Winterbike is Vermont’s premier Fatbike Festival. Now in its 8th year, the event continues to be the largest fatbike festival in the Northeast. Hosted at the Kingdom Trail Nordic Adventure Center, the event is situated on Vermont’s most expansive groomed fatbike specific trail network, boasting over 26 miles of cold rolled singletrack!
In keeping with tradition, Winterbike will include the usual crowd pleasing ingredients including a Friday pre-registration Social hosted this year by the Borderlands Trail Partners. While Saturday will see a vendor garden, demo fleets, group rides for all ages and abilities, stocked remote aid station, 6X fatbike race. The infamous Rasputitsa Gravel Road Race organizers Heidi and Anthony will keep the party rocking with tunes and a fur laden lounge in the expo.
“We strive to improve the event year over year while maintaining its soul.” Says Lilias Ide, event co-founder and Kingdom Trails Event Coordinator. “With the support of a few new partners, this year is shaping up to be the best to date.”
New in 2019, we’re pleased to announce support from our friends at Lawson’s Finest Liquids, brewers of some of Vermont’s favorite beers! IPA? Yes please! Lawsons will be on site at the vendor garden, spreading liquidy love all afternoon.
The Remote Aid Station returns in all its glory… and then some. In an effort to evolve the Station, we welcome its new hosts Untapped, makers of all natural athletic fuel aka MAPLE SYRUP based energy! How about a steaming cup of hot cider with maple and ginger. Hot toddies just reached another level: healthy!
“Winterbike is an opportunity for the entire family to ‘bike party’ together.” Says event co-founder and MTBVT owner Ryan Thibault. “We worked hard over the years to make the event fun for everyone. This year we’ve upped our game with the addition of a few new activities for the kiddos.”
With the heightened focus on family, this year’s event will include kids a specific ride. Additional kids entertainment will be found in a kid’s ride and family friendly games in the vendor area. 24″ wheel kid’s specific fatbikes are also expected among the fleets of demos available.
This years 6X Fatbike Race is brought to you by our friends at Garneau, who has generously supplied apparel kits for top male and female finishers. We’ve also changed the script and made the 6X race free to enter! That’s right. Heats are split between men and women with six racers competing at a time. The fastest three in each round move on the the finals until a men’s and woman’s class champ is victorious! Or just spectate with a cold Lawson’s in your hand.
And as always, Winterbike games will be happening late afternoon Saturday with prizes provided by Marzocchi, Kingdom Trails, MTBVT, and more!
We look forward to hosting you all at Winterbike 2019. See you on the trails!
This place is fantastic with miles and miles of unique trails and terrain.
Oh yeah, I said it. East Burke, in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, is home to the best mountain biking in the country. You get more than one hundred miles of rolling rocking ripping singletrack, every inch is fun.