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QBP Fat Bike Summit Strives to Improve Access and Grooming

QBP announces 2018 Fat Bike Summit schedule

Quality Bicycle Products will host three fat bike summits in 2018 as part of a strategy to improve access and grooming techniques for fat bike trails around the country.

QBP has hosted these summits since 2012, coordinated by the distributor’s senior bicycle advocate, Gary Sjoquist. Originally created for land managers to make educated decisions about fat bike access, these summits have evolved to be a place where fat bike advocates, Nordic ski associations, and the public can gather to learn about grooming techniques and equipment that will increase ridership.

New for the 2018 summits is a grooming demonstration brought by 45NRTH‘s Ride Groomed initiative. Demonstrations will feature the latest in motorized singletrack grooming machines and techniques, so that attendees can experience the latest technology in action.

“Especially out west, on Bureau of Land Management or Forest Service lands, fat bike trails are shifting from wide ‘golf cart’ type trails across open meadows to narrow singletrack through forested areas. This requires different layouts and different grooming techniques. 45NRTH’s presentation will help to expose attendees to the possibilities of fat bike trail-making,” said Sjoquist.

The 2018 QBP Fat Bike Summit schedule includes expos and demonstrations that will happen in conjunction with the following fat bike events:

  • Norpine Classic, Lutsen, Minn. Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. 1-4 pm. This event will feature examples of fat bike trail layouts, signage best practices, and a singletrack grooming demonstration before race check-in Friday evening. More information at
  • Frosty’s Fat Bike Race Series Friday, Jan. 12. Time TBA. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Canada. More information at
  • Fat Bike Worlds, Crested Butte, Colo. Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. Time TBA. Will include a singletrack grooming competition featuring Best Tracksleds, TracksUSA, and the Snowdog (all self-propelled singletrack groomers with tracks 20-inches wide or less). More information at

Registration information for each summit will be updated on the above websites as the dates get closer.


Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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