Since then I've raced sport, expert, pro and single speed. This was the first year with a fat bike class...naturally I had to race it. Duh. Total no-brainer. Even better was the fact that my Wausau 24 teammate April and her husband Tom were bringing the Salsa Beargrease XX1 demo bike for me to race. Once I found out that I could race on it I really couldn't think about anything else for the rest of the week.
I was so excited all week but also nervous and really tired from super early 5 a.m. mornings at work. Ugh. On Friday Jill (my road trip buddy and event coordinator for Grand Rapids Bicycles) picked me up at 6:45 a.m. My eyes were so tired I felt like I had to hold them open but I rallied and once we packed up the van we headed straight to
After lots and lots of talking the bike arrived! While Efred (from Salsa) worked on transferring over my bike measurements I manned the Salsa booth.
PS. Talking about bikes that I love was not hard for me!
Before I knew it our alarms were going off and we were loading up our fat bikes and coffee in the van. Scott was going to drive us to Kalkaska (race start) and then try to go to some of the road crossings to cheer us on.
The moment we arrived my pre-race nerves mostly disappeared. I should have been warming up but instead I was staring in awe at the bike Salsa was letting me race.
Two fatties hanging out before the race :-)
I had only ridden the Carbon Beargrease once before but it was just as great as I remembered it. It's like having a secret weapon. Once you start pedaling the bike just shoots forwards. The best part was that I could literally ride any part of the Iceman course. The sand pits and leaves were no longer an issue. For the first time ever I didn't have to worry about the good and bad lines.
This was my first time racing with XX1 components and what can I say? I'm hooked on that as well. The shifting was phenomenal and I never felt like I was spun out or couldn't clean a climb. It was by far the most fun I've ever had racing the Iceman and from this point on I will only race a fat bike there.
I love climbing on this bike!
The final miles at the Iceman was a blast because there were sooooo many people cheering! I loved it. I crossed the line as the first place female and 8th out of the guys. A great day for sure!
Me and my Minnesota BFF...we will be racing Wausau together again next year!Great Lakes Fat Bike Series is right around the corner.
Bring on the winter season :-)