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Snow Crush 2017 – Recap, Results, Pictures!

Startline (photo by Griff Wigley)
Startline (photo by Griff Wigley)

Making the most of a sparse winter, CROCT staged a successful fatbike race in January, hosting 84 hardy racers in the second annual Snow Crush.

Held on Saturday, January 14, the Snow Crush was a true community event – run by CROCT, sponsored by F-Town Brewing, supported by Milltown bike shop in Faribault, and held at River Bend Nature Center in Faribault.

This year’s Snow Crush included three distances to suit racers of any ability. Reflecting the growing popularity of fatbike racing in Minnesota, this year’s field was a third larger than in 2015, when 65 racers turned out. Gorgeous 20-degree weather helped draw a crowd, and made the tracks for the 6, 12, and 16 miles races nearly perfect.

Leaders in the 16-mile race (photo by Jim Wellbrock)
Leaders in the 16-mile race (photo by Jim Wellbrock)

Charles Wolf (St Peter) won the 16-mile race advanced race in1:22:58, taking a narrow two-second win over Mitch Brekke (Albert Lea). Nick Zawadski (Minneapolis) finished third in 1:23:33. Chelsea Strate (Minneapolis) easily won the women’s 16-mile race in 1:35:10, ahead of Robin Williams at 1:42:40.

In the men’s 12-mile intermediate race, David Chlet took the win in 1:17:00, followed by Scott Perkinson at 1:19:55 and Tony Lema at 1:20:11. Kris Brazil (Faribault) won the women’s intermediate in 1:24:26, ahead of Megan Beer in 1:28:08.

In the 6-mile beginner race, Ann Paulson and Mike Rost (Faribault) won, 1:20:20 and 58:00, respectively. Anna Perkinson took second place in the women’s beginner category (1:23:50), while Ben Lema  took second (1:00:00) andAndrew Tubesing took third (1:03:00).

Full results are posted online, as are three galleries of photos:

Following the race, everyone retired to F-Town Brewing for an after-party and awards, and Faribault radio station Power 96 posted a nice write-up on the race as well.

Registration now open for the Snow Crush Fatbike Race and Fundraiser – Saturday, January 14, 2017

For the second straight year, CROCT is teaming up with F-Town Brewing in Faribault to host the Snow Crush fatbike race and fundraiser at River Bend Nature Center on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Registration is now open! Here’s the PDF poster:

Snow Crush 2017
Snow Crush 2017

Just like last year, racers will ride a beautiful groomed trail through River Bend’s forest, prairie, and river bottoms.

Racers on Course
Racers on Course

We can’t be sure it’ll be as delightfully frosty as last year! See the 2016 results here, and on Facebook, photos of racers and of the event.

Icebeard
Icebeard

To suit a wide range of fatbike riders, we are offering three race classes:

  • advanced: four laps of the course, 16 miles total
  • intermediate: three laps, 12 miles
  • beginner: two laps, 8 miles

Register online now at the discounted rate of $25 or at River Bend on race day for $30. Note also that we’ve made plans for a back-up date in case uncooperative weather prevents us from running the race on January 14.

RBNC
RBNC

In addition to enjoying the fun at River Bend during the event, racers and spectators can head to an after party at F-Town Brewing for awards, beer, hot food, and product demos by Milltown Premium Adventure Goods, Bikestud, and others. We’re grateful to all the event sponsors: F-Town, Milltown, Tandem Bagels in Northfield, Stoke Coffee Roasters of Northfield, and 45NRTH.

The full schedule of the day’s events:
12:00PM: Registration & race setup at River Bend Nature Center (1000 Rustad Road, Faribault)
12:45PM: Racer meeting
1:00PM: Start for advanced and intermediate (16 and 12 miles)
1:05PM: Start for  beginners (8 miles)
4:00PM: After party with pizza, beer, music, & awards at F-Town Brewing Company (22 4th Street NE, Faribault)

2016 After Party
2016 After Party

CROCT presentation to the Northfield Rotary Club

Last week, president Marty Larson and I gave a presentation about CROCT’s mtb activities in the past year to the Northfield Rotary Club‘s luncheon at the Northfield United Methodist Church. It was an updated version of the Soup & Cycles presentation we made back in January.

Props to Northfield Community Planning & Development Director (and CROCT member) Chris Heineman for the introduction!

Northfield Community Planning & Development Director Chris Heineman at Northfield Rotary Club

CROCT president Marty Larson at Northfield Rotary Club

CROCT VP Griff Wigley at Northfield Rotary Club

CROCT president Marty Larson at Northfield Rotary Club

 

CROCT slide presentation to Northfield City Council – power tool usage in Sechler Park

We’re negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Northfield for our mountain bike trail and skills park in Sechler Park. We want the ability to use a variety of power tools, including chainsaws and skid steers. Marty Larson and I presented to the Northfield City Council tonight:

CROCT President Marty Larson presenting to Northfield City Council

Griff & Marty at Northfield City Council - video screengrab

Here’s our slideshow:

Update 2/17, 1 pm: here’s the City’s video archive of our presentation the meeting. 20 minutes:

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SageGlass, with a little help from Jason Decoux, makes a donation to CROCT

Jason Decoux

Last summer, Jason Decoux (CROCT member, Founding Supporter, and regular trail worker) submitted a CROCT grant request to his employer, SageGlass (SAGE Electrochromics). The company annually invites employees to nominate local non-profits to receive a monetary donation. Their Community Gift/Giving Committee reviews the submissions and the the company hosts a dinner to honor the recipients and hand out the checks. We were notified a month ago that the request was approved.

Last night, CROCT president Marty Larson and I attended the dinner in the upstairs events room at Alexander’s in Faribault.

Griff Wigley, Marty Larson

Marty briefly updated the audience on the work our volunteers have done on constructing mountain bike trails in Rice County in the past year.  And he was handed at check for $345 which we’ll use to purchase some much-need trail tools.

Marty Larson

Unfortunately, Jason wasn’t able to attend due to an emergency at work.  We drank a beer in his honor.