WinterBike is back at Copper with moonlight fat biking and Strider races, all on snow |

WinterBike is back at Copper with moonlight fat biking and Strider races, all on snow

A fat biker pedals through Center Village at Copper Mountain during the WinterBike race in 2016. The event returns to Copper on Feb. 18 with kid's races and the adult race, held at sundown on a mix of cobblestones and groomed Nordic trails between Center Village and East Village.
Tripp Fay / Special to the Daily |

2017 WinterBike at Copper

What: The 6th running of winter biking series, featuring youth and adult races on the snow at Copper Mountain to benefit Cloud City Wheelers of Leadville

When: Saturday, Feb. 18 at 3:30 p.m.

Where: Copper Mountain Center Village

Cost: $20 for adults

A headlamp and helmet are required. The free kid’s races begin at 4:30 p.m. and the main event, WinterBike for adults, begins at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit Cloud City Wheelers, a Leadville-based advocacy and trail-building club for cyclists. There will be prizes for best costume and best bike, along with free demo models from Reeb, Proudfoot Cycles and The Hippie Spot. For more info, see the event calendar under “Activities” at


2017 WinterBike schedule

3:30 p.m. — Registration for all races, Center Village

4:30 p.m — Strider LittleBike race (9 years and younger), Center Village

5 p.m. — JuniorBike race (10 years and older), Center Village

5:05 p.m. — LittleBike awards, Center Village

6 p.m. — JuniorBike awards, Center Village

6:15 p.m. — WinterBike race start, Burning Stones Plaza at Center Village

8:30 p.m. — WinterBike awards, Incline Bar and Grill at Center Plaza

9 p.m. — Oskar Blues after-party, Incline Bar and Grill

Headlamp? Check. Fat bike? Check. Fireworks, free demos and cycling though the Rockies for Presidents Weekend? Check, check and double check.

On Feb. 18, the sixth annual WinterBike fat-bike race and fundraiser comes to Copper Mountain Resort for a full afternoon and evening of cycling on the snow. The afternoon begins with Strider races and JuniorBike races for youngsters, followed at sundown by the main event: WinterBike, an adult fat-bike race held after dark on a route from Center Village to East Village and back. The whole thing ends with fireworks over the slopes and an after-party at Incline Bar and Grill.

Like last season, the route is relatively flat and split between village cobblestones, sidewalks, asphalt and groomed snow on the resort’s Nordic trail system. Last year’s event drew roughly 60 riders for a mellow ride covering 12 to 15 miles, and this year’s event is expected to be about as long with roughly the same number of riders.

For the second season in a row, WinterBike comes to Copper as a snowy benefit bash for Cloud City Wheelers, a cycling advocacy and riding club based in Leadville. It’s also the third event in the brand-new Summit Mountain Challenge Fat Bike Series, which started back in January with Ullr Bike at the Gold Run Nordic Center in Breckenridge and continued into February with the Frisco Freeze race at Frisco Nordic Center. After WinterBike, the series wraps up on Feb. 25 with the Breck Fat Bike Finals at Breckenridge Ski Resort.

Registration for all WinterBike races opens at 3:30 p.m. — right around the time Copper’s lifts shut down for the day — and continues until riders leave the Burning Stones Plaza start line at 6:15 p.m. Cost is $20 for all adult riders (no fat bike required), and everyone must bring a helmet and headlamp. After all, most of the race is held after sundown under the moonlight, and believe us — you’ll want more than the blue-white moon glow to guide you along the course.

But your costume shouldn’t end with safety gear. Along with prizes for top male and female finishers in a slate of age divisions, there are also awards for best costume and best bike decorations. Past events have seen everything from the usual tutus and spandex to pigtails.

Didn’t bring a fat bike? No problem. The race is open to bikes of any build, but riding though snow on fat tires will make life infinitely easier, and so Cloud City Wheelers invited retailers to WinterBike for free demos all afternoon. Shops like Reeb, Proudfoot Cycles and The Hippie Spot all have models available for demo or rental. Details weren’t available at press time.

Before the main event, organizers also host a pair of free Strider races and JuniorBike races for youngsters. Both kid’s races are free and held in Center Village beginning at 4:30 p.m. Strider bike demos are available for kids younger than 10 years old.

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