Mountain bike racing is a gateway to some of the best adventures the world has to offer. Especially at the professional level, the pursuit of UCI points and purse money can quite literally take you all around the world; to places you would probably never even consider visiting if there wasn't a race there. For 2016, this is more true than ever for me and my race schedule. I am thrilled to be spending another season with Nature's Bakery KTM and look forward to sharing my life's great journeys with you all. Here's a little preview of some of my planned adventures (races) for the upcoming year:
Fat Bike World Championships - Crested Butte, CO
My first race of 2016 will be for a World Championship. That's right, the first ever Fat Bike World Championships will be held in Crested Butte, CO. With the Rockies getting dumped on by storm after storm, the snow is deep and perfect for the world's biggest fat bike event.
Cyprus Sunshine Cup - Cyprus
This little island in the Mediterranean off the coast of Lebanon and Syria is actually the site of the worlds first High Caliber UCI mountain bike race of the year. HC races are the highest level of professional mountain bike races in the world, and this event is the first opportunity for top pros to test their speed before the World Cups start up. The race is a 4-day stage race, on an island filled with history (and sunshine).
Belgian Waffle Ride - San Diego, CA
This single-day, 143 mile road race in California has become pretty famous in a short period of time, and for good reason. Covering all kinds of terrain including dirt roads, sandy trails, and rough pavement over short and steep climbs, this race is brutally tough, but also incredibly fun.
Singletrack 6 - BC, Canada
Hands down my favorite event of 2015, I will definitely be back for more in 2016. With the event being moved slightly east, close to Alberta, the trails and stages will be all new this year. Getting on the podium at this incredibly fun, tough, and competitive event is a primary goal of mine for 2016.
Taiwan KOM Challenge - Taipei, Taiwan
I'll be finishing off my season with another fun and slightly crazy road race in Taiwan. This one is a 100k hill climb, that starts at sea level and climbs up to 10.5k ft, finishing at the summit of a massive peak in Taiwan. I definitely don't consider myself a road racer, but I do enjoy going uphill and am always game for a challenge this big.
I'll still be contesting the entire North American Pro Tour as well as a handful of other exciting events in the US and beyond. If there's a race in your neck of the woods, come on out and grab a fig bar from the KTM paddock. To see my complete schedule, please check out TrevorDeRuise.com