Traverse City, Michigan - With more than 4,800 racers, the Bell’s Brewery Iceman Cometh in Traverse City, Michigan is the largest single-day point-to-point mountain bike race in North America. And of those 4,800 plus starters, three Felt riders finished with top-five finishes in the pro categories.
In the men’s race, Mafia Racing team rider Tristian Schouten finished fourth. And in the women’s race, Kenda/Felt team riders Amanda Carey and Judy Freeman (pictured) finished fourth and fifth respectively.
An annual tradition among Midwestern mountain bikers, the Iceman race has been held every year since 1990. As the name suggests, racers often face cold conditions and snow, but this year was unseasonably warm, with sunshine and temperatures close to 60 degrees.
A stacked field contested the pro men’s and women’s events, which were won by Swiss World Cup racers Lukas Flückinger and American pro Heather Irmiger . Mafia racer Schouten, a Midwest native from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, was right in the thick of it, finishing just 14 seconds off Flüchinger’s winning time to take the fourth-place spot. And in the women’s race, Carey and Freeman each finished about a minute-and-a-half back in fourth and fifth.