer for the weight and wicks better. A balaclava on the face helps if it's in the low 20s and colder. For the hands, most riders use pogies. You might be able to get away with some mid-weight mtb gloves depending on the temp and your circulation. The problem with thicker gloves is they will compromise handling and usually cause you to sweat a lot more, but then again it's not a very long race for most people. Another thing I do is tape some foot-warmers to the handlebar grips (footwarmers are thinner than handwarmers and partially adhesive, so they work better here) and then there are foot-warmers for your boots. Almost no one can use summer type shoes here in the winter, you need real winter cycling shoes if you run SPD or some hiking boots if you are running flats. If you have poor circulation, supplement with some foot-warmers. They'll last around 3 hours pretty easy before you'd even think that you might be getting chilled. Running a camelback under your jacket and routing the hose under your armpit keeps the water warm and unfrozen. Insulated bottles can work, especially if you fill them up with hot water before the race (since it's not a long race).

All of this again really depends on what the weather decides to do. A few years ago when we had a real frosty Frosty Bottom, it was around -20 at some points. I had band-aids over my nipples and one over my nose. If you try to cover up your nose more, usually all you do is fog glasses, but there are some other things like nose-hat. A band-aid or bandage is a cheap way to achieve something similar. I may have had 2 base-layers in that case and 2 layers on my bottoms. The bigger deal was keeping my hands and feet warm, which I was able to.
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Jayem that鈥檚 awesome bro and thanks a lot! I鈥檒l take all these tips to heart and use them for sure! 馃檹馃
Any help for this Hawaii guy would be great. Heading to Anchorage in March to do the Fat Bike race. I鈥檒l be renting a bike from a local shop but I鈥檓 unsure about clothing to wear or any tips or tricks for snow riding. Mahalos 馃
You first need to decide which length of the race (there are 2) you wish to enter. The longer of the 2 (50K vs 40K) is significantly more physically demanding and has a good deal of climbing soon after the start. If you haven't ridden snow before you should attempt to arrive a week early or sooner and get a few days in. Its very different from road riding in HI. Mind the tunnels, as the snow in them is often very soft and can cause a crash, especially if you are new to riding on snow. Temp could easily be 40, or -10 in March, so you'll have to be ready to adapt the day of the race, and may even need to plan to have poggies ready. Here is a link to the results from last year. Guys in the top 10 were around the 2 hour mark, but some people were on the bike over 3 hours, so plan accordingly and hope to see ya out there.

https://www.anchoragenordicski.com/...50k-fatbike-Result-Lists_Gender-Results-1.pdf
Sweet thanks mate! Looking to do the 40k. I will also be there for a few rides before the race day as well. I appreciate all your words and will head them as well as possible 馃馃檹
Sweet thanks mate! Looking to do the 40k. I will also be there for a few rides before the race day as well. I appreciate all your words and will head them as well as possible 馃馃檹
You first need to decide which length of the race (there are 2) you wish to enter. The longer of the 2 (50K vs 40K) is significantly more physically demanding and has a good deal of climbing soon after the start. If you haven't ridden snow before you should attempt to arrive a week early or sooner and get a few days in. Its very different from road riding in HI. Mind the tunnels, as the snow in them is often very soft and can cause a crash, especially if you are new to riding on snow. Temp could easily be 40, or -10 in March, so you'll have to be ready to adapt the day of the race, and may even need to plan to have poggies ready. Here is a link to the results from last year. Guys in the top 10 were around the 2 hour mark, but some people were on the bike over 3 hours, so plan accordingly and hope to see ya out there.

https://www.anchoragenordicski.com/...50k-fatbike-Result-Lists_Gender-Results-1.pdf
Thanks again for the tips. I made it through the 40k but was way more than I expected. All that hike a bike killed me at the beginning then the thick snow throughout lol. Fell about 20 times easy. Not used to any of that stuff but was beautiful and the pain was worth the experience. I finished 3:47 whatever thanks again
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Thanks again for the tips. I made it through the 40k but was way more than I expected. All that hike a bike killed me at the beginning then the thick snow throughout lol. Fell about 20 times easy. Not used to any of that stuff but was beautiful and the pain was worth the experience. I finished 3:47 whatever thanks again
This was a very difficult year, condition wise. I spectated on the trails. Good job.
Thanks again for the tips. I made it through the 40k but was way more than I expected. All that hike a bike killed me at the beginning then the thick snow throughout lol. Fell about 20 times easy. Not used to any of that stuff but was beautiful and the pain was worth the experience. I finished 3:47 whatever thanks again
Congratulations. Hopefully you celebrated this accomplishment fittingly.
This was a very difficult year, condition wise. I spectated on the trails. Good job.
Thanks mate 馃
Congratulations. Hopefully you celebrated this accomplishment fittingly.
Absolutely thanks again 馃
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