Welcome to the West Michigan Coyotes. We are a Junior MTB racing team of student-athletes Grades 2-12 from across West Michigan. Last year (2019), we had members from across the area, as far north as Grant, south to Sturgis and along the corridor from Grand Rapids to Muskegon (including Forest Hills, EGR, Spring Lake and Grand Haven). We abide by three principles:

  1. Mountain biking is a great sport for everyone. Starting while you’re still in middle school or high school sets you up for a lifetime of fun in the woods.
  2. Racing is fun, and racing together is even more fun. Our team, while competitive and excited to win a team championship someday, really revolves around having a good time on your bike.
  3. Sportsmanship is contagious.

COVID-19 Update – May 19th, 2020

We are working hard to figure out some acceptable practice options for the summer. As such, our most recent email newsletter has the information you need to keep up with the team. You can see our May 18th issue of the newsletter here, and you can join by using the form at the right side of this screen. Please sign up to stay abreast of the latest developments this spring and early summer. Times are tough and the theme for the next few months is going to be flexibility. Rest assured, we want all the Coyotes in the woods on bikes just as soon as we can!

New for 2020 – Elementary Team

We are entering the new decade by adding an elementary team. Riders who will start second grade in the fall (or 3rd, 4th, 5th) are welcome to join the Coyotes this year. It’s a new step for us, and we’re really excited to welcome this new group of riders to the Coyotes family. For more information, please reach out to our coaching staff by email.

Our 100% volunteer coaching staff (at all levels) are certified in CPR, First Aid, MTB Coaching and undergo a criminal background check.

What’s New:

The Iceman Cometh 2019

It’s the biggest race in Michigan. It’s famously popular and more famously crowded. We love it, but complain about its imperfections. It’s a party in the woods with 5,500 of your best cycling friends, sometimes in the middle of the race. There are people handing out bacon, bananas, and beverages. Iceman 2019 was a race against the conditions as much as anything. It’s different every year but it’s never boring.

This year it rained, snowed, hailed, froze and thawed before, during and after the race. We had 4″ of snow, all of which melted. Then, during the Juniors and Pros it snowed and hailed a bit for good measure. There were miles of peanut butter mud, and miles of beautiful hard packed VASA XC Ski trail. Hills (full of walkers to dodge), a start venue that included an airport runway, the famous paved road crossing at Williamsburg Rd., and in the midst of it all, a dozen Coyotes finished the Iceman Cometh Challenge in 2019.

Before the race. Before the mud.
Coyotes warmed up on the airport runway in Kalkaska.
Left to Right: Madine Whitmer, Anabel Miller, Haydon Frehr, Luke Zuelke, David Brower (friend-of-the-team), Drake Marine, Nicholas Budden, Addison Forrester, Gage Bouwman.
12 Coyotes Finished the Iceman!
We got 9 of them to pose for a post-race picture.
Back Row: Eli Zuelke, Judah Gustafson
Front Row (L-R): Olivia Miller, Madine Whitmer, Anabel Miller,
Addison Forrester, Haydon Frehr, Easton Foster, Luke Zuelke

This year’s challenging course pushed everyone to the brink both mentally and physically. It also brought out their best and allowed the team to cap their race season successfully on the biggest stage Michigan has to offer. Coyotes – If I missed you on the racer list below, drop us an email and we’ll get it rectified quickly!

Coyotes Icemen / Icewomen

  • Leorah Roeber – 6th Place – Junior Women 9-14 – 4:12:20
  • Haydon Frehr – 12th Place – Junior Men 9-14 – 3:11:39
  • Drake Marine – 14th Place – Junior Men 9-14 – 3:16:14
  • Gage Bouwman – 23rd Place – Junior Men 9-14 – 3:34:30
  • Nicholas Budden – 26th Place – Junior Men 15-16 – 3:24:53
  • Isaiah Roeber – 29th Place – Junior Men 9-14 – 4:14:36
  • Gavin Cunningham – 33rd Place – Junior Men 15-16 – 4:04:45

Slush Cup Coyotes

  • Marley Marine – 2nd Place – Girls 10-Under – 46:08
  • River Bouwman – 3rd Place – Girls 10-Under – 47:08
  • Olivia Miller – 4th Place – Girls 11-12 – 40:39
  • Eli Zuelke – 12th Place – Boys 11-12 – 42:17
  • Hale Phillips – 22nd Place – Boys 13-14 – 45:47

More Pictures

THANK YOU Sponsors!

Finally, a huge thank you to our sponsors. This whole team is paid for by your donations. THANK YOU!

Jason Ryan – State Farm Insurance Agent
Central District Cyclery
Breakaway Bicycles and Fitness GH/Muskegon
Velocity USA
Hammer Nutrition
Garrison Dental Solutions | Sectional Matrix System | Composi-Tight
ElectroMedia Inc.
Campus West
Vie ƐƖ Kustom Apparel
West Michigan Coast Riders
MiSCA Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association
Joe D. Arbutante D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry