On Saturday night 63 racers lined up on Huntsville’s Main Street for the inaugural Muskoka Fat Bike Race hosted by the Huntsville Mountain Bike Association. The event was held as part of Huntsville’s SnowFest. Main Street was closed to traffic and filled with snow, hosting a range of activities through the day including: dog sledding; skiing; snowboarding; snowshoeing; skijoring; sliding and more.
Combined with warm temperatures and foot traffic through the day the course was soft, adding an additional challenge to the event.
At 5:00 pm, the beginner categories started with 19 males and 9 females, ranging in ages from 12 to 61, racing for 30 minutes plus an additional two laps. In the end the top finishers were:
1st – Steven Booth, 2nd – Alex Dubois, 3rd – Blake Paton
1st Tessa Jennison, 2nd – Kim Pfaff, 3rd – Marlene Campsall
Under the street lights the 6:00 pm competitive category riders lined up to ride 45 minutes, plus two additional laps. The women’s race came down to the wire with only a few bike lengths separating first and second place. In the men’s race it was local Huntsville Mountain Bike Association member Cole Punchard lapping nearly the entire field at least once to take the win, despite having a mid race mechanical where he was forced to change bikes for a lap. Podium finishers in the competitive category were:
1st – Cole Punchard, 2nd – Alex Schmidt, 3rd – Darrell Prillaman
1st – Aleesha Clark, 2nd – Sarah Caylor, 3rd – Emma Polera
Full results are available at Zone4
The Huntsville Mountain Bike Association would like to thank all the racers, spectators and volunteers who came out to make this event a success. We’d also like to thank all the local sponsors who supported the event and prizes:
Algonquin Outfitters, The Bike Shop in Gravenhurst & Huntsville, The Nutty Chocolatier – Huntsville, Soapstones Natural Skincare, Main St. Local Kitchen, The Mill on Main, Coldwell Banker Thompson Real Estate Brokerage, That Little Place By The Lights, Lake of Bays Brewing Company, Bullock’s Your Independent Grocer, Tim Hortons, Westside Fish and Chips, Hidden Valley Resort, Deerhurst Resort, Canadian Tire, MORCA – Muskoka Off Road Cycling Association, Superfly Racing, Substance Projects, The Family Place Restaurant, Muskoka Bicycle Pro Shop, The River Mitt Company, Rental City, Sportchek, Huntsville Beebagz, and Kimberly-Clark