I am an adventurer, cyclist, accidental athlete, and mom who lives in Lander, Wyoming at the base of the rugged Wind River Mountains.
My goal is to encourage and inspire women in the fat biking scene, share gear recommendations, tips and tricks, and offer up fun ideas for rolling fat and strong.
Cycling is my passion and I think that when you find your passion anything is possible.
The first time I threw my leg over a fatbike was at the start line of the 24-hour West Yellowstone Equinox Event in 2012. I was giddy that there were BIKES that you could ride on the SNOW. Who would have thought? I’ve been giddy ever since.
Fat bike no. 1 is a carbon Salsa Mukluk. It is an upgrade from my gateway fattie: a used aluminum Mukluk purchased on eBay. After test driving a handful of brands the Mukluk just ‘fit’. Plus I needed a fat bike that would take the widest tire possible for ungroomed trails.
I ride my Mukluk year-round and swap the wheel set out for 29-plus for bikepacking in the summer.
Fat bike no. 2 is a Surly Moonlander that I also bought on eBay. I recently converted it to a single speed for fun. (And fun it is!)
My other rides are a single speed Surly Cross-Check and a Surly Midnight Special.
I adore all my bikes, but I especially love the versatility of fat bikes. In a place like Wyoming I often find myself following a cattle trail through the sagebrush in the summer or riding snowy single track in the winter. They aren’t fast, but they are fun — and made for exploring.
About twice a year I enter a race or an endurance event, but only if it looks fun. My goal is simply to finish and I’m always at the back of the pack. I’m slow but pretty good at endurance.
During winter races I will stop to make a snow angel.
I train sporadically because life is busy. I am a middle-aged mom of two teenagers, six chickens and a golden doodle. I wrangle a full-time job in addition to motherhood.
I think there should be a race category for women like us so that we can all stand on the podium once in our lives. Truly, all of us women are deserving of medals and podiums no matter where we place!
I encourage every woman to try one at least one fat bike race. They are a fun way to experience racing without stress as they have a super chill vibe. The very first mountain bike race I ever did was on a fat bike.
About Me: a Wyoming Girl
Wyoming has been my home for the last 30 years. I also have a family farm in Brighton, Colorado which I am very proud of. It’s a Centennial Farm which means it has been in my family for over 100 years.
We all have our stories and mine is this: I have profound hearing loss. I’m also a breast cancer survivor. I am grateful for every day that I wake up on this beautiful planet and get to hug my loved ones and pedal my bike.
I first started exploring Wyoming by bike when I was 20 and worked and lived at a remote fish hatchery near the small town of Medicine Bow (population 267). I biked on dusty two-tracks every day after work. It was always just me, herds of antelope, and the wind.
In addition to my stint at the fish hatchery, my work as a wildlife biologist and firefighter took me to many places in the West. I have also traveled to many beautiful and remote places around the world — but lucky for me, most of my favorite places are right in my own backyard.
I love Wyoming. We have the best of everything and nothing added: abundant and glorious sunshine and wide-open prairies where real cowboys still ride herd. You can ride the Oregon Trail and have the same views the settlers did when they crossed over 100 years ago.
Before you go, I’d love to connect with you and hear your story!
Kathy, aka Fatbike Girl, Single-speed Sagebrush Queen