Felt’s LEBOWSKe

Fat bikes are perfect for rolling through the sand, riding through the woods on a snowy afternoon, or for turning heads while cruising the boardwalk. The perfect weight distribution of the Bosch eDrive provides no-sink traction and control in deep sand or snow. No matter what time of year or what type of weather, the LEBWOSKe is the perfect bike for all conditions.

Felt Electric LEBOWSKe from Felt Bicycles TV on Vimeo.

Global Fat Bike Summit Weekend is Here

The Global Fat Bike Summit kicks off Friday and we’re looking forward to great discussions, great networking and of course lots of fat bike riding. The Summit is bringing together a broad cross section of land managers, advocates, manufacturers and enthusiasts.

Festival registration will open Friday at 4:30 at Snow King!

Thank you to all of our sponsors and check out some of the other Summit events:

Friday Fat Reception, sponsored by The Hub in Jackson, 5 to 8 pm. Vendors, locals, and out of town friends/industry people are invited to swing by the shop to enjoy FREE beer and chat fatbikes! The Hub is at 1160 Alpine Lane, #1F, Jackson, WY (307) 200-6144.
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Saturday Night Ride/Pub Crawl, sponsored by The Hub in Jackson. Night ride starts at 4:30, with demo light clinic and checkout by Light and Motion. Pub Crawl starts at 7 pm.
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Fat Bike Demo, Raffle & Early Registration

Specialized and Felt Now Bringing Fat Bikes for Demo Rides! Will Specialized bring their new kid fat bikes? If you don’t attend, you won’t know. Also, Felt is bringing fat bikes including an e-fat bike. And added to the raffle list for those who register at the $35 Event Fee level are some of the new Beaver Guard Fat Bike Fenders in either the Bluto or rigid fork models. Paul Components will also have some cool fat bike products for the raffle.

Early registration, including the heavily discounted day ski tickets to either Snow King or Jackson Hole, ends midnight Jan. 10th. After Jan. 10th, registration goes from $35 to $50 for the Event Fee access to the short track race, pub crawl and raffle, and the ski discount will no longer be available. Sign up now for what will be the most unique fat bike event of the winter – Jackson currently has more than 200″ of snow with groomed fat bike trails!

Fat Bike Festival to Offer Short Track Race, Pub Crawl, Night Rides

Night Rides
Thanks to Festival sponsor Light and Motion, attendees can check out demo lights and ride groomed singletrack Friday and Saturday nights right from Snow King Resort. (If you’ve registered already and want lights, email Gary Sjoquist)

Short Track Race
For the $35 Event Fee, attendees can also race fat bikes on a short track course with bermed corners. “Our short track race will be cool,” said Summit and Festival Coordinator Gary Sjoquist. “It’s an opportunity to race head to head against your buddies in 3 lap heats. We’ll do a Last Chance Qualifier, too, then under the lights we’ll do Finals.”

Jackson Pub Crawl
The $35 fee also includes raffle tickets and entry into the Saturday night Fat Bike Pub Crawl, sponsored by The Hub Bicycles. “We’d like to thank Aaron and the guys at The Hub in Jackson for sponsoring the Pub Crawl,” said Sjoquist. “After visiting the Snake River Brewpub, which has a fat bike shrine thing going on upstairs, we’ll head to The Local for drink specials and raffle off some juicy Raceface and SRAM fat bike stuff.”

Killer Ski Discounts Too
The $35 Event Fee also get you a killer discount on day ski tickets at either Snow King or Jackson Hole ski areas if attendees register before midnight, Dec. 22nd. Ski ticket vouchers will be good through April, 2015 or the end of the ski season.

Guided Fat Bike Tours: Grand Teton National Park

A select 30 fat bike riders can participate in a guided fat bike tour in Grand Teton National Park as part of the Global Fat Bike Summit and Festival held at the Snow King Resort in Jackson, WY January 23 – 25.

Done in conjunction with Jackson-based Teton Mountain Bike Tours, this is the only opportunity to ride a fat bike in Grand Teton National Park. Currently, fat bikes are banned from national parks like GTNP and Yellowstone.

“This is one of the reasons for this Summit,” said Scott Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald’s Bicycles. “We’re trying to show public land managers that fat bikes should be an allowable use in National Parks. These tours will show how safely fat bikes can coexist with other winter recreation in our National Parks.”

Registration Now Live

Welcome to the 4th Annual Fat Bike Summit and Festival. Join us in Jackson, WY at the Snow King Resort for what will be the most unique fat bike event of the winter. Note that attendance at Friday’s Advocacy Summit is complimentary for land managers, park personnel, and economic development folks. Enthusiasts may also register for the Advocacy Summit for a $35 fee. All attendees must be registered.

Register now for early registration discount

Register for the Summit and Festival Before Dec. 22 for Discounted Ski Tickets
Register online at fatbikesummit.com for the Summit and Festival Event Fee ($35) or for the Guided Tour Fee ($75) before midnight, Dec. 22, 2014, and get a discount for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Snow King Mountain lift tickets to Fat Bike Summit and Festival participants who wish to ski or snowboard.

Save $50 for a day of skiing or snowboarding at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, that’s $71 instead of the normal $121 AND receive a 30% discount on lift tickets for Snow King Resort. Vouchers are good through April 5th, 2015 or the end of the ski season. Summit and Festival attendees will also receive a Hoback Sports voucher at check-in for 30% off ski and snowboard rentals.

Wyoming State Parks Sponsors Global Fat Bike Summit

Wyoming State Parks has announced that it will sponsor the 4th Annual Global Fat Bike Summit and Festival at Snow King Resort in Jackson, WY, January 23-25, 2015. Their involvement marks a shift toward land managers’ increasing awareness of the recreational and economic potential of fat bikes. Additionally, Wyoming State Parks has announced it will groom singletrack fat bike trails in Curt Gowdy State Park this winter, from December 15 through March 15. Says QBP’s Advocacy Director Gary Sjoquist, “When public land managers step up to learn what fat bike riders want for trails, it’s a win/win for both.”

2015 Summit Dates & Info

4th Annual Global Fat Bike Summit and Festival Takes Place Jan. 23 – 25 at Snow King Resort, Jackson, WY

QBP, along with Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, Hoback Sports, Wyoming Pathways, and Mountain Bike the Tetons/IMBA, are excited to announce the 4th annual Global Fat Bike Summit and Festival will be at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming January 23-25, 2015.

This unique event combines a fat bike summit training conference for land managers and advocates, along with a fun fat bike festival over the weekend that features fat bike demos, clinics, latest product displays, and fat bike races.

The Friday summit will focus on training sessions and panel discussions featuring the latest in the evolving world of best management practices for fat bike use on public lands. Management practices will be discussed with a focus on winter use since the majority of access issues fall in the winter months. This interactive training day will include land managers from the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and state and local governments, along with bike advocates and industry representatives.

The festival portion of the event begins Friday night with a fat bike night ride and evening banquet, and continues through Saturday and Sunday with a variety of demo rides, product clinics, and riding events that include an optional guided fat bike tour of Grand Teton National Park.

“Our goal with the Summit/Festival is twofold,” said QBP’s Advocacy Director Gary Sjoquist. “First, we seek to spread best practices in terms of where fat bikes are ridden, how technology continues to shape fat bikes, the latest snow grooming techniques for fat bike singletrack, and just plain have fun with these big tire bikes. Second, we continue to seek winter access for fat bikes to national parks where they are largely prohibited, and to help all land managers with the latest tools that will help them offer more fat bike access to the public.”

While QBP’s brands Salsa, Surly, Whisky Parts, and 45Nrth will be title sponsors, the event will seek additional brand sponsors to allow attendees to try different products and talk with product reps. Trek will have fat bikes on hand, and Specialized, 907, Borealis and other manufacturers are being solicited to attend. Parts and apparel companies are invited to attend and display product as well.

“For the 4th year in a row, The Fat Bike Summit will bring together bicycle industry experts, key land managers and advocates to talk about the importance of fat bikes to local communities and public lands,” said Scott Fitzgerald, owner of Fitzgerald’s Bicycles. “Now that fat bikes have grown from what many people thought was a fad to a significant summer and winter user group, it is more important than ever to communicate current land management best practices as they relate to fat bike use.”

“Our approach here is a ‘big tent’ for all,” said Sjoquist. “Fat bikes are not a fad – nearly every manufacturer at the recent Interbike trade show featured fat bikes. Growth will continue and access issues will develop, particularly in the Nordic and snow machine trail networks, so we want to address this head-on and help land managers proactively adapt to this new use. We’d like to offer the opportunity for all manufacturers to participate in our Summit and Festival,” he said.

The Fat Bike Summit and Festival registration will also include discounted lodging options at Snow King Resort in Jackson and special skiing discounts at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

“This is an exceptional venue for land managers to gather the latest information on Fat Bikes and to meet with advocates and fat bike users,” said Tim Young, Executive Director of Wyoming Pathways.

Updates regarding the 4th Annual Global Fat Bike Summit and Festival agenda and riding events will be found at http://www.fatbikesummit.com. Manufacturers or companies wishing for more information about the Summit and Festival should contact Gary Sjoquist (gsjoquis@qbp.com).

2014 Race Results

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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!

2014 Race Results

Race time change!

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

Race Course and Sponsor Updates

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.

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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.

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Sponsorship Updates

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.

Race Registration is Live

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!

Register Now

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This site will be updated with race and festival information as it develops, so please keep checking back.

2014 Fat Bike Summit Expands Pursuit of Access and Economic Development

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 state of the fat bike industry and fat bike access: Presentations to land managers at the Summit

Fat Bike Summit 2013 Agenda - FridayJoe Meiser and Gary SjoquistAt 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.

Summit and Festival photos by Bob Allen and Estela Villasenor

Bob Allen and Estela Villasenor of Bob Allen Images took these photos of the Summit on Friday and the Festival on Saturday:

Race photos by Caren Ware

Caren WareCaren Ware and her Prime Time Timing Company (ITz ABOUT TIME) provided the timing services for the Fat Bike Winter Summit races.

She also graciously sent us 17 of her photos from that day.

Thanks, Caren!

Post-Summit report by bloggers Scott Fitzgerald and Dave Chenault

Event co-host Scott ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald has a post (with 8 photos) on his Fitzgerald’s Bicycles blog titled Fat Bike Summit 2013 – It’s a wrap!

Scott FitzgeraldWow.  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:

Bedrock and ParadoxI 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)

Results: Fat Bike Winter Summit & Festival 2013 races

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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.

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Many thanks to Caren Ware and her Prime Time Timing Company (ITz ABOUT TIME) for providing the timing services.

Photos: Saturday Festival

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 ;-)

Photos: Friday Summit

Tim Young,Executive Director of Wyoming Pathways, sent these photos of yesterday’s Summit.

Ice storm causing travel problems in N. Utah but all is fine at the Summit in Island Park, ID

9ZERO7 aluminum lightweight fat bike frameYou 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.

Festival demos Summit sign More good news: the Salsa, Surly, and 45Nrth demos are up, as you can see from the photo.

Team Fat Bike Summit fattens up

Fat Bike Summit planningScott 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.

WyoFile article: Fat bike festival aims to increase winter access

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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.

Endurance cyclist Jay Petervary to race at 2013 Fat Bike Summit

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.

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Jay is sponsored by Salsa Cycles, one of the Summit’s two Presenting Sponsors.

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I asked Jay for a couple of photos to go along with this blog post and he sent me these two of him with his wife, Tracey Petervary.  His descriptions of the photos:

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.

QBP media release: Jay Petervary

What do Q-Outdoor, Revelate Designs, a Surly Moonlander, and Cycle Haven in Oyster Bay, NY have in common?

Q-Outdoor-Facebook wall post about Cycle Heaven of Oyster Bay Cycle Haven - Oyster Bay - NY 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.

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Revelate DesignsOther Sponsors: http://interstatemovingcompanies.net/

Summit article in Jackson Hole News & Guide

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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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