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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Winter Camp 2017 – the aftermath!
Jan31

Winter Camp 2017 – the aftermath!

I got back yesterday from the Fatbiking Europe Winter Camp 2017 and boy was it a hell of a ride! It had LOTS of everything on offer: amazing trails, great company, tree and petrol flavoured evil spirits, sublime scenery, knee deep death marches, insane (super friendly) yocals, glorious sunshine, expensive fondu and more middle-aged men catapulting over the handlebars than is strictly healthy* – it was quite an event! *disclaimer...

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Strathpuffer 2017
Jan26

Strathpuffer 2017

I think this was my fifth ‘puffer, though my third riding not for myself, but as escort for my son. Last year Alpkit loaned me one of their Sonder Vir Fortis bikes to ride. I can’t say it was the most suitable bike considering how muddy it was that year. It was however a whole lot of fun to ride. So once again this year I opted to ride the Vir Fortis. The bike was set up with tubes and Schwalbe Jumbo Jims. Having had a...

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