Sat Feb 15 2020 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Lake Macbride State Park
Solon, IA


Sugar Bottom Bikes and Solon Centennial Lions Club


Fat Bike

Distance - 30mile/15mile

The Lake Macbride Fat Tire Classic is a Fat Bike race like no other.  Presented by Sugar Bottom Bikes and The Solon Centennial Lions Club, the race will take you around scenic Lake Macbride on twisty pea gravel, flowing singletrack, scenic beaches, blazing fast double track, hilly and steep snowmobile and hiking trails, and even the tabletops, rollers, and berms of the Lakeview OHV park.  For the 2020 edition racers will be starting at the new race HQ at The Lake Macbride Golf Club.  All proceeds of the race will go to the Lions Club.

We will be offering two options for participants, the 30 (ish) mile Lake Macbride Fat Tire Classic Race and the 15 mile Lake Macbride Half Classic Fun Fat Ride.  

In order to ensure the highest quality event possible, we will reserve the right to potentially alter start times by 1-2 hours or even postpone the race to Sunday the 16th to provide best course conditions for our riders.  


Macbride Fat Tire Classic Full Route Description:

2020 Route TBD, but the plan will be as always to ride around in Macbride State Park for a while, then cross the spillway, ride in the south side of the park for a while, then take snowmobile trails and gravel back into Solon and on to the new race HQ with is at the Lake Macbride Golf Club.  We will also be hoping to use 600 acres OHV park if conditions allow it. 

Macbride Half Classic Fun Fat Ride Description

Riders of the Half Classic will start at Lake Macbride Golf Club and ride a fun scenic route around the Lake Macbride Recreation area. There will be a couple fun detours off of the pea gravel to explore some dense pine forest and a rough and tough secret trail.  After a few miles of pea gravel trail riders will find themselves in Macbride Park where they will take a couple different park roads to make their way down towards the beach and boat rental area where they will hook up with more twisty pea gravel that will take them to the spillway area.  After reaching the spillway area riders will be treated to a fun stop including brews and food and featuring the world famous Lion's Club Bacon Brothers!  After riders get their fill of beer and bacon its time to turn around and head back to the golf club the same galsh darned way they came in.

Riders participating in the fun ride should be able to complete the out and back loop in about 1 1/2 hours if they hold a brisk pace, but could make the ride last up to 2 -3 hours or more at a proper "stomping" pace.  In 2018 and 2019 we learned that some folks managed to pretty much spend the whole dog-gone day out there!

Due to the nature of the weather this time of year the race will be for fat tires only (3.5") and wider.  We will be holding the event rain or shine and freeze or thaw so its important to only allow wide tires to prevent trail damage.  Hopefully we will be able to hold future events at later times in the year and allow other tire sizes to participate.  There is even talk of a marathon/endurance mountain bike event with multiple laps of the course involved!


Lake Macbride State Park

3891 Pro Rd NE, Solon, IA 52333
Solon, IA 52333


Lake Macbride Fat Tire Classic Race                                                                                   

Registration Fee:   TBD

Start Time: 9:00 AM

Distance: ~30 Miles

Awards/Prizes:  TBD

Lake Macbride Fat Fun Ride

Registration Fee: TBD

Start Time: 11:00 AM 

Distance: ~15 Miles

This event is meant to be casual fun and riders will not be timed.


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