Here’s a fun video from Crowd Surfing Utah with highlights from this year’s event.
Here’s a fun video from Crowd Surfing Utah with highlights from this year’s event.
Thanks to everyone who came out Saturday to the Fat Bike Summit Expo and Races! More than 100 fat bike racers participated in the races and turnout was solid for the Expo activities. It was a great day and a great event! We apologize for any lingering discrepancies in the results but hope you had fun no matter where you finished. At the end of the day, that’s what Fat Bikes are all about – having fun. Thanks again and see you next year!
Important Fat Bike Summit Race Change Information:
Due to climbing temperatures and snow conditions, the Fat Bike Summit race time has changed to 11:00 am. Advanced/Elite riders will go in the first flight at 11:00 am and the Novice flight will go at 11:10. Please be checked in no later than 10:30 am to receive your race plate and timing device.
Online registration will close Thursday night at midnight. Late registration is available Friday night at the Club Moxie kickoff party between 5 and 8pm. Day-of Registration is available Saturday at Mt Ogden Golf Course from 9 – 10:30am. Registration fees increase $5 after Thursday night.
Fat Bike Summit Race Location Link: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zvNpMjHgtzVA.kQBmmwMrkkZo
Club Moxie Location Link: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zvNpMjHgtzVA.kSAltsbAAj-s
The site of the Fat Bike Summit Expo and Race showcases Ogden City’s sprawling views and proximity to recreation access. Just 5 minutes away from downtown, Mt Ogden Golf Course fat bike race features rolling hills and plenty of vertical to keep you challenged. The advanced course is approximately 25 k total distance and 2800 total vertical change. All racers will make their way around the professionally groomed race course 4 times passing through the Expo sponsored by Borealis and the TRP Brake Zone where locals will cheer you on and true friends will heckle you! There is also a shorter course option totaling approximately 15K.
The Expo will feature Fat Bike demos, scheduled free activities and plenty of snow fun to be had. Get your buds signed up for the fat bike jousting or the bucket ball event! Surly, Salsa, 45 North, TRP Brakes, Borealis Bikes, 9zero7, Bar Mitts, Raceface, Paul Component and local shops are among some of the committed sponsors and vendors so far with more to come. The general community is invited to participate in the snow zone events and encouraged to try out the demo bikes.
We are happy to announce that Borealis and TRP have joined Salsa Cycles, Surly Bikes, and 45N as sponsoring vendors of the 2014 Global Fat Bike Summit and Festival. Stop by each of their tents on Saturday to see what hot, new winter products they are showing off. While you’re in the expo area, make your way to Bar Mitt’s tent and Ogden’s own The Bike Shoppe to see what these additional vendors have to offer.
The Global Fat Bike Summit fat bike race is set to take place at Mt. Ogden Golf Course nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch range. Choose from Advanced/Elite or Novice/Beginner categories. The Novice/Beginner course is roughly 15K and will begin at 11am. The 25K Advanced/Elite flight will start at 1pm. Riders will make 4 passes through the Expo and Festival area where they will be cheered on by local spectators and heckled by their favorite pals. Stick around afterwards for raffles, liquid recovery and local fare.
The first 150 participants to register will receive this commemorative bottle opener so be sure to register early and save your place at the starting line!
Commemorative Bottle Opener
This site will be updated with race and festival information as it develops, so please keep checking back.
Our friends at Gear Junkie just released some information about our upcoming event. Check it out here:
Stay tuned here for more updates this week.
The 3rd Annual Global Fat Bike Summit will take place over 2 days in Ogden, UT. The event brings together dealers, consumers, land managers, fat bike manufacturers and media representatives to promote fat bikes’ low environmental impact, seek access to lands currently off limits to bikes, and explores the potential for local economic growth opportunity such access can bring.
The two-day event, co-sponsored by Quality Bicycle Products and Ogden City, combines educational seminars, a fat bike expo, a festival, and a race. The first day will consist of educational seminars focused on fat bikes’ uniquely low environmental impact and the revenue potential generated by allowing fat bikes access to public lands. Day two presents the festival and expo, with hands-on opportunities for guests to learn more about the bikes by riding them and talking with representatives from various fat bike brands. Races for both advanced and beginner fat bike riders will be included.
Previously hosted in Island Park, ID, the Fat Bike Summit moves this year to Ogden, UT, an outdoor recreation mecca and home of QBP’s west coast distribution center. In recent years, the city of Ogden has been building a reputation as an accessible, versatile center for cyclists, climbers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. The city has concentrated on public land access, trail building, and building in-town bicycle-friendly infrastructure. These investments are reaping rewards, and organizers of the Summit are leveraging this success as evidence of the economic viability of allowing greater land access.
The 2014 Fat Bikes Summit takes place January 24th and 25th, 2014. The expo, demo rides, and races will be held in the foothills above the city on the grounds of the Mount Ogden Golf Course and will be hosted by the GOAL Foundation and Ogden City. The GOAL Foundation is a local non-profit that encourages people to “Get Out And Live”® through participation and volunteerism at local events.
The 2013 Fat Bike Summit and Festival Final Report (11-page PDF) is now available.
At Friday’s Summit for land managers (agenda), Gary Sjoquist, Director of Advocacy for QBP, and Scott Fitzgerald, from Fitzgerald’s Bicycles in Victor, ID, presented on the State of Fat Bike Access. And Joe Meiser, Product Design Manager for QBP presented on the State of the Fat Bike Industry.
Here are their Powerpoint presentations and below them, some photos from the morning sessions and the afternoon fat bike demo rides with land managers.
Bob Allen and Estela Villasenor of Bob Allen Images took these photos of the Summit on Friday and the Festival on Saturday:
Wow. Over the years, I’ve been involved with countless events at every level from sponsor to organizer but this year’s Fat Bike Summit and Festival was the most comprehensive event we have been at the head of. After months of conference calls, spreadsheets, emails, and brainstorm sessions, I finally found myself in the van driving up to Island Park Thursday night. At that point, my hope was that everything was simply on cruise control. (continued)
And blogger Dave Chenault has a post (with 6 photos) about the Summit on his Bedrock & Paradox blog:
I was on the fence about hauling down to the summit until Casey made me an offer I couldn’t refuse: a free ride and good companionship. I left town after work on Wednesday and did what has become all too rare lately, made a relaxed multi-hour drive away…
The whole weekend was very well organized, but the rapid-fire presentations Friday morning were the best. I’ll just say that in the world of mental health conference presentees don’t stick to their time slots very well, so this was a pleasant contrast.
Fatbike access, at least over snow, is a curious creature. Once the snow piles up fatbike are truncated to well-packed surfaces, which under all but extraordinary conditions means snowmachine trails or trails groomed for skate skiing. Fat bikes are thus beholden to potentially hostile user groups, until more places gain a critical mass of bikers and start bike-specific grooming programs. There seems to be three primary concerns here, each given over to a certain user group. Land and ski area managers worry about safety, snowmachiners worry about cost sharing (their registration often pays for the grooming), and skiers worry about fatbikes rutting up their trails. The summit organizers had compelling answers to all of these. (continued)
Here is the PDF of the Fat Bike Winter Summit & Festival 2013 race results. Heavy snow on Friday night required the Rippin’ 60K race to be run as an Expert class on the Chillin’ 25K course.
Many thanks to Caren Ware and her Prime Time Timing Company (ITz ABOUT TIME) for providing the timing services.
Tim Young,Executive Director of Wyoming Pathways, sent these photos of today’s Festival, including the racer meeting, clinic, raffle, awards, dinner, and of course, beer drinking. Heavy snow overnight required the Rippin’ 60K race to be run as an Expert class on the Chillin’ 25K course.”
Tim wrote this about those bottom three photos above:
Anna Laxague, IMBA Northwest Regional Director on her first Fat Bike ride with Gary Sjoquist and I. Someday we may look back on this as a pivotal moment in Fat Biking…or at least look back on a good bike ride ;-)
You may have seen the news: Freezing rain across N. Utah wreaks havoc on roads, sidewalks. The storm is making it difficult for some to get here. Example:
The crew from 9:ZERO:7 contacted us this morning with the bad news: they can’t get here from there (Ogden, UT). The good news: the raffle for the aluminum lightweight fat bike frame is still going to happen.
Scott Fitzgerald, owner of Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, sent me this photo he took tonight of the on-site Fat Bike Summit team but he provided no details other than ‘planning.’ I’d argue that ‘fattening’ would be a better description.
L to R: Tim Young, Executive Director, Wyoming Pathways; Jason Boucher, General Manager, Salsa Cycles; Seth Nesselhuf, A.C.E Director, QBP; unidentified person; Jason Gaikowski, Director of Sales and Marketing, QBP; Joe Meiser, Product Design Manager, QBP; Tracy Petervary and Jay Petervary, nationally-recognized fat bike experts; Gary Sjoquist, Advocacy Director, QBP.
Here’s the PDF of tomorrow’s Summit schedule aimed at land managers and key decision makers. Prepare any early moves with the cheap full service moving companies at www.fullservicemovers.biz.
Kelsey Dayton at WyoFile (“an independent, nonprofit news service focused on the people, places and policy of Wyoming”) authored a post on their Peaks to Plains blog this week titled Fat bike festival aims to increase winter access.
“Wouldn’t it be cool,” Scott Fitzgerald says, “if you could throw your fat bike onto a snow coach and go to Old Faithful. Spend the night and during the day bike around the geysers?”
This dream trip is just that for now — a dream. Fat bikes, bikes with large tires designed for snow and sand, aren’t allowed in Yellowstone National Park in the winter. Something Fitzgerald, who owns Fitzgerald’s Bicycles in Victor, Idaho wants to change.
QBP sent out this media release (PDF) earlier this week about Jay Petervary, the endurance cyclist from Fitzgerald’s Bicycles (Summit co-host) who broke the Tour Divide individual time-trial record last year.
Both of these pics are from our trip to Nome in 2011 and both of these places are seriously in the middle of nowhere!
Left: In the ghost town of Iditarod where the trail literally ended and we waited several days for the trail breakers to come thru.
Right: In the ghost town of Ophir, where we met some Iditarod check-point folks celebrating “Mexican Night” with enchiladas and margaritas.
Summit and Festival attendees will see a great deal of Jay and Tracey this weekend, including their Friday night slideshow.
The staff at Q-Outdoor recently drew attention to Cycle Haven in Oyster Bay, NY with this wall post about fat biking on the Q-Outdoor Facebook page. The Cycle Haven post:
Shop will be closed Monday thru Wednesday…Bikepacking trip to Cape Cod…it will be nice to bid civilization “farewell” for a few days…Kit is from Revelate Designs, Dry bags from Outdoor research, Bike is a Surly Moonlander. If your thinking of a trip we can order anything bikepack related from Q outdoor…they have quite a selection. Stop in and browse their catalog.
Other Sponsors: http://interstatemovingcompanies.net/
This week’s edition of the Jackson Hole News & Guide has an article about the Summit by Miller N. Resor titled Riders, makers to push fat bikes at weekend confab:
Regional snow bikers hope to define etiquette and promote the sport during summit in Idaho.
Jay Petervary has ridden the snow-covered Iditarod trail in Alaska on a fat bike, but he is still amazed by the opportunities in his own backyard.
“There are probably 1.000 miles of rideable trails between Driggs and Island Park.” he said. With everything from snow-packed county roads to snowmobile tracks to trails on Snow King and now the Nordic facilities at Grand Tar ghee Resort, there are endless fat biking options in the Tetons.
Fat bikes are mountain bikes with wide forks that can accommodate fat, 4-inch-wide tires. Al though traveling over snow is an ideal use for fat bikes, they are also touted as excellent for navigating sandy beaches, loose gravel or even mountain bike trails.
Starting Friday, the second annual Fat Bike Winter Summit and Festival will call together fat-bike enthusiasts, industry representatives and land managers for a three-day gathering aimed at celebrating and promoting the sport.
The summit will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Sawtelle Mountain Resort in Island Park, Idaho. “They are super-fun bikes in general,” Peter- vary said. “They put a smile on your face. Old people love them, and while cross-country skiing is hard to learn, everybody rides a bike.”
On Friday, demos showcasing the newest de signs in the industry will be available at two sem inars aimed at new fat bike riders setting out on public and private trails.
Petervary, who has helped Fitzgerald’s Bicycles and Quality Bicycle Products put on the summit, said that as fat hiking starts to catch on, it is im portant for the growth of the sport to define rules of etiquette and to work with public and private landowners.
“We want to show responsible use,” Petervary said. “and we want to work together.”
On Saturday, 60-kilometer and 25-k bike rac es will take place on the trails around Sawtelle Mountain Resort. The races will be followed by a fat-bike expo. ¡n the afternoon there will be a fat- bike clinic followed by an awards ceremony and party.
Sunday will be dedicated to more demos and more riding. Tracy Petervary, Jay Petervary’s wife, will lead a women-only group ride while her husband leads a mixed group.
The summit will also include two dinners, two breakfasts, beer and a bunch of free gear, all for the $99 registration fee. Members of the Inter national Mountain Bicycling Association will re ceive a $10 discount.
There are still bunkhouse accommodations available at the Sawtelle Mountain Resort. For information about the summit and a full schedule visit FatBikeSummit.com.
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At 7:40 am, right after breakfast, Jay Petervary will host a Mandatory Racer Meeting for 25K and 60K participants. He’ll cover course signage, give a brief course description, and lead an etiquette discussion.
The cropped photo of Jay on the right is from last year’s Summit, courtesy of QBP’s Joe Meiser.
The good news: All the rooms at the Sawtelle Mountain Resort, site of the Summit & Festival, are now booked. So the owners are happy and we are, too.
More good news: we’ve come up with a plan to accommodate people in one of the Sawtelle bunkhouses at $25/night per person. We’ve reserved the small bunkhouse so you just need to contact us if you want us to reserve you a bed. The bunkhouse is on-site, sleeps 15-20 (basically a large room with beds), has 2 full baths, and a full kitchen. See the photo slideshow on their bunkhouse page and watch this 2-minute video tour:
So if you’re on the fence about attending the Summit & Festival because of lodging costs, we’re hoping this $25/night per person option and the cheapest movers at cheapmovingcompanies.co convinces you to attend.
Contact us now, operators are standing by, not available in stores. Heh.
Mike ‘Kid’ Riemer and the crew at Salsa Cycles (a Presenting Sponsor) are very good at keeping the Salsa Cycles Culture blog updated, going all the way back to 2004. The blog often features posts by their sponsored riders. Last week, it was Jay Petervary of Fitzgerald’s Bicycles (Summit co-host) titled Continuing Education 2012 – Jay Petervary, part of their ‘What we learned via the bike in 2012’ series.
Certain tricks and techniques have worked for me through the years and others have not. We change and so does technology. I often think I have something figured out in the way of gear, nutrition, sleep, physical ability, and mental strength but there is always more to learn. I am willing to try something different or take a new approach even on things that have worked just fine for me in the past. Learning by experience and trial and error is just who I am.
This year was no different than the rest. I learned a lot. That being said I am often reminded and re-learn some of the same things every year, and other things I just build upon. Making the decision to do an individual time trial on the Tour Divide this year (with a record setting goal) two months before my actual departure date was a real challenge. (continued)
The Salsa blog also occastionally features others who write well about their adventures. In December, they published a guest blog post by Mo Mislivets of the Adventure Cycling Association (an 80mm Sponsor) titled My Winter Fatbike Respite & Winter Touring Tips:
I glanced back, squinting into the blinding snow, to make sure Bill was still riding behind me. The snow was getting heavier and visibility was much worse than when we had started earlier that day. But there he was, right on my tail with the biggest grin on his face. The riding was wonderfully quiet with a fresh two inches on the ground and piling fast. “This is awesome”, I heard him say, as my Surly Nates made fresh tracks. I couldn’t help but laugh. I was a little more concerned than he was about the amount of falling snow, the decreased visibility, the traffic, now reduced to one lane, and the 32 remaining miles we needed to ride that day; 14 of which would be a dirt road with mystery conditions straight into the mountains…
Flotation bikes or “fat bikes” are becoming more and more popular, and for winter touring it’s the perfect bike. The Mukluk that I used performed great. I felt very comfortable with the wide tires on snowy and icy roads, as well as in deeper snow, and the bike was very comfortable to both load and ride, and yes, push. It does takes some practice to get the tire pressure just right and to get a sense for conditions and how the bike slides, and thus when to add or subtract pressure to the front or back fatties. Winter isn’t just for commuting anymore. Touring on a fat bike may not get you there super fast, but it’s super fun!
Here are some thoughts that I had for winter touring after my trip: (continued)
The 9:ZERO:7 is crafted out of 7005 aluminum and offers a host of features to optimize your fat tire experience. Starting with an elongated head-tube and longer chain-stays, the 9:ZERO:7 features six rack mounts, three water bottle mounts, fender mounts, and full cable housing.
A non-offset, 170mm centered frame makes building up a pair of summer wheels super easy.
While featuring all of the benefits of the original 9:ZERO:7 aluminum frame, the 2013 frame utilizes a hydroformed top tube. This dramatically improves standover height without adding excess weight, making it easier to get on and off the bike in soft snow conditions. A hydroformed down tube is used to enhance fork crown clearance and allows the use of many different kinds of forks.
The chain and seat stays have been redesigned to accommodate even fatter rim and tire combinations. With the increase in clearance, the new 9:ZERO:7 easily accommodates 100mm rims. The 170mm frame is ideal for those seeking to run Big Fat Larry tires on fat rims.
While this video (by Scott Brown, Mpls MN) may not display the best practices/etiquette for fat biking in winter (see the section on Best Practices for Riding on Nordic Trails), the skate skiers and fat bikers appear to know each other and are in a good-natured, informal competition.
Some land managers are concerned that fat bikers are considerably faster than skate skiers, making it unsafe for both. But the video shows that even at maximum speeds, skate skiers and fat bikers on a well-groomed, packed trail are neck and neck. And from this video, one could argue that the fat bikers look more in control than the skate skiers.
Back on December 21, Gern Blanston posted to the Surly Bikes blog, The Craziest Man I Know.
Eric Larsen is a truly insane man. He came to Surly a while ago with a plan to ride a bike to the South Pole. From the edge of Antarctica directly into the heart of its warn chewy center, he will ride a Surly Moonlander, through 750 miles of ice, snow and the never-ending blaze of the sun… He’s spent a great deal of time training and preparing for the trip. You can read all about his preparations, exploits, the specifics of each leg of his journey and even follow along with him here.
Gern didn’t specifically mention it in his blog post but Surly Bikes is one of the Cycle South Expedition Support Sponsors.
I checked Eric’s journal this morning while drinking my garcinia cambogia tea. Unfortunately, he had to call it quits. See his entry for December 28, 2012 – Day 10: A Tough Decision. Eric made it back home last Saturday, Jan. 12.
In this Active Junky interview by Mallory Ayres back in November, she asked Eric, “You must be riding a pretty serious bike to get across the South Pole. Can you tell us about it?” His reply:
The Fat Bike technology has been evolving fairly rapidly for the past four or five years. I’ll be riding a Surly Moonlander. Basically, it looks like a normal mountain bike but has 4.8″ tires. The Moonlander is also unique in that the front wheel has a fixed gear attached and can be swapped with the rear. That way, if I have any sort of failure with my drive train – cassette, free hub or rear derailleur, I can simply switch the wheels.
Outside Magazine Online featured Eric’s expedition back in November: Expedition Watch: Riding a Fat Bike to the South Pole. It included this video, with his Surly Moonlander featured:
Coincidental sidenote #1:
Eric Larsen graduated from St. Olaf College (here in Northfield, MN where I live) in 1993 and has friends here. Back in Feb. of 2005, he and fellow explorer Lonnie Dupre did a presentation at a Northfield pub, Froggy Bottoms, raising money for their summer expedition across the Arctic Ocean. See this St. Olaf press release for more. I was there and took these photos:
Coincidental sidenote #2:
Lonnie Dupre is currently attempting the first solo ascent of Denali (Mt. McKinley) in January. See the One World Endeavors Expedition page for more. According to posts on the expedition Facebook page, he’s been restricted to his snow cave at 8,700 feet the past few days because of many feet of snow and high winds.
Andy Williams, Special Events Manager at Grand Targhee Resort, attended last year’s Fat Bike Summit so we’re pleased to A) have them as a 65mm Sponsor this year, and B) know that Andy will be hanging around all weekend, helping us do what needs to be done to make the event run smoothly. We just have to prevent him from riding around on his fat bike. (Photo of Andy by Powder Day Photography.) Word has it that he just might be bringing some lift tickets to dispense as prizes.
Andy will also be talking to the land managers on Friday of the Summit because, as it says on the Grand Targhee snow mountain biking/fat bikes page:
Grand Targhee Resort is the first ski resort in the United States to embrace and endorse fat bikes aka snow biking on our nordic trail system. Bikers who purchase a nordic ticket for $10 per day or a Nordic season pass for $120 will have access to the Grand Targhee Resort Nordic Trail System.
He’ll have knowledge to share.
And if you’re in the area the weekend before the Summit & Festival, consider competing in the 2nd Annual Grand Targhee Fat Bike Race on Jan. 19: