Wednesday, October 7, 2015

60 km Race

I was half way through updating this page and putting things in place for the 60 km event as it is now a different weekend all together then what it started as. I was updating a few things, had Athlete360 put registration in place and before I knew it somebody registered. I didn't even announce it yet.

This is what it has become. I am stoked for this and even more stoked so many people are into riding on snow now a days.

I built the Fat Pursuit with the intention on growing the 200 km event. I did that and introduced a 200 mile distance this year. With that I had to drop the 60 km distance. Each event distance was taking away from each others resources and in reality they are both two different events - one is possibly a multi day and the other is a single day. I didn't feel I was giving each distance event the attention each deserved. I am not complaining, growth is a good thing but knowing to do something about it is another. I hope I am doing the right thing here.

I had many people ask if I was going to do the 60 km anymore. Well, I am and I plan on giving the same exact focus I give all my events and I do believe it will be a much better event on its own.

With that said I announce December 19, 2015 as the date to hold the 60 km Fat Pursuit.

Registration can be found here.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

2016 - News and Registration

Greetings! The snow will be flying here before we know it and with that will bring the 3rd edition of JayP's Backyard Fat Pursuit. EDIT: It snowed last night in the mountains...

This year the Fat Pursuit will be January 8-11 2016. Some my notice the weekend got longer and that is because we are adding a 200 mile distance to coincide with the 200 km distance. This is super exciting for us. So, two distances still but we have taken away the 60k. We will still host the 60k but it will be a different weekend. Right now we are looking at December 19, 2015. More info to come on that separate event as soon as the date gets approved.

The 200 km format and info will remain the same. The 200 mile distance race will have a Friday start vs. the Saturday AM start for the 200k. This will add a level of excitement for the riders as well as introduce different logistics and race planning. Once I actually ride the additional trails that make up the 200 mile I have mapped out I will do the math to have the 200 mile racers over lap the racers in the 200 km race. I anticipate a late afternoon start of aprox 5 PM on Friday, Jan 8th. Get your lights ready!

I will be requiring qualifications to participate in the 200 mile distance. You must have completed one of the following - Fat Pursuit 200k, Arrowhead 135, Tuscobia 150, Iditarod Trail Invitational or similar. If you feel you have multi day winter experience skills and want to do the 200 miler but have not completed a winter ultra before contact me to discuss -

For a 2 year event we have gotten some great recognition and quickly building the reputation of 'The' winter race to do in the lower 48. I am very grateful to have this backyard to offer you this experience.

Don't drag your heels if your thinking about joining us as we sold out last year.

That is what I have for right now and registration is live now - ATHLETE 360
Thank you.

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!