Fatbike GRR Race Series Final to be Included in the Michigan’s Winter Games

13 Dec, 2013

Fatbike GRR Race Series Begins this Weekend at Meijer State Games of Michigan – Winter Games

The Fatbike GRR Race Series will be kicking off this Sunday, December 15 at 1:00pm at the Grand Rapids Bike Park (580 Kirtland, Grand Rapids, MI). The Meijer State Games of Michigan are proud to partner with the Fatbike GRR Race Series to produce the 2013/2014 race series. The series finale is scheduled to take place during the inaugural Meijer State Games of Michigan - Winter Games at Boulder Creek Golf Club.

Eric Engelbarts, Executive Director of the Meijer State Games of Michigan stated, “It’s a natural fit for Michigan to have Winter Games and partnering with the Fatbike GRR Race Series will only enhance the event. The sport of Fatbike fits our mission of providing Michigan residents of all ages and abilities the opportunity to stay active in the winter months.”

Fatbike racing is an up and coming cycling trend which takes mountain biking to the next level. The wide rims, extra-large tires, and oddly dimensioned frames allow the bikes to race on any terrain. Fatbike tires measure at least 3.7 inches wide, doubling most regular bike tires, allowing these bikes to “float” on top of dirt, mud, and snow. 

The 2012/2013 elite division Fatbike GRR Race Series winner, Nate Versluis stated, “The Fatbike GRR Race Series is a great and fun series. I look forward to participating this year.” 

Versluis continued “Fatbike is not just a fad. Riding Fatbike is where it's at in the winter time.”

This weekend’s race will kick-off the six race Fatbike series. Any biker is welcome to participate in as many races in the tour as they would like, whether they wish to compete in all six races, or just one. The series total is the best of four out of the six races with the lowest score being dropped. Three divisions will be offered for bikers to compete in: elite, fun and duo. The schedule is as follows:

2013/2014 Fatbike GRR Race Series Schedule
• Dec. 15 Grand Rapids Bike Park     • Jan. 19  Ridge Point Community Church (Holland)
• Dec. 29 Indian Trails Golf Course    • Feb. 2    Richmond Park
• Jan. 5    Wahlfield Park                    • Feb. 15  Boulder Creek Golf Club

The final race of the series will take place the weekend of the inaugural Meijer State Games of Michigan Winter Games, on February 15, 2014.

Fatbike racing will be one of 13 sports offered in the 2014 Winter Games. Other sports featured in the 2014 Winter Games are: archery-indoor, basketball, BMX-indoor, bowling, ice hockey, racquetball, rowing-indoor, skiing & snowboarding, speed skating, snowball softball, snowshoe/trail run, and wrestling.

The inaugural event is expected to draw over 2,000 athletes in its first year.

Sponsors of the 2013/2014 Fatbike GRR Race Series include: West Michigan Sports Commission, Meijer State Games of Michigan, Central District Cyclery, Harmony Brewing Company, B.O.B’s Brewery, Velo City Cycles, Velocity USA, The Wheel Department,            Fat-Bike.com, 42-85.com, Alger Bikes, and Perrin Brewery.

For more information and to register for the 2013/2014 Fatbike GRR Race Series, please visit www.StateGamesofMichigan.com/fatbike

About the Meijer State Games of Michigan: Modeled after the Olympics, the Meijer State Games of Michigan welcomes athletes regardless of age or ability. The Games embody the values of participation, sportsmanship and healthy living among resident of Michigan. A signature event of the West Michigan Sports Commission, the Meijer State Games of Michigan is truly a grassroots organization that relies on the dedication of thousands of volunteers and the support of corporate partners.

About the West Michigan Sports Commission: Established in 2007, the West Michigan Sports Commission has worked with more than 250 events that have brought over 300,000 people into the community and generated an economic impact of more than $100 million from visitor spending.


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