胖胎车–如此命名是因为它们滑稽的厚轮胎,当属自行车界的最新趋势。 他们看起来像是自行车界的怪物卡车，是专为骑行在你认为是不可能骑行的表面上而设计的， 如沙地，特别是雪地。
这并不是说胖胎车让整件事情变得更轻松了–因为我发现我在塔霍唐纳的一个周末付出了代价。 而塔霍唐纳是加利福尼亚的一个下坡的越野滑雪胜地， 这响应了逐渐增加的需求， 最近打开了胖胎车的一些踪迹。
Sally Jones，越野滑雪区的经理， 监督引进了自行车， 包括出租半打自行车。 “这可能最终会像滑雪一样受欢迎”，她说。
Merope Mills在Tahoe Donner骑雪地自行车.
We set off for the easiest trails – named, surprisingly perhaps for California, Cup of Tea and Piece of Cake
Their introduction was not without obstacles. Hikers and mountain bikers aren’t always the best of bedfellows, and the same applies in the snow – where the two are allowed to coexist, there is tension between fatbikers and cross-country skiers. To solve that problem at Tahoe Donner, fatbikers are confined to 3km of flat, wide multi-purpose trails (where anything goes, and skiers and walkers are allowed to bring their dogs) and to 12km of single-track snow-shoeing routes.
We set off in the direction of two of the easiest multi-purpose trails – named, surprisingly perhaps for California, Cup of Tea and Piece of Cake. Flat and wide, with firm compacted snow that is groomed by snowmobiles, these trails were true to their name, and I found myself gently bobbing up and down, marvelling at how it felt no more difficult than cycling on a street. At this point, as we slipped between freshly snow-dusted white pines, it all seemed beautiful and effortless. My husband – never a skilled downhill skier – even declared that it suited him much better as a sport as he always loved being out in the snow but had never fallen in love with careering down a mountain at top speed.
Tahoe Donner fatbiking Photograph: Daphne Hougard
We spoke too soon. Sally sent us off on the Tiny Tim Trail, a sloping, twisting, turning snowshoe path that had me panting and out of breath in less than five minutes. This route is designed for keen mountain-bikers, and I found it almost impossible to navigate the part-slush, part-powder path: I confess that at this point I got off and pushed, causing one passerby to call out cheerily, “It’s called fatbiking not fatwalking” as they sped past on crosscountry skis.
People say fatbiking attracts a slightly older enthusiast than mountain biking (entrants in a recent race in nearby Tahoe City were mostly in their 40s). I was rather surprised and shamefaced when, as I was still pushing my bike, we met a 75-year-old snowshoer who told me she’d been on a fatbike, and found it fine. Very Californian.
The adventure centre at Tahoe Donner. Photograph: Bill Stevenson
It’s all great fun, and Tahoe Donner is stunning. Plus, when you’re hopelessly out of shape and unable to quite complete the trail on your fatbike, you can always blame it on the altitude.