2023 Norpine Fat Bike Classic

Dec 22, 2022Winter Biking

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Registration is now open for the Norpine Fat Bike Classic, which will return to Lutsen with events beginning Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, and culminating with races on Saturday, Jan. 7. Hosted by the Superior Cycling Association, all events are held on the Norpine Cross-Country Ski Trails, which take riders through stands of old-growth cedars on Pisten Bully-groomed trails while overlooking Lake Superior.

A group of men and women ride fat tire bikes on a groomed winter trail on a cold day

New to this year’s events is the CRAZY Pine Criterium and Fat Bike Expo hosted at the North Shore Winery on Friday, Jan. 6 starting at 2:00 p.m. The CRAZY Pine Criterium is an all ages family friendly ¼ mile course. The Fat Bike Expo will feature live music, fat bike demos, vendors, and hot mulled wine. 

Closeup of a fat tire bike on a groomed winter trail on a cold day

The Full Moon Tour will follow the Fat Bike Expo on Jan. 6 at 5:30 p.m. and will end back at the North Shore Winery. The short evening ride will be guided and give riders an excellent opportunity to experience fat tire biking under Cook County’s world-class dark sky.

Two men ride fat tire bikes on a groomed winter trail on a cold day

The Norpine races will be held on Jan. 7, with a 25-mile long race and a 14-mile short race followed by an awards ceremony and after-race party.

Riders can also register for a day-time, untimed tour to experience the trails in a non-competitive event. Ride with family and friends, or go solo, and complete the tour anytime between Jan. 1 – 6, 2023. Tour registration fee includes a T-shirt, swag bag, trail use fee, ticket to door prize and a ticket to door prize raffle. 

A man rides a fat tire bike on a groomed winter trail on a cold day

For more information on the Norpine Fat Bike Classic events and to register, go to www.superiorcycling.org/norpine.  

Photos courtesy of Visit Cook County

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