Nothing keeps us away from the action, and this weekend, City Bike Shop Racing got back onto the start line for the first time in 2019!
The seventh edition of Fat Chance at Crystal Mountain saw the race take on a course very similar to that used in the first two years of the event. Unfortunately, it also saw the reprise of those early years’ infamously frigid temperatures. Like the first and second editions of the race, Sunday’s race was incredibly cold, with the thermometer just barely breaking zero degrees as over 100 riders made their way to the start line.
For City Bike Shop, the race is always a first test of the season for some of our die-hard racers. For Cindy Duby, it was an important step towards the goal of winning the Women’s Master’s category in the Short’s Brewing Fat Bike Series. The first race is always huge, and she put down a strong ride right from the gun. Pairing with Women’s Open contender Chelsey Schlict, Cindy put together fast lap after fast lap all morning long, eventually coming home with the win and pocketing full points for the rest of the Series.
John Duby had a stellar race, too! Few riders in the region have shown such exponential progression, and 2019 is already looking to be a big year for John. Duby rode away from a packed chase group that included many of the other Master’s racers, riding solo between the overall lead group and the chasers and pulling clear of his rivals. Only Paul Olson, who made the early split at the front, finished ahead of John, giving the Duby household two podiums to kick off the season!
Vince Mack found himself trapped in that Master’s chase group, but he smartly opted not to contribute to the chase and help to keep John comfortably clear up the trail He, too, had a killer race to pick up a sixth place and collect a nice haul of points toward the overall Series.
The next Short’s Brewing Fat Bike Series event is the North American Vasa Fat Bike Race on Saturday, February 9 at Timber Ridge. Instead of 90 and 45-minute circuit races, racers have a chance to head for one or two 20 kilometer laps utilizing the best of the Winter Sports Singletrack. Maintained and groomed by Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association, the Vasa has quickly become one of the most prestigious fat bike events in the state. The rolling, twisting singletrack is punctuated with plenty of wider trail to allow for some exciting passing and wide-open racing.
Our squad will head into the Vasa with their Borealis Crestones ready for action. With such top-notch grooming, we’ll be sticking with 4” tires for that little reduction in drag compared to powder-ready Dillinger 5s.
Stop by and see how to get your fat bike a little racier and in perfect shape for the next race!