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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – Andrie-Machine Star Junior Development team riders flooded the podiums during the USA Cycling Fatbike National Championship. Racing in the team’s home territory of West Michigan, Andrie riders claimed one national championship and six total podium positions on Jan. 28, 2017, at Indian Trails Golf Course.

Summer Gilbert (Holland, Mich.) built a 50-second gap on the competition midway though the first of two laps of the 4-mile course. Gilbert cruised across the finish line in a winning time of 36 minutes, 49 seconds to claim the female 15-18 age group national title.

In the male 15-18 category, four Andrie riders raced in a highly competitive national championship field. Three landed on the podium, with Alex Morton (St. Clair Shores, Mich.) finishing second, Nicholas McKey (Grandville, Mich.) fourth and Tyler Reynolds (Pella, Iowa) fifth. Justin Kreger (Pontiac, Mich.) rounded out the Andrie riders in ninth place.

In its first year as a category, Andrie riders claimed the top two positions in the non-championship Under-14 age category.In the two-lap race, Hayden Fox (East Grand Rapids, Mich.) took first place with a time of 40:30, ahead of teammate Nicholas Budden (Grand Rapids, Mich.) in second.

Several Andrie riders returned the following day for the Michigan Fatbike State Championships. Fox won the one-lap 14-under state championship division in 18:15 with Budden claiming fourth place in the division. Reynolds claimed third place in the 15-18 state championship division.

The weekend wasn’t all racing. Team members gathered for photos, season planning and camaraderie before and after the races.

Events included a meeting where veteran team member Nicholas McKey was named captain for the year. In addition, Manager Brant Hendler shared information regarding character, team goals, responsibility and together general information. A post-race meal was held to celebrate the national championship team success.

The USA Cycling Fatbike Nationals will return to Indian Trails Golf Course in Grand Rapids on Feb. 10, 2018.

The Andrie Junior Development Cycling Team was formed in 2011. The Michigan-based 18-under team works with junior riders from around the Midwest to develop long-term cycling skills along with promoting high character. Riders graduate from the Andrie junior team into opportunities ranging from collegiate cycling programs to professional-level racing.