Welcome to Fat Camp

Sore legs, snack deficiencies and total disregard for proper seating. Mark Taylor and Brian Haffner work on their waistlines after a death march in Santa Cruz, CA.

Welcome to Fat Camp Questionable Antics and Unnecessary Misery

Mountain bike racing is a hard, expensive and generally pointless endeavor.

It takes someone who is at least a little bit off to spend all their time, money and energy losing races the vast majority of the population could not care less about. 

As is the case with shared, unnecessary misery, racers tend to form uniquely tight bonds. All season, we pre-ride courses together, travel together between events, explore new towns and trails, and develop our own language of inside jokes in the process. We call each other “summer friends,” and once the season ends, we return to our respective homes and jobs and keep a running dialogue via text-message emojis and Instagram comments.

We spend the next few months consuming irresponsible portions of food, letting our bodies and bank accounts recover from a summer of travel. But as is inevitable with most high-energy masochists, our need for adrenaline and excitement grows in near direct proportion to our waistlines. We begin to fiend for the constant aches and shit-talking of race season. And each year, we inevitably find ourselves at “Fat Camp.” 

As the saying goes, “Your race results are determined before you even reach the starting line.” Fat Camp is where the inside jokes begin, where we put in long days, stupid amounts of miles and mash out intervals that are not fun by any reasonable definition of the word. We turn normally enjoyable loops into death marches by unnecessarily “riding from town, bro,” and sprint up road climbs that could easily be shuttled.

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