The Forge Fat Tire Race & Tour

Sat January 15, 2022 Lemont, IL 60439 US Directions
Events

The Forge Fat Tire Bike Race

8:00AM CST - 11:00AM CST

The Forge Fat Tire Bike Tour

8:00AM CST - 11:00AM CST
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at https://www.forgeparks.com/races.

Place
1001 Main St.
Lemont, IL US 60439
Description

2022 Race Results

 

The Forge Fat Tire Race & Tour

in Partnership with The Bike Hub

January 15, 2022

 

Race Information

The Forge Fat Tire Bike Race & Tour, Partnered with the Bike Hub, will be the first Fat Tire race in the Chicagoland area.  The race will take place on the gravel and MTB trails throughout the Forge: Lemont Quarries Adventure Park and adjoining Heritage Quarries Recreation Area and I&M Canal trails.  

As a winter event we anticipate the trails to be snow covered.  As we know all too well in the Chicago area, we cannot predict or control the weather and winter around here can be variable and gnarly.   The event will proceed in all weather conditions unless it is unsafe.      

We cannot control the weather and the course conditions can vary widely, from hard packed to soft powder, icy to no snow at all.  The trails will be groomed for Fat Tire riding, assuming there is adequate snow.  There are no restrictions on the specific tire size allowed.  Participants are free to choose different equipment based on the conditions of the course. We recommend that participants be prepared to race in any course condition, with bikes that are equipped with at least 3.5 inch wide tires.  E-bikes are not allowed in the race but may be used in the Tour.

Course Information

The Forge Fat Tire Bike Race will be developed based on trail and weather conditions that traverses the wide gravel trails, newly developed double and single single track throughout the Forge and adjoining trails systems.  The course is being designed and the distance and course will be released before race day.  The main trails have a variety of terrain but are mostly flat with a few small hills, bridge crossings, etc.  The MTB / single track trails will have more variability in the terrain.    

The Forge Fat Tire Bike Tour is an untimed non- competitive event that will allow riders to casually tour the trails at their own pace.  E-Bike are allowed in the Tour.

Final course maps will be released well before race day.  The trail and weather conditions will determine the actual course and distance.

Preliminary Course Map: Forge Fat Tire Race & Tour Map    

Registration

Race Cap is 300

Tour Cap is 100

Entry Fees:

Fat Tire Bike Race:

  • Now - Race Day = $45

*Includes entry to the race, electronically timed results, earned overall and age group awards, a cool Forge Winter hat, swag and post-race party with food, beer, and other beverages.

Fat Tire Bike Tour:

  • Now - Event Day = $30

*Includes entry to the tour, a cool Forge Winter hat, swag and post-race party with chili, grilled sausages, snacks, food, 1 free beer from Pollyanna Brewing Company,  and other beverages.

Fat Tire Race & Tour Packet Pick-Up and Race Day Info

We will accept registrations at packet pick-up on Friday January 14 (see details below) and on race day.  Please note we will only accept online credit card payments for these registrations.  We'll have a computer set up.


Packet Pick-Up
Friday, January 14
1:00 - 6:00 PM
The Forge: Lemont Quarries
by the Foundry, located on the east side of the Park, across the bridge near the zip line landing (opposite side of the Towers)
Use These Directions: https://www.forgeparks.com/directions

Race Day
Saturday, January 15
7:30 - 8:15 AM
The Forge: Lemont Quarries
by the Foundry, located on the east side of the Park, across the bridge near the zip line landing (opposite side of the Towers)
Use The Directions: https://www.forgeparks.com/directions

Your packet will include a bike timing tag (this will be affixed to your bike seat post), The Forge Winter Beanie hat (first 60 registered), and any swag we have.  

Race Day Schedule

7:00 AM – Parking Opens (Follow Signs) Park in Lots 1 or 2, then cross the bridge and head to the east side of the Park (by the zip line landing, Mount and Foundry).
7:30 AM – Race Day Packet Pick-Up & Registration
8:35 AM – Course Talk / Briefing 
8:35 AM – Pre-Race Line-Up/Wave Line-Up
8:55 AM – National Anthem
9:00 AM – Race/Tour Start
~ 9:30 AM – Post Race Food / Beverage Available (Chili, Grilled Sausages,, snacks, beverage and 1 free beer from Pollyanna Brewing Company) + the firepits will be fired up.
10:30 AM – Awards Ceremony

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