6 Fat Biking Events for Winter Fun in Wisconsin

By David Spiegelberg
Staff Writer

We have cold, we have snow and we have two-wheeled fat biking fun! Now is the time to get outside, embrace the cold and enjoy the many events taking place around Wisconsin.

Ride to compete, ride to meet other bikers or just ride for fun! Check out these six fun February and March trips, along with dining and some lodging recommendations. 

Winter Color Festival Fat Bike Race – La Grange

Celebrate the color white – as in “snow” – at the Winter Color Festival Fat Bike Race through the Kettle Moraine State Forest. The race will have short and long courses for solo riders or teams of three.

Sample local food, beer and coffee at the groovy La Grange General Store, or get your after-ride fill at Casual Joe’s in the nearby college town of Whitewater. Stay at the Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast to warm up with a jetted tub and fireplace.

Bike Across the Bay – Ashland

Are you looking for that “North Pole” atmosphere with ice in every direction? How about a fat bike race with ice caves, a lighthouse and 15 miles of ice on top of the world's largest freshwater lake?

Finish the ride with a microbrew at the South Shore Brewery, and bed down at the classic Hotel Chequamegon for lakefront lodging.  

Powder Keg Snowshoe and Fat Bike Race – Eau Claire

This event takes place on groomed rolling single track through beautiful Lowes Creek County Park.

Check out Eau Claire’s newest brewery – the Lazy Monk – or grab a burger at the Milwaukee Burger Company.   

Fat Abominable Snowbike Scramble – Salem  

Experience the groomed fat biking trails at beautiful Silver Lake County Park in Kenosha County. Teams of three will race for three hours. The team with the most laps wins.

No bike – no problem! Show up and you will be placed on a team with a shared bike. Warm up with food and drink at the park’s lakefront pavilion. Fireplaces will be roaring!

After the race, head to the 75th Street Inn for burgers and a selection of cold Wisconsin beer.

Sweaty Yeti – Neillsville

How can you resist an event named the “Sweaty Yeti”? The trails at Levis Mound Recreational Area have been recognized as some of the best fat bike trails in the U.S. by a leading mountain bike website.

Attend a pre-race meet and greet at Sand Creek Brewery. Hungry after the ride? Get a true Wisconsin supper club experience at the Stone's Throw Supper Club in nearby Merrillan.

Fat Bike Birkie – Cable

The Fat Bike Birkie is the premier snow bike event in North America. Riders test their skill and endurance on the professionally groomed American Birkebeiner Ski Trail!

The CAMBA trails recently were given a coveted “Ride Center” designation by the International Mountain Bike Association. Enjoy a meal and beer at the Rivers Eatery in Cable – recognized by Outside Magazine as the place to unwind after a long day of riding.


Ready to hit the trails? Learn more about fat biking in Wisconsin with our recommendations for rentals and trails.