Join us for our annual winter fat bike tour!

Once again the same day as the Hoogerheide Cyclocross Race.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019

Registration Page Link      About 15 spots remaining

Planned Schedule of Events
Subject to change – check back for updates

7:30 AM Join us early for coffee and bagels to watch our favorite elite racer Ellen Noble in the Cyclocross World Cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands
9:00 AM Recommended Latest Ride Arrival Time. Get equipment ready, sign-in, ride announcements.
9:00-9:30 AM Muffins, Coffee, Fat bike tire ring toss competition.
9:30 AM Long and Short Courses Ride Departure Time.

12:00 AM Approximate Short Course Return Time
12:30-1:00 PM Approximate Long Course Return Time

Games & Swag!
There will be a collection of swag randomly handed out in your entry bags. Before the ride we will also hold a fat tire ring toss competition. Winner gets an Orange Seal prize.

Hot Waffles will be prepared at the Velo Studio immediately following the ride along with hot cider, weather permitting. A full coffee shop and complete lunch menu are available in the tavern next door at The Heritage of Sherborn.

The Courses
The ride route will be based on the ground snow cover or moisture conditions. The planned 8-10 short course and 16-19 mile long course (frozen snowless routes) consist of mostly double-track, fire roads, and some limited technical singletrack suitable for all abilities. Beginners at a slower pace or those short on time are encouraged to join the short course, while the more popular long ride may split into multiple groups based on the amount of people. The courses are highly weather and snow dependent and may change.

The Deep Freeze Fat Bike Ruckus is a group ride designed to meet others riders and enjoy a jovial fat bike atmosphere. There will be periodic stops to regroup, take photos, and enjoy some scenic vistas. The courses will be available on RidewithGPS for download with the link posted here when decided on. STBG is also a RidewithGPS Ambassador. Search “STBG” to find road and MTB routes in the Metrowest area.

LATEST COURSE UPDATES:
An entirely new Ruckus route was planned but the snow and ice predicted for the weekend of 1/19 will greatly impact the route and length. The course decision may come down to the last minute on Saturday 1/26 based on ice conditions. A final GPS link will be posted at the latest on Saturday afternoon 1/26.

We will be using the “Drop the 2nd Rider” technique. Here is the NEMBA description:

“…at every corner or intersection the leader will ask the second rider to stop and wait until they see the sweep rider and then take off in front of them. This means that every rider gets to ride second, third, fourth and at every position in the pack except first and last. It means that everyone gets to take an occasional breather while they are waiting for the sweep rider. But most importantly it means that nobody ever gets lost because there will always be someone waiting at every intersection and corner to point out the right route.”

Please note that if you need to leave early or turn around please be prepared to make your own way back to the start. The courses are within a compact geographical area and both the trails and local roads will quickly get you back to Sherborn. Please be prepared to fix a flat tire but there will also be plenty of riders to assist with expertise.

Volunteers
We will need additional ride leaders and sweepers. Please contact me if you can help.

Parking
There are approximately 12 spaces in the Velo Studio lot which will fill up early. Use the parking lot down Cemetery Lane (across street from Velo Studio), or use the parking lot at Pine Hill Elementary School at 10 Pine Hill Lane. The traditional course will pass through the Pine Hill lot, but the new route if chosen will not.

Thanks to Framed Bike and Orange Seal for the swag.