The Best of Fat Biking

Out on the open trail— you’ll find ultimate freedom. Out here, you have the ability to leave everything but yourself behind and focus only on what lies ahead. The valleys and the peaks, accompanied solely by the sound of crunching snow beneath tire, and the continuous waves of your breath. There’s an intrinsic release rooted in the woods, one that you can only uncover by hitting pause on routine & seeking out alternative routes. And with over 60 miles of unparalleled single-track snow bike trails here in Marquette County, it’s not just about riding, it’s about thriving.

The Challenge

There’s no doubt mountain biking is a rigorous sport, between the rough terrain Marquette County’s rugged landscape offers, and the variable weather, you’re bound to hit some bumps and rocks while riding among the outcrops. But throw two fat tires and some snow into the mix, and you have yourself a whole new adventure. Sure, climbing ice-packed, snow-caked tracks on a bike in frigid temperatures is difficult, but the chilling challenge ensures that you reap the warm, rewarding feeling of finishing up an awesome ride. Not only does Marquette provide trails for all types of riders ranging from beginner to expert, but we’re also home to one of the best fat bike races in the Midwest. Whether you come to compete, or just to ride, you’re in for a good time. Rent & Ride

The Confidence

I should probably mention, that I’m a pretty cautious being. I’m the type of person that hovers my fingers over the brakes while biking around the steep streets of Marquette. But when I’m fat biking through the forest, the brakes are the last thing on my mind, and I’m easily excited by any bit of downhill dips. It could be the thought of padded snow, knowing it’s there to catch me on my every spill, or the security of the sturdy light-weight behemoth that is a fat bike, but whatever it is, there is a sense of safety and a peace of mind, that I typically don’t feel with other adrenaline-inducing activities.

The Open Trail

There’s nothing better than an open trail, and exemplary weather. The days when you take to the trail and wind up with perfectly firm, fresh-groomed tracks are the absolute best. You know the days when the sun peeks in and out of the path at just the right patches. “Days like [that] are the best,” Travel Marquette’s Recreation Director Candy Kozeluh raves. “You know, I just got back from Alaska, and our trails compared to theirs…I couldn’t believe it. We’re so lucky to have our trails.” Candy explains that Marquette is among the best in the nation with its grooming techniques. Other areas offer mostly foot-packed trails, and a bumpier ride. Marquette County’s grooming methods leave the trails pristine, like pavement. “They’re perfect. A solid 10.” Noquemanon Trail Network & RAMBA

 

The Thrill

Much like the given confidence boost that the two fat tires provide, there’s also a special thrill factor specific to snow biking. It’s knowing that at any moment you could wipe out in the white out, and simply pick yourself back up and get back on. And lucky for us, Marquette takes snow grooming seriously. So once the snow hits, and the sun’s up, we’re pretty much set to ride until sunset. Check Conditions

The Aftermath

And of course, the best way to wind down from any outdoor adventure is to crack open or tap into a fresh craft beer on draft. And with three exceptional breweries to choose from right here in town, you’ve got nothing (but some cash) to lose. Grab a Beer