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)

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.

Summit article in Jackson Hole News & Guide

Jackson Hole News and Guide

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.

FatBikeSummit.com.

 

Partial Credit: dependable-auto-shippers.org

Winter fat biking featured in Alaska Magazine

Bill FlemingThe December/January 2013 issue of Alaska Magazine features an article by Serine Halverson titled Biking the Fat-Tire Way.

She interviewed Bill Fleming (9:ZERO:7, Fatbikes.com) “… about what it takes to be comfortable and safe behind the handlebars of a fat-tire bike during an Alaska winter.”

Dan BaileyThe article includes some photos by Alaska-based photographer Dan Bailey who blogged about the article in a post titled Publication: Alaska Magazine Snow Biking Feature Article. His blog post includes screenshots of the print version of the article and the table of contents as they feature his photos.  Back in Jan. of 2012, Dan blogged about how he took the photo used for the table of contents in a post titled Snow Biking Action Photography, Alaska, “the setup behind the shot.”

Jay and Scott talk up the Fat Bike Summit & Festival on Mountain Bike Radio’s Guitar Ted Show

 Jay Petervary Scott Fitzgerald Mountain Bike Radio Guitar Ted Ben Welnak 
Our collaborators, Jay Petervary and Scott Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald’s Bicycles were the guests tonight on Mountain Bike Radio’s Guitar Ted Show, hosted by Ben Welnak and Guitar Ted.

The topic: all things related to the 2nd Annual Fat Bike Winter Summit & Festival, of course.

blogtalkradioYou can listen to the entire show via the audio player on the episode’s webpage on blogtalkradiodownload an MP3 of the episode, subscribe to the free podcast via iTunes, or listen to it on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device via a Stitcher app.

See more about Ben and Ted on the Faces of Mountain Bike Radio page.