OGDEN, Utah (February 27, 2016) — USA Cycling’s Fat Bike Nationals were held at Powder Mountain on a tough but non-technical course. Utah riders fared well with perennial powerhouse Alex Grant (Salt Lake City, Cannondale 360 Fly p/b Sugoi) taking the Pro Men’s win and Emma Maaranen (Bend, Oregon, Rolf Prima) taking the Pro Women’s. Maaranen is a former Utah resident.
Grant and Utah road pro rider Robbie Squire dropped the field early on and built a large gap. The two stayed together until the finish when Grant led out the sprint. Squire came around him and looked ready to take the win, but his front wheel slid out with 20 feet to go. Grant crossed the line for his first national championship.
Maaranen went out fast and early and soloed the women’s race to take her first national championship.
Category winners include:
Men’s Junior 15-18 – Anders Johnson, Huntsville, UT
Men’s 19-29 – Zach Harvey, Morgan, UT
Men’s 30-39 – Kevin Day, Farmington, UT
Men’s 40-49 – James Stull, Anchorage, AK
Men’s 50-59 – David Zink, Steamboat Springs, CO
Men’s 60-69 – Paul Gossi, Reno, NV
Men’s 70-79 – John Adamson, Carbondale, CO
Men's Singlespeed – AJ Turner, Ogden, UT
Women’s Junior 15-18 – Trini Olds, Kaysville, UT
Women’s 19-29 – Sophia Robinson, Salt Lake City, UT
Women’s 30-39 – Amy Stuart, Park City, UT
Women’s 40-49 – Tory Canfield, Ketchum, ID
Women’s 50-59 – Chrissy Gove, Sun Valley, ID
Women’s 60-69 – Kim Bear, Santa Fe, NM