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

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

MP Morrison pushes for accountability following federal fiscal update

Kootenay-Columbia parliamentarian says it is time to restart the economy

UPDATED: Interior Health to add 495 long-term seniors care beds

Nelson, Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon and Penticton to receive new facilities

No changes coming to Fernie’s Second Avenue

Following a public survey, council holds off on repurposing Second Avenue

Tourism ramps back up in the Elk Valley

Heading into phase three, Tourism Fernie kicks off various inititives supporting local businesses

Business Beat

Coal Valley Boxing reopens to public Fernie and Sparwood’s Coal Valley Boxing… Continue reading

Wage subsidy will be extended until December amid post-COVID reopening: Trudeau

Trudeau said the extension will ‘give greater certainty and support to businesses’

Tree planters get help with COVID-19 protective measures

Ottawa funds extra transportation, sanitizing for crews

Trudeau apologizes for not recusing himself from WE decision

He says his and his family’s longtime involvement with the WE organization should have kept him out of the discussions

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

New comet appears in pre-dawn sky above Cranbrook

Neowise can be seen without a telescope over the next couple of weeks

Islanders want BC Ferries to follow order that lets residents board before tourists

For ferry-dependent communities, ferries are often the sole practical lifeline to work, school or medical appointments.

Washington’s NFL team drops ‘Redskins’ name after 87 years

The franchise was given the name back in 1933, when it was still in Boston

Most Read