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 own water and breakfast from their sleeping bag. Proper layering, trail navigation, trail safety, nutrition and bike maintenance in the cold are all part of this winter survival course. Daily rides with more bivi practice as well as packing and unpacking the bike on snowy trails in the hills above Geilo with indoor presentations and slides from the Iditarod Trail in Alaska filled the 5 days spent in Norway.
After completion of this course and a finish in the first edition of a new qualifier race called the Fat Viking, participants can apply for the 2018 350 mile Iditarod Trail Invitational race in Alaska this year starting April 8 or any future year. Other qualifiers for the ITI take place every year in Finland, Canada and several US states.
More information on long distance winter racing, training camps and qualifier events is found here at:
Kathi Merchant, ITI race director & instructor