Name: Joe Sovis
2012 GTMTBA Races: Rust Shaker, Mud, Sweat and Beers, Boyne Marathon, Battle at the ‘Burg, Pando Challenge, Peak2Peak, Lowell 50 (Fall Event)
Favorite Place to Ride: While Joe is pretty much up for most any ride, his favorite trail is the VASA single track off Supply Road. He also often rides a 21-mile dirt road loop near his home in Interlochen.
Started Mountain Biking: Joe says, “I started mountain biking around 1986 out in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. That was a couple of years before my boys were born. I rode with a few guys I skied with; they were the ones that got me into mountain biking. I knew nothing about mountain biking until they took me out in the canyon outside of town.
I rode competitively a few times in 1993 here in Michigan. After that, I helped and sponsored my boys racing bikes until they were old enough that I felt comfortable riding when they were out on the trail. I’ve been racing a little more since about 2009, doing maybe four or five races a season.
I’m looking forward to riding for GTMBA. I feel it’s a great chance to do more events than I have in the past.
More Details About Joe: Joe loves to ride with his twin sons, Cody and Wes (Cody is a writer for GTMTBA). Joe says, “They are fast, so it’s fun to try and keep them in sight.”
He’s Most Looking Forward To: Joe’s biggest goals for 2012 are Mud, Sweat and Beers this spring and Peak2Peak in the fall. He says, “They are great races right around Traverse City; both are very fun courses.”