Lutsen welcomes riders in a variety of divisions. Each participant(s) will fall into one of the below categories and be asked to enter the appropriate division on their application for appropriate award presentation. Whether your on your own or looking to ride with a partner, we have a race division for you!
Bicycles that have multiple gears and thus multiple gear ratios. A shifting mechanism allows selection of the appropriate gear ratio for efficiency or comfort under the prevailing circumstances.
For example, it may be comfortable to use a high gear when cycling downhill, a medium gear when cycling on a flat road, and a low gear when climbing. Different gear ratios and gear ranges are appropriate for different people and styles of cycling.
There are two varieties of single-speed bikes that use a single-gear ratio to propel the rider: fixed gear and freewheel. Fixed-gear bicycles have a fixed rear cassette, which keeps the pedals spinning any time the wheels are turning. Freewheel bicycles can coast freely when the bike is moving, without the need to continuously pedal.
A recommended gear for Lutsen would be 34/16.
A fat bike, is a bicycle with over-sized tires, typically 3.7 in (9.7cm) or larger and rims 65mm (2.6 in) or wider designed for low ground pressure to allow riding on soft unstable terrain, such as snow and sand. Fat bikes are built around frames with wide forks and stays to accommodate the wide rims required to fit these tires. The wide tires can be used with inflation pressures as low as 5 psi (340 hPa) to allow for a smooth ride over rough obstacles. A rating of 8-10 psi (550-690 hPa) is suitable for the majority of riders.
The tandem bicycle or twin is a form of bicycle designed to be ridden by two people. The term tandem refers to the seating arrangement (fore to aft, not side by side), not the number of riders.