Posted on March 20th, 2012
Ben is heading up to West Yellowstone, Montana this weekend for the Equinox Snow Challenge (http://www.equinoxskichallenge.com/bike/).
He did a preview of the race over at XXCMag.com.
Here is excerpt:
Friend, contributor and XXC Podcast Co-host Ben Welnak checks in with a preview of the Equinox Snow Challenge 2012.
This has been the winter of fatbikes and there is no better way to end the winter riding season with a real challenge. The Equinox Snow Challenge, held annually since 2007, has added a fatbike category to the normal ski and run categories. The race is set to start at 10am on Saturday, March 24th at the Rendezvous Ski Trails in West Yellowstone, Montana. Skiers, runners, and cyclists have several categories to choose from, including 3, 6, 12, and 24 hour divisions for soloists up to relay teams up to 8 members.
The Equinox Snow Challenge is a unique fatbike race. The Rendezvous Ski Trails normally host several national caliber ski events annually. This is a one-time opportunity to ride fatbikes on the trails, which are open to skiers only from November through May. Race director, Sam Newbury really loves the area’s fatbiking potential, stating that “West Yellowstone is referred to as the ‘Moab of fatbiking’ by many. There are over 500 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the Gallatin National Forest and the adjoining Targhee National Forest, both of which share boundaries with Yellowstone National Park, which provide ample exploring.” ....
The rest is over at http://xxcmag.com/archives/5514
Besides the fatbike categories, there are also xc skiing and shoeshowing categories. It sounds like it should be a unique event.
Ben will be updating his trip on Twitter at Twitter.com/bwelnak, as well as his blog at benwelnak.com.
Stay tuned for post race pictures and writing.