Sunday, February 6, 2022

Fat Tire Loppet

33K point-to-point ride for both competitive and casual athletes

City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

Part of the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

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Fat Tire Loppet: Sunday, February 6: 11:15am
3000 East, W Bde Maka Ska Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55408

The 33K Freewheel Fat Tire Loppet is a point-to-point race, providing a unique chance to ride your fat bike on the groomed ski trails (where fat-tire bikes are not normally allowed), mostly following the exact same course as the Loppet skiers – with just a dash of singletrack trails keep it spicy. The Freewheel Fat Tire Loppet follows the “blue” course.

  • Pending trail conditions, expect a section of singletrack mountain bike trails.

Signs (with arrows) and course marshals will be directing bikers, but bikers are ultimately responsible for following the course. Note that the singletrack sections add a degree of difficulty that may not be appropriate for beginning riders that have not done this kind of riding before. The Freewheel Fat Tire Puoli Loppet and Freewheel Fat Tire Tour courses do not include the singletrack section.


Fat Tire Puoli Loppet: Sunday, February 6: 11:45am
3000 East, W Bde Maka Ska Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55408

This 20K point-to-point fat-tire bike race is a truly unique experience that takes racers over the parkways and through the woods to a grand finish in front of The Trailhead in Theodore Wirth Park.

Bikers of all ages and abilities will be challenged and thrilled by this beautiful urban course. Go for your best time, or simply enjoy this unique bike experience that features an incredible mix of urban biking and wooded natural trails.

The Freewheel Fat Tire Puoli Loppet follows the same course as the Freewheel Fat Tire Loppet except that it skips the singletrack sections and some of the largest hills. There will be signage and course marshals to direct bikers, but bikers are ultimately responsible for knowing the course.


Fat Tire Tour: Sunday, February 6: 12:00pm
3000 East, W Bde Maka Ska Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Enjoy the beautiful urban wilderness of Theodore Wirth Park in this recreational event, perfect fat-tire bikers of all ages and abilities. The Freewheel Fat Tire Tour is approximately 10 kilometers, making it a great introductory distance for novices and an enjoyable outing for veterans with a grand finish at The Trailhead in Theodore Wirth Park.

Can I use any bike?

No. Participants must use only fat-tire bikes in order to preserve the snow trails. Fat-tire bikes are defined as bikes with 3.8” tires or more and less than 10 psi tire pressure.

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 StatusStarting Opening DayStarting 12/7/21Starting 1/11/22Starting 2/1/22Starting 2/3/22Registration Deadline
Freewheel Fat Tire LoppetOpen$60$70$80$90$110N/A

Proceeds from the Freewheel Fat Tire Loppet benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.

Registration and transaction fees are non-refundable, including in the event of delay, rescheduling, or cancellation of an event or program. An event or program registration is not transferable to another person or another event for any reason, including injury. Participating under another person's name will result in disqualification.

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Registration Policies

If you wish to change events (e.g. changing race distance), please follow these instructions: RunSignup Event Transfer Instructions.

Registration and transaction fees are nonrefundable, including in the event of cancellation. Registration is not transferable to another person or another event for any reason, including injury. Participating under another person’s name will result in disqualification.

For other questions about registration, please email registration@loppet.org.

Packet Pickup

2022 City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival packet pickup will be available at the following times and locations:

  • Thursday, February 3: The Trailhead, 4pm-8pm
  • Friday, February 4: The Trailhead, 4pm-8pm
  • Saturday, February 5: The Trailhead, 7am-3pm (note that this is best for day of at Trailhead races. Parking will be limited.)
  • Saturday, February 5: Bde Maka Ska, 7am-10am (for Saturday point to point races only)
  • Sunday, February 6: Bde Maka Ska, 7am-12pm (for Sunday point to point races only)

Sunday Point-to-Point Maps

We encourage participants to bike, bus, ski, or walk to the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival events. For those who choose to drive, please read the sections below for information on parking and drop off / pickup.

On Friday, parking is available at Theodore Wirth Park in The Trailhead parking lot and the Theodore Wirth Chalet parking lot. 

Parking Maps

Parking and Shuttle Map

Point to Point Race Start Drop Off Map

Trailhead Area Map

Friday Packet Pickup

Parking at Theodore Wirth Park

Sunday


Road Closures

Parking at Bde Maka Ska (Start of point to point races)

  • Please allow yourself extra time to find parking. Note that your car is your best warming place. If possible, it is helpful to pick up your packet before race day.
  • North Beach Parking Lot: No participant parking (volunteer/permit parking only). But drop offs are allowed. Please see section below about Bde Maka Ska drop offs.
  • Lakeside Center (formerly Calhoun Executive Center): Participant parking available
  • If the Lakeside Center parking lot is full, there is also significant nearby neighborhood and general lot parking.

Drop off / pick up near Bde Maka Ska

  • North Beach Parking Lot: Available for participant drop off/pick up. But there are also many places on the parkway around the lake where you can pull in and then ski/bike/walk to the start at North Beach.

Parking at Theodore Wirth Park

  • Mortenson Lot: Participant parking available. Mortenson is walking distance to the festival.
  • Participant parking available on street in nearby neighborhoods.
  • There is very limited parking available at any Theodore Wirth Park Parking Lots. It is by Race Permit only (volunteers, staff, certain participant groups with extra considerations). Roads will be closed and monitored for permits.

Drop off / pick up in Theodore Wirth Park

  • Dropoffs and pickups will be allowed at the Chalet (1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy). Please note that access to the Trailhead will be closed at Hwy 55. You will need to approach the Chalet via Plymouth Ave from the east or Golden Valley Rd from the north.

2022 Freewheel Fat Tire Loppet Participant Guide

Race maps and logistics, parking and transportation, registration and packet pick-up, awards, and results can be found on our Festival Information webpage.

Stay tuned to our Event Updates & Trail Conditions webpage to stay up-to-date on event adjustments.

Fat Tire Loppet Awards:

Commemorative medals for all finishers.

Awards for the top three three male and female overall finishers.

1st Place: $300, Gear West Swix Backpack

2nd Place: $150, Gear West Swix Backpack

3rd Place: $75, Gear West Swix Backpack

Awards ceremony for this event will take place at the finish area podium as soon as results are posted.


Fat Tire Puoli Loppet Awards:

Commemorative medals for all finishers.

Hand- crafted awards to the first three male and female finishers.

Awards ceremony for this event will take place at the finish area podium as soon as results are posted.