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Photos: Trio in Talkeetna Fat Bike Race

Fat tire bikes are lined up, ready to go before the Trio Fat Bike Race in Talkeetna. Feb 9, 2013
Courtesy Edward Kessler
Racers depart beautiful downtown Talkeetna for the first annual Trio Fat Bike Race. Feb 9, 2013
Edward Kessler photo
Racers along the 20 mile course during Talkeetna's Trio Fat Bike Race. The event featured a 20 and 60 mile races. Feb 9, 2013
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A racer passes under the Alaska Railroad bridge along the Talkeetna river, during the inagural Trio Fat Bike Race. The 20 mile course was designed to begin hard and finish on the easier terrain of the river. Feb 9, 2013
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A racer in the snowy woods during Talkeetna's Trio Fat Bike Race. Feb 9, 2013
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A racer makes their way along the Talkeetna river during the inagural Trio Fat Bike Race. Feb 9, 2013
Edward Kessler photo
Racers come down Talkeetna's main street to finish the inagural Trio Fat Bike Race. The after party closed out the Sheldon Arts Hangar and spilled over to the Fairview, where Nervis Rex was playing. Feb 9, 2013
Edward Kessler photo
James Sweeney

Snow bike racers from all over Alaska and seven inches of snow descended on Talkeetna for the first annual “Trio” Fat Tire Bike Race, Saturday, February, 9. Race organizers, Gregg Matyas owner of Speedway Bicycles/Fatback Bikes in Anchorage, Tony and Julie Berberich, of Backcountry Bicycles in Palmer, and Ralph Hoepner, of We Cycle in Talkeetna had been grooming the course for a month but a soft trail made for a difficult race. Joshua Chelf took the men’s Sixty Mile in 7:01:56, and Heather Best won the woman’s Forty Mile in 7:14:41, while Ryan Greef smoked the men’s twenty miler in 2:02:02 and Talkeetna’s own Tazilina Mannix blazed to first in the woman’s twenty mile in 3:01:41. Eighty-four racers finished at least one lap.

Full story: Add Fat Tire bike races to Talkeetna's wild winter calendar

A party followed at the Sheldon Community Arts hanger where Denali Brewing featured a special Pale Rider beer and a feast. Paul Anderson and Midtown Revival got the music going and Rebel Blues had the place rocking. The Sheldon Hanger has a 12 o'clock curfew but no one seemed to care much because Nervous Rex was playing down the street at the Fairview Bar.