740 racers competed in the Yankee Springs Time Trial on April 22, 2012, at the Yankee Springs Recreation Area near Gun Lake, Michigan. The race has been held for 23 years straight and is the season opener for cross country mountain bike racing in Michigan. The race is also a fundraiser for the Western Chapter of the Michigan Mountain Bike Association and is part of the MMBA Championship Points Series. Money raised from the event is used to support trail
maintenance and bike advocacy in West Michigan.
The 11-mile trail is a challenging mix of tight single track, winding climbs, and bumpy downhills, as well as a few sand pits that threatened to slow down the racers. However, light rains the week before the race helped pack down most of the sand, making for very fast trail conditions. A lot of racers reported having personal best times.
Time Trials are unique from other races because riders are sent off individually to race against the clock and post the fastest time. At Yankee Springs, racers were sent off every 10 seconds. The elite/expert racers completed two laps of the course, while the sport/beginners did one.
Mike Anderson was the overall winner of the men’s elite class with a time of 1:25:46. Anderson is showing top form in the early season races and will be hard to beat this summer. Heather Spencer won the women’s elite class with an exceptionally fast time of 1:44:07. Steven Ladouceur took top honors in the elite singlespeed division with a time of 1:36:48.
Full race results can be found at www.yankeespringstt.org.