Half way there (brief encounters with Rovaniemi 300)
Feb25

Half way there (brief encounters with Rovaniemi 300)

So, how did I get to be sharing an apartment with a gentle giant and his minion on a Sunday night? Dutch corner in Rovaniemi was busier than it should have been for a Sunday night. I don’t think any of us were expecting to be there but it wasn’t by coincidence either! Rewind by three days and Helsinki airport saw two Dutch and three Brits all sitting around a small table trying our best not to mention Brexit! Whoops, did someone just...

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Bob’s Rovaniemi 150
Feb22

Bob’s Rovaniemi 150

Finally my hands are warm(ish), I’m somewhere on the last hill of the route. A street light appears over the brow of the hill, incongruous in the vast forest. Street light means road, road means end of the hard stuff, I cross and drop down to the Ounasjoki which will lead me to the finish. Suddenly the temperature plummets and in the 200 metres between the road and river my hands become blocks of ice. The next, final, checkpoint...

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Rovaniemi – a retrospective…..
Feb03

Rovaniemi – a retrospective…..

As this month sees the 2017 edition of the Rovaniemi 150 we thought we’d take a look at a couple of peoples past experiences as we look forward to seeing what this year will throw at the riders….. First up we take a look at Fraser Kennedy’s great little movie about the 2016 edition which had the worst conditions the event has seen for a number of years with over half the field failing to finish! Enjoy….. Next...

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Iditarod Trail Invitational training camp Norway
Feb01

Iditarod Trail Invitational training camp Norway

For our first ITI winter training camp in Europe we had 12 participants from 9 different countries in Geilo Norway. We offer these camps to prepare winter fat bikers for the race on the Iditarod Trail in Alaska where fat bikers have been racing in long distance events on snow since the mid 90’s and where fat bikes were developed around the same time. As part of this prep camp participants bivvi outside 4 nights in a row, make their...

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Fat Viking race
Jan25

Fat Viking race

Harder, longer, icy. What was supposed to be a 150km fatbike race turned out to be a 175km fatbike race! The course had to be adjusted due to the (VERY) unusually mild winter. Okay, so the race just got longer? We kept the climbing, just in case! Race day was cold enough to make the surface hard and fast, but the warm temperatures leading up to “Fat Viking” had transformed parts of the course to an icy highway. Geilo, the...

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BearBones Winter Bivi 2017
Jan18

BearBones Winter Bivi 2017

Having completed the Welsh Ride Thing and the Bearbones 200 in 2016 I was determined to return and complete the trio of Bearbones events, so back in November I discussed with my good colleague and fellow fat bike Adventurer Mark Malcolm about entering the Bearbones winter event. It just so happens that Mark runs a Bike Packing venture in Dartmoor (headzortrailz.co.uk) and like me is out on the fatbike whenever possible so he really...

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