Big Bike Chill

Big Bike Chill

February 8th-17th, 2019 at The Forks

Chill out, and keep warm riding your bike on the Red River Mutual Trail this winter with Big Bike Chill February 8-17th, 2019, kicking off with Winter Bike to Work Day and offers two (or three!) wheeled experiences for the whole family, as well as Winnipeg’s first urban fat tire bike trail!

Pop-Up Dutch Bikes 
Ride a two wheeler imported from Netherlands! Throughout the week Winnipeg Trails & Plain Bikes will host a research hub and bike share pop up kiosk. Visit the kiosk by the  Historic Port Bridge.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8th

Winter Bike to Work Day
The International Winter Bike to Work Day began in Winnipeg seven years ago. Pledge to ride HERE.

Winter Bike to Work Day Pit Stop | 4 - 6 PM
Visit a pit stop at The Forks Market Tower Atrium co-hosted by Bike Week Winnipeg and The WRENCH (Winnipeg Repair Education and Cycling Hub) for information on winter riding, free repairs and some snacks!

Winter Bike to Work Day Group Ride 
Interested in a group ride? Register here and join Bike Winnipeg on a ride that meets at The Cube, tours The Exchange District and ends at The Forks. This ride is open for all, and is a great way to test out winter riding!

[Cancelled due to extreme cold] Fat Fridays Group Ride with Woodcock | 6 - 9:30 PM
Meet at Woodcock Cycleworks on Saint Mary’s Road at 6:00pm for a group ride ending at The Forks before turning back. This is a great chance to explore the city via a fat tire bike. Bring your own, or rent from the shop. Rides are 20-50kms long at 14-20kms/h. Register HERE.

 


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9th

Jack Frost Challenge Try It Out Day | 1 - 4 PM
To wrap-up the eighth annual Jack Frost Challenge, Green Action Centre presents Try it Out Day! Green Action Centre's sustainable transportation team will be set up on the river from 1-4 pm to provide visitors with the opportunities to try out fat bikes, snowshoes and other winter sporting equipment for free. Hot chocolate, educational resources, and enthusiasm for winter activities will be provided! The equipment is generously provided by Wilderness Supply Co. and White Pine Bicycle Co.

[Postponed to Feb. 17 due to weather] Beat the Cold Winter Triathalon by 1JustCity | 9 AM - 1 PM
Beat the Cold for people experiencing homelessness on the coldest nights of winter. The first-ever Beat the Cold Winter Triathlon will feature a 5 km run, 5 km bike and a 5 km skate along the river trails at The Forks. Race all three sports solo or find two friends and enter as a relay team Your participation will help support 1JustCity’s overnight emergency warming centre, Just a Warm Sleep. On nights below -10 C from January through March, Just a Warm Sleep invites people experiencing homelessness into the basement of Augustine United Church to get a safe, warm sleep and toiletry kit. This program is run by volunteers but supports up to 25 people experiencing homelessness nightly.

[Cancelled due to weather] Woodcock Fat Bike Demo Kiosk | 12 - 4 PM
Always wanted to try out Fat Biking? Now’s your chance. Ride one of The Forks’ fat bike trails on one of Woodcock’s Fat Bikes. See if cycling’s fast growing discipline is for you! The kiosk will be located near Pavilion Sub-Zero in The Forks Historic Port.

Pedal Powered Performances | 1 - 4 PM
From the seat of a Pedicab, Walk & Talk Theatre Company brings you trailside performances as they bike along the Red River Mutual Trail.

 


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10th

[Cancelled due to weather] Woodcock Fat Bike Demo Kiosk | 12 - 4 PM
Always wanted to try out Fat Biking? Now’s your chance. Ride one of The Forks’ fat bike trails on one of Woodcock’s Fat Bikes. See if cycling’s fast growing discipline is for you! The kiosk will be located near Pavilion Sub-Zero in The Forks Historic Port.

[Cancelled due to weather] Fat Tire Bike Race by 2 Wheel Revolution | 10 AM - 2:30 PM
Put your pedals to the metal and compete in a fat tire bike race on The Forks’ trails. Racers are invited to check in at 10:00am in the Green Room behind the CN Stage. Meeting to follow at 10:30, with first race heats starting at 11:30. The day will wind up with beverage and lunch service at 1:30pm and the Trophy Presentation at 2:00pm. Register HERE.

Pedal Powered Performances | 1:00-4:00pm
From the seat of a Pedicab, Walk & Talk Theatre Company brings you trailside performances as they bike along the Red River Mutual Trail.

 


WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 13th

Group Ride with Woodcock | 6 - 9:30 PM
Meet at Woodcock Cycleworks on Saint Mary’s Road at 6:00pm for a group ride ending at The Forks before turning back. This is a great chance to explore the city via a fat tire bike. Bring your own, or rent from the shop. Rides are 20-50kms long at 14-20kms/h. Register HERE.

 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14th

Go Dutch! | 7 - 7:45 PM and 8 - 8:45 PM
Valentines Date Night on the river! Facilitated by Winnipeg Trails Association and Plain Bikes, come and ride an imported Dutch Bike down the river with your valentine! This group ride will include cozy beverages, photoesque backdrops (great for proposals and selfies) and pillow talk about the history of The Warming Huts. Plus, the first 10 couples to sign up get a $20 gift certificate to warm up in The Common post ride. Register HERE

 


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15th

Bikes & Brunch, Moveable Feast hosted by the Downtown BIZ | 12 - 5 PM
Be a true Winnipegger and conquer the Winter-blues with this tour of downtown’s best brunch spots using a winterized or fat bike! The tour price ($50) includes fat bike rental from White Pines (in Johnston Terminal) and lunch/brunch samples at two stops! Book a spot HERE

Fat Fridays with Woodcock | 6 - 9 PM
Meet at Woodcock Cycleworks on Saint Mary’s Road at 6:00pm for a group ride ending at The Forks. This is a great chance to explore the city via a fat tire bike. Bring your own, or rent from the shop. Rides are 20-50kms long at 14-20kms/h. Register HERE.

 


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16th

Actif Epica Begins
Actif Epica is a human powered winter ultramarathon where participants choose to ride a bicycle or run on foot (200km, 162km, 125km or 54km) along the historic Crow Wing Trail to celebrate and promote outdoor activity in winter and small communities in South Eastern Manitoba. Cheer participants on as they cross the finishline at The Forks.

Woodcock Fat Bike Demo Kiosk | 12 - 4 PM
Always wanted to try out Fat Biking? Now’s your chance. Ride one of The Forks’ fat bike trails on one of Woodcock’s Fat Bikes. See if cycling’s fast growing discipline is for you! The kiosk will be located near the Pavilion Sub-Zero in The Forks Historic Port.

Pedal Powered Performances | 1 - 4 PM
From the seat of a Pedicab, Walk & Talk Theatre Company brings you trailside performances as they bike along the Red River Mutual Trail.

Ice Bike Race | 2 PM
Sign up on site for the first ever Ice Bike Race. The Ice Bikes were donated by UMCycle  and designed by Chris Pancoe (one half of the winning Warming Hut 2019 design team). The race will be located near the Pavilion Sub-Zero in The Forks Historic Port.

Big Chill Ice Jam
In keeping with the spirit of Winnipeg’s illustrious Bike Jams….stay tuned for details!

Letter Peddler Press in The Market
Warm up after your bike ride on the river and make some art on the 2nd floor of the Market. Letter Peddler Press is a portable letterpress postcard printing cart. Participants are able to assemble and print their own Winnipeg-themed postcard on its small sign press using custom laser cut bamboo press blocks. Donations accepted.

 


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17

Woodcock Fat Bike Demo Kiosk | 12 - 4 PM
Always wanted to try out Fat Biking? Now’s your chance. Ride one of The Forks’ fat bike trails on one of Woodcock’s Fat Bikes. See if cycling’s fast growing discipline is for you! The kiosk will be located near Pavilion Sub-Zero in The Forks Historic Port.

Pedal Powered Performances | 1 - 4 PM
From the seat of a Pedicab, Walk & Talk Theatre Company brings you trailside performances as they bike along the Red River Mutual Trail.

Actif Epica Ends

Art and  Warming Hut Tour Ride | 10:30 AM and 12 PM
Join Sputnik Architecture, the minds behind the Warming Hut competition, for a fat tire ride along the Red River Mutual Trail. The event is co-hosted by Bike Winnipeg and The Forks' Recreation Coordinator, Lindsay Somers, so riders can try out fat tire riding while learning about Winnipeg’s most famous (and unique) art and architecture competition (on ice!). Fat tire bikes will be provided free of charge for the first ten participants who request one. Register HERE.

Letter Peddler Press in The Market
Warm up after your bike ride on the river and make some art on the 2nd floor of the Market. Letter Peddler Press is a portable letterpress postcard printing cart. Participants are able to assemble and print their own Winnipeg-themed postcard on its small sign press using custom laser cut bamboo press blocks. Donations accepted.

Crafting with the  W.R.E.N.C.H. (Winnipeg Repair Education and Cycling Hub) | 2 - 5 PM
At this DIY art workshop participants will make fun and unique creations (such as jewellery, ornaments and key chains) out of upcycled bicycle parts like inner tubes and chains. Materials and tools will be provided.