The 2018 BUBBA Series got off to a roaring start at the legendary Fat Tire Classic in Farmington, Connecticut. After 20 plus years the Fat Tire Classic at Winding Trails has been a staple of New England mountain biking with it's early season flow track attracting riders from all over to find that early season fitness.
With a contingent of strong New Englanders at the Sea Otter Classic in California, there was opportunity for those who didn't fly west to grab those crucial early season points and the Athlos Sports leader's jerseys before Round 2 at Bear Brook in New Hampshire
After such a rough winter season in the area, the snow melted just in time, giving way to temperatures in the 60's making for very comfortable and powerful racing conditions for the 500 riders in attendance.
In Pro Men, some of the who's who in the Northeast showed up to battle it out for 2 hours at the Winding Trails course. Neal Burton of Errace Cycling took 1st with Bobby Nash of Team Spark in 2nd and Matthew Green of Bicycle Express Racing in 3rd. The high speeds pack racing was relativity easy to come by and so the final classification came down to a sprint with Burton claiming victory.
Over in Pro Women a new contingent made their mark and let it be known to veteran competitors that they were serious about the Championship. Kelly Catal of State 9 Racing took first with Alecia Faustini and Tira Denny in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Round 2 moves to The Bear Brook Classic in Allenstown, NH on May 12th. Presented by Club State 9 Racing, it has become one of the most popular races in the Northeast. The race will feature the Athlos leaders jerseys which while popular in Cyclocross has not been done in XC mountain biking here in the area. In terms of course layout expect leg busting flow track, switch back climbs, rocky descents, A-Line drops and the RedBull flyover.
The 2018 BUBBA Trophy Series is brought to you by BUBBA Burger, Kenda Tire, Redbull, Fox Suspension, Esi Grips, Motorex, Julbo Eyewear, Athlos Sports, Orange Seal, AvPro Worldwide, Forbo Flooring, and Pinkbike.