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Fat tire bike competitors had perfect conditions for the 6th annual Rip, Zip and Sip Race

Story By Meghan Mamlock
Local News Published 02/20/2021 6:40PM
Minocqua - Outdoor enthusiasts have been finding creative ways to compete and workout during the pandemic while following CDC guidelines. 

On February 20 the 6th annual Rip, Zip, and Sip in Minocqua gave the community a way to finally enjoy some outdoor weather after a few weeks of freezing temperatures.

Daniel Trapp, the Event Coordinator for the event was thrilled with the amount of people that came out for the race.

"The Rip of course is the bike race, the Zip is the zipline you see behind us here, and then the sip of course is to have nice adult beverages after we get done," said Trapp.

For these riders like Richard Reidinger, a member of the RASTA, the weather was perfect with the sun shining and firm snow.

"We got some really good uphills and downhills," said Reidinger. "Some of the downhill corners are a little soft you'll slide out to the edge but you know you trust your tires and air pressure and you just wheel around them."

Non profit group LAMBO creates and maintains the fat tire and mountain bike trails, however they really look to create smiles and enjoyment within the Northwoods.

"One of our members started the race about 6 years ago now and had an idea for a fun day event where we just go out and have a good time," said Trapp.

63 people participated today in either the 7k or the 21k fat tire bike race. 

"We just try to get as many people here as possible. Have fun and just raise money for our future expansions," said Trapp. 

Racers completed the race by sliding down a hill on a sled to cross the finish line.

"Well sledding was pretty good but I went off the trail and ended up in the snow but otherwise I haven't been sledding for years so today was the first time in a long time," said Reidinger.

Although the pandemic played a role in preparing for the race, LAMBO looks to do everything they can to keep Northwoods outdoor activities going.

"We're talking about a pump track in the spring and some more additional trail work that's going to be getting built here this year," said Reidinger.

The next Lambo Riders event people can sign up for is the See Me Tri Minocqua Triathlon on August 14th. And for more information you can visit their website.
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