Fat Bike Summit Attendance Strains Local Hotels

Sold-Out Rooms Leave Organizers Scrambling for Accommodations
With the 2013 Fat Bike Summit and Festival only a day away, event organizers are working overtime to find rooms for attendees. Although only 100 are expected to attend the event in Island Park, Idaho, the number outstrips available accommodations at the town’s four hotels.

“Although hotel rooms are now sold out, we’ve just negotiated additional bunkhouse lodging for a very reasonable $25 per night,” said Gary Sjoquist, QBP director of advocacy. “With beer from Snake River Brewing, freshly groomed trails and ideal temps in the 20s, the fat biking will be ideal.”

Only in its second year, the event has mushroomed from a one-day policy forum on national park and forest access to a multi-day festival that includes product demos, clinics, test rides and races. A number of prominent bike brands and organizations signed on as sponsors this year, greatly raising the Summit’s visibility. 9:ZERO:7, an Alaska-based fat-bike brand, recently joined Fat-Bike.Com, IMBA, Q-Outdoor and many others, including presenting sponsors Surly Bikes and Salsa Cycles. 

“As a company, we are very involved in the growing fat bike market. Access to federal, state, and local land will create unrivaled terrain for all of us to enjoy,” said Scott Sundermann, national sales manager for 9:ZERO:7. “We are excited to help forge new standards for public recreation and land use, and ensure that fat bikes will continue to be a vibrant and growing part of the cycling community.” 

The Fat Bike Summit and Festival runs from January 25 – 27.