Birth Of A Winter Fatbike Ultra

Our congratulations to Salsa sponsored rider Jay Petervary on the success of his inaugural JayP’s Backyard Fat Pursuit ultra-endurance fatbike race in Island Park, Idaho.

And they're off...the starting field of the first-ever JayP's Fat Pursuit head out on course...

Featuring 200k ultra and 60k mini-ultra races, the Fat Pursuit lived up to Jay’s intent of being a true learning experience.

30 miles in, cold, hungry, thirsty and working at getting the stove started as part of JayP's Facts Of Winter Life challenge...

Racers experienced the varying temperatures and snow conditions that define winter fatbike ultras; sometimes fast and ride-able, at other times mandating hours and hours of pushing. Thirty miles into the race, the 200k riders also faced JayP’s Facts Of Winter Life challenge; needing to bring eight ounces of water to a boil on their stoves before being allowed to continue on course.

A racer heads toward the hills leading to West Yellowstone...

The safety and secuction of checkpoint 2 in West Yellowstone...

Eighteen competitors took on this year’s 200k challenge with seven crossing the finish line.

The first Fat Pursuit involved plenty of this...Tracey Petervary and Bill Martin push their way in to the Man Cave checkpoint...

26 hours in, 22 miles to go for eventual third place finisher Mike Barklow...ground and sky meet in a white mix...

Congratulations to all who took part in this first-ever event. Starting next week, we will be sharing stories from some of this year’s Fat Pursuit racers.

The podium for the first 200k Fat Pursuit: (L to R) 3rd place, Mike Barklow; 1st place Andrew Kulmatiski, and 2nd place Tracey Petervary...

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Mike Riemer

Mike Riemer

I love being outside. I prefer to ride on dirt. Or snow. If I was born a hundred years earlier I might have been a polar explorer. There's a great natural world out there to see, smell, taste, listen to, and experience. Life slows down out there and the distractions we've created will disappear if you let them. Give me a backpack and let me go.


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Christopher Tassava | March 15th, 2014

The Fat Pursuit was a great event. I cannot wait for next year!

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