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  • 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.
    • 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).


    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.
    This event will happen on Saturday Feb. 6th regardless of weather conditions. Fatbikes don't give a damn and neither should you.
    Raffles and door prizes and more oh my!

    The raffle last year got a little crazy.

    The raffle last year got a little crazy.

    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.
  • Upcoming Events

    FORC Side Thrill Ride

    Sun. Jul. 10th 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

    Taming of the Slough Adventure Race

    Sat. Sep. 17th 2016 - 8:00am to 1:00pm

    FORC'n Duro - Ride All The Parks!

    Sat. Sep. 24th 2016 - 7:00am to 7:00pm

    2017 FORC Fest [20 years of FORC]

    Fri. Aug. 4th 2017 to Sun. Aug. 6th 2017

  • MTB Trail Etiquette

    • Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.

    • Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

    • Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.

    • Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you're coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.

    • Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.

    • Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.