Snow Cycling in Colorado Ski Country

February 20, 2015 7:23 PM

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Snow Cycling in Colorado Ski Country

Fat bikes, as they’re known, have been around for at least six or seven years in Duluth, Minn., Madison, Wis., and other snowy places with large cycling communities, good trails and less-than-ideal ski conditions. But only in the past few months have fat bikes taken off in Colorado—with the opening of fat-bike rental shops in the popular ski resorts of Crested Butte and Breckenridge, which could signal a tipping point for the sport. I chose Breckenridge for my inaugural fat bike adventure because I wanted see the Ullr Festival and to enter the first official fat bike competition in all of Colorado’s venerable Summit County—whose world-class ski runs and miles of mountain biking trails make it a year-round playground for adrenaline junkies.

Apart from their bloated tires, fat bikes resemble mountain bikes. My first time on one was the day of the parade, when I rented a carbon fiber (translation: very light) Borealis Echo XX1 from Breck Bike Guides, a local outfitter. Fat bikes can be bought for as little as $1,500, but the one I rented...

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