Grit Events

The Fatbike Frozen Forty is back for 2019!

Saturday, February 9, 2019
2, 3, or 4 laps

Stay tuned for more information


The Fatbike Frozen Forty is a 20-ish (2 laps), 30-ish (3 laps), and 40-ish (4 laps)** mile 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 2 lap, 3 lap, or 4 lap options.

** “ish” – if you’re worried about the extra distance, you should consider it more time and distance for your money. It’s all about your perspective.


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

Friday, February 8, 2019

Packet Pick Up:



Saturday, February 9, 2019

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 30 and 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] – 10:30 am – Race start for all 20-mile racers. Be ready at 10:15. Your race will start after the top 10 racers of the 40 finish their second lap.


(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:

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.