USA Cycling Fat Bike Championships; Men’s Open Class Start; Powder Mountain; Ogden, Utah; February 14, 2015; Photo: Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports
The first ever USA Cycling Fat Bike National Championships took place at Powder Mountain, Utah today. Amateur and professional riders took to the six plus mile course covering +772/-748 vertical feet across Powder Mountain’s Hidden Lake.
Fat bikes have emerged as the fastest growing segment in the cycling community in North America. Originally created to handle the rough Alaskan terrain, these bikes get their name from wide or fat tires built specifically for snow, mud and ice.
“Powder Mountain is elated to be hosting the inaugural Fat Bike National Championships,” said Tim “Fuzz” Hall, Powder Mountain Sports Marketing Manager. “With fat bikes being a new sport, we have put a lot of time in developing the ideal course and analyzing snow conditions. It’s sure to push the rider’s abilities and fitness throughout the day. Whoever wins the race will deserve the USA Cycling stars and stripes jersey.”
Mike Caldwell; Ogden City Mayor, USA Cycling Fat Bike Championships; Powder Mountain; Ogden, Utah; February 14, 2015; Photo: Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports
Ogden City Mayor, Mike Caldwell shared a similar excitement for the event.
“This event is a perfect fit for what our state and our community is all about,” said Caldwell. “I have passionately watched and raced bikes and our state is an outdoor active state. Its inspiring to be around such great athletes.”
After three laps and over 18 miles of racing, Ned Overend of Durango, Colorado took first place in the Men’s Open Class.
USA Cycling Fat Bike Championships; Men’s Open Class; (Ned Overend #13); Powder Mountain; Ogden, Utah; February 14, 2015; Photo: Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports
“I think it’s so great that USA Cycling has recognized fat bike,” said Overend. “It is such a fast growing sport. I am so excited to be the first winner of this event. You could not ask for a nicer day to be out to compete against such a great group of riders and to have the big crowds on hand to cheer us on.”
In the Women’s Open Class, Amanda Miller of Colorado Springs, Colorado who spent the majority of the race in the lead by herself, cruised to a first place finish.
“What an event,” exclaimed Miller. “I had so much fun today. The weather was gorgeous, the competition was great, and most importantly we all had fun and that is why many of us ride these fat bikes. We have a passion for riding bikes and fat bikes let us ride year round. It’s special that USA Cycling is recognizing this as a sport and surrounding the event with some great talent.
Men Pro Open:
- Edmund (Ned) Overend – Durango, Colorado
- Brad Bingham – Steamboat Springs
- Travis Brown – Durango, Colorado
Women Pro Open
- Amanda Miller – Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Rebecca Rusch – Ketchum, Idaho
- Amanda Carey – Victor, Idaho