The Pursuit of Fattiness: Training for Winter Ultras
Winter ultra-endurance races are not for the faint of heart or the weak-willed. This film follows one man’s journey while he trains for Jay Petervary’s Fat Pursuit, a 200km/200mi winter bikepacking race in the Greater Yellowstone region of Idaho…
While some folks might assume that fat biking is a dying niche within the greater world of cycling, we can assure you that it’s alive and well. Devotees gather in cold and snowy places all winter long to ride fat bikes in the conditions for which they were designed. Jim Vreeland is one of those riders. Jim competes in winter ultra-endurance races such as the Fat Pursuit in Idaho, and this year in the Iditarod Invitational. However, Jim trains for these races in a place that doesn’t mirror the conditions needed to prepare for these races: New Jersey. Even so, he makes the most of what he has at his disposal, and keeps going until he succeeds at his goal. Watch the film below and follow Jim Vreeland’s training, from the train tracks of New Jersey, to Idaho’s cold, snowy backcountry, and maybe all the way to the finish line.