Saturday, March 8, 2014

2014 Fat Bike Birkie and the U.S. National Fat Bike Championships

Telemark Resort site of the Fat Bike Birkie
The first ever U.S. National Fat Bike Championships were held in Cable, Wisconsin in conjunction with the second annual Fat Bike Birkie March 8th, 2014. A field of 525 riders competed on near perfect trails with a blue sky day in northern Wisconsin. The 47k race included mountain bike legend Ned Overend, UCI World Mountain Biking Champion in 1990, who is currently captain of the Specialized Cross Country Team. Adventure cyclist Rebecca Rusch, the Queen of Pain, is the 24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike National Champion (2006) and 4x Leadville 100 winner and women’s record holder.

Video of the start here on youtube
Ned Overend, 58 years old from Durango Colorado, took a commanding lead at 10k from the finish of the 47k.
US National Fat Bike Champion Ned Overend
Ned finished first, 2 minutes ahead of Will Ross of Anchorage Alaska proving he is still "Deadly Ned". 
Will Ross second place winner from Anchorage Alaska
Brenden Moore of Prior Lake, MN took third and
Brenden Moore third place finisher in the 47k
Jesse LaLonde of Minneapolis came across fourth.
Jesse LaLonde fourth place finisher from Minneapolis, MN

2014 47K Fat Bike Birkie winners Will Ross, Ned Overend, and Brenden Moore
 In the 47k Jenna Rinehart of Mankato, MN is the new U.S. National Fat Bike Champion and she led the Women's field across the line with April Morgan from Minneapolis second and Diane McFadden of Duluth,MN third. Rebecca Rusch finished fourth.
 Start of the 20k race here on Youtube
The start of the 20k.
2014 Fat Bike Birkie 20k First place finisher James Kauth of St. Paul
 The 20k event first place finisher is James Kauth of St. Paul with
  Dag Selander of Hudson, MN second place finisher in the 20K 2014 Fat Bike Birkie
 Dag Selander of Hudson, MN second and
 Scott Veldhuizen from Green Bay third.
James Kauth and Scott Veldhuizen
2014 Fat Bike Birkie 20k winners Biance Bergman, Cindy Bijold and Jackie Johnson.
  In the Women's 20K field hometown favorite Cindy Bijold of Hayward, WI came across the finish line first followed by Bianca Bergman from Fargo, ND and Jackie Johnson from Hancock, MI with third place. 
 For complete results check the CronoTrack website.
Lots of activities added to the day including demo bikes brought by sponsor Freewheel Bikes.

Volunteers Judy Rowley and  Rhonda Tworek manned (womanned) the Birkie booth.

The announcers booth at Birkie Broadcasting.


1 comment:

rlove2bike said...

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