You could ask for better conditions for a fat bike race. Under glorious sunshine and with an immaculately manicured trail, the final race of the Short’s Brewing Fat Bike Series is done for another season.
The Huma Loopa Licious Fat Bike Race saw an interesting mix of series regulars and new names on the start sheet. In the men’s race, Chad Well made a return appearance, along with a very Australian rider, Justin Morris, looking to redeem his Vasa race, which ended with a flat tire.
Eric Langley, Kris Sands, Jim Jackovatz, and a slew of SBFBS regulars were also on the line and looking to solidify top placing in the overall series points.
Erin Reicha and Allyson Schultz both toed the line in the women’s race looking to lock in their overall positions for the points series.
How It Happened
After a holeshot attempt from Cody Sovis (thanks for letting me get to the first corner, everyone) ended with Chad Wells and Justin Morris hitting the woods 1-2, with Sovis and a flying Jay Click latched on. Eric Langely couldn’t quite make contact, but ably rode almost the entire race solo without ceding much time at all.
On the women’s side, Anabel Miller took an early lead with Erin Reicha giving chase, with Katherine Droese and Allyson Schultz riding in tandem behind. The women’s race was mixed in with much of the Men’s Open field, with each pairing trying to spot the other through the trees.
On the third lap, Chad Well put in a strong move that splintered the lead pack of four. It was Morris who held on the longest, with Click riding stellar form and impeccable handling skills to third overall and the master’s win.
Anabel Miller held on for the Women’s win by 36 seconds, with Droese third and Schultz home fourth.
Kris Sands finished second in the Men’s Masters, with Spencer Mendel just 24 seconds back for third. Jim Jackovatz came home fourth on the day ahead of Stephen Korienek and Kurt Droese, giving the Elderly Gent’s more than half of the top ten overall.
Sandra Dunn took the Women’s Masters win by just over a minute, with Kelly Fisher second on the day.
Make sure you check out the 2022 Huma Loop Licious results here.
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