Synopsis: Winter endurance races are not for the faint-hearted or weak-willed. This film profiles one man's fat bike journey while training for Jay Petervary's "Fat Pursuit," a 200k/200m winter bicycle race in the Greater Yellowstone region. Follow along with Jim Vreeland's journey, from the train tracks of New Jersey, to Idaho's cold, snowy backcountry, and maybe all the way to the finish line.
Complete Summary: Fat biking is no longer a new concept. In fact, some will say it’s dying. But for the devotees who ride their fat bikes in the cold, snowy conditions they were designed for, it seems like they are only just getting started.
Jim Vreeland is one of those riders. Rumors about Jim have sprung up in various parts of the Garden State over the past few years. Some say he eats 40 pounds of bananas for breakfast every day. Tames dragons and serpents in his spare time. Rides 1000-mile training routes, supposedly for some big ridiculous event in some far away land.
It turns out he really does do those events. What started out as an exposé of how Jim Vreeland says he's going to ride some "big adventure," but instead takes some photos in the woods (by a parking lot of the spa where he's getting his pedi), has now turned into confirmation that he is, in fact, an unstoppable lunatic cyclist. Jim rides ultra long distance rides in the winter, competing in Winter Ultra Endurance races. These races can be from 50 to hundreds of miles long, traveling over snow for days at a time, morning, noon, and night.
Jim trains for his races in a state that doesn’t get the conditions he truly needs to prepare for them- New Jersey. But he makes the best of what he has available to him, and keeps going until he succeeds at his goal.
In this film, Jim’s goal is to complete Fat Pursuit. Fat Pursuit is a winter ultra endurance race in Idaho, an event put on by a legendary endurance rider in his own right, Jay Petervary. But before Jim gets there, he has to get in shape. And once he does, not snowstorms or TSA, nor even the Idaho state police, will be able to stop him.
It is said that Jim once challenged Lance Armstrong to a "Who has more testicles?" contest. Jim won by 5. See all of them in this short film.