Day Two – Fat Bike Summit and Demo:
Day two was all about getting the word out. Fat bikes are a rather new user group, and with that comes some difficulty, especially in gaining access to certain terrain whether it be private land, nordic trails or public lands. There were a number of different public land agencies present including the local National Forest Service and BLM. Crested Butte has also been in conversation over the last two years to gain access to nordic trails, so the Crested Butte Nordic Center’s Director and board members were also present. Gary from Quality Bicycle Products hosted the summit and chatted about success stories, how others are gaining access, and grooming techniques. There was also an open forum where government officials, public land officials, nordic directors and tourism association folks took questions from the audience.
After sitting inside nearly all day, we were relieved to enjoy the last bits of sun for the weekend at north village, where some of the above mentioned rode fat bikes for their first times. Many people enjoyed Borealis, Specialized, Scott and KTM’s demo fleets. . It was a great cap to a very informative day.