As well as renting fat bikes Billy and Erica now also run the Iditasport race which was resurrected for 2014. (see website here). He also has a significant collection of fat bike memorabilia charting the progress of fat bikes (see Nicholas Carmens article here)
Billy decided to run a free clinic to share some of his knowledge of winter camping onto people who were expecting to complete in the Iditasport race either this year or the following year.
The riders all met between 14:30 and 15:30 at Kincaid Chalet. I decided to ride to the event the long way (loaded miles are always good to have in the bank) and meet up with a couple of my friends on the way.
|Joining Chester Creek Trail|
Here is a picture from before we set off.
We rolled out, down the hill off to find somewhere to camp for the night. Billy our guide had found a nice secluded spot at the edge of Kincaid park approximately 3miles riding distance from the start point, it was also very close to the airport surprisingly the planes didn't keep me awake.
Our group was a mix of experienced and first time winter campers, which is where I put myself, although I have camped in the winter before it was with very different gear and a handy pub near by to plan a route and relax by a warm fire.
|Getting some tips from the master|
|Did someone say flight path - Photo Credit Fred Stewart|
|A perfect sunset|
|Making water and cooking food|
Once all fed, Billy proceeded to talk through his equipment and answer any questions we may have had about gear, setup, staying warm etc.
|Sleeping bag selfie|
|Fred Stewart all packed up and ready to ride|
|Stopping at Uranus.... yes I am 12 years old :)|
Thank you Billy and Arctic Cycles for putting on this event. I am already planning my 2016 Iditasport trip and will continue to expand my knowledge of winter camping with the information you taught us.
See you soon
This is an hour long video which covers some of the Iditasport Extreme the precursor to the ITI more history can be found here