Fat Bike Nationals head back to Ogden, Utah while Crested Butte, Colorado launches first Fat Bike World Champs
Its all go in the fat bike world these days. Having seen massive growth over the past few years fat biking is now firmly establishing its high end competitive calendar.
On February 27 Ogden, Utah will host the second annual USA Cycling Fat Bike National Championship. Last year cross triathlon and mountain bike über-legend, Ned Overend fittingly picked up the inaugural USA Cycling Fat Bike National Championship, also hosted in Ogden. Find 2015 Results HERE.
However, Ned is surely a favorite to pick up the first ever World Championship, as Crested Butte, Colorado has self-declared the first Fat Bike World Championship will happen January 27-31st 2016 in Crested Butte.
Find all the Crested Butte Fat Bike World Championship info HERE.
As to the USAC Fat Bike National Champs, races will consist of 12 mile amateur events and 18 mile pro and open events at Powder Mountain ski area’s Hidden Lake trail system.
Find all the National Champs info HERE.
Below is the USA Cycling Press Release for Fat Bike Nationals:
USA Cycling is pleased to name Ogden, Utah and Grand Rapids, Mich. as the host cities for the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Fat Bike National Championships.
Following a successful debut at Ogden’s Powder Mountain Resort this year, the event will return to the Wasatch Mountains for a second time in 2016 before heading to Grand Rapids for a two-year contract in 2017 and 2018.
“Fat Bikes are emerging as one of the fastest-growing segments in the cycling community, and they’re becoming increasingly popular among our members,” commented USA Cycling’s VP of National Events, Micah Rice. “It was very exciting to offer a fresh and different kind of national championship to our members in 2015, and we’re thrilled to bring Fat Bike Nationals back again. Powder Mountain was a fantastic stage for the event’s debut and we look forward to a second year there. We’re also excited to work with the West Michigan Sports Commission to bring the event to the Midwest in 2017 and 2018.”
Slated for Feb. 27, the 2016 event in Ogden will take amateurs twelve miles across Powder Mountain’s Hidden Lake area terrain while pro and open class riders will compete over 18 miles. The atmosphere will also include free fat bike demos provided by the Official Bike sponsor Borealis Fat Bikes and local bike shops, as well as an opportunity from Rockstar to win a Fat Bike. Participants and spectators who make their way to Ogden can look forward to double the snow action as Powder Mountain also hosts the US National Snowshoe Championships that same weekend.
Ned Overend Wins Fat Bike Nationals
Ned Overend Wins Fat Bike Nationals in 2015
“We are thrilled to be hosting the 2nd Annual Fat Bike National Championship in Ogden! It was an honor to host the inaugural event and we are very excited to be bringing it back for one more year. This segment has been growing locally as well as nationally, and it’s great to see the excitement and participation. We continue to appreciate our partnership with USA Cycling and our local venues to produce these world-class events,” said Visit Ogden CEO Sara Toliver.
The dates and specifics for the 2017 and 2018 events in Grand Rapids will be announced at a later time.
“Grand Rapids and the West Michigan area have continually increased in both recreational and competitive cyclists. We are excited to have the Fat Bike National Championships in Grand Rapids and I know our cycling community will come out in strong support,” said Mike Guswiler, President of the West Michigan Sports Commission.