Friday, January 9, 2015

Save the Best for Last

Tomorrow is race day and we all owe a HUGE Thank You to our Title Sponsor Salsa Cycles!

Salsa Cycles is a brand that breathes culture. They are not afraid to look / think outside the box. They have been a leader in producing fat bikes as well as building bikes specifically for bike packing and gravel riding. The people that work for Salsa actually do these activities and learn from there doings.

For the Fat Pursuit they donated a huge amount of prizes and the cash prizes for top 3 in the 200k race. That's right CASH prizes!

They produce several different models of fat bikes and a personally favorite of mine is the Salsa, Beargrease which I rode to victories in each the ITI, Arrowhead 135 and most recently the Tuscobia 150.

I encourage you to support the brands that support the sport!

Good luck to each of you and we wish you a safe, successful race!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

GU Energy On Course


It's great to have a nutrition company along as a sponsor of the event. Fact is we all need some calories to get down the trail more effectively. You will find GU in your schwag bag as well as Chomps on course. And plenty of the new Brew both hot and cold! AND 35% off discount cards for all the riders.

In all honestly I met the Marketing Manager of GU at a few gravel events this past year. Like most marketing folks he was doing his job and offering some product for me to try. It's been a long while since I even used these types of calories but over the last few months I used more GU products then I have my entire life. It's all been working really well for me and I have been pretty dedicated to the protocols. All the different flavors have been keeping my palate interested as I mix it up often. I also been using the new Brew and Recovery products warm this winter which has also been nice to sip on.

Even my dog loves the Chomps!

Here is a little info about each of the GU products that will be on hand -

·         New GU Brew is about electrolytes first, then carbohydrates. But carbs are key to endurance nutrition so we take them seriously. We use a 50:50 ratio of fructose (simple) and maltodextrin (complex) carbs because carbs in this combination increase the amount of energy available to muscles. GU Brew is naturally flavored with an ultralight taste profile for great drinkability. And, even better, it tastes great hot, which is perfect for Jay’s Backyard Fat Pursuit.
·         GU provides athletes with a shot of 100 calories in the form of a patented carbohydrate blend (70%-80% maltodextrin and 30-20% fructose) to deliver high-quality, easily-digested and long-lasting energy for athletes in every sport and at all levels. GU also includes electrolytes to ensure proper hydration, an antioxidant blend to stave off muscle tissue damage and an amino acid blend to delay muscle fatigue. Everything inside each packet of GU is engineered to do one simple thing: provide your body with the essential requirements it needs to keep going for miles and miles and hours and hours. It goes down easy, and it goes to work fast so you don't have to slow down.
·         GU Chomps deliver the premium ingredients and performance benefits you've come to expect from GU Energy products: Amino acids for added focus, rippin' energy and speedy recovery.Vitamin C + E, those mighty antioxidants that combat tissue breakdown.Sodium and potassium to restore electrolyte balance. Exclusive blend of complex and simple carbohydrates.

                                                    GU Energy Labs

Monday, December 29, 2014

Registration is CLOSED, 'Wait List' has Opened

Thank you everyone for all the interest and participation in the 2nd Annual JayP's Backyard Fat Pursuit!

The event registration is closed. The 60k SOLD OUT to 60 people with 20+ on a waiting list. The 200k has 49 registered and had one spot available.

I have been working diligently to help make the event even better then last year. We have grown overall and the interest of the 60k event has been amazing. Anxious entrants requested a 'Wait List' in case someone could not make it. And there was the hope of maybe opening up to a few more available spots.

Well, with some additional finagling and a few more logistics I will be opening up the 60k to the first 10 people on that 'Wait List'. You will receive an email from me on how to register. If any of the 10 spots are passed on I will continue down the list accordingly.

The Wait List is in order of registered which is from the bottom up.

Remember 60k entrants, this is no small ride! I can not express enough to be prepared for a day ride. There is also a small list of required gear for good reason. I would bring more.

I did what I could...Thank you for your patience on this!

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!

Excellent tag line.

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.