Fat-bike.com has been added to the list of sponsors for the 2015 Global Fat-bike Summit to be held in Jackson Hole, WY January 23rd-25th, 2015. The Global Fat-bike Summit is hosted by QBP, along with Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, Hoback Sports, Wyoming Pathways, and Mountain Bike the Tetons/IMBA.
The Global Fat Bike Summit combines a fat bike summit training conference for land managers and advocates, along with a fun fat bike festival over the weekend that features fat bike demos, clinics, product displays, and fat-bike races.
On Friday the summit will focus on training sessions and panel discussions featuring the latest in the evolving world of best management practices for fat-bike use on public lands. Management practices will be discussed with a focus on winter use since the majority of access issues fall in the winter months. This interactive training day will include land managers from the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and state and local governments, along with bike advocates and industry representatives.
The festival portion of the event begins Friday night with a fat-bike night ride and evening banquet, and continues through Saturday and Sunday with a variety of demo rides, product clinics, and riding events that include an optional guided fat bike tour of Grand Teton National Park.
Our goal with the Summit/Festival is twofold,” said QBP’s Advocacy Director Gary Sjoquist. “First, we seek to spread best practices in terms of where fat bikes are ridden, how technology continues to shape fat bikes, the latest snow grooming techniques for fat bike singletrack, and just plain have fun with these big tire bikes. Second, we continue to seek winter access for fat bikes to national parks where they are largely prohibited, and to help all land managers with the latest tools that will help them offer more fat bike access to the public.
While QBP’s brands Salsa, Surly, Whisky Parts, and 45Nrth will be title sponsors, the event is seeking additional brand sponsors to allow attendees to try different products and talk with product reps. Trek will have fat bikes on hand, and Specialized, 907, Borealis and other manufacturers are being solicited to attend. Parts and apparel companies have been invited to attend and display product as well.
Our approach here is a ‘big tent’ for all,” said Sjoquist. “Fat-bikes are not a fad – nearly every manufacturer at the recent Interbike trade show featured fat bikes. Growth will continue and access issues will develop, particularly in the Nordic and snow machine trail networks, so we want to address this head-on and help land managers proactively adapt to this new use. We’d like to offer the opportunity for all manufacturers to participate in our Summit and Festival, he said.
The Fat Bike Summit and Festival registration will also include discounted lodging options at Snow King Resort in Jackson and special skiing discounts at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Learn more at http://www.fatbikesummit.com. Manufacturers or companies wishing for more information about the Summit and Festival should contact Gary Sjoquist (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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