Volunteers build snow bike trail in Wisconsin
- Associated Press
- January 6, 2014 - 10:25 AM
WAUSAU, Wis. — Mountain biking enthusiasts in Wisconsin have built a trail system for fat-tired bicycles that can be ridden in the snow.
The seven miles of trails in Wausau opened last month and will be used Jan. 18 for the first snow bike race included in the Badger State Games, Daily Herald Media reported Monday (http://bit.ly/19Xj73D ).
Snow bikes have wide tires that can be ridden with little air pressure, giving them more traction and allowing them to ride on top of snow, rather than sinking into it. The bikes had been considered an oddity, but a growing number of riders, particularly in the Midwest, have embraced them in recent years, said Gary Barden, president of the Central Wisconsin Offroad Cycling Coalition.
Coalition volunteers built the trails in Sunny Vale Park to give those interested in the sport a place to ride.
"It exceeds our expectations as far as terrain," Barden said. "There are these old river banks, and the trail takes you up and down a ridgeline. There's a real variety out there."
The coalition also hopes the trails will help make the Wausau area a destination for mountain bikers.
Their opening spurred Dave Mayer, 31, of Weston, to buy a snow bike.
"I was interested in getting one (fat bike) before, and with the announcement of the Sunny Vale trail, well, the rest is history," said Mayer, who was already into mountain biking. "It's fun to be able ride in the snow-covered woods. It's a nice change of pace."
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