By Deb Everts
Winter fun at HoliMont Ski Resort is going to be even more exciting when the inaugural “Frosty CX” fat bike race comes to the resort Feb. 23.
The new, non-skiing event features hardy souls who set out to conquer the snow on their fat bikes, which are basically mountain bikes with huge tires that are made for snow, according to Marketing Director Greg Culver.
“It started out in the cold states like Minnesota for people looking to pedal year-round,” he said. “Biking in Western New York is growing by leaps and bounds and people are always looking for new events.”
According to Culver, the event gets its name Frosty from winter and the CX from cyclocross. He said this is a first-time event for the area. It will be a fat bike race, but in a cyclocross race format allowing the spectators to see most of the race.
“It’ll be easy and a spectacle to watch. People will be able to see the whole race because it’ll be held at the bottom of Sunset area,” he said.
Culver said there will be a groomed snow course similar to the resort’s cyclocross course, but it will be for fat bikes. He said Loud Performance Products from Bemus Point will be bringing out their SnowDog groomer to help get the course in tip-top shape.
To keep it simple this first year, Culver said there will be a very basic lineup with three divisions: men, women and kids. Medals and prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each class.
“The event is open to everyone and is already a buzz among the biking community,” he said.
Participants may register for the FROSTYCX 19 – Fat Bike Multi-Lap Race online at bikereg.com.
On the day of the race, registrations will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the bottom of HoliMont’s Sunset Slope. Racing starts at 1:15 at the bottom of Sunset.
If anyone would like to participate but does not have a fat bike, Loud Performance will be on site with fat bike demos.
Culver said an impromptu party will be held with beer tastings sponsored by 42 North Brewing Company, in East Aurora. He said people are asked to bring snacks of their choice. It will be outside with group rides up to the shelter for those interested.
For more information, visit online at holimont.com or call 699-2320.