Our team of groomers put in a lot of work to battle cold temperatures and soft snow heading into another edition of the North American Vasa Fat Bike Race this weekend! Somehow, we always get lucky on race day; the course held up extremely well even with over 100 racers on course, and the sunny skies only made the race more enjoyable.
The weekend started off with the race itself, with the 12:30 start of the 18km Short'n'Fat Race. These guys and gals got the first tracks on a course that received plenty of attention from our grooming volunteers, including a pre-race roll from Heath Day. Doug McKibbon took the win, and you can check out all the results from the Short's race here.
The 42km Short's Grand Fat kicked off 30 minutes later, with Jorden taking his second win of the day after crossing the line first in the 28km ski earlier in the day. All the races agreed that the inclusion of the all-new Yeti's Revenge completely changed the race from previous editions, adding some short and sharp climbs before the longest section of singletrack just a miles later .The softer snow was also a challenge, but didn't stop Wakeley from holding an average speed of 14.87 miles per hour! Dave "Sunset" Scott and Cody Sovis rounded out the men's podium, while Christa Hoyt was an equally dominant winner on the women's side ahead of City Bike Shop teammate Cindy Duby in second and Erin Reicha in third. You can see the 42km results here.
IMBA Executive Director Dave Wiens joined us for the awards at the Short's Brewing Party Tent after the race, and even made it down to Brew for some post-race chat and a discussion about the future of mountain biking and trails around the country. We even got the six-time Leadville 100 champion out on the Winter Sports Singletrack on Sunday morning. It was an absolute treat to have Dave in Traverse City, and we really appreciate him braving the blizzard that hit the lower part of the state to make it up for our big weekend of fat biking!
Thanks to everyone who helped make this weekend happen, including our many volunteer course marshals and the whole North American Vasa crew that keeps this Northern Michigan tradition going strong.