Mountain Bike Hall of Famer Gary Sjoquist comes to Valdez March 18.

Mountain Bike Hall of Famer Gary Sjoquist comes to Valdez March 18.


VALDEZ, AK – Trends and best practices will be the focus of a Regional Fat Bike Summit here March 18 led by Mountain Bike Hall of Famer and leading national fat bike advocate Gary Sjoquist.

The Summit is designed to bring together retailers, manufacturers, non-profits, trail builders and state and local parks and land use managers to learn and share information and success stories about the fastest growing sector of the cycling industry.

The Summit will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Valdez Civic Center, 110 Clifton Court, overlooking Prince William Sound. Registration, which includes lunch, is just $25. 

Levitation 49, the new non-profit sports commission in Valdez, organizes the Summit. The Summit is followed immediately by the opening night of the Inaugural Chugach Fat Bike Bash, a fun-filled weekend of races and competitions. The festival will mark the world debut of the Fat Freeride World Championships.

The event brings to life a two-year-old dream by Levitation 49 Executive Director Lee Hart. “The Fat Free Worlds is designed to shine a spotlight on the emerging gravity-fed adrenaline side of a sport that, until now, has mostly focused on endurance events.”

Complete information about the Summit, Fat Bike Bash, lodging in Valdez and online registration can be found on the Chugach Fat Bike Bash website,