Posted by Joseph Litke
Last weekend was the Blizzard Bike Race in Devon. I decided to register and test the fitness I’ve gained over the winter of training with Aerobic Power, and to test my new-found fat biking skills, since having jumped onboard with the fat bike fad last fall.
The Devon Bicycle Association puts on a great event, so I was a little surprised that the race was not all that well attended. I am guessing that people assumed that trail conditions would be treacherous because of all the early melt conditions, and the state of most trails here in Edmonton; however, conditions were great.
The race was held at night, there was a kids race, and for the adults, a self-seeded 4-lap, and 6-lap race. Other features of this event included a Le Mans start (a running start to you bike), a bonfire, and a flaming start-finish line. Also hot chocolate, giant cookies, and a chilli dinner.
I staged well in the 6-lap event, and got out on single track in third place. We three rode together the whole race, with the exception of maybe most of the third lap, when I managed to break away, but couldn’t make it stick. In the end, a well-timed, and dominating final attack in the last 100 m from Marc Ouellette (Devon Bicycle Association) secured him first place. I hung on and rode through the flames in second place. Kieth Thomas was on my heals for third.
It was super fun, and any off-road worthy bike would have sufficed I think. In fact, I am pretty sure I would have hung in the top three on my mountain bike, and actually might have faired better in the sprint for the finish line.