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Kabush wins Iceman Cometh on his Open gravel bike

Pendrel third in Michigan's late fall mountain bike race

Iceman Cometh Geoff Kabush

Geoff Kabush defended his 2017 Iceman Cometh victory on Saturday in Michigan, but the win wasn’t the only notable thing about the Canadian’s race.

The vetran mountain biker raced to the top step of the late fall mountain bike event on his Open Cycles … gravel bike? Adventure bike? Even Kabush seems unsure what to call it, but it was the right tool for the job on Saturday. You can see full details of the unique, race winning drop bar bike on Kabush’s Instagram feed, but he was running 27.5 x 2.1″ tires and a 2x, Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Hydro drivetrain on his very limited edition Yeti Turq / Open Cycles U.P. frame.

Canadian Olympic medallist Catharine Pendrel was third in Iceman Cometh behind Stan’s-Pivot Pro Team duo of Chloe Woodruff and Sophia Gomez-Villafane. Pendrel then drove straight from Michigan to Midland, Ont. for Sunday’s Pan-American cyclocross championships. Pendrel finished seventh at the Silver Goose CX on day two of her mtb/cx double header. The multi-discipline racer heads to Peterborough, Ont. next for Canadian cyclocross national championships, which run from 10-11 November, 2018.

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Iceman Cometh is a long-running, late season mountain bike race in Michigan. This year over 4000 riders tackled the route from Kalkasa to Traverse City. Known for its frigid temperatures, which occasionally veer from below freezing snow to muddy slog-fests, Iceman Cometh has been running continuously since 1990.