Snow Bike Race

Photos courtesy of Adam P. Griffis.

The Great Bear Chase Snow Bike Race is back! With that, your weekend is now planned. Arrive Friday, ski Saturday, bike Sunday!

The third annual Great Bear Chase Snow Bike Race will take place Sunday, March 9 on the Swedetown Trails, same place as the Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon. Just like the ski race, the Snow Bike Race is taking advantage of one of the few areas in the Midwest still snowy enough in March to host an event of this nature. We’re expecting the trails to be hard and fast on Sunday morning. There are two races for this year, a 10 km and a 25 km.

Do you have questions about Snow Bike Racing? Well, here’s some basics. Participants use specially designed bikes with wider tires to fly through the trails at an extremely high pace. All of the excitement of racing, all of the excitement of bicycling and all the beauty of the Swedetown Trails come together as a mass start gets the bikers going. For those interested in trying the trails out, the Swedetown Trails are open to snow bikes every Tuesday for what they call “Fat Tuesdays!”

The snow bike race is only open to full-fledged snow bike with a minimum tire width of 3.7″. All riders are required to wear helmets.

Vital Information About Race

Race Length Age Groups Start Time Fee (Paid by 3/9) Fee (Paid on 3/9)
10 Kilometer Under 40 and 40+ 10:10 a.m. $35 (Register Here!) $45
25 Kilometer Under 40 and 40+ 10 a.m. $35 (Register Here!) $45


Online registration available through
Download the Registration form PDF and mail it in with a check (Coming soon).
For the latest updates on the event, RSVP on Facebook (Coming soon).

Contact Race Director Pat Szubielak –

The Great Bear Chase Snow Bike Race was added in 2012. In its inaugural year, the race was branded as the Midwest Snow Bike Championships, and featured several dozen participants on the beautiful backwoods Swedetown Trails. The race was meant to add more excitement to the Great Bear Chase weekend by allowing an additional group of outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the trails. This event marks the only time of the year that snow bikes are allowed on the majority of the course.

Year Results Photos Other Media
2014 Click Here (PDF)
2013 Click Here (PDF) Photos courtesy of U.P. Panorama Trail Genius Video
Report from TV6
2012 Click Here (PDF) Photos courtesy of Adam P. Griffis Report from TV6