2018 Fat Tire Classic

Earth Day 2018 and we spent the day outside in glorious sunshine at one of our favorite places. The 24th annual Fat Tire Classic was held at Winding Trails in Farmington, Connecticut.

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We know Winding Trails well. We race there a lot. My records show that I’ve raced there 67 times since 1999.

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The Summer Tri Series is every Tuesday for 10 weeks in a row starting in mid-June. I’ve done the Tuesday night race 47 times since 2009. And of course, the Fat Tire Classic is every April. Records show that I’ve done 10 of them. My first was in 2000.  We have done a number of other races there over the years including the Chainbiter Cyclocross, the Hi-Tec Adventure Racing Series, and the Hartford Triathlon, which was my first ever race at Winding Trails.

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There is always something going on at Winding Trails. We love the place so much, we even had our Jack & Jill there in 2001.

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Today, I only watched the races, but I had a blast. Shepard did the Category 3 (9-12 year old) race and showed that his skills and fitness continue to improve. More importantly, he had a fantastic time.

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The weather was so much better than the Hop Brook MTB Race from two weeks ago. Today, the sun shone brightly. It was still chilly, especially in the shade, but without a cloud in the sky, the sun did it’s thing.

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Once again, the CCAP Team Horst Junior Squad had a fantastic turnout. We had seven boys and one girl race. There were several other Team Horst affiliated riders too. The Team Horst Sports Masters team also had a great showing with Art Roti, Joseph Dickerson, Brett Chenail, John Meyerle, and Wade Summers flying the team colors.

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We even had visitors. Arlen Zane Wenzel and Erik Emanuele showed up on their road bikes.  Tom Ricardi, Tim Rourke, and I just watched. Debbie also sat this one out. She went for a run on the course.

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Just like Hop Brook, there were so many kids. This is awesome. The CCAP continues to drive the success of junior cycling in Connecticut. Today’s race was the second event in the 2018 CBR (Connecticut Bicycle Racing) Offroad Series. The next event is 20 May at the Team Red Dragon MTB in Berlin.

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Today’s race was also the kickoff of the 2018 Bubba Mountain Bike Trophy Series. That series continues with the Bear Brook Classic on 12 May. The mountain bike season is rolling.

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Race Results (will be posted when available)





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Nice night for the #windingtrails Summer #Triathlon Series finale. Once again, lightning and thunder 🌩 forced a #duathlon which was good for @trailrunningmom again. She took the overall series win, after taking 5 victories out of 9 races. Shep won the Little Olympian award after winning 4 of his 7 Tiny Tri races. I’m a proud husband and father. Thanks to @jimenaflorit the staff and volunteers. #teamhorstsports @seven_cycles #sevencycles
@trailrunningmom finished in 6h56m @usatf @usatfne 50 kilometer #trailrunning National Championships in #newhampshire aka Ragged 75 It was wet ALL day long. Congrats to all the runners. @raggedmtn @shenipsitstriders @six03endurance #shenipsitstriders #teamhorstsports #ultrarunning
Early scenes from the @usatf @usatfne 50 kilometer #trailrunning National Championships in #newhampshire Also known as Day 3 of the Ragged 75 and 50K. @trailrunningmom and friends are experiencing the best that #newengland trails have to offer. Ironically, the first five miles was a lot of road and dirt road. I suspect more than one runner went out too fast! @shenipsitstriders @six03endurance #shenipsitstriders #teamhorstsports @untappedmaple #ultrarunning
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Pretty good weekend in the #whitemountains of #newhampshire Friday evening, we took the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to Lakes of the Clouds Hut. Saturday, we went up Washington, then backtracked and continued over Monroe, Eisenhower, and Pierce; ending up at Mizpah Spring Hut. We met lots of new friends and even bumped into an old friend on the Crawford Path as we returned to the valley this morning. Weather, though a bit damp, couldn’t have been better. @appalachianmountainclub #appalachianmountainclub
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@vermont100mile @trailrunningmom was third woman and picking off the guys at Spirit of 76, the 38 mile mark of the 100K. The first two women have an intense battle up front. They lead her by 24 minutes but still a ways to go. She was going to put on a charge. #vermont100 #shenipsitstriders #teamhorstsports #trailrunning #ultrarunning #ultraspire #vermont

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