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Fat bike advocates look for national park access

Published November 9, 2012

ISLAND PARK, ID (BRAIN) — Gaining winter access to national parks for fat bikes is a goal of advocates meeting at January's Fat Bike Winter Summit and Festival, to be held at the Sawtelle Mountain Resort here. 


The second annual event has been expanded from one to three days, January 25-27, and will include product demos, races, group rides, and a Saturday-evening celebration for fat-bike enthusiasts. 

"Our goal with the summit and festival is to continue our work to gain access for fat bikes in national parks," said Gary Sjoquist, advocacy director for QBP, an event sponsor and co-host.

The festival was created by retailer Scott Fitzgerald, founder of Fitzgerald's Bicycles in Victor, Idaho.  Last year's summit educated land managers from local, state and federal agencies about the growing popularity of winter fat biking—also known as snow biking.

"There are endless opportunities for single and multi-day riding on groomed trails, complete with frequent directional kiosks and a well-marked trail system throughout," said Fitzgerald.

Jay and Tracey Petervary, nationally recognized fat bike experts and endurance riders, will lend their expertise for clinics, group rides and land management meetings. Additionally, representatives from Grand Targhee Resort, the first ski resort in the U.S. to promote fat biking on their Nordic trails system, will discuss how fat biking fits in their winter business plan.

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Fat bikers hit the trail. Photo courtesy of the Fat Bike Winter Summit and Festival

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