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 norpinefatbikeclassic.com.
- Frosty’s Fat Bike Race Series Friday, Jan. 12. Time TBA. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Canada. More information at frostythefatbike.com.
- 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 cbchamber.com.
Registration information for each summit will be updated on the above websites as the dates get closer.