by Douglas Black, enerficiency On The Road, February 3, 2013
I wrote a piece about Winter Biking in Chicago recently. Not for the timid or those lacking cold weather tenacity. Now I’ve come across a whole new level of icy endurance.
My newest G+ friend Toni Lund does some Fat Tire Touring on the snowy trails of Finland. Here are some great photos from of his, as well as some from Alpkit, with some hearty guys prepping for a Lapland Adventure near the area my grandmothers family is from. Perhaps they will pass my distant cousins’ cabin!
From the Alpkit blog post…
Rovaniemi 150, 2013.
If you think Lapland is good only for Santa’s reindeers then think again, it’s also the perfect stomping ground for the Fatbikers. 15th Feb will see the start of the second Rovaniemi 150, that’s a self supported 150 kilometre race around the Lapland town of Rovaniemi by either foot, bike or kicksled.
Alpkit will be represented in strength at this years race and in good style too. With plenty of experience, including a 4th place on the Iditarod behind him, Shaggy (John Ross) returns and is gunning for that 1st place to better his 2nd last year. Just 3 of the starting line up finished the race. “After 32 hours, it practically came down to a sprint. A crowd of spectators and the other racers lined the finish. The weight of the hours racing lifted from my shoulders and I cracked a smile. It was only then that I realised that my beard was a block of ice.”
Having more than 30 years experience in the green and sustainable building field, Mr. Black has dedicated the past 20 years to energy efficiency in the built environment. Douglas Black is a high performance car enthusiast, always with an ear to the pavement for what’s fast and new. He began blogging enerficiency On The Road in 2001, and now continues reporting from Auto Shows and Swap Meets at his Hot Flying Rats! blog – flyingratz.wordpress.com.
And in his spare time, he works on getting that Captains License, expecting to retire on the water one day, taking photos.