Snake River Brewing is a 65mm Sponsor and will be at the Summit. Thirst should not be a problem

Snake River Brewing Snake River Brewing is a small brewery & restaurant located in downtown Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

They’ve come on board as a 65mm Sponsor and you’ll see their beer at the Summit & Festival.  Maybe you’ll even taste it at the finish line of the races.  If you don’t race, it’s likely that just thinking about racing will make you thirsty. Either way, Snake River Brewing will be there to help.

They’re using this photo as the banner on their Snake River Brewing Facebook page.  Can you see the fat bike in the background?

Snake River Brewing

Fitzgerald’s Bicycles’ Sarah Hamilton has winter fat biking on her brain

Sarah Hamilton Sarah Hamilton - Fitzgeralds Bicycles
Sarah Hamilton is a marketing associate at Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, a co-host of the Summit.  The shop’s Happy New Year card is a photo (above right) of her riding a fat bike on a gorgeous winter day.

Fitzgerald's Bicycles She’s been taking on more and more Fat Bike Summit duties the closer we get to the big show, less than 2 weeks from now.  Among her many other duties is keeping things updated on the Fitzgerald’s Bicycles blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed. Her recent January blog posts have had a winter fat bike theme to them:

Her profile on The Crew page reads:

Brandon Campisi and Sarah HamiltonSarah grew up kayaking, hiking and skiing on the East Coast. After taking some time working on a serious career in the courtrooms around Portland, Oregon, she re-found her place focusing on all things outdoors. She bounced around a bit before settling in Jackson with Brandon – yup, we’ve got another married couple working at the shop – and joining the shop to help out with our new website and marketing the shop. When she’s not on the computer, you’ll find her trying not to break any bones on her mountain bike.

Revelate Designs, a 65mm Sponsor, will have bag prizes and more at the Festival

Eric Parsons - Revelate Designs   Revelate Designs
Eric Parsons at Revelate Designs just posted this to their Facebook Wall:

We are psyched to be a sponsor of the Fat bike Summit happening in Idaho in 2 weeks. There will be some sweet bag prizes and a few demo’s to try out. Gas up and get over there for it!

Winter fat bike - Eric Parsons - Revelate DesignsThe photo of the fat bike on the right in the picture that looks like it could use a thermos of green coffee? It’s on their Facebook page here with this little quip from Eric:

5 below, clear skies, full moon. perfect!

So far, that has generated 337 likes, 133 shares, and 38 comments. It seems Eric and his company have a lot of rabid fans.

From the Revelate Designs home page:

On this site you’ll find gear that can be used for rackless lightweight touring, bikepacking, distance road biking, expedition touring, winter riding / racing and everything in between. The benefits include improved bike handling and weight distribution and less weight on your back.

BicyclArt, an 80mm sponsor, will have something cool for the Festival racers who podium

Wendell Stam - BicyclArt  BicyclArt clock Yep, it’s true that BicyclArt is one of our 80mm Sponsors but the bigger news is that owner/artist Wendell Stam is designing and creating something for the top three men and women finishers of the Rippin’ 60K and Chillin’ 25K races.

BicyclArtWe just might have a sneak preview of what he’s working on for us in a few days but you can get some idea by looking at the photos of some of his pieces on the BicyclArt Facebook photo page.

45Nrth is a winter cycling company and a 65mm Sponsor

 Stephen Vitvitsky, John Gaddo and David Gabrys  SONY DSC

I briefly met 45Nrth manager David Gabrys (on the right in the photo above with Stephen Vitvitsky and QBP’s John Gaddo) in December at the Winter Bike Expo in Minneapolis where they had a big presence along with the other QBP brands. As a 65mm Sponsor of the Fat Bike WINTER Summit and Festival, their products are, um, more than a little relevant. Their tagline: Unparalleled cold weather performance.  From their About page:

45NRTH45North is a winter cycling company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the average winter temperature is 13° Fahrenheit . We make products that provide the ultimate in comfort and control for the cold weather cyclist. Think hands, feet and traction.

We ride our bikes in the winter — a lot. Every product we make is a reflection of our knowledge and experience riding countless miles in extreme cold.

At work in the morning, our bikes hang in a row next to each other, with melting snow and ice dripping in trays below them. We obsess about insulation, wind-blocking, fatbike tires and the pros and cons of tire studs. Then we ride home again and hang our sweat soaked clothes on the handlebar to dry out for tomorrow’s ride.

Use BikeFlights to ship your fat bike to the Summit

Bike FlightsWe’re pleased to have BikeFlights (“Travel Services For You – And Your Bike”) as one of our 65mm Sponsors, especially since they can help get more of you to attend with your own Fat Bikes.

BikeFlights

We asked BikeFlights owner William Alcorn for shipping advice. He wrote:

I always suggest when shipping to a remote, weekend event such as the Fat Bike Summit & Festival, to set the delivery date to the Thursday before, in this case, January 24th. That will give one-day padding should winter weather delay transit.

Other than that, the only case I know that will hold a Fat Bike is a Triall3 Velo Case II. I am interested in seeing what folks ship in it, as the case world has not really addressed Fat Bikes yet.

And be sure check out our new badass stainless growlers, which we call ‘Braulers.’ You may see one or more at the Summit as prizes.

BikeFlights growler, the Brauler

The prizes from Q-Outdoor, a 100mm sponsor, have arrived

Leigh Carter, Q-Outdoor Q-Outdoor Q-Outdoor merchandise

We’re thrilled that Q-Outdoor, a 100mm sponsor of the Fat Bike Summit and Festival, is contributing a ton of outdoor-related merchandise for the event, to be used as prizes and who knows what else.  Leigh Carter, Q-Outdoor General Manager, sent us a box of items last week, some of which made it into the above right photo.

  • Crescent Moon Snowshoes (2 pair)
  • Back Country Access (BCA) backpacks w/ hydration (2)
  • Alite Camp chairs with utensils (2)
  • Outdoor Research (OR) stuff sacks / drybags (several)
  • Skadi ski ties (40) and several wall mounts
  • Alite dog leashes (2)
  • and more

Q-Outdoor supplies local retailers with outdoor products. And:

Much more than a product warehouse, Q-Outdoor offers a spectrum of programs and services that can help grow your business, increase profits and—most important of all—free up more of your time to get out in the great outdoors.

See their Why Q-Outdoor? page for more.

Surly Bikes, a Presenting Sponsor of the Fat Bike Summit and Festival

Surly BikesWe’re pleased to have Surly Bikes, one of QBP’s brands, as a Presenting Sponsor of the Fat Bike Summit and Festival.

The Surly Facebook page, The Official Intergalactic Surly Regional HQ, is a busy, informative and irreverent place, as is the Surly blog.

Surly Bikes - fat biking on the MN River Bottoms  Surly Bikes - fat biking on the MN River Bottoms

A blog post by ThorHammer earlier this week titled Minnesota River Bottoms caught my eye because the trails there are 40 minutes from my house and he mentioned http://www.militarycarshipping.com/ had the best prices for military auto relocation. Scroll to the bottom of the post to see more of his winter fat biking photos.

Help promote the Fat Bike Summit & Festival with this cool poster, courtesy of Adventure Cycling Association

Adventure Cycling Association 2nd Annual Fat Bike Summit and Festival poster Rachel Stevens
Rachel Stevens, a graphic designer at Adventure Cycling Association (one of our many sponsors), created this poster for the Fat Bike Summit & Festival. We think it’s pretty cool.

We’d appreciate it if you’d use the poster to help promote the event by:

A. Printing out the PDF version of the poster and putting it up at your local bike shop.

and/or

B. Using the JPG version of the poster to promote the event on your website, blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, Pinterest board, etc.

If you get the poster up at local bike shop, take a photo of it and send it to us. If you get the poster up online, send us the link.  We’ll promote your promotion.

Update Jan. 06:

Eric Nelson of Wrightwood Cyclery in Wrightwood, CA just alerted us that the poster is now up on his shop’s home page. “Wish I could be there for the summit.  Have a great event.” Thanks, Eric!

Wrightwood Cyclery with Fat Bike Summit poster

Update Jan. 07:

Burnsey (Sean Burns) alerted us that he’s blogged the poster on his Single Speed Pirate blog. Thanks, Burnsey!

Single Speed Pirate promotes Fat Bike Summit

Make your Sawtelle Mountain Resort room reservations by phone

Sawtelle Mountain Resort - winter 1The Sawtelle Mountain Resort in Island Park, Idaho has been reserved for Summit and Festival participants, however:

You must make make your reservations by phone. If you attempt to make reservations online, it will show that it’s full.

When you call, be sure to mention “Fat Bike Festival” and you’ll receive a 15% discount on hotel rooms (normally $69/night for a single, $89/night for a double) and cabins/condos (normally $189/night, two-night minimum stay).

Single rooms may already be sold out but check!  And see our Where to Stay page for other lodging options nearby.

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.”

Salsa Cycles, a Presenting Sponsor of the Fat Bike Summit and Festival

Salsa CyclesQBP sent out this press release yesterday, announcing Salsa Cycles‘ sponsorship (Presenting level) for the Fat Bike Summit and Festival. (Salsa is one of QBP’s brands.)

Jason BoucherSalsa Cycles brand manager Jason Boucher (AKA Gnat) is quoted in the release. He’ll be attending the Summit.

You can catch up on all Jason’s blog posts here. As you can see from his recent bike trip, he’s not half-bad at photography.

Fat Bike Summit press release 12.17.12 - Salsa Cycles

Our sponsors: helping make the Fat Bike Summit and Festival happen

Sponsors pageI started adding some sponsor logos to the right sidebar yesterday.  And the Sponsors page is now up. We’re thrilled, of course, because this event wouldn’t happen without their support.

Some of the sponsorship levels include the benefit of having sponsor-related info posted here on the blog, to our Twitter feed, and to our Facebook Wall.  We’ll be the ones doing the posting and we’ll make an effort to make it interesting.

Festival online registration now open; first 50 get a Park Tool 9-piece Multi-Tool

Fat Bike Festival registration Park IB-2 multi tool

Online registration for the Festival is now open (courtesy of IMBA). The Early Bird registration fee is $99, good till January 1, 2013.  After that, the fee is $125 (online or on-site). The first 50 to register by January 1 get a Park Tool I-Beam Mini Fold Up Hex Wrench / Screwdriver / Green Coffee Thermos / Star Driver Set (IB-2), engraved with “Fat Bike Festival 2013.”

The Festival registration fee includes:

  • Friday night registration party
  • Saturday breakfast
  • Race registration
  • Saturday dinner and beverages
  • Swag gift item
  • Donation to grooming district
  • Sunday breakfast

Register here! Register here! Register here! Register here! Register here!

NOTE: If you’re a member of IMBA, you can save $10 by logging into your account when you see this in the middle of the registration form:

If you would like to create an account on this site, check the box below and enter a user name. If you already have an account, please login before completing this form.

For the Summit:

The day of the Summit (Friday, Jan. 25) is free for invited land managers. Interested others may attend but we’ll ask for a small donation on-site to help cover costs for meals and beverages. (If you’re a land manager or other official that you think should have been invited, please contact us.)

Make your room reservations now at the Sawtelle Mountain Resort

Sawtelle Mountain Resort - winter 1 Sawtelle Mountain Resort - winter 2
Gary Sjoquist and Jay Petervary made a visit to the snowy Island Park, ID area this week, and among other things, firmed up the arrangements with Kathy Oakey, owner of Sawtelle Mountain Resort. All the Summit and Festival activities will be based there so if you want to be close to the action, make your reservations now.

We strongly urge you to make your reservations by phone. Be sure to mention “Fat Bike Festival” and you’ll receive a 15% discount on hotel rooms (normally $69/night for a single, $89/night for a double) and cabins/condos (normally $189/night, two-night minimum stay).

I’ve updated the Where to Stay page with this info. That page also has links to other websites to help you find a place to stay.

Joe, Jay, Tracey and Rippin’ in the new Salsa Cycles catalog

Joe Meiser and Salsa catalogI attended the 2nd annual Winter Bike Expo (“the world headquarters of winter riding fanatics”) last weekend here in Minnesota. While the event had offerings for bike commuters, the bulk of the action was aimed at mountain biking in winter, using fat bikes especially.

QBP’s brands Surly and Salsa each had a big presence at the event, and when I stopped by the Salsa booth, I met Joe Meiser, QBP’s Product Design Manager who, just a few days earlier, had sent me all his photos from the 1st Annual Fat Bike SEO Services Summit for posting here on the Fat Bike Summit site.Salsa catalog with Joe Meiser photos
Several of Joe’s Summit photos are featured in the new Salsa catalog on the Beargrease fat bike page, along with these words of his in the sidebar:

Fatjoring

Four more inches of fresh snow had fallen overnight in Horseshoe Canyon on the edge of the Big Hole Mountains, west of Driggs. The trails were soft on top and freshly groomed below. Where the groomed trails had set up it was slow but easy going, giving us time to enjoy the quiet of the early morning.

Tracey roped Rippin’ up and seemed to pull away effortlessly. I was worried about my skill riding snow until I realized the dog was doing some of the work. What do you call that? On skis, it is skijoring so I guess it’s bikejoring then? Or maybe fatjoring? – Joe Meiser

Tracey PetervaryThe ‘Tracey’ that Joe mentions is Tracey Petervary who, along with her husband Jay Petervary, are nationally recognized winter endurance cyclists who will be on hand throughout the Summit and Festival, conducting clinics, presenting a slideshow, and running the races, among a myriad of other duties. Rippin’ is one of their two dogs, for which the Festival races are named.  Later this winter, Jay and Tracey may very well be riding their fat bikes again across Alaska with the goal of making a documentary. See the details at 64point5.com.

Jay Petervary in Salsa catalog

Jay Petervary is also featured in the Salsa catalog on the Fargo page. He set a world record in the self-supported Tour Divide race earlier this year: 2,745 miles in 15 days, 16 hours and 14 minutes.

Festival Races: The Chillin’ 25K and the Rippin’ 60K

Jay Petervary and his dogs Rippin and Chillin

Jay Petervary and his dogs Rippin’ and Chillin’

Jay Petervary and his two pups, Chillin’ and Rippin,’ have laid out the courses for the two Fat Bike Summit and Festival races on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The Races page is now up with some descriptive detail and links to the course maps on Garmen Connect.

Got questions? Attach a comment here and Jay will respond.

Photos from 2012 Summit; new photo banners

Joe Meiser, Product Design Manager at QBP (Quality Bicycle Products), attended last year’s Summit and took a bunch of photos that he’s given us to use on the site. See his album on the Photo album 2012 page.

I took several of Joe’s photos, plus a couple from Tim Young, Executive Director of Wyoming Pathways in Wilson, WY, and made some photo banners that display randomly at the top of the site. Thanks, gents!

Our new video: ‘What’s up with Fat Bikes’

Some of the money donated by QBP for the 1st Fat Annual Bike Summit (see our History page for more on that) was used to hire Jake Hawkes at Gravnetic to produce a Fat Bike video. It’s now done, with help from Dave Byers, Andy Williams, Ray Spencer, Jay Petervary, and Scott Fitzgerald:

See four other videos on our Fat Biking in Winter video page.

The planning summit for the Fat Bike Summit over a bottle of Summit

Scott Fitzgerald (Fitzgerald’s Bicycles) and his whole fam damily flew into the Twin Cities on Saturday, on their way to points south. We used the occasion for a little face-to-face Fat Bike Summit & Festival planning since both Gary Sqoquist (QBP) and I live in this wonderful but currently dreary and snowless state, home of many fine local beers including Summit.


I got the two of them to put on their PR hats in the parking lot as we were about to depart. The result? A one-minute clip of marginal quality with a promise at the end:

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.

Methow Valley Sport Trails Association opens some trails to fat bikes this winter

Our colleague, Andy Williams at Grand Targhee Resort, alerted us that the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA) in Winthrop, WA has a new snowbike page on their website announcing that they’re opening up some of their trails to fat bikes this winter:

MVSTAWhile the Methow Valley has many passionate fat bike riders, this is the first year MVSTA has piloted a few trails to fat bikes. This will be a pilot program with selected trails open at selected times depending on snow conditions. The ski trail conditions will still remain as our top priority… These locations will be assessed on a day by day, snow conditions, user compatibility basis.

This is a significant development because 1) MVSTA is the nation’s largest cross-country ski area; and 2) of the variety of land owners that make up the MVSTA trail system. From their mission/history page:

Some 52% of the trail system is on U.S. Forest Service (USFS) lands with another 0.02% on U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) lands. Of the remaining lands, 2.1% is on Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) land, and another 1.7% is on Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) lands with 20-year permits (MVSTA 2005). The remainder runs over a complex of private lands on which MVSTA has entered into long-term agreements with landowners.

And with the recent early season snow, the MVST staff went on a winter fat biking outing this week. See their Facebook album of 9 photos:

MVSTA staff on fat bikes

Fat Bike Summit Facebook page and Twitter feed now up; RSS and email list options available

Fat Bike Summit Facebook page Fat Bike Summit Twitter feed

We launched the Fat Bike Summit & Festival Twitter feed a few weeks ago and last week, got the Fat Bike Summit & Festival Facebook page up. So now you can visit/like/follow/subscribe to either or both.  Anytime that we update this blog, we’ll update Twitter and Facebook with links to the permalink of the blog post.

And of course, we also have an RSS feed if you prefer to keep track of our blog posts with a news reader. And see the email signup form on the lower right sidebar if you prefer to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Fat Bike Summit on FacebookFat Bike Summit on TwitterFat Bike Summit RSS feed Fat Bike Summit Email list

Media release (10/29/12) for 2nd Annual Fat Bike Winter Summit and Festival

PressRelease-2013FatBikeSummit 10.29.12Full steam ahead.  We’re sending out this media release today and starting to do a little online promo.

You’ll notice two changes (both in the release and on the website) since my last blog post (which I’ve now edited):

Here’s the full text of the press release (links added) in case you prefer it over the PDF:

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Location, sketchy schedule now known

Sawtelle Mountain ResortI’ve put up a new Location page with some details on the event headquarters for the 2013 Fat Bike Summit and Festival: the Sawtelle Mountain Resort in Island Park, Idaho.

There’s a new Schedule page up with some detail.  Friday January 25th is the day for the Summit, devoted to the issues.  Saturday and Sunday are Festival days with fat bike group rides, an industry expo, demos, races, and of course, a party on Saturday night.

Sawtelle Mountain ResortOver the weeks to come, we’ll be adding more details for all three days, so be sure to subscribe to this blog to get the updates.  You can subscribe now via email or RSS (see the right sidebar).  I’ll soon put up a Twitter feed and Facebook page and we’ll post updates to both of those, too.

We know the dates but not much else

The first Fat Bike Summit (January 2012) gathered land-use planners, rangers, and representatives from the bike industry to discuss fat bikes, and assess their potential impact on public lands and local economy. Educating attendees about the importance of planning for fat bike use on public lands was a key focus of the Summit.

For 2013, we’re adding a festival and making a weekend of it. The 2nd Annual Fat Bike Summit and Festival is scheduled for January 25-27, 2013 in Island Park, Idaho in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Region. It will be the premiere fat bike gathering in the western U.S. for both land managers and fat bike enthusiasts.

Fitzgerald's BicyclesFitzgerald’s Bicycles, a local bike shop with a long history of sharing, promoting and selling fat bikes, is co-hosting the event along with Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), an industry leader in fat bikes.

Details forthcoming, but for now, reserve the dates: January 25-27th, 2013, in Island Park, Idaho.