2018 Vasa Fat Bike Races

Again this year, the North American Vasa Fat Bike Races will be part of the Short's Brewing Company Fat Bike Race Series. 

There will be two fat bike race distances, the 42km Grand Fat, and the 18km Short's-N-Fat. The courses will highlight the beauty of the Vasa Pathway, Riley's loop, Timber Ridge and the new Winter Sports Single Track.   Helmets are required.  Tires must be a minimum of 3.7 inches wide.

The King Vasa Fat Bike races are the first races in the Short’s Fat Bike Series, and are part of the Vasa Festival of Races held on Saturday, February 10. You won’t want to miss these premiere fat bike races.

The 42K (26.1Miles) Short’s Grand Fat will be a fun fast course again this year.  Riders will find a few new sections of singletrack throughout the course, including our new winter-only trail, Yeti’s Revenge.  Of course, riders will still encounter the old favorites such as Loggers Run, The Vasa Trail, and the Hills of Riley’s Loop combined with sections of the Winter Sports Singletrack. A race course with this much variety is uncommon. The partnership of the North American Vasa, Traverse Area Recreational Trails and Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association trails bring together an unbeatable trail network groomed to perfection. This year will feature a slightly longer course reaching a full 42K with more hills and new strategically placed singletrack. Racers will be hard pressed to find a better fat bike race course in Lower Michigan.

The new 18K (11.1 miles) Short’s-n-Fat will be one lap of the popular 42K course with a shortcut to bring it down to a manageable distance for most mortals. With plenty of singletrack and wide open trails for passing, this will be one fun course for racers or those just wanting to tour the best of Traverse City fat bike trails. 

Total entries for both races are capped at 200.

Don’t miss out by signing up early at vasa.org/register/