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.

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.

Mandatory racer meeting on Saturday morning

P1020732We’ve added an item to the schedule on Saturday morning.

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.

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.

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!