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Fat Tire Race

Chicagoland's Winter Bike Race

Sat, January 14th, 2023, 10:00 am

The Forge Fat Tire Bike Race & Tour, in partnership with The Bike Hub, returns for its second year. Winter cycling enthusiasts will experience the (hopefully) snow covered trails throughout the Forge and adjoining trails.  A long and short course option will be available so riders of all abilities can choose the event best for them. 

Lemont Quarries, 1001 Main Street Lemont, IL, 60439


Sat, January 14th, 2023, 10:00 am
$35 before Jan 14, 2023 | $40 after Jan 14, 2023

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The Second Annual Fat Tire Race

The Forge Fat Tire Bike, Partnered with the Bike Hub, will take place on the hopefully snow-covered gravel and MTB trails throughout The Forge: Lemont Quarries, adjoining Heritage Quarries Recreation Area, and I&M Canal trails.  There will be an approximated 10-mile, long course race and an approximated 5-mile, short course race.

As a winter event we anticipate the trails to be snow covered.  As we know all too well in the Chicago area, we cannot predict or control the weather, and winters around here can be variable and gnarly. The event will proceed in all weather conditions unless it is unsafe.

The trails will be set for Fat Tire riding, assuming there is adequate snow.  This is an open class race and there are no restrictions on the specific bike tire size allowed.  Participants are free to choose different equipment based on the conditions of the course. We recommend that participants be prepared to race in any course conditions, with bikes that are equipped with at least 3.5 inch wide tires.  E-bikes are not allowed.

Course Information

The Forge Fat Tire Bike Race course will be developed based on trail and weather conditions.  The courses will traverse the wide, gravel trails, single-track trails and the Drop-In MTB course in The Forge and adjoining trails. The distances and courses will be released before race day.  The long course will be approximately 10 miles while the short course will be approximately 5 miles long.  The main trails have a variety of terrain but are mostly flat with a few small hills, bridge crossings, etc.  The MTB / single track trails will have more variability in the terrain.

Final course maps will be released well before race day.  The trail and weather conditions will determine the actual course and distance.

Course Map

2022 Course Map (Likely Subject to Change): Forge Fat Tire Race & Tour Map    


Entry Fees:

  • $35 from Registration Open  - December 31, 2022
  • $40 from January 1, 2023 - Race Day

Race Cap is 300 total for both events


Registration fee includes:

  • entry to the race
  • meticulously maintained trails unique to The Forge
  • electronically timed results
  • earned overall and age group awards
  • a cool Forge Winter hat
  • swag
  • post-race party with food, beer, and other beverages


Use these directions for Packet Pick-Up and Race Day


Use Lots 1 or 2 after the 2nd stop sign on the gravel road. They are the closest to the bridges to enter The Forge, packet pick-up, and the common start and finish line.

Packet Pick-Up

We will accept registrations at packet pick-up on Friday January 13 (see details below) and on race day.  Please note we will only accept online credit card payments for these registrations.  We'll have a computer set up.


Friday, January 13
Time TBD
The Forge: Lemont Quarries
by The Foundry, located on the east side of the Park, across the bridge near the zip line landing (across the quarry from the climbing towers)


Race Day
Saturday, January 14
8:30 - 9:30 AM
The Forge: Lemont Quarries
by The Foundry, located on the east side of the Park, across the bridge near the zip line landing (across the quarry from the climbing towers)

Race Day Schedule (Preliminary)

8:00 AM – Parking Opens (use directions above)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM – Race Day Packet Pick-Up & Registration

9:45 AM – Course-Talk / Briefing

9:50 AM – Short Course Pre-Race Line-Up/Wave Line-Up

10:00 AM – Short Course Race Start

10:50 AM – Long Course Pre-Race Line-Up/Wave Line-Up

11:00 AM – Long Course Race Start

~ 10:30 AM – Post Race Food / Beverage Available + the firepits will be fired up.

12:15 PM – Awards Ceremony

Previous Race Info

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