'Sweaty Yeti' Fat Bike Race to be held this weekend

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NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (WSAW) -- The Sweaty Yeti is a 3 hour fat-bike race at the Levis Mound Trail in south west Clark county.

The race offers team format, where teams can be any number of riders, or a solo category for both men and women.

"Fat-biking really took off about 8 years ago and some clubs began thinking of offering a fun race format, and in those early days, not many people had fat-bikes, so riders on teams would share a bike and just switch off and on each lap of the race," explained organizer Steve Meurett. "We've had mountain bike races in the summer at Levis Mound for over 25 years, so doing a winter fat-bike race seemed like a great idea, and we try to keep it fun and low key."

Those attending can expect a fun low key race, bon fire, food, awards, door prizes, socializing, and a great snowy fat-bike course.

"All proceeds go back into the development and maintenance of the trail, such as trail building and repair, equipment for trail building, etc." Meurett explained.

One way the event is so important is to offer riders a great fat-bike event on one of the best trail systems in the Midwest-giving back to the riding community, but also to support the trail.

"Two years ago, a fire destroyed the chalet at the clubhouse, so the Sweaty Yeti event was an important part in getting that re-built for trail users," said Meurett.

Registration is still open online at bikereg.com where you can look up the Sweaty Yeti, or you can register on site on the day of the race.

The Sweaty Yeti is Feb. 23 at 11:00 a.m., with a mass start at Levis Mound south west of Neillsville, WI.

Entry fee is $25 pre-reg, $30 day of race.

Riders will try to do the most amount of laps within 3 hours, and awards, door prizes and refreshments will be given out after the race.