Mtn. Bike Patrol
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Trail Patrol Activity Schedule
Winter fat biking season is
rapidly approaching. World Fat Bike Day is on Saturday, December
2, 2018. Many local bike shops and area trail systems will hold
special activities to mark the event. Get out and ride, and
support these events as part of Backcountry Patrol!
As winter bicycling continues
to grow in popularity, so does the list of events that we are
being requested to provide medical support for. Our first event
will be the Polar Dash race at Harriet Island Park in St. Paul,
at 7:30 on Tuesday, January 1st,
(All times are when patrollers should report, generally one hour
prior to the event.)
The Freezer Burn Fat Bike Race
will be held at Springdale County Park, 8:00 AM on Saturday,
January 12th. This event has a history of being our coldest race
of the season in each of the four years it has been held. We are
a sponsor of the Freezer Burn, which takes place on trails that
our patrol helped design and build. The park is located eight
miles west of Cambridge on Highway 95.
Our third event of the season
will be the CAMBA Big Fat Ride is tentatively planned for
exact location and other details to be announced. They will be
posted on the Facebook page and patrol Twitter feed as well as
here, when details become available.
The Cuyuna Lakes-45Nrth
Whiteout Fat Bike Race takes place this year on February 2nd,
11:30 AM, at the Minerís Mountain Rally Center at Cuyuna Country
State Recreation Area, outside of Crosby-Ironton, Minnesota.
Once again, this event will be held on the same weekend as the
City of Lakes Loppet races, which will be covered by the Twin
Cities Mountain Bike Patrol.
The Fat Bike Vasaloppet takes
place in Mora, Minnesota, the following weekend. The race begins
at noon on Sunday, February 10th,
so controllers should be on hand around 11:00 a.m. details to
follow, as they become available.
Our winter season ends, as
usual, with the Fat Bike Birkie on the American Birkebeiner
trails in and around Cable, Wisconsin, on March 9th,
2019. Patrollers should be on hand at 8:00 AM, at the Birkie
Trailhead on McNaught Road in Cable. There will be online sign
up for medical volunteers, and the lake will be sent to
patrollers via the Yahoo email group.
The snow is falling as I write
this on the Monday before Thanksgiving, but there is no way to
tell what the coming winter weather will be like. There are
numerous opportunities to volunteer on the CAMBA and Birkie
trails in Wisconsin, and the Isanti County Parks trails in
Minnesota, both on that-bikes and skis. Get out and enjoy
winter, the undiscovered season!
The new Backcountry Trail Patrol jerseys are available until
November 26th on
the Borah Teamwear Team BTP team store. We will look at a short-sleeve freeride
jersey in the spring if there is interest. As with the current
jersey, patrollers participating in the 2019 Borah Epic will
have a choice between the new jersey and the hoodie du jour.
(Link e-mailed to members) The perfect Christmas gift for the
patroller who doesn't have everything, yet!
Wisconsin Deer Hunting firearms deer season starts November 17th, the Saturday before
Thanksgiving and ends the Sunday after. If you ride in the
backountry at this time of year, wear blaze orange. Better yet,
ride in an area where hunting is prohibited, but still wear
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"Where conflicting interests must be reconciled, the
question shall always be answered from the standpoint of
the greatest good of the greatest number in the long
run." ~ Gifford Pinchot, First Chief of the U.S.
Forest Service, 1905-1910
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opportunity service provider, operating under a volunteer
services agreement and in partnership with the USDA Forest
Service Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
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November 19, 2018
The Backcountry Trail Patrol, in cooperation with
Emergicare Medical Training, will be sponsoring a 36-hour
Advanced Wilderness First Aid class with Healthcare Provider
CLASS PLANNED FOR
LATE WINTER, 2019
For further information and registration,
Mountain Biker's Backcountry First Aid Class at
For over 20 years, the Backcountry Trail Patrol has been
providing first aid and emergency medical care at the
Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, the Twin Cities Marathon, MN
Monster Series races, the City of Lakes Loppet and many other events as
well as on mountain bike trails throughout the region. Now we
are bringing that training to you! The more people who know what
to do in the event of an emergency the better prepared we all
are. The Patrol and Emergicare Medical Training can bring these
lifesaving skills to your location, before or after an event, or
in a workshop setting. Thanks to our supporters, the cost is
very reasonable and includes training, certification and
textbooks. For more information email
Here for information on
Cold-related Illness Prevention and Care
their ongoing support!
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