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Video: Cyclist in Canada draws huge fat bike in the snow

The artwork has even been spotted by airline passengers flying overhead

As you may know, we like Strava artwork here at road.cc, but here's something a bit different that isn't on the social network and wasn't created on a ride - a huge fat bike sketched out in the snow by a cyclist in Canada.

Tom Kolesnik drew the massive bike on the Red River, which runs by his house in  Winnipeg, and which he pedals across every winter when it freezes over.

He told the CBC: “Every year I make a crossing on the Red River behind my house on Kingston Crescent.

 

“Rather than people cross the Elm Park Bridge, I build this crossing. This year, it’s in the shape of a fat bike laying on its side, as if it’s riding down the river. It’s a fun thing that I kind of got carried away with. It’s huge.”

The river is 180 metres wide at the spot where he made the bike, which has wheels that are 30 metres in diameter.

“I put ice screws in and used my old ice-climbing rope to measure out the sizes I wanted,” he said.

“Then I made the circles accurately and did the same thing to link the frame points, and made sure the lines were fairly straight.

"Once I had the shape, I did a bit of shovelling to confirm I was happy with it.”

While making the artwork, Kolesnik used a drone to grab aerial shots to ensure everything was going according to plan.

“For Christmas, my wife got me a DJI Mavic Pro drone," he explained. "I used it to get a bird’s-eye view. I made a few corrections and then broke out the snowblower and snowblowed the whole thing out.

"It took me about three and a half days — it was a lot of work,” he said.

Kolesnik, a keen fat biker himself, continued: “My neighbours are also outdoor enthusiasts, so they approve, and skiers and hikers coming by have taken notice, too,” he said of the attention his piece is getting in the community.

 

“I even heard a rumour that some airline passengers took note of it when they were flying into the Winnipeg airport looking down as they came in on Runway 31," he added.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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