Canaan Valley Fat XC and XXC

New for 2022! Join us to celebrate one of our new regular grooming locations at Canaan Valley State Park with a chill, local fat bike race.

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Sunday January 23rd, 2022  Categories: Xc Mens $25 / $35 Day Of Xc Womens $25 / $35 Day Of xXC Mens $25 / $35 Day Of xXC Womens $25 / $35 Day Of

Fat bike rentals from The Lumberyard and Blackwater Bikes $40

What the heck are we doing?

This is a timed, XC style fat bike race held on the new Promised Land Trail at Canaan Valley State Park. We’ll be grooming this trail any chance we get during the 2021/22 season, and this race is a great way to get together and celebrate that.


You ought to know by now that mother nature beats to the sound of her own drum. We have no control over snow. We do know that we will run this thing come hell or high water and will have fun doing it. If you are a condition dependent type of rider……well, you might consider just riding the trainer instead. We’ve raced in blizzards, sub zero temps, warm temps, and soft snow. Thats just how it goes. We make no claims or guarantees on snow conditions, or on trail conditions that are a direct result of snow temps.


The first time I borrowed a fat bike and rode it down double trouble (a local XC Skiing trail), I was sold on why fat bikes are here to stay. I bought one the next day. We put on these races as a central way to pump up fat bike stoke around these parts.


Canaan Valley State Park is welcoming us crazy fat bikers this season. Race parking and headquarters will be located at the Pool/Tennis Court/Skating Rink Area.


The course will be on the new Promised Land Trail, a mellow beginner trail thats about 6 miles in length. Expect wide and flowing trail with some fun rolling punches.

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Race proceeds will go towards keeping up with grooming some of our local trails. Check out the Locations that we are grooming for the 2021/22 season.


Check in Sunday at 8am Race start 9:00 AM XXC course cut off at high noon Awards at 2pm Have more questions? Maybe, they are answered below. If not, email me Zach at ·


What kind of bike do I need to participate?? You must ride a fat bike at this event – 3.8″ or bigger tires. ·

What if I don’t own a fat bike? Beg and borrow, (but don’t steal) a bike from anyone you know. Or rent local.

Local Rental Options:

The Lumberyard has bikes on order and if they show up in time, there will be rental bikes available for the races. Book Online @ ________.

Blackwater Bikes will be offering their rental fleet to reserve before the event. ·Call into the shop to make reservations. (304)259-5286

Is it timed? Yes, this race will be timed and results will be posted. Awards (no prizes, no cash) will be classy and cheap.

What kind of support is out on course?  Consider this a self supported race; you are responsible for any food and drink during your ride. We do have a “comfort stop” with a couple supplies to help you feel more comfortable during your ride/race, but it is by no means meant to fuel you on your ride/race..  ·

What if I am not the “racer” type? Not a problem – feel free to enter anyway. Think of it as a chance to ride kick ass groomed trails with new friends! ·

What about the weather? This is not a snow only event. Chances are good for this date, but if there is no snow it will still happen. We are hardy West Virginians and will ride no matter the condition…unless it’s just stupid out. Then individual races will be cancelled as needed. ·Weather updates will be posted on the Facebook site in the weeks preceding the event and final decisions will be made by Friday evening.

So how do I stay warm? Dress appropriately in layers, ready for temps that can be well below zero. Watch the weather. If your feet get too cold, walk. Walk to the side of the groomed trails. If you walk on the trails it screws up the surface, so be respectful and walk off the edge! . Be prepared, I don’t suffer fools. ·

What if I register but can’t ride?? We will miss you but, sorry, Registration fees are non-refundable. Registration can be transferred through your bikereg profile for a $5 exchange fee.