*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*WHEN BIKEPACKING IS BACKPACKING*Wait, what?! When you said we were going bikepacking I thought you meant….
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Jan 15 Back in October, four friends took on a uniquely challenging crossing of California’s Sierra Nevada, which included a 30-mile hike through the mountains with their bikes strapped to their backs. Watch “The Long Way Around,” the 15-minute film about their trip here, along with an introduction by director Chris Burkard…
*TANANA RIVER CHALLENGE REGISTRATION OPEN*The Tanana River Challenge registration is open! With the recent decision of the WM100 to not hold a race this year, the only two fatbike races in the Interior we know about will be this one and the Chena River to Ridge.
Shared from Tanana River Challenge Jan 14 Race registration opens Friday the 15th at 12 AM (which is tonight!). Be sure to sign up early, we expect it to fill up fast!
*WHITE MOUNTAINS 100 NOT HELD THIS WINTER*FYI
Shared from White Mountains 100 Jan 14 After careful consideration and many discussions with key volunteers, we’ve decided not to hold the White Mountains 100, or any shorter alternative course, in 2021. We delayed the lottey as long as we could in hopes the case numbers would drop; however, they have remained fairly steady statewide. The health of our volunteers and racers are top priority and we couldn’t devise a way to safely social distance at our cabin checkpoints and shelters.
We will assess the situation in Fall 2021.
*NATIONAL BIKE ADVOCACY GROUP INFO*The League of American Bicyclists is a nationwide biking advocacy group. If you’re curious about the group you can check out their latest magazine online. Also, the group organizes the National Bike Summit. That will be online this year started Feb 28. Registration is now open.
National Bike Summit info: bikeleague.org/summit
The American Bicyclist magazine (online version): https://issuu.com/bikeleague/docs/lab_magazine_sp20_v9_issuu
*INTRO TO FATBIKING ARTICLE*Despite being written by someone in southern California, this article has some good info on fatbiking.
But this line raises a question: “Regardless of the exact snow conditions, both Ruff and Roe agree — you’ll never need to go above 10 psi.”
You can go higher, especially with our current conditions. (Heck, on some trails right now you could probably ride a road bike!) Some people go as high as 20 psi in Fairbanks. And it’s always better to start high and let out air if you need to. It’s a lot easier to let out air, that put more back in.
So, here’s the question: How high do you go with tire psi when trails are really hard-packed? Or do you just go by feel?
*BIKERAFTING GUIDE IN THE WORKS*You’ve heard of bikepacking. And packrafting. How about bikerafting?! Someone’s working on a guide for it! Alaskan adventurer Luc Mehl is promoting it. Sounds interesting. If that interests you, consider contributing to the IndieGoGo campaign: www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-bikeraft-guide-by-doom-lizzy#/
*BIKEPACKING SCHOLARSHIP*If you watched the movie “Lael Rides Alaska” there was mention of a ride scholarship. Here’s a site with more info. And if you didn’t see the movie, here’s another chance! Below is a bit of information about the scholarship.
“This scholarship is intended to enable another woman to design and ride her own 1,000 mile Alaskan adventure in the summer of 2021. This scholarship is open to a woman (including femme, trans and non-binary) of any age with any level of bicycle touring experience. We are looking for positive energy and a strong desire to experience the remote roads of Alaska and have some fun.
“The recipient of the scholarship will receive a Specialized Diverge bicycle, Revelate Designs bikepacking bags, PEARL iZUMi apparel, a premium subscription to Komoot, Easton wheels, a Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM GPS, Big Agnes camping equipment, Rene Herse tires, an Ergon saddle, a year subscription to Bicycle Quarterly, Trail Butter, Hydro Flask hydration, and a $1,500 travel stipend provided by Easton.”
*BIKER DOES COPPER BASIN 300*Impressive accomplishment!
Shared from Copper Basin 300 Sled Dog Race Jan 11 Bicyclist Kirby Spangler who did the 300 mile loop and just crossed the finish line on his fat tire bike! He left on Thursday and camped for four nights. Good job Kirby, you are tough!
*KLUANE BIKE RACE GOES VIRTUAL*For those fans of the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay, it’s going virtual this year.
Shared from Rob N Rose WeltonJuneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club Jan 9 The Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay (KCIBR) executive and board of directors has been working hard since November 2020 to plan a safe event for 2021. We have good news – there will be a KCIBR this year that will be virtual. You will be able to choose your route near your home and we will reward your completion of the 2021 virtual KCIBR! More details to be released in February 2021, check www.kcibr.org or our Facebook page for details. Sincerely, KCIBR
*THE RADAVIST*Here’s an interesting website. It’s called the Radavist. Tons of stuff about biking. It describes itself as:
A group of individuals who share a love of cycling and the outdoors. We will always stop for a photo, or to hit a jump. Rubber side up!
*BEAVER SPORTS THURSDAY RIDES*Beaver Sports has free Thursday Night fat bike rides! They start at 5pm at Beaver Sports. Call the store for more details (479-2494).
*FCC RESOURCES*We’ve got lots of useful stuff on our website, including a bunch of information under our Resources dropdown menu: –National and International Cycling Advocacy Groups –Tanana Valley State Forest Roads –Winter Riding Tips –Maps Archive
See those and more under Resources at: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/