Fatbike Frozen Forty 2016
Join Frozen Events as we present the Fatbike Frozen 40 (and 20) on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Elm Creek Park.


The Fatbike Frozen 40 (and 20) is a 20 and 40-mile endurance fatbike race that offers racers a great mid-winter challenge on a course composed of 100% groomed singletrack. Racers can choose to race in the men’s or women’s solo 20-miler or race solo in the 40-miler.


We made it this far! It all started in 2012 and it’s been a great run. We appreciate all of the support over the years. We have sold out each year (2016 sold out in 2 months) and will likely do so in 2018. We’re looking forward to sharing the experience with all of you.




Title Sponsor

We want to send a huge shout out to our title sponsor, Penn Cycle. They are truly committed to making the Twin Cities area a better place to ride and we appreciate that.


Other Sponsors

Frozen 40
Just Ride MN 1-25-17
Bar Mitts
ISSI Pedals


40 Mile Race (limited to 125 spots):

–  Men’s 40 Mile Solo:  $50
–  Women’s 40 Mile Solo: $50

–  Open/Elite Men
–  Open/Elite Women
–  29 and under men & women
–  30-39 men & women
–  40-49 men & women
–  50-59 men & women
–  60+ men & women
–  2 Man Team
–  2 Woman Team
–  3-4 person Open Team

20 Mile Race (limited to 75 spots)

–  Men’s 20 Mile Solo:  $40
–  Women’s 20 Mile Solo: $40


–  Open/Elite Men
–  Open/Elite Women
–  29 and under men & women
–  30-39 men & women
–  40-49 men & women
–  50-59 men & women
–  60+ men & women


Exact times are subject to small tweaks. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact us.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Packet Pick Up:

– 4-8pm at the Penn Cycle Minnetonka location. 10750 Cedar Bend, Minnetonka, MN 55305. CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS
– We recommend that you stop in to packet pickup to get your timing chip, racer bag (includes some goods), and gets you 10 extra raffle tickets for the post race awards schwag giveaway. Racers are given 2 tickets after the race to be in the drawing for schwag. Instead of just throwing goods out to people in the crowd, we draw tickets.
– There will be some prizes to give away to random winners, deals, food, and more.
– Getting all set up on Friday night will make sure there are no timing issues, team issues, or any other issues and will help you to avoid spending any extra time messing around with things on Saturday morning.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Race Day:

(Note: If you checked in Friday night, you only need to confirm your name and number with race official on Saturday)

– 7:45-9:30 am – Prerace check-in (If you checked in Friday night, there is no need to check in Saturday morning)
– 9:45 am – Prerace meeting at start line
– 10:00 am – Race start for all 40-mile racers [Line up according to your anticipated time – most racers finish in the 4-6.5 hour range – See past year results for more information] – 12:15-12:30 pm – Race start for all 20-mile racers. Be ready at 11:15. Your race will start after the top 10 racers of the 40 finish their second lap.
– 1:45-2 pm – Estimated finish time of first 40-mile male racer
– 2:15 – 2:30 pm – Estimated finish time of first 40-mile female racer
– 2:15 – 2:30 pm – Estimated finish time of first 20-mile male racer
– 2:30 – 2:45 pm – Estimated finish time of first 20-mile female racer
– 4:30 pm – 20-mile cutoff time
– 5:00 pm – 40-mile cutoff time
– 4:00 – 5:00 pm – Post Race Meeting, Awards, Prizes


(And bring your friends…)

We have taken great pride in offering a great racer experience every year and a great course, thanks to the help of some great trailworkers.

Race Highlights:

– Groomed singletrack course
– Heated tent for check-in, pre/during/post race resting and relaxing
– Professional timing
– Part of the Great Lakes Fatbike Series
– Homemade breakfast burritos and plenty more food throughout the day
– Custom racer bag with custom waterbottle
– Great swag

Plus more…..


Course Description

The entire course is groomed singletrack. Thanks to the local crew, the course is very well maintained. The course grooming begins after the first snow and continues all winter. Additionally, the local group, as well as many riders throughout the city, help to keep the snow packed and in good rideable condition. However, you should be aware that snow and weather conditions that are best for racing can change drastically from day to day. Therefore, the course condition really depends on the snow and temperature. Be ready for all conditions!

A great sample of what the groomed singletrack looks like.
A great sample of what the groomed singletrack looks like.
Course Map Links

Strava link: https://www.strava.com/activities/254951342

Download GPX: Frozen 40

Exact route/course is subject to change based upon trail conditions and final routing decisions, but this gives you a fairly close approximation of where the course will be, and the approximate layout of the 11+ mile loop (which will be run 4 times in the 40+ mile race).

Trail Conditions

The trail conditions are regularly updated and can be monitored at the MORC website. If you would like to read what people who have recently ridden the trail say about the current conditions. We also have the Frozen 40 Forecast, where not only the weather but also the trail conditions are covered in great detail.


Venue/Course Location

DO NOT go to the main entrance and chalet. The Elm Creek singletrack trail is located away from the main park entrance and main chalet. A good source of directions can be found at the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists page, here.



From the Minneapolis metro, head north on 169 past 494. The main trailhead is at approximately 1827 W Hayden Lake Rd, Champlin, MN (this isn’t a real address; it just works with Google Maps). From 169, head west on West Hayden Lake Road. At the Y in the road, stay left, following the brown “County Park” signs. The trailhead is on the left and the parking lot is on the right.


We strongly encourage you to carpool the race and arrive early (Check-in is from 7-8:30 am; race starts at 9:00 am). Parking will be limited in the lot and limited on the road, so we cannot guarantee that everyone will have a spot to park in the parking lot. We will do our best, within the rules of the park, to coordinate parking and to ensure all racers have a place to park. We ask those who are near the area to consider parking close to the park and sharing a ride together to the race if possible, to allow parking to be easiest for those who are not familiar with the area.

Getting Here

Approximate drive times from:

  • Chicago – 6.75 hours
  • Des Moines – 4 hours
  • Duluth – 2.25 hours
  • Fargo – 3.25 hours
  • Kansas City – 6.75 hours
  • Green Bay – 4.5 hours
  • Madison – 4.5 hours
  • Milwaukee – 5.5 hours
  • Rapid City – 8.75 hours
  • Sioux Falls – 4 hours
  • Thunder Bay – 6 hours
  • Winnipeg – 7 hours
  • Alaska – 55 hours


Research how others have fared in previous years, get an idea of what time to expect for yourself, and check out where you think you’ll stand against the rest.



We know that there are a lot of things to consider when you’re planning your weekend. We’ve included all of that information in one spot for you. Be sure to review the details and it’ll lead to a great experience.


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