Muskoka To-DAILY

The Bike Shop and Deerhurst host winter fat biking race Feb. 10

HUNTSVILLE A new family-friendly bike race and festival is coming to Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Muskoka on Saturday February 10.

The 1ST Muskoka Winter Bike Festival will feature racing on 11 kms of groomed and hard-packed trail around the historic resort’s Lakeside Golf Course.

Hosted by The Bike Shop, the event has categories for experienced racers, for people new to winter riding, and for kids (1.5km). Racers will also enjoy the chance to ride a section of the event across a stretch of Penninsula Lake.

“The idea behind this event is to celebrate winter riding and to introduce as many people to it as possible”, says Kristi MacDonald, co-owner of The Bike Shop in Huntsville and Gravenhurst. “It’s a chance to experience winter in Muskoka in a whole new way as well”.

Registrants for the riding event will also enjoy fat bike product demos by The Bike Shop and Algonquin Outfitters, live music, a bonfire, a chili feast, and beer sampling by Muskoka Brewery.

Non-racing spectators can purchase a wristband for $10, which gives them access to post-race festivities.

The biking during the day is also the prelude to Muskoka Brewery’s Untapped with Muskoka Blues Connection food and music event at Deerhurst Resort later in the evening. For discounted room rates or ticket information on the Untapped with Muskoka Blues Connection event visit

“Deerhurst Resort is excited to partner with The Bike Shop on this new winter event”, Says Luke Nixon-Janssen, Director of Sales at Deerhurst Resort. “With the growth of winter biking and fat biking in particular, it’s nice to see local businesses come together to build on an emerging sport in our community”.

MacDonald emphasizes that the event is not only for hardcore fat bike riders. “Although fat bikes are the best for riding in winter, with the cold weather conditions we’ve been having, the trail should be great for mountain bike riders who have thick tires”.

For more information on the 1st Muskoka Winter Bike Festival on February 10, in Huntsville, Muskoka and to register for this event, visit

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