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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.


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.


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 needs 25 more volunteers to march banners in the DJJD parade. $1,000 at stake. Free CROCT t-shirts!

Some of our CROCT board members put their call center hats on this week, contacting people 1-to-1 via text, phone, email, and live chat:

CROCT board members Aleasha Markley, Sarag Jansen, Griff Wigley

CROCT board members Jeremy Bokman, Kevin Herman, Galen Murray


Because $1,000 is at stake!

We’re eagerly seeking more volunteers to march banners in the Defeat of Jesse James Days parade on Sept 11. We have about 50 volunteers signed up thus far, and we need 25 more.

More details, with a link to the signup form are in this CROCT blog post.

CROCT fundraiser! Volunteers needed to march banners for DJJD parade

Join us September 11th in the Defeat of Jesse James Day parade as a CROCT volunteer! Responsibilities include: wearing a cool CROCT T-shirt (that you get to keep!):

CROCT t-shirt sample

marching with a banner (from 2-4 pm):

DJJD parade volunteers banner 2015

and looking like you LOVE biking and trails (easy!).

We need to get the word out about CROCT in order to raise funds to support our active and expanding trail building and mountain biking education projects.

We will begin staging at 1 pm, in the parking lot of Cornerstone Church (Google map link).

In addition to filling out our volunteer signup form:

DJJD parade volunteers signup form

please print, sign and bring the waiver (PDF) to the parade:

DJJD Parade Waiver

Children are welcome!

DJJD button 2016

Questions? Contact the CROCT parade volunteer co-chairs, Sarah Jansen and Aleasha Markley.

F-Town Brewing’s Bike to Work Happy Hour & CROCT fundraiser – May 20


As part of National Bike to Work Day 2016, F-Town Brewing Company in Faribault will donate $1 to CROCT for every beer sold from 3-6 PM.

Proceeds to go towards our portable pumptrack fundraising effort.

Plus, if you ride your bike to F-Town anytime on May 20th, you’ll get $1 off each beer you purchase.

F-Town Brewing CROCT