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Fat Biking Through Winter

For as long as I can remember, the first snowfall of the season has symbolized the end of the cycling season here. For some, the bikes go indoors on stationary trainers, but for most they go into storage. Waiting until spring arrives, skis and snowboards take precedence throughout the winter months. However, with the creation and exploding popularity of a new type of bike, this ritual is changing. Rather than putting the bike away, people are beginning to take them out once the snow falls. The bike I’m referring to is the ‘fat bike’ and it’s a new style of mountain bike and sport that has been sweeping the country.

You’ve probably seen one by now, either out riding or on some kind of media outlet. Fat bikes are like regular mountain bikes, but with massive tires, often 4 inches in width or more. These ‘fat’ tires allow riders to run fairly low air pressures and essentially glide over all kinds of different terrain, including snow. That’s right, fat bikes effortlessly float over the top of snow, sand, even mud. Surfaces that normal mountain bike tires would sink in to, fat bikes roll over with ease.

I got my first fat bike from KTM in 2014 and was blown away by how fun and exciting they are. Trails deep in the Sierra Nevada mountains are now ride-able year-round. I was skeptical at first, until my first big snow ride and I was sold. I climbed up to the top of a 9,000 ft peak overlooking Lake Tahoe in the middle of January. With 1-2 feet of snow the whole way, the bike just cruised along the surface of the frozen snowpack. The views and winter-peacefulness were unlike anything I had ever experienced on two-wheels before.

Over the last three years the sport of fat biking has exploded. Even more, there is even a Fat Bike National Championships now held in Utah in late February, as well as a Fat Bike World Championships in Crested Butte, Colorado, both of which I am excited to participate in once again.

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Interested? Want to give it a try? Stop by your local bike shop and ask to take one for a spin. Get plugged in to your local fat bike ride group. While I don’t expect it to replace skiing, fat biking is yet another great way to get outside for a different kind of Great Journey during the winter months.


Xterra Pan-American Championship

It was a great day and a tremendous showing for the Sierra Endurance Sports team out in Ogden, Utah for the inaugural Xterra Pan-American Championship event on Sept. 17th.  The Reno, Nev.-based team was represented in both the women’s and men’s elite fields, with team members Suzie Snyder and Kara LaPoint competing in the women’s race, and fellow pro Xterra racer JP Donovan in the men’s race.

For Suzie, it was a golden performance to cap off an incredible season of victories across the Pan-American Pro Series tour. Suzie...


Fig Bars and Motorcycles

There is a time in every child's life where he wakes up early in the morning, dreading to get ready for school, and just hopes that his parents will tell him, "lets ditch school today".  Well, it was one of the those days.

We dusted our dirt bikes off, changed the tires, got geared up, and packed ourselves some water and a handful of Natures Bakery's Fig Bars. We drove to our destination in the middle of the Sierra National Forrest, hopped on the bikes and started our adventure.


Mental Toughness

Listening to a Aubrey Marcus podcast, I just heard the story of a soldier who was a prisoner of war. This individual used his mental toughness to stay sane by playing a round of his favorite golf course, every day, in his head, for seven years. It not only gave him hope, it gave him an escape, and exercised his mind. The benefits of mindfulness and meditation are vastly becoming mainstream and acceptable among all demographics. It isn’t easy to adhere to a proper schedule of meditating, but I am a huge fan of it and will continue to...


5,153 Miles

Five thousand, one hundred and fifty-three miles. The distance traveled in my van within the last four weeks.

Nature's Bakery Ambassador, Ty Tremaine here, clocking in from home after returning from the beginning of my adventure on the road chasing this year’s AMA Endurocross series. My journey began by heading westward on I-80, the road I’ve become far too familiar with. If it wasn’t for a good playlist of music, and a pile of fig bars, I don’t think I would’ve made it past Salt Lake City! As the hours of driving...


Tour of the Canadian Rockies

For most of us down here in America, we never think that the Rocky Mountains extend beyond Colorado. While the peaks and scenery throughout CO are spectacular, this is just one small glimpse into the wonder that is the Rockies. This spectacular range extends up through Wyoming, Montana, and it's epicness culminates in British Columbia, where the famous range spans the rest of the way up the continent. Every July, a world-famous mountain bike race tours the northernmost portion of the Rocky Mountains throughout BC. The event is called Transrockies or Singletrack 6. This 6-day stage race has become a staple...


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