*LAND TRUST SEEKING DONATIONS FOR PARCEL*This is an important trail connection for winter fatbiking in the Goldstream Valley!
Shared from Interior Alaska Land Trust
We could use your help, Fairbanks! We are trying to buy a 38-acre parcel along Ballaine Road in Goldstream Valley, a critical piece for connecting green space and trails across the valley. We are very close to our goal of purchasing this to establish continuity in our Goldstream Valley Greenbelt Project ($40k of $75k). We purchased the 80 acres below it, and hope to get the third and final piece. For the rest, we are asking those who use and love Fairbanks trails and wild areas to please consider donating to our acquisition and conservation of this land. Any contribution helps!
The land is undeveloped wetland with the exception of a cabin structure near the road. This can be used as a parking area for trails, as we know that parking is limited further up Ballaine Road. A large winter trail crosses through the parcel, and continues onto the east side of Ballaine Road. All donations are tax-deductible. Also, donations over $200 gets you an IALT-shirt!
Thank you for all your support!
To donate, you can either mail a check: Interior Alaska Land Trust P.O. Box 84169 Fairbanks, AK 99708 OR donate online:
*WOW, LOOK AT THEM GO! *A couple of tough women averaged more than 20 mph on their Steese Highway WOW ride out in Chatanika Wednesday night! If you’re a woman who likes to go fast on your road bike, check out the WOW rides.
*TUESDAY NIGHT MTB RIDE REPORT*Another great Tuesday Night Ride this past Tuesday. Check out the ride report here:
*BORIS JOHNSON PLEDGES TO IMPROVE UK CYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE*It would be great if this could happen in the U.S.!
We’ll Build Thousands Of Miles Of Protected Cycleways, Pledges Boris Johnson
*BIKING ACCIDENT TAKES LIFE OF SQUADRON COMMANDER*What a horrible tragedy. Our sympathies go out to everyone involved. “An Air Force squadron commander died while cycling from Fairbanks to Circle on Saturday after he was struck by a vehicle driven by a fellow airman, according to Alaska State Troopers.” “They were taking turns riding bicycles and driving the support vehicle, a 2015 Dodge Ram truck,” the trooper dispatch states, adding that the driver inadvertently struck the two cyclists as he was following them on the Steese Highway.”
*CYCLING ESSAYS WANTED*Are you a writer who cycles? Or a cyclist who writes? Either way you are wanted! Well, your submissions are wanted for an Alaska anthology of essays by or about contemporary cyclists. Deadline is October 1. Read more here:
*DELTA JUNCTION BIKE ADVENTURE POSSIBILITIES*While the pandemic has put some strict limitations on travel, it has also opened up some opportunities to explore closer to home. This blog post has four biking adventures in and around Delta Junction: Donnelly Training Area (gravel and MTB), Bluff Cabin Trail (MTB), Donnelly Rec area to Fbx (road), and a mention of another road tour possibility: DJ-Gakona-Tok-DJ. (You can probably park at the DJ Visitors Center. Check with the City administrator Mary Leith at 907 895-4656.)
Another MTB possibility in that area is Coal Mine Lakes Road/trail:
*YOUTH MTB PROGRAM HAS A WAITLIST*The Fall 2020 Youth MTB Program is full, but people can contact Hilary (hilarysaucy@gmail.com) to be put on a waitlist. If there is enough interest, she may add a second class, so don’t hesitate!
*WE PASSED 20,000 MILES! *All right you guys! We passed 20,000 miles for Love to Ride’s May-Sept Biking Challenge! We’re over 1,100 trips cycled!
And we’re at 21 riders! Anybody else out there want to join? It’s pretty easy. Check out the link below.
If you already use one of the below apps, you can connect them so that your rides are automatically updated (and your past rides will be counted). You can also enter your miles manually. Whatever your flavor, if you are a Fairbanks cyclist, we would love for you to be a part of our group!
Strava MapMyRide Endomondo The Love to Ride app
Oh, and if you’re looking for people to ride with, check out our weekly rides here:
Beaver Sports also has a weekly MTB ride starting at 5pm every Thursday.