|Fat Bikes are allowed one day a year on Wisconsin's Birkebeiner ski trail. |
The Fat Bike Birkie doubles as this year's U.S. National Fat Bike Championship.
Photo credit: Kelly Randolph on Travel Wisconsin
But something is missing: the fat bike.
Biking events, of course, are traditionally found in the Summer Olympics. Not too long ago BMX riding was added as a sport. I watched, fascinated with the bobbing heads of riders as they zipped around the dirt course. When the riders went airborne, well, what a fantastic spectator sport.
This year the Winter Olympics introduced Slopestyle Skiing and Luge Relay as new venues. With the growing interest in fat bikes and competitions, and as our perceptions and perspectives change to accept that riding on snow is here to stay, then all things are possible. Is it so farfetched to imagine an Olympic snow bike event?
Picture a biathlon on fat bikes or a bike-only loop course similar to a summer mountain bike event. Or, freestyle downhill. Fat bike polo, anyone? The location could be a cross country course or ski slope after those respective events come to a close.
What do you think? What Olympic fat biking events would you like to see?