Watching the Biathlon events at the 2014 Winter Olympics
with athletes taking penalty laps for missed shots and then sprinting through the woods on the groomed snow track, we couldn't help but think, wouldn't a fat bike race on the same course be totally epic? You wouldn't even have to stop every lap to shoot a gun. Throw in a few bobsled
-style banked turns and then some endo-inducing moguls
and you've got one fun to watch event.
The growing popularity of fat biking makes it a perfect candidate for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
So how does a sport make it onto the Olympic program? It has to be recognized: it must be administered by an International Federation which ensures that the sport's activities follow the Olympic Charter. If it is widely practiced around the world and meets a number of criteria established by the IOC session, a recognized sport may be added to the Olympic program on the recommendation of the IOC's Olympic Program Commission.
Thanks for packing in the track. Now, let the fat bikes take over.
This pretty much means we have got to get USA Cycling
to launch a fat bike racing division to make it legit. And we feel that by 2018, there will be a lot more fat bike riders around the world than biathlon competitors. It is about time there was mountain biking in the summer and winter games.
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