Fat Bike Nationals Coming To Ogden, Utah & Grand Rapids, Mich.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Fat Bike Nationals, which will be held in Ogden, Utah, in 2016, will move to Grand Rapids for 2017-2018.
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,” said Micah Rice, USA Cycling’s VP of national events. “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 12 miles across Powder Mountain’s Hidden Lake area terrain, while pro and open class riders will compete over 18 miles.
The location for the Grand Rapids event will be the Indian Trails Golf Course. “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 Gustier, president of the West Michigan Sports Commission.