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Fat Viking 2018


FAT VIKING 2017 - 27./28. January

Bringing the Alaskan tradition of long distance winter racing to Norway!
We want to create an extreme winter endurance event in Geilo:
A long distance fatbike race where being self-sufficient, making the right choices and keeping warm is as important as covering the distance.

Fatbike ultra endurance events are very popular in Canada and the USA with the most famous and hardest event still held in Anchorage: the IDITAROD TRAIL INVITATIONAL
You can't just enter the Iditarod, you need to qualify through other events, and you need to apply!
ROVANIEMI150/300 has so far been the only qualifying race in Europe.

Fat Viking will be an official qualifying race for the Iditarod Trail Invitational 130 miles event.
Those who manage to cover the full distance in less than 36h are qualified for the Iditarod Trail Invitational 130 miles in Alaska.
Important notice: you will still need to apply for the Iditarod, and you are only qualified for the 130 mile event. For the 350 mile distance you will have to prove that you have done more similar races or participated in a winter training camp.

For the first time in history Kathi and Bill Merchant, organizers of the Iditarod Trail Invitational will hold an ITI winter training camp in Europe - in GEILO (in connection with the FAT VIKING). The ITI training camp is from the 16th – 20th of January. 
Please get in touch with Kathi/ ITI if you have any questions about the camp or want to sign up.

Check out the other Qualifiers so you can get a picture about what this is all about!
Fatbiking and winter racing has been going on for a long time in the US. Iditarod race history

Fat Viking race course
Have a look at our facebook album with some pictures of the "race course"
(note: the pictures are taken in March, in January the sun doesn’t climb that high)

Fat Viking will be approximately 150km long and include a lot of climbing!
We offer the option of two shorter distances, around 30km and around 60km (not a qualifier of course, but a good start into the madness of winter racing!)

The course will be sort of a loop, with countless dents and bellies, using the then available cross country trails in addition to some mushing trails. 
We can't predict which trails will be groomed and base prepped in January, but the course will include the main ski trails in the area which are usually well maintained. 
The course is most likely to include the following: Ustedalsfjorden Rundt, Torsrunden, Ruperanden, Lia, Kikut, Hakkeset, Grønnebakken, Tuva, Ustaoset, Åkerstølen, Embretstølen, Prestholt, Budalen and potentially Haugastøl.

The exact route will be decided in the weeks leading up to the event. 
Note: When talking about groomed cross country trails: groomed is relative. Conditions can vary from day to day and parts of the track might not have been groomed for some days. 
Just like in the Iditarod race, participants may be forced to push their bikes through soft snow for many miles. This is a winter expedition event that will require some experience and winter survival skills!

The course will not be marked. Racers are responsible for their own navigation!
A map and GPS files will be provided before the race. Carrying both the map and GPS units is compulsory.
Participants are themselves responsible to find and follow the right course. 
Shortcutting or following alternative routes leads to disqualification.
If the course is left by a racer it has to be entered again at the same spot.

We are aiming for 3 official checkpoints where there is a compulsory 5minute stop. 
These three checkpoints will offer some simple food (soup and/or oatmeal) and hot drinks for the racers. 
Other food may be purchased. There may also be the chance to purchase food/ drink on route during the opening times of some of the serviced huts. Note: most huts have very limited opening times and will most likely be shut when riders pass (Ruperanden, Prestholt). 
The shorter events will include one compulsory checkpoint.
More information will be given at the pre-race meeting.

MANDATORY GEAR – being self-sufficient
Although there are check points with some replenishment and aid stations you will need to be self-sufficient and carry all your own gear, enough food and water.

Our mandatory gear list is not as extensive as the ones in other winter events, so we will add a list of recommended gear that should be considered.
Mandatory means Items that you HAVE to carry at all times, from start to finish (this will for example include down jacket, insulated pants, goggles, GPS, lights, batteries, other extra clothing, food, water).
The complete list of mandatory gear list will be published in November.

Requirement of tire-width:
the minimum tire width allowed for the Fat Viking is 3.8 inches (manufacturers measurements).

Mandatory race meeting and gear check
Friday afternoon/ evening we hold a mandatory race meeting where we also perform an equipment check of the mandatory gear (be prepared as there won’t be much time to acquire missing gear items between the meeting and start!).
Time to be announced.

Assumption of risk, waiver, liability
The Fat Viking event is meant to be an expedition as much as a race. Participants will hopefully gain experience and learn about backcountry winter travel so that they maybe can take onto the Iditarod Trail Invitational race one day.

Temperatures and weather around Geilo can vary greatly. Minus 20-30 degrees, storm, snowfall, rain ... all can happen. Be prepared. January is statistically the coldest time in Geilo.

By entering the race you automatically accept the race rules and acknowledge the risks and demands of this winter ultra-event. Participants will have to sign an additional waiver/ liability form before the start. 

Online registration is open from 15th of October
Please note that your registration is first valid when payment is received.
Fat Viking is listed as a "cycling event" under the Norwegian Cycling Association (NCF), so every participant needs a riders license. If you do not hold a Norwegian cycling license you will have to buy an race license for the event. Please select "Engangslisens" in the drop menu (if this doesn't work please write to post@geiloil.no)

Accommodation in Geilo
Geilo is a popular holiday destination with plenty of options for almost every budget. Vestlia Resort will be start and finish and the venue for the riders meeting. Geilo Holidays forest cabins are right next to Vestlia. You can book other accommodation via Geilo Holiday, too. Bardøla Hotel and Øen Turistsenter are also highly recommended.

Train to Geilo
There are only a few connections daily between Oslo airport and Geilo. Check train times before you book your flights (and check for your return trip, too)! 
Norwegian Railway: www.nsb.no
You can save a lot of money if you book in advance (the early online bookers "minipris" can be less than half the price of the ordinary ticket). 

Gear for the race
Geilo has three sports shops, but during winter none of them sells a lot of cycling gear, let alone specific stuff for bikepacking. You won't be able to get hold of any framebag, handlebar rack, feed bags, pogies, winter cycling shoes etc. Please bring what you intend to use. Spare tubes and some tires for fatbikes should be available at Intersport.
Outdoor clothing, thermal underwear, woollen socks and other winter gear can of course be purchased. Please check opening times and get in touch with the shops if needed.

Rental bikes
Geilo Aktiv has a small fleet of fatbikes for rent. Diamant Mammut F4 with 2x9 drivetrain and Vee Snowshoe tires (fits riders between 155-180cm). Nakamura Big Bob 5.0 with a Renegade suspension fork, 1x11 and Schwalbe Jumbo Jim 4.8 tires (we've got one small, two medium, one large frame). Please get in touch if you want to rent a fatbike (ninagessler@hotmail.com).

  • Last Updated: 12/14/2017
  • Source: Visit Geilo AS

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