Proving that age is just a number, Specialized’s ageless wonder Ned Overend (Durango Wheel Club) took the inaugural fat bike national championship title on Saturday at Powder Mountain Resort in Eden, Utah. The women’s title went to Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo).
Overend, 59, a former mountain bike world champion, finished the 6.1-mile snow course in 1:09:40. Brad Bingham and former cross country Olympian Travis Brown rounded out the men’s pro podium, finishing in 1:10:12 and 1:11:02 respectively.
Meanwhile, Miller put over a minute and a half into her closest rival, finishing the three-lap race in 1:27:05. Rebecca Rusch and Amanda Carey finished behind Miller in 1:28:37 and 1:32:52 to complete the podium. You can see full results from all the races at www.usacycling.org
Racing was punctuated by spectacular views, with the course running adjacent to the Utah ski resort. Amateurs did two laps, while pros spun three. The course was mostly flat and fast, with numerous berms and a short climb mixed in to keep things interesting.
Making the right tire choice was critical, and depended largely on what time of day you raced. In the morning the course was firm; but the snow turned to spring-like slush by the afternoon. Most fields had 15-20 racers, with 28 in the pro men’s competition and just five in the pro women’s race.
Mtbr ad rep and XC racer extraordinaire Mark Gouge was among the contestants, taking fourth in the master’s 50-59 race. When not spinning his fat bike, Gouge busted out his camera and snapped these pictures.