The infamous climb from Beard of Zeus is rumored to be featured in the thrilling final mile of the Iceman Cometh.
All signs (if there were any) point that SBFBS' Beard of Zeus course could play a big part at the Iceman Cometh next weekend. The fat bike race has used the iconic climb twice in its history, in 2014 and 2015. Those editions of the race saw some serious fireworks on the hill.
We spoke with the Pros about the climb's inclusion, and they all appeared to act as though they've never heard of it. Leave it to the Pros to play coy, but there's no hiding from Mount Vent Poo in a race situation. It will be slightly less fearsome, however, without the more familiar foot or two of packed snow on top of it.
The climb's Strava times are misleading, as a by pass version of the route sometimes gets picked up and skews the times. It averages 9% over a tenth of a mile, but the toughest part is before you even turn uphill. A sharp, slightly off camber left hand turn can punish riders who scrub too much speed, and those who overshoot can end up down a rather steep precipice. It's a turn that claimed many a rider in the climb's early days as a fixture at Fat Camp!, the first fat bike race ever at Timber Ridge.
You can take on the climb next Saturday, November 5, or wait until March for the third edition of Beard of Zeus.