Monday, December 15, 2014

Dedicated to Winter Riding

At the start of the Fat Pursuit we will see a fair amount of different fat bikes. Some of the same bikes will actually look different to each other as each will be outfitted separately with gear and accessories. We will also see differences in tire choice, always a debatable subject to talk about. Along with all the bike differences we will also see riders of those bikes dressed in varying types and styles of clothing. 

There will be one brand that will be most common across the board with most of all the riders. That brand of products will be from 45NRTH. 45NRTH is dedicated to making 'Unparalleled Cold Weather Performance' goods. And they do it well!

I am personally a big fan of ALL the products they are producing but if I had to choose 3 things to recommend for the Fat Pursuit it would be these items:
1. Wolvhammer Boot (mated with the Bergraven gaiter is an excellent combination).
2. Cobrafist Pogies (mated with the Marino Liner Glove is another great combo).
3. Dillinger Tire (these are available in both 4" and 5" widths as well as studded or not).

The grip palm on the liner glove is a great feature but all you smart phone users will like to know they are touch screen compatible which in return gives a more durable finger tip.
Those are just a few recommendations but don't look past anything in the 'Softgoods' line up. The Stormfist gloves (the Stormfist 4 comes with the liner glove I referenced above) and Greazy cap are personal favorites. They also offer other tires and some really nice flat pedals.

The Greazy cap will make you smile!

As winter riders we are very fortunate to have a company like 45NRTH dedicate themselves to such a growing category in cycling. If you have not looked at the products of this brand you are missing out.

JayP's Backyard Fat Pusruit is proud to have 45NRTH as a sponsor of the event and I personally thank them for that!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fitz-Barn or Barn-Fitz

A great example of 2 shops working together.

Fitzgeralds Bicycles of Victor, Id and Red Barn Bicycles of Hamilton, MT will both be the supporting shop sponsors of the Fat Pursuit.

Ironically enough the Fat Pursuit and the Fitz-Barn share one of the same roads.
Both shops are unique for their own reasons but yet very similar. They both talk the ride as well as ride the talk. They are big supporters of fat bike and bike packing culture. And they put on a self-supported, kick-butt, summer, bike packing ride called the Fitz-Barn. Well, in the even number years anyway. The route also switches directions from year to year and so does the name. For 2015 it will be Barn-Fitz. That's right, you guessed it, the route travels from one shop to the other via a series of gravel roads. Some of the roads use the Tour Divide Route.

Together the shops have stepped up to be sponsors of the Fat Pursuit and will be hosting aid station #1, which is also aid station #2. With that we will be calling it the Fitz-Barn Checkpoint.

If you have any gear needs for the Fat Pursuit or questions on the Fitz-Barn Ride give'em a shout!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Registration - Cap and Closing

Winter Greetings!

I am stoked on the momentum of  the Fat Pursuit in its second year running. The buzz I been seeing, reading and feeling has been great. I thank EVERYONE who has been a part of this, especially the competitors that have signed up to this date.

A common question I receive is "Are you going to 'cap' the event?", meaning limiting the numbers of entrants. Well, I been wondering the same thing myself.

Last week I stopped at the Forest Service office where I receive my permits to check in, schmooze etc, and also ask if they were going to limit me to a number of participants for the event. My relationship at the FS office is a good one, another situation where they think I'm crazy but know I am good person :). I have earned their trust (the is huge and has taken years) and they are leaving this 'cap' up to me. Wow!

With respect to growth and the future of the event I will be issuing a cut-off sign up date and a max number of participants. I do not want to overwhelm anybody or any aspect of the event. I need to see what the community can handle as well as the race environment to still give the racers a good 'feel'. I do not want to over impact the trails with respect to other trail users. In short I want to put on a good event and have good representation of everyone involved.

The Fat Pursuit has other big picture meaning with educating you as racers but also show others that fat bikers are just another responsible user group to hopefully one day ride in places that we can not ride today. It also represent me and I want to make sure I do the right thing.

Registrants to date (12/8/14):
36 - 200k
47 - 60k

Cap number for this year will be:
50 - 200k
60 - 60k

I will be closing registration on December 25, 2015 at midnight. You know, just in case a Fat Pursuit gift is under the tree ;).

Thanks for understanding a Race Directors job(s)!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2015 Registration is live!

All year I been looking forward to hosting the 2nd Annual JayP's Backyard Fat Pursuit and today registration has gone live.


Building on the success of last years event we will keep the format and distances the same. For the 200K folks 'JayP's Facts of Winter Life' special test may change or maybe another will be added. Last year it was boiling water, trail side, in real conditions.

I assume we have done something right as I have been receiving phone calls and emails from all over asking me about this years race (there is always someone that manages to know that registration is open before it is even official so I would like to thank Mark Seaburg for registering as I was writing this post). The buzz is abundant and this is exciting so if you don't want to miss out please register sooner then later.

This could not go on without you and the generous sponsors of the event which is something I am thankful for. Once again Salsa has stepped up to be the Title sponsor which means cash prize and plenty of schwag. I will continue to update as I hear from the others.


Thursday, February 27, 2014


At a glance...

Friday, February 28
Registration / Gear Check - 200k and 60k 11 am - 5 pm and 8 pm - 10 pm
Dinner Feed (provided to 200k, restaurant food available for others)  6 pm
Racer Meeting - 200k and 60k 7 pm

Saturday, March 1Breakfast (for sign ups only) 5:30
200k start 7am
Registration / Gear Check - 60k  7:15 am - 8 am
60k Racer Meeting 8:15am
60k start 9am
Awards for 60k 4pm

Sunday, March 2
Celebration Toast to the 200k riders ALL WELCOME - Noon

We encourage you to stick around and enjoy the atmosphere! Cheer on your fellow rider and lets watch these 200k riders who are going to come back different people!

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Arrived at the Pond's

We just got up to Island Park and settled in to some pizza and beer at the Pond's Lodge.  Looking forward to seeing everyone arrive tomorrow!

Thanks again for all our sponsors who have made it happen!  Without you it wouldn't be possible!

Now hurry up and get up here - conditions are going to be great!

Schultz Law Firm, LLC
 Kate's Real Food Princeton Tech Lights
Jay Petervary
 Wanderlust Bikepacking Gear

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

As we get ready to head to Island Park this weekend we want to give some 'thanks' in advance to our generous supporters.  Wanderlust bike packing gear is throwing in over $400 of gift certificates to be used on any of their handmade gear.  Thanks Paul!