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Grand Rapids secures Fat Bike National Championship

July 17, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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Grand Rapids secures Fat Bike National Championship
Fat bikes are one of the fastest-growing types of cycling. Courtesy USA Cycling

Another national championship is on its way to Grand Rapids.

USA Cycling has named Grand Rapids the site for the 2017 and 2018 Fat Bike National Championship as part of a two-year contract.

"Fat bikes are emerging as one of the fastest-growing segments in the cycling community, and they're becoming increasingly popular among our members," said Micah Rice, VP of national events, USA Cycling.

Rice said USA Cycling has worked with the nonprofit West Michigan Sports Commission to bring the competition to the Midwest.

The Fat Bike National Championships will be held at Indian Trails Golf Course in Grand Rapids.

Amateurs in the event ride 12 miles, and professionals ride 18 miles.

Local race director Nate Phelps has held several races at the course, along with a trail ride every Wednesday.

More details will emerge closer to the events.

"Grand Rapids and the West Michigan area have continually increased in both recreational and competitive cyclists,” said Mike Guswiler, president, West Michigan Sports Commission. “I know our cycling community will come out in strong support."

This year, the championship was held in Ogden, Utah at Powder Mountain Resort, where it will return on Feb. 27, 2016.

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