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!
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)
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.
Jay is sponsored by Salsa Cycles, one of the Summit’s two Presenting Sponsors.
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.
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.
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:
Sarah 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.
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.
Scott Fitzgerald & Gary Sjoquist
Scott Fitzgerald and family
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: