JANUARY 15, 2022
The Forge Fat Tire Bike Race & Tour will be the first Fat Tire race in the Chicagoland area. The Fat Tire Race and Tour offers an exhilarating, adventurous experience for cyclists of all abilities. The Race and Tour courses explore the trails within the Park and the adjoining trails of the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area and I&M Trails, located adjacent to historic downtown Lemont. Cyclists and spectators will enjoy views of the Park’s exhilarating attractions and natural ecosystem, which includes the historic I&M Canal and multiple quarry lakes, all in (hopefully) a winter wonderland!
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 other than unsafe situations such as lightning.
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.
Registration & Entry Fees
Fat Tire Bike Race
*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.
*Includes entry to the tour, a cool Forge Winter hat, swag and post-race party with food, beer, and other beverages.
Fat Tire Bike Tour
Oct 15 - Event Day: $30
Registration closes Tuesday, January 11th
The Forge Fat Tire Bike Race will be 5+ mile race that traverses the wide gravel trails and single track throughout the Forge and adjoining trails systems. The course is being designed and the distance and course will be released well 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.
Preliminary Course Map: Forge Fat Tire Race & Tour Map
Race Day Schedule
7:00 AM – Parking Opens
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
8:00 AM – Tour Start
9:00 AM – Race Start - Wave 1
9:00 AM – Post Race Food / Beverage Available
10:30 AM – Awards Ceremony