Photos: Leaf Treinen
The winter of 2011-2012 has seen an explosion of fatbike riding. Thankfully, the Cloud City Wheelers
gang in Leadville has been organizing a winter mountain bike racing series
for years that welcomes both fatbikes and regular mountain bikes. The first race of the series, the Copper en Fuego, held at Copper Mountain, was a huge hit.
This past Saturday night was the third race of the series, the Mineral Belt Mayhem. It's a staple in the series and for good reason. It's an opportunity to race down the main street of downtown Leadville, Harrison Avenue.
Forty racers showed up for the race around the Mineral Belt Trail. For this race, the Cycles of Life bike shop, located on Harrison Ave. played host as the race venue. It's a unique race because the street is covered with a thick packed snow course for the annual ski joring event that is part of the yearly Crystal Carnival, which also includes a weekend full of events.
It was nearing 7pm and we started to get ready to roll. The start of the race was a neutral rollout down the main drag until the group met a local police officer, who then lead the rest of the neutral rollout until the official race start at the Mineral Belt Trail.