UPDATES for FAT VIKING 2020:
IMPORTANT UPDATE 23.1.
We are running the alternative track (the track has only changed on the first 10km, everything else stays the same).
Please make sure that you have downloaded the alternative track (FV2020 1 G-D ALTERNATIVE via MONSTERHILL) in addition to the other sections (if you are a FV100 or FV150 racer. FV50 only needs the above mentioned file).
Let's be Vikings and deal with this crazy weather!
Some riders' startnumbers have changed. If you have already told your family back home what your startnumber is: check again and let them know wich number you really are :-)
The tracking page appears here (we will post the direct link later): https://events.racetracker.no/2020/fatviking/
Read the Race Day Info!
IMPORTANT NOTICE 21.1
we are experiencing another thaw/ freeze cycle and today Geilo is icy.
We are taking precautions:
We have put together the alternative first leg (Geilo to Dagali = FV50, FV100/1, FV150/1) avoiding a potentially icy road in the start.
PLEASE DOWNLOAD this track IN ADDITION to the original file (we want you to have BOTH on your GPS for now). The race committee will decide and let you know at the race meeting which track we are running.
Bring studded tires.
As mentioned: the FV100 should be ok without studs (taking precautions in a few places)
IF it doesn't snow before the race: FV150 = studded tires, preferably the other race distances too.
(pray for snow :-))
...The file is called FV2020 G-D ALTERNATIV via MONSTERHILL
IMPORTANT UPDATE 18.1.
Registration closes Wednesday night at 23.00.
No registration on race-day. SIGN UP before.
If you want to CHANGE YOUR RACE DISTANCE you must do this before Wednesday night too. Follow the link in the email you got from Racetracker and change online. Note: you must do this yourself online.
Check out the RACE DAY INFO
GPX files and maps are ready for download.
Make sure you only download YOUR race course for YOUR distance onto your GPS device. Add the waypoints.
If you are experiencing trouble displaying the 150km (or 100km) track (which comes in sections) on your GPS device:
Download the three (two for the 100km) sections as separate GPX files (available in an extra folder when following the download link)
Please check that the track is displayed correctly on your device, with sections in the right order (see below and/ or map of the course).
If you need help to install the files on your device let us know (Facebook) we can assist after the mandatory meeting.
Please make sure you check our Facebook group for updates regularly from now on.
We will also post updates on the website, but more frequently and detailed in the Facebook group.
Small update 2.12.2019
Good news from our friends at Intersport Geilo: Fat Viking racers will get a 20% discount on pretty much everything in their sports shop again (no discount on electronics). They've got a great selection of outdoor and cc-clothing, down jackets, gloves, goggles, glasses, handwarmers, spare tubes and other accessories.
The Norwegian krona is weak, so you can make a real bargain in Geilo
The guys have access to the entry list of the race, so you need to present yourself with name and starting number.
(discount is valid during the week before the race and up to raceday)
2019 VIKING Bas Wit who will return in 2020 :-)
FAT VIKING 2019
NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER (posted 29.11.2018)
Hello to all Vikings
(including all wanna-be, would-be, soon-to-be Vikings)
Still not a lot of snow, but proper winter temperatures. The lakes are frozen and ready to ride on!
The entry fee goes up again in a few days, so SIGN UP if you haven't done already!
For those of you who didn't receive the first newsletter: NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE
If you want to receive our future newsletters please give us a hint: look at our GDPR and post your answers to me, Nina.
We urge you to join the FAT VIKING facebook group.
You'll find some brainstorming/ discussion about gear, clothing, shoes, bikepacking bags, rental bikes etc.. We will discuss other topics there, too.
Please feel free to add your opinions, questions etc in this group.
SkiGeilo shuttle bus: Geilo as a skiing destination has started a shuttle bus service from Oslo Gardermoen to Geilo on Thursdays (check if that fits your schedule!).
The bus company needs to know about bike boxes (preferably with approximate dimensions) in advance.
The bus needs to be booked in advance: SHUTTLE BUS to Geilo
The bus schedule only makes sense in that direction, and it only runs on Thursdays. For other days/ times or your return you will most likely have to take the train (book early for better price, don't forget to book for your bike, too, even if it is in a box):
NSB (Norwegian railway)
Rental bikes: They are all taken. Everybody that I have promised a bike will get a bike (pick-up Friday, return Sunday: 1200 NOK, please let me know if you want pick-up earlier, return later. Price accordingly).
Any rider who doesn't have a fatbike yet? Please don't rely on getting a rental bike!
I might be able to find another small/ medium frame, but it's gonna be a challenge. Get in touch (better still: buy yourself a fatbike!)
Bikepacking bags for rent: rental bikes come WITHOUT bags. I've got a small amount of bikepacking bags that I will rent out, but it's not gonna be enough for everybody. I will come back to you about that.
Global FATBIKE DAY on Saturday! If you don't know what that is: google and join the fun wherever you live!
TRAINING? OMG, I better get going! Do what you can do and do some more of it! Every little bit helps.
Base endurance, strength training, core stability, intervals, ... If you don't feel bad now: you are doing enough :-)
We can't say this often enough: we are a bunch of enthusiasts who organize this race in our spare time. We are not professionals and we are not getting payed for this. Please treat us kindly and don't expect miracles.
THE FAT VIKING SOCIETY
NEWSLETTER OCTOBER (posted 13.10.2018)
Hello dear Fat Viking racers!
Some important information from us, the Fat Viking Society.
Let's call this a NEWSLETTER!
PLEASE read it to the end, it is up to YOU, whether you want to receive our updates in the future or not.
Time is ticking, winter is knocking on the door.
High time to register for the race: entry fees go up after the 31st of October! If you haven't signed up yet: do it HERE
We hope that everybody is fine, and that your training and preparations are going well (this comment is meant to freak you out). If you are starting to panic now: DON'T PANIC!
Get out and ride your bike, lift some weights, go for a run! There is still time to prepare.
See picture below for some inspiration for Fat Viking race SPECIFIC TRAINING.
Don't panic about having to buy heaps of expensive equipment for the race either. In our next newsletter (November) we'll post some advice on gear and clothing systems.
In the meantime please feel free to post any query or comment in our Facebook race discussion group (we'd rather answer your questions there than via email).
Have a look at the updated details/ times for pre-race meeting, gear check and race start. Click HERE
Important: please have a look at the GDPR and send us the feedback via email.