1st Annual Fat Bike Summit, January 20, 2012

Conference and Educational Day:

On January 20, 2012, at the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce, a one-day Fat Bike Summit was held. Hosting partners included Scott Fitzgerald, from Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, located in Victor, ID, and who has been renting, riding and racing fat bikes for 5 years, and Gary Sjoquist, Advocacy Director for Quality Bicycle Products, the nation’s largest bicycle products distributor (QBP owns Surly and Salsa, two fat bike manufacturers). Additional content for the Summit was provided by Mike Welch, Executive Director for Friends of Pathways located in Jackson, Wyoming and Tim Adams, Executive Director for Teton Valley Trails & Pathways located in Teton Valley, Idaho.

The goal of the Fat Bike Summit was to introduce fat bikes (specially engineered bicycles with high floatation 4″ tires designed to be ridden on snow) and discuss surrounding issues and challenges for their use at the city, county, regional, state and federal level parks and forests. Attendees included Forest Service management, National and State Park Rangers, Business Owners, and Chamber of Commerce Representatives from around the Greater Yellowstone region.

Group Ride:

In addition to the meeting a group ride was also planned. Originally designed as a Winter Grand Fondo from Victor, Idaho to West Yellowstone, MT and back or “West ‘N Back”, the ride was shortened because of a winter storm that dropped over 6″ of fresh snow to a day ride on the back roads surrounding West Yellowstone. Riders from over 4 states participated in the group ride with nationally recognized winter endurance cyclists Jay and Tracey Petervary.