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Two Duby's, Two Series Winners at Short's Brewing Fat Bike Series Finale!

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The winter racing season wrapped up on Saturday with Beard of Zeus, the party/fat bike race that serves as the unofficial start to the spring countdown in northern Michigan.

With over 100 racers, Beard of Zeus was a big event to cap off what has been an extremely fun winter for the City Bike Shop Racing squad. For John and Cindy Duby, it was a full-on winter campaign. The pair took on each of the Series’ events dating way back to January 20’s Fat Chance at Crystal Mountain. Both posted consistent results, but few quite as impressive as Cindy’s four straight wins. Staying perfect was perhaps a bit of a luxury, but she pulled it off on Saturday and picking up all the points possible for the Series and bringing the title home to City Bike Shop!

John relied on consistent and aggressive racing. At Fat Chance, Vasa, and on Saturday, it was our rider glued to the front of the chase group, his rivals holding onto his wheel for as long as they could. He ended up an impressive fourth his category, but 9th overall, showing just how stacked some of the older age groups are this winter.

Just 19 seconds back was Mike Walters, who was able to swap time on the grooming snowmobile for some saddle time this weekend. It’s really great to see such a dedicated Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association advocate throw his hat in the ring and mix it up on the trails he has done so much to bring to life and maintain!

It’s been a great winter, and a casual glance at the ten-day forecast shows that the snow isn’t going anywhere soon! Make the most of it by tuning up your well-ridden fat bike, or renting one to give fat biking a try for the first time. March might actually be the best month for riding, with more sun and warmer temperatures making the trails more accessible than ever. Got questions? Call and let us get you rolling before the snow is gone!

Duby's Impress at Dogman Challenge

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PC. Julie Christiansen

After three races, both John and Cindy Duby are looking golden in the Short’s Brewing Fat Bike Series.

This past weekend, the Dogman Challenge saw 75 racers take on a two-mile circuit race for a full two hours of tough, snowy racing. Even with warm temperatures and the chance of rain, the course held up exceptionally well, as did our two Master-category crushers, the Dubys! Even with some of the best racers in action, our duo put in strong rides to bring home top results and keep City Bike Shop on the podium.

Cindy picked up another win in the women’s Master’s category, staying perfect this winter in that category and all but assuring herself the Series win with just one more race to go. It wasn’t easy, either; Cindy spend most of the day trying to stay out of the clutches of Amelia Hasenohrl and Kamie Wade, both of whom finished just a few minutes back, even after two hours of tough racing. Cindy will head into the final race of the Series with a comfortable lead, but she’ll want to make a clean sweep of things and make it a perfect four wins in 2019.

John finished second in the Master’s category, a huge haul of points that should see him inch closer to the lead of the Series. He’ll be hard-pressed to leap front Saturday’s winner and the Series leader, Paul Olson, but John has been the revelation of the Series this winter and has put in some top ten finishes since things kicked off in January. John was just three minutes behind the day’s overall winner, Rick Wetherald, and was one of the just 15 riders to put in a sub-10 minute lap!

The final fat bike race of the winter is back home in Traverse City on Saturday, March 2. Beard of Zeus is one of the most fun events of the season, with a short, circuit-style course offering fast racing and plenty of entertainment if you can make it up to watch at Timber Ridge. We’re going to see a ton of City Bike Shop racers jump back in the fray, and after getting a hefty snowstorm Sunday night, we’re going to have plenty of snow and ideal conditions for racing!

Also important to note, proceeds from Beard of Zeus go to Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association, the organization responsible not just for our groomed trails all winter, but for the miles and miles of trails we enjoy all summer long in Traverse City, at the Cadillac Pathway, Glacial Hills, and the new trails at Palmer Woods. Your race this weekend can help give you a place to ride this summer; you can’t beat that!

Registration is open, sign up and say hi to the City Bike Shop racers you line up with at Timber Ridge this Saturday!

Strong Showing at Vasa Fat Bike Race for CBS!

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It was a perfect day for a fat bike race. Not too cold, not too warm, and with the trails groomed to perfection, the sunshine overhead was just the icing on the cake for another glorious edition of the North American Vasa.

Since the Vasa added a fat bike race, it’s consistently offered racers from around the state a rock-solid event that always delivers great organization, a killer course, and professional-level grooming. It’s one the fat bike race is one of the largest categories of the weekend, with well over 100 bikes toeing the line at Timber Ridge.

We were proud to have John and Cindy Duby line up as two big favorites on Saturday after their stellar rides at Fat Chance back in January. If anything, the Vasa course suited them even better than Fat Chance, with Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association’s brilliant singletrack mixed in with a few sections of wider trail that allowed plenty of room to pass. After a blistering start, John was leading the way for CBS, spending the entire race patrolling the top ten overall and well ahead of the bulk of the Master’s competition. He finished off the day 9th out of the whole line-up, and first in the Master’s category, which puts him well ahead in the points series.

Cindy had to pick her way through traffic but put down four consistent laps to win the Women’s Masters and put herself on perfect points after two of four total Short’s Brewing Fat Bike Series races.

The Duby’s are looking solid of the Series, and Vince Mack has been just as steady. He finished in the top 30 overall and 16th in Master’s and is building towards a top ten in the Series if he can put together a strong ride at the Dogman Challenge on February 23 and Beard of Zeus on March 2.

Have you given fat bike racing a try? Stop by and we’ll give you pointer on racing, preparing, dressing, and fueling for winter’s most enjoyable sport!