FAT VIKING 2019 - 26. 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.
Fat Viking race course
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 100km (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 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 su