Record-Breaking Results: 2014 Iditarod Trail Invitational

Record-Breaking Results: 2014 Iditarod Trail Invitational

The trails were kind to fatbikers at this year’s Iditarod Trail Invitational. While the world has been watching the teams of four-legged critters struggle through snowless patches of trail in the regular Iditarod race, a handful of hardy folks have mostly been avoiding the headlines while pedaling, running, and skiing the route for almost two weeks.

It has been a remarkable year for the cyclists. Jeff Oatley of Alaska set a new record for the 1000 mile race, covering the distance in 10 days, 2 hours, and 53 minutes. Perhaps warming up the state for the upcoming Single Speed World Championships this summer, Aiden Harding flew in from the UK to set a new record for single speeders on the course, taking second place overall in 11 days, 4 hours, and 15 minutes. Read the rest of the race records here. You should also check out the new records set in the Susitna 50 and 100 races that took place a few weeks ago. Another example of what fatties can do on hard packed trails.

Alaska Dispatch has some coverage of the event that you can take a look at. First, a bit about Oatley, and then a little about Harding (you may have to skip a few snippets of news to find the good stuff on cycling).

Bikes and Alaska, Best Friends for 100+ Years

Winter biking isn’t exactly new to Alaska. You can read about the Klondike Bicycle and Alaskan wheelmen at the Alaska Historical Society [link].

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