Wednesday, November 9, 2011

2011 Iceman Cometh

The Iceman Cometh race, held in Traverse City the first Saturday in November, is sort of an anomaly of bike racing. It's a mountain bike race, but mountain bikers will tell you that it feels more like a road race. Roadies would probably disagree, because the route is over snowmobile trails, some singletrack, lots of sand and steep climbs. It can be more or less technical, depending on the weather.

One thing we all can agree on: Iceman makes for a really exciting day! Great workout, beautiful scenery, challenging terrain, bikes and riders of every size, shape, and color. Oh yeah - and lots of beer.

Brendon and Brent just after finishing the race
Dave overtaking another rider, coming into the last chute before his first Iceman finish

A preview of the Surly Moonlander, which will be out just in time for Christmas 2011

Dave and his new Cannondale Lefty, post-race and pre-beer
Draining the Bell's Amber Ale keg with Century Cycles guys Kevin and Doug
The Sno-Cone race draws the biggest crowds and the loudest cheers. This little guy is one his way to one day becoming the Mountain Bike World Champion. 


  1. Congratulations on your first-place finish in the Slush Cup! You're too modest for not mentioning it...

  2. Well, thanks, Kevin. Of course, I couldn't have done it without a BIKE, and so I thank Lisa for letting me borrow hers, and you for setting it up so that the I never had to think about the course, I just had to ride. I still don't know if I'd ever want to do the full Iceman, though - I'm thinking it's not really 'my thing', you know?