• Frozen Fat Fondo Fest

    FORC presents the:
    Frozen Fat Fondo Fest [4xF]
    Saturday February 6, 2016
    Credit Island Park - Davenport, IA
    Rain or Shine, Snow or Slime


    2015 solo mens winner threw down 9 laps in 3hrs.

    2015 solo mens winner threw down 9 laps in 3hrs.

    Event Summary
    Continue to make history and be a part of FORC's second Fatbike challenge, the Frozen Fat Fondo Festival! The FFFFestival will be held -- rain or shine, snow or slime -- on the beautiful shores of the Mississippi River at the newly rebuilt Credit Island Lodge (for real this time). Riders will test their mettle on a circuit featuring many technical challenges (b-lines available for each) through thick lowland forest and chunky river shoreline on this 3 hour endurance ride. Participate as a 3-person relay team or solo. 3.5" tires or greater required! Stick around after the main event for even more shenanigans and tomfoolery. All proceeds from this event benefit FORC to continue maintaining and improving local trails.
    Registration
    • Each member of a 3 person relay must register separately, selecting the "Relay Rider" option.
    • Online registration is now open! Click here to get started.
    • Early bird registration (until Jan. 17th): $15
    • Online registration (after Jan. 17th): $20
    • Day-of event registration: $25
    • Online registration closes Thursday Feb. 4th @ 10 pm CST.
    • Packet pickup and day-of event registration is 9:00 am - 10:30 am. Arrive early.
    • Rain date is Saturday, February 6, 2016. Yep.
    • Fondo “shotgun” mass start is 11:00am.
    • Fondo participants are NOT required to purchase/possess a valid USA Cycling rider license. (see FAQ for further details)
    • Beverage donations accepted for post event shenanigans (see below).
    Brap.

    Brap.

    FFFFestival Timeline
    • 8:00 am - Ccourse pre-riding opens
    • 9:00 am - 10:30 am - Packet Pickup and day-of event registration
    • 10:45 am - Fondo Riders meeting (mandatory)
    • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm - Fondo Fatbike Challenge
    • 12:00 pm - Hot Chow sales begin
    • 2:30 pm - Fondo Awards
    • 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm - FFFFestival Shenanigans. Music, Food, Bonfire, Consumption.
    • 6:01pm - ??? - Night stompin’ (bring yo' lights). Consumption. Tall Tales. Short Lies.
    Fondo Categories
    Enter Solo or organize a 3 person team. Trophies for the Top Female, Top Male, and Top Team. Don't own a Fatbike? Buy, borrow, or rent one. Or be part of a team. Teams can share a bike and be co-ed. 3 person teams need to provide a Team Name and a list of members at packet pickup/check-in on the day of the event. Remember that each member of a 3 person team must register separately.
    Fondo Format
    Bikes with tires greater than 3.5” are required to keep a level field. The Fondo is a group “shotgun” mass start at 11:00 am; teams are allowed to have 1 member in the start lap. You or your team need to complete as many laps as able. Last-lap cutoff at the check-station is 1:30 pm CST (2.5hr mark). No team lap overloading (one team member doing laps at any given time, no double/tripling up).
    Stick around for the post race shenanigans.

    Stick around for the post race shenanigans.

    Fondo Course
    The Fondo course uses the features and terrain in which Fatbikes have an advantage. You will encounter several challenges that test your anti-whining mechanism. Everyone probably will hike-a-bike or walk a few features. Intentionally obstructing somebody passing you is lame. Passing someone? Don't expect a freebie; earn it.

    No course maps will be available, but feel free to pre-ride the course after 8:00 am the morning of the event.

    There is a 20 yard dismount lane by the lap count check station. Dismount prior to crossing the line, ensure your Bib number has been counted, and get on after the mount line. Those breaking the rules ride a penalty loop; no whining. Team relay exchanges must be conducted via a physical touch between team members. Or they get a penalty loop; no whining.
    Enter the Shenanigans for the best prizes! See the Registration area for sign-up sheets. Also, don't forget to bring a sixer of your favorite brew to share at the beer potluck!
    • 3:00 pm - Fat & Slow Duel
    • 3:30 pm - Wheelie Contest
    • 4:00 pm - Skidmark Slalom
    • 4:30 pm - Shenanigan Awards
    • 4:30 pm - Consumption, Music, Food, Bonfire, Night Stompin' and more!
    Where's My Money Going?
    All proceeds from this event (entry fees & raffles) benefit FORC and will be used to purchase materials and tools needed to maintain and improve local singletrack trails.
    Volunteers make this shindig happen.

    Volunteers make this shindig happen.

    Want to Volunteer?
    It takes a small army of people working behind the scenes to make sure this event runs smoothly. If you would like to help out, post up in the Frozen Fat Fondo Fest 2016 thread on the forums or email the race director. Volunteers need to check-in at the registration desk the day of the event.
    Weather
    This event will happen on Saturday Feb. 6th regardless of weather conditions. Fatbikes don't give a damn and neither should you.
    Swag
    Raffles and door prizes and more oh my!

    The raffle last year got a little crazy.

    The raffle last year got a little crazy.

    Questions?
    If you have any questions about this event you can:
    What's a Fondo?
    Fondo is short for "Gran Fondo" which is usually a challenging long distance race like event were individuals are timed. There are numerous cross country skiing, running, and road biking Gran Fondo events held throughout the US each year. An after party is also common. The 4xF is our attempt at pigeonholing this event format to fit fatbikes and off-road riding.

    Do I need to buy the USAC 1 day or annual license to ride your Fondo?
    No. A 1 day or annual license is not required to participate. Per USAC Chapter 10: "10A1. Gran Fondo events are timed events open to all riders." Riders that hold a valid USAC license will receive preferential staging at the start in accordance with USAC rules. Watch out and make sure you uncheck the optional 1-day license USAC automatically selects for you (sneaky sneaky) when you try to register through their website.

    Will it be cold?
    Yes. It's February in the Midwest. Dress appropriately.
    The 4xF is a USAC sanctioned event.