Fat Bike Summit 2015 – Fat Bikers, Land Managers Gather in Jackson Hole, WY

15-130126_fatbikesummit066-smallHundreds of fat bike enthusiasts and land managers will gather at the Snow King Resort January 23-25 at the 4th Annual Global Fat Bike Festival. The two-day outdoor Fat Bike Festival follows a Fat Bike Training Conference for land managers on Friday Jan. 23rd.

Immediately recognizable by their huge low pressure fat tires, fat bikes are the fastest growing segment of the bicycle industry as winter outdoor enthusiasts realize how easy and maneuverable fat bikes are to ride. The Festival at Snow King will feature test rides on the latest fat bikes from manufacturers like Salsa, Surly, Trek Specialized, Brealis, and Durango Bike Co. Vendors will display cold weather riding apparel, fat bike tires, and the newest lightweight products like carbon rims and bikes. Trail advocacy groups and co-hosts IMBA and Wyoming Pathways will also provide the latest updates on fat bike access on public lands.

Riding events are also part of the Festival. Besides a test track and a groomed singletrack trail up and behind Snow King Resort, riders will also be able to go longer on groomed trails like Cache Creek and Snow King area trails that are rider-packed. “First time fat bike riders always come back with a grin,” said Festival Coordinator Gary Sjoquist with QBP. “e’ll also host a short track race,” said Sjoquist. “Right at the base of Snow King, we’re building a short track course with bermed corners. We’ll have heat races, a last chance qualifier, and then do our Men’s and Women’s Finals under the lights. After a day of testing fat bikes and checking out the newest gear, folks will be able to race their buddies for bragging rights.”

“Fat Bikes are a natural fit for Wyoming,” said Tim Young, Executive Director of Wyoming Pathways. “With our long winters, fat bikes are a fun new option for people to get outside and ride all winter for fitness and transportation,” he said.

The Friday Conference portion is geared to assist land managers plan and manage for Fat Bikes. “So much of the fat biking takes place on public lands,” said Amanda Carey, ED of Mountain Bike the Tetons. “That means its important to share best practices and to create the rules of the trail for Fat Bikes, and find ways for users to partner with land managers to develop the sport responsibly,” she said.

The Fat Bike Summit is also co-hosted by event founder Scott Fitzgerald, owner of Fitzgerald’s Bicycles in Victor, and Doug Lowham with Hoback Sports of Jackson. Both will be on hand during the free demos and event to provide their expertise on fat bike gear and riding tips.

The Hub Bicycles in Jackson is hosting a Jackson Pub Crawl Saturday night. Riders can check out a set of lights from Light and Motion, and then ride from Snow King down to the Snake River Brewpub before ending at The Local for a raffle of juicy fat bike products from Raceface and SRAM.

Tim-Young-Granite-Fat-Bike-RideSunday’s Festival agenda offers more test rides, and also includes an optional guided tour into Grand Teton National Park, thanks to Jackson-based Teton Mountain Bike Tours. The Festival ends Sunday afternoon with the Industry Fat Bike Ride up Cache Creek.

“Where else can you ride with the people who design and build fat bikes?” said Sjoquist. “Between the Industry Ride, the short track races, the Pub Crawl, and the ability to check out the whole fat bike thing, this will be the most unique fat bike event of the winter.”

More information and registration can be found at www.fatbikesummit.com