Fatbiking is booming, with more and more ski resorts introducing the athletic, including Tahoe Donner in the Sierra Nevada where our novelist tries it out
Fatbikes so named because of their comically thick tyres are the latest trend in cycling. They look like the ogre trucks of the biking world and are designed for riding on surfaces youd guess is impractical to cycle on, such as sand and, including with regard to, snow.
Which is not to say they stimulate the whole thing effortless as I found to my cost during a weekend at Tahoe Donner, a downhill and cross-country ski resort in California which, in response to increased demand, recently opened some of its roads to fatbiking.
Sally Jones, director of the Cross Country ski region, has overseen the introduction of the motorcycles, including a half-dozen to rent. It could eventually be as popular as snowboarding, she says.
Fatbiking as a sport is booming across the US, especially in nations such as Alaska and Colorado, where cycling wouldnt otherwise be possible in wintertime. And in Europe, the inaugural Snow Bike Festival the first of its kind runs from 19 -2 2 January in Gstaad, Switzerland.
So these days, where theres snow and sports, there are likely to be fatbikes.
We find other ski areas in different regions espousing fatbiking, says Sally, and we figured we wouldnt genuinely know if we could make it work unless “weve tried” it.
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