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Short's Brewing Fat Bike Series #2: North American Vasa Fat Bike Race

  • Timber Ridge 4050 East Hammond Road Traverse City, MI, 49686 United States (map)

We're excited to add the 2017 North American Vasa to our calendar. The King Vasa Fat Bike Race has enjoyed two storied editions since it began, and the third year promises to be one for the ages.

In 2015, frigid weather shut down roads all over Northern Michigan, but it didn't stop the race! In -20 degree weather, the race was treated to a thrilling finale, tough conditions, and a true sense of community as skiers and fat bikers came together to celebrate winter sports. The course includes sections of the Winter Sports Singletrack, groomed trails on the start/finish property at Timber Ridge RV Park and Resort, and a high-speed stretch along the Vasa 25km Pathway to demand a complete winner.

2016 went off under idyllic race conditions, and one of the fastest fields to date. With 2015 winner Justin Morris back in his native and sunny climes of Australia, it was a wide open race ultimately narrowed down to an elite group of five that included 2015 Series winner Ryan Kennedy. Jorden Wakeley took the win, with a field sprint for second thrilling the crowd before every spilled into the party tent. There's no party like a Short's Brewing party, and the award ceremonies in the big tent are always an absolute blast.

There will be two fatbike race distances, 17k and a 35k.  The course will highlight the beauty of the Vasa Pathway, Riley's Loop, Timber Ridge and small sections of the Wintersports loop.  Anticipated race start times will be 1:00pm.  Helmets are required.  Tires must be a minimum of 3.7 inches wide.

King Vasa Skifatalon - for bragging rights as the top snow athletes in Michigan!  Back again this year is the worlds only (we think) multisport event combining nordic skiing and fatbiking.  The two-event competition will rank athletes based on their combined times in the 27k ski race and the 35k fatbike race.  A special Skifatalon discount will apply to entry fees when signing up for both the 27k ski race and the 33k fatbike race. For more information, head over to!