How to race bikes on snow
Racing bikes on snow – it’s a bit nutty, and brings new meaning to slipping and sliding.
On February 11, 2012 the Teva Winter Mountain Games hosted a snow crit race in Vail with cash prizes for mountain bike and snow bike categories. Women and men in both categories touched only snow after they sped off at 5 p.m. in soft but cold post-sunset light.
They circled a 1.0 kilometer loop with 170 feet of elevation gain. The highest male finishers completed nine to ten laps in about 35 to 40 minutes.
Experience a course-side view of the start, the treacherous downhill, demanding uphill, and finish in this video which features the Team CLIF Bar riders, Brady Kappius and Mitch Hoke.
Male, MTB: 1. Tim Allen, 2. Greg Krause, 3. Brady Kappius
Female, MTB: 1. Tamara Donelson, 2. Amy Hermes, 3. Cait Boyd
Male, snow bike: 1. Mitch Hoke, 2. Jake Wells, 3. Jay Henry
Female, snow bike: 1. Judy Freeman, 2. Gretchen Reeves, 3. Eszter Horanyi