Global Fat Bike Day, 2016. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Global Fat Bike Day, 2016. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Global Fat Bike Day returns on Dec 2

Fernie will be celebrating its fourth annual Global Fat Bike day with two organized rides on Dec 2.

The rides will celebrate a sport that has exploded in popularity in recent years, and provide an opportunity for those to give it a try.

Local shops including Gearhub, the Guides Hut and Ski Base will be offering bike rentals at a reduced rate for the event.

“Each year it grows a little,” said Martin Spencer, a director with the Fernie Mountain Bike Club and organizer of the ride. He says that fat biking became popular in Fernie about three years ago when there was a lack of snow, leading those on the ski hill to look for other ways to stay active in the winter.

He says fat biking is a lot different from mountain biking.

“They have much larger tires,” he said. “They sit on the snow and don’t sink as much.”

There will be two rides, one starting at 2:00 p.m. outside the gazebo at the Aquatic Centre. There will be coffee and hot chocolate after the daytime trek, which Spencer recommends beginners attend.

The night time ride, which requires a headlamp, will start at 6:00 p.m.

“Night riding is a lot of fun on fat bikes,” said Spencer.

For more information about the event, visit Bikefernie.ca