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Winter 2018-19

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Winter Patrol

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, 2019. (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 January 26th, 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 blaze orange.

U.S. Forest Service Volunteer Partners since 1999

"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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Backcountry Trail Patrol Association, Inc., is an equal 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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Last modified: November 19, 2018


 Emergicare Backcountry

Medical Training,

The Backcountry Trail Patrol, in cooperation with Emergicare Medical Training, will be sponsoring a 36-hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid class with Healthcare Provider CPR/AED,
For further information and registration, CLICK HERE

Mountain Biker's Backcountry First Aid Class at YOUR Event!

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 ""

Click Here for information on Cold-related Illness Prevention and Care

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Trail systems we officially patrol (With links):

Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association

Chequamegon National Forest (WI)

Isanti County Parks