Randy and I went on our first Fat Bike ride this weekend here in Ridgway. Honestly I thought it was going to be easy – floating over the snow like a magic carpet. I was so wrong. But part of that was my fault. Randy suggested we go to the fairly flat groomed ski trails but I wanted to try a mountain road that is not plowed in the winter. Up there we would have magnificent views, we would be alone and (I thought) we would have a hard packed trail from snowmobiles.
When we got up there we found several deep rutted tracks. They were rideable but it took a lot of skills and effort to stay in them. There were no hard paced snowmobile trails. And I somehow forgot that mountain roads climb no matter how mild they appear. Needless to say doing this while 16 weeks pregnant was hard, really hard. It would have been hard anyway but now it was the kind of hard that involved me stopping every 20 pedal strokes or so to get my heart rate back down.
Add to that the fact we went mid-day so the snow was soft. Soft snow + fat bike = lots of work! We stopped at a dry stop to rest and air down the tires. We thought surely that would help!
Well that didn’t really help. But we continued on for awhile enjoying the peace and the fact that we were at least getting in a good workout. I’m laughing at the pictures because they don’t make it look difficult, deep, or steep. So I guess you will have to take my word for it.
Finally when we got near the top (we didn’t make it to the beautiful viewpoint we were hoping) it was time to turn around and go down. I was very hesitant going down as I did not want to crash. I got in the groove (literally) and was able to go a little faster after getting use to the terrain and bike. Here is a short video of the descent.
While it was fun next time I’m going to stick to the hard packed trails, go when it’s colder, and stay on the flat land…at least for this winter!