Fat biking is gaining more local popularity
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
There are plenty of outdoor activities during the winter, but one that’s increasing in popularity is fat biking. A fat bike is an off-road bicycle with oversized tires to allow riding on terrain such as snow, sand and mud. It’s a sport that people are picking up recreationally and competitively in the North because it’s getting easier to access.
“I was into road riding when I was in southern Ontario, so when I came here there wasn’t an abundance of roads to ride, so I got into fat biking because there were trails,” said Cedar Bay Trail Co member John Sprague.
Cedar Bay has fat bike trails accessible throughout the winter. The Cedar Bay Trail Co plans to expand the fat biking trails, and they’re looking to bring some competition to Sioux Lookout.
“This summer, we’re going to cut a lot of fat biking, winter specific, trails, so hopefully another ten kilometres of trail. We’ve been in communication with a club in Thunder Bay and another out in Manitoba, and we’re looking to bring a Northwest Ontario versus Manitoba fat bike race next March to Sioux Lookout,” mentioned Sprague.
Like Sprague, people are getting into fat biking because they want to ride year-round, and Cedar Bay is providing more and more access for people looking to pursue fat biking. Fat biking gives people even more options for activity and recreation come winter time in Sioux Lookout.
“It offers diversity in sports in the winter time. There are a lot of like-minded, active people that like to get into the bush and like to exercise, so it’s an alternative to any other winter sport.”