FOR those not keen on the skinny wheels and lycra of the road-going Ballarat Cycle Classic, the Fat Tyre Challenge is a solid alternative.
To be held as part of the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research fundraiser on February 15, the ride will take in Nerrina State Park and the White Swan Reservoir in a route organised by members of the Ballarat-Sebastopol Cycling Club.
Event organisers Philip Timpano and Antanas Spokevicius said the ride would be a good alternative for Cycle Classic veterans looking for a new challenge.
“The road ride’s been running for a while now on the same course, so this is a good chance to do something a bit different,” Mr Spokevicius said.
“We’ve found some nice little hills (in the 50-kilometre event) for the half-serious mountain biker.”
The 25-kilometre course takes in a few of the same sights, but without the tougher climbs, and would suit the more relaxed riders or people wanting to give the dirt a go.
“Rather than having a race, this is about getting on your bike with your mates. It’s a bit more relaxed,” Mr Spokevicius said.