HYPERThermia Fat Bike Race

The HYPERThermia Fat Bike Race takes place February 4, 2023 at the Northgate Trails System just outside of Dauphin, Manitoba. 26 kms of beautiful flowy single track and multi use trail developed on the plunging valleys and rolling hills of Riding Mountain's north escarpment. Approximately 16 - 20 kms of this system is groomed for fatbiking annually, with plans to extend the course for the fat bike race, weather dependent.


  • We welcome all level of rider to this event - from beginner/ first-time riders to elite.
  • Distances for the race are 5km, 10km, 20km, 30km and 40km. 40km route will depend on weather and is subject to change.
  • Race staging will be held at Selo Ukraina Hall with full services including indoor setup areas, food and beverage. Selo Ukraina Hall is located at the UPPER level of the festival site, just west off of Highway 10. (Turn off at various festival sign billboards, follow road straight and then up the hill.)
  • Cozy accomodations are available right on site at the Northgate Trailhead Microcabins. Only 5 available. BOOK TODAY!

COME ON DOWN EARLY for the Vancouver Film Fest also at Selo Ukraina Hall, February 3! This gala event is not one to miss, hosted by the Dauphin Derailleurs Cycle Club. Details coming soon!

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Night Ride at Northgate

This 4 season package is for experienced beginner riders looking to try something new and take the trail ride to a whole new level, under the stars of the expansive north escarpment. This ride is approximately 80 minutes through the Northgate trails system, once the sun has set. Experienced coaches provide complete guidance, headlamps, helmets, backpacks, water bottles, and safety gear. An experience for the adventurous spirit! This package includes a one night stay (based on double occupancy) in the Northgate microcabins, fat bike and gear, and a fully guided experience along the trails.

Packages require a 2 person minimum and 6 person maximum.

$225 / per person (summer)

$250 / per person (winter)

Intro to Cycling Trails Package

This 4 season package is for beginner riders that want gain some confidence to try out trail riding. The package includes a one night stay at Northgate Microcabins (based on double occupancy), one fat bike and gear essentials (helmet, backpack, water bottle), an intro lesson designed to give you confidence on the trails, and an optional guided tour. Bikes and gear are brought directly to your door with flexible check in and lesson times to suit your schedule. Melisa and Alex are certified Professional Mountain Bike Association Level 1 instructors who focus on creating a safe but fun experience on the trail.

Packages require a 2 person minimum with an 6 person maximum.

$215/ per person

Meet your Hosts

Melisa Stefaniw and Alex Man are both lifelong outdoor enthusiasts. Each have had unique experiences, with the common thread of outdoor athletics weaving throughout their individual life lines. 

Alex Man
Alex has combined his passion for outdoor recreation and background in engineering into a career of designing and building sustainable mountain biking and hiking trails.  His outdoor experience includes 30 years of mountain bike racing at the expert level, international adventure races at the professional level (most recently Amazon Prime's Eco Challenge Fiji), and coaching youth mountain biking including the Manitoba Provincial Cycling Team.  He holds a PhD in soil mechanics and an MSc in environmental engineering.  This unique combination of skills brings significant insight to current trail building issues and their solutions.  Alex has one the national "Trail Builder of the Year" award for his work on Winnipeg's Bison Butte, and was the key designer for Dauphin's Northgate Trail System.

Melisa Stefaniw
Melisa brings a wealth of knowledge to Decipher Wilderness Experiences from nearly two decades working in the tourism sector in British Columbia, Alberta, and now Dauphin. Melisa began snowboarding competitively at a young age and moved into instruction, always keeping in mind access to non-traditional sports to women and girls. She is the founder of F-Cycle, a women - centered cycling group for all ages and abilities and was a founding member of the Dauphin Derailleurs Cycling Club, the organization responsible for the Northgate Trails development. Her approach to Decipher's hosted experiences combines a love of hospitality and passion for connectedness to both people and nature. Both Melisa and Alex hold their Level One Mountain Bike certification with the Professional Mountain Bike Instructor's Association.

Winter Fat Bike Experiences

Fat biking has rapidly grown as a means to get outside in colder climates for exercise and enjoyment as well as commuting. Decipher offers introductory fat bike experiences including guided lessons and rentals. Along with day tours, we also offer night rides and special catered night ride tours, with full accomodations provided at the trailhead in the modern, cozy microcabins.

Northgate boasts upwards of 15 km of consistently groomed trail through rolling hills and pristine boreal forest.

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