WinterBike/Little Bike

If your New Year’s resolution for 2015 was to get fatter, then Copper Mountain has just the event for you: the fourth annual WinterBike race, which sends pedal-pushers on a fifteen-mile loop through snow, ice and slush on super-sized bikes with extra-fat tires.

“The fat-bike thing has turned out to be much more than just a trend,” says Copper Mountain spokeswoman Steph Sweeney about the popularity of winter mountain biking. “WinterBike is awesome because it takes place at night, so everyone’s out there with headlamps on trudging through the snow, and there’s fireworks at the finish line as the racers come in.”

Never tried it? Never fear. Copper Mountain and Leadville’s Cloud City Wheelers bike club will have a fleet of free demo bikes available from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today and tomorrow, and will also have them available for the big race. Registration, $20, begins at 3 p.m. in the ski area’s Center Village; proceeds benefit the Cloud City Wheelers’ outreach and advocacy efforts. The JuniorBike (for kids age ten and up) and LittleBike (nine and under) divisions start at 4:30 and 5 p.m., respectively, and the main event begins at 6:15 p.m. After the fireworks, warm up at the after-party and awards ceremony at Incline Bar & Grill. Visit coppercolorado.com or call 970-968-2318 for more information.
Sat., Jan. 24, 2015