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.

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.

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

Jay and Tracey Petervary, 2011  Jay and Tracey Petervary, 2011
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

Salsa Cycles blog features writing by adventure fat bikers Jay Petervary and Mo Mislivets

Salsa CyclesMike ‘Kid’ Riemer and the crew at Salsa Cycles (a Presenting Sponsor) are very good at keeping the Salsa Cycles Culture blog updated, going all the way back to 2004. The blog often features posts by their sponsored riders. Last week, it was Jay Petervary of Fitzgerald’s Bicycles (Summit co-host) titled Continuing Education 2012 – Jay Petervary,  part of their ‘What we learned via the bike in 2012’ series.

Jay PetervaryCertain tricks and techniques have worked for me through the years and others have not. We change and so does technology. I often think I have something figured out in the way of gear, nutrition, sleep, physical ability, and mental strength but there is always more to learn. I am willing to try something different or take a new approach even on things that have worked just fine for me in the past. Learning by experience and trial and error is just who I am.

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This year was no different than the rest. I learned a lot. That being said I am often reminded and re-learn some of the same things every year, and other things I just build upon. Making the decision to do an individual time trial on the Tour Divide this year (with a record setting goal) two months before my actual departure date was a real challenge. (continued)

The Salsa blog also occastionally features others who write well about their adventures. In December, they published a guest blog post by Mo Mislivets of the Adventure Cycling Association (an 80mm Sponsor) titled My Winter Fatbike Respite & Winter Touring Tips:

Mo MislivetsI glanced back, squinting into the blinding snow, to make sure Bill was still riding behind me. The snow was getting heavier and visibility was much worse than when we had started earlier that day. But there he was, right on my tail with the biggest grin on his face. The riding was wonderfully quiet with a fresh two inches on the ground and piling fast. “This is awesome”, I heard him say, as my Surly Nates made fresh tracks.  I couldn’t help but laugh. I was a little more concerned than he was about the amount of falling snow, the decreased visibility, the traffic, now reduced to one lane, and the 32 remaining miles we needed to ride that day; 14 of which would be a dirt road with mystery conditions straight into the mountains…

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Flotation bikes or “fat bikes” are becoming more and more popular, and for winter touring it’s the perfect bike. The Mukluk that I used performed great. I felt very comfortable with the wide tires on snowy and icy roads, as well as in deeper snow, and the bike was very comfortable to both load and ride, and yes, push. It does takes some practice to get the tire pressure just right and to get a sense for conditions and how the bike slides, and thus when to add or subtract pressure to the front or back fatties. Winter isn’t just for commuting anymore. Touring on a fat bike may not get you there super fast, but it’s super fun!

Here are some thoughts that I had for winter touring after my trip: (continued)

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

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.