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Team Fitzy: Rolling Thunder Race Report



Teton Valley Vikings Plunder and Pillage Rolling Thunder Races!  A Rolling Thunder Race report from Fitzy Team Rider Dan Abraham.

Dave's Butt

Dave's Butt

 

What a weekend put together by the folks at Montana Cyclocross; Rolling Thunder lived up to the hype! Was it the Olympic mountain biker almost taking pro/1/2 race on a singlespeed, all while sporting a long ginger wig (temporary gingervitis) and managing to grab a dollar hand-up on the run up? Or maybe the two fun, fast, and technically challenging courses that were put together by a dedicated team of course tape ninjas? What about the passenger van mounted observation/beer/heckling deck full of rowdy fans all screaming, spraying beer, and causing mayhem during the night races? The list could go on (and could include a pro racer taking a two-dollar butt crack hand-up from the author), but the real highlight for Team Fitzy was the strong representation by Teton Valley folks on the podium all weekend long! (more…)

2013 Fat Bike Winter Summit and Festival



Today we officially launched the press release and website for the 2nd Annual Fat Bike Winter Summit and Festival.   After our successful first attempt last year, we’ve been hard at work figuring out how to make the event better and I think we are going down the right path!

New for this year is the Festival component of the event.  We have invited all the top brands in the Fat Bike world to come and set up the largest Fat Bike Expo in the Country… hopefully it works!  Races, Demos, Parties will make it a must attend if you ride the Fat.  Island Park has the premier riding in the Country (according to Tracey and JayP anyway) and we are excited to show it off to all our Fat friends around the Fat Bike Nation.

Keep an eye on www.FatBikeSummit.com for weekly updates as we work on filling in the details and mark it on your calender!

Congrats JayP!



Team Spotlight: Katie Engleman



Katie Takes on the Victor Cyclocross Course

This week we spoke with Katie Engleman about the upcoming cyclocross season, riding LOTOJA on a tandem and the hardest (and best) ride in Teton Valley.

SKH:   How long have you been on the Fitzgerald’s Bicycles Team?

KE:  This is my third season.

SKH:  Why did you join and what do you like best about being on the team?

KE:  A few years ago I started getting more competitively into biking.  I thought it would be a good way to integrate into the racing scene and meet other racers.  I love the team because its jam-packed full of great people and incredible athletes.  When we all get together we just talk about biking, its dorky, and awesome. (more…)

Team Spotlight: Dave Saurman



This week we chat with Dave “Sourdude” Saurman.    Dave, a long time Fitzy team rider, chats with us about his Pierre’s Hole race, lucky socks and a bracelet that keeps him from whining.

 

Dave at the Galena Grinder

Dave at the Galena Grinder

SKH:   How long have you been riding with the Fitzgerald’s Bicycles Team?

DS:  I have ridden on the Fitzy team at least 5 years now if not 6?

SKH:  Why did you join the team?

DS:  I was invited to join the team and felt honored to be part of the best team in town.  I have been loyal to “my shop” since I started going there in the old shop in the back of the Brew Pub and never gave any thought to any other team.   I was psyched to ride for Fitzy’s.  I love being on the team because we have a great group.  My teammates are awesome and get me excited to ride and race.  And we have great parties with good beer.

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1st Annual Targhee Super D Race Report



People ask me all the time (literally, all the time), “so are you doing much racing this Summer?”  To which I usually answer, “No, I don’t really race… just ride for fun.”  Of course this statement is mostly true.  But those of you who know me well would say this statement is BS when it comes to cross and the occasional downhill race.  But compared to most “racers”, I really don’t race.

So if that’s the case, why was I so worked up over the 1st Annual Targhee Super D race during the Wydaho Rendezvous Mountain Bike Festival?  Maybe it was the fact that I fancy myself a bit of an all arounder on the bike with a leg up on the downhills.  Maybe it’s because I have a downhill race background so this form of DH lite is appealing.  Maybe it’s because my Pivot Mach 429 is the best bike I’ve ever owned and is perfectly suited for this race.  Or maybe it’s because I bet fellow shop owner Aaron Grutzmacher of the Hub Bicycles that I would be his shop mechanic for a day if I lost to him!

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Team Spotlight: Gabe Klamer



Gabe, AJ and Jason at the Grinder

Up this week is Gabe Klamer, or “Fiddie Cent” as he is called by the team.   Just off a top ten finish (and a Belt Buckle winner) at Pierre’s Hole 100,  Gabe took a few minutes to chat about Big Day socks, how a piece of tape equates to 1.59 Watts of energy and how to STAY CALM!

SKH:  When & why did you join the Fitzgerald’s Bicycles team?

GK:  I joined the Fitzy team back in ’07.  He was still operating out of the small shop in the back of the Brew Pub.  That year the kits were the “sun burst” orange style.  I joined the team for the comradery and for the opportunity to race on a team with friends who already happened to be Fitzy riders.

SKH:  What’s the best part of being on the team?

GK:  The Fitzy team represents cycling on all different kinds of levels.  We are a diverse group who all love to ride and appreciate all cycling disciplines.  What I like about the Fitzy team the most is the friendships I have made.  Most of  my best friendships are a result of this team.

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