Over 90 racers made the NMFBS finale Fat Camp! the biggest race to date! The relatively warm temperatures (in the mid-20s at race start) made for almost perfect race conditions and the course immaculate. The loop, made specifically for Fat Camp!, was 1.7 mile long and featured outstanding climbs, descents, and twisting sections that challenged riders from the elite to the beginner.
Sean Kickbush took the win in the Men’s Solo after Jason Lowetz initially stormed off the front. The two enjoyed a working partnership to keep the gap open, spurred on by hundreds of fans along the route in attendance for the Suds’n’Snow Festival. Behind, Ryan Kennedy, Ryan Kushman and Chris Kushman were in hot pursuit. For Chris, a spot on the NMFBS points podium was in the works, with Lowetz riding with the same in mind.
Craig Webb took the Master’s win after scoring perfect points at Vasa and Fat Camp!. Because Vasa scored him, he was moved up to Master’s for the remainder, and carried his points from 6th place at Fat Chance with him.
Kim Thomas took the women’s Solo win over Laura Webb, with Stacy Smith in third. Stacy did just enough to win the series, with a one point advantage over two-race winner Danielle Musto.
Beth Collins made it a clean sweep for the Women’s Masters, equaling the three straight victories of teammate Chelsea Strate in the Women’s Solo in 2013. Those two are the only riders to ever post perfect 150 point seasons with NMFBS.
Behind those leaders of the day, the final points picture was a nail-biter. With leaders Jorden Wakeley and Danielle Musto not in attendance, it was wide open for the rest of the field to take their shots at the title. Jason Lowetz looked to have it the bag an hour into the race, but he lost four spots in the final forty minutes of racing to finish sixth. Chris Kushman was only getting stronger as the day went on, putting in some of his fastest laps in the final fifty minutes of racing to come from ninth into second place on the day. It took a series of math calculations (addition) to find out that Lowetz had did enough to win the series by a single point!
It was literally just as close (math again) on the Women’s side, with Stacy Smith entering the day with dreams of glory and the series title. GRBC sent Kim Thomas in the hopes of fending off Smith in defense of Musto’s title, and she did what she set out to do. Kim’s win, and an impressive second from Laura Webb, meant Smith was on the limit and was pushed on by a roaring crowd urging her to take third just to have a shot at the title. She came in for 38 points, exactly ONE more than she needed to take the points title.
Men’s Solo Fat Chance Points Vasa Points Fat Camp Points Final Points
|Nate St. Onge||4||34||5||31||4||34||99|
Craig Webb 6* 29 1 50 1 50 129
David Hintz 1 50 6 29 4 34 113
Scott Bury 5 31 15 19 1 50 100
Thomas Klaver 3 38 5 31 6 28 97
Randy Novak 2 43 11 24 8 26 93