Earlier in February, Tim Allen stepped aboard a fat bike to steal $500 bucks from all his friends at the Teva Winter Games 2013. Tim Allen has been a card carrying pro for a few years. He knows the Cave better than most, and often giggles about it. His challenger for the day was Todd Wells’ non-brother Jake Wells. Knowing of Tim’s palmares, and word of its application to fat bike, and my curiosity brought around simple questions. Or maybe it was jsut because he made fat bikes look not-dumb.
Tim, first off, very nice work on the Teva Winter Games. I had heard of your attendance in these “games” the year previous, but this thing on the fat bikes was new. Fat bikes, like a big dumb punch in the face, did you ever think it would be worthwhile to race one?
Hell yeah it was fast and worth it- it depends on how you define your worth. For me, it was well worth my while – It cost $43 to register, the goodie bag was stocked with a nice stanley thermos, a fancy eddie bauer hoodie and a free chipotle burrito coupon!
And, it was hard, like any other short track race. We did 9 1k laps and the race was 40min. There was a steep climb that I was slipping out quite a bit on (I was cleaning it but using more energy than the snow bike veterans who knew what tire pressure to run. So besides the great workout, I walked away with $500 for second place. (The winner won $700).
Bam! Oui. So of course it was a game worth playing. But, how was the handling?
Since it was literally my first ride on a fatty, besides tooling around the parking lot a couple times, it was weird to race it. One mistake that I started to feel on the climb about half way thru was my seat height. I set it at my normal 74cm and didnt think twice.
Magnum. Oui. I rock 68cm.
Well, I guess since the cranks are so damn wide you actually have to drop your seat height.
Did you file a protest for a restart, I mean, this is a race no? Ok. Any real downhills or technical sections on the course?
The DH was steep and had some great bermed out corners that were perfect for 2 wheel drifting. The most tech section was a short off camber section
I see. Any ramps?
Unfortunately there were no ramps but I was able to air it out a bit at the exit of the tunnel going into the descent there was a slight hip. It would have been cool to incorporate a few doubles on the descent!
Of course. I mean, if they don’t put them in standard dirty cycling races, why would they here? I understand. So this race, did it have a party component?
The crowds were going off for sub 20 degree weather and there was a free concert that followed a few hours later – John Browns Body – one of my old favorites that I first saw back in Flag.
Fatbikes get real. I almost can’t believe this. Thank you Tim Allen, for the insights on this . If you would like any more details, hit up the following links for more info, or just enjoy Grouch and Eligh, complements of Tim: