The Fairbanks Cycle Club will again be holding the Tour of Fairbanks cycle race, and like last year, this version will be virtual.

The Tour of Fairbanks is traditionally an in-person five-stage road race. But the pandemic has turned many things on its head, including the Tour. But last year’s virtual Tour of Fairbanks went really well, so Race Director Christopher Knott has decided to offer it again. Road racing will take place July 8-11.

While this is a race, the main purpose is to encourage riders to safely get out into the community and visit local businesses. It also gives Fairbanksans something healthy to train for and look forward to during this pandemic. So, if races aren’t usually your thing, consider signing up for the motivation and to help our local businesses.

This virtual race will feature five stages in various locations featured in the soon-to-be-released Race Bible. Each race will be over four days and will have five routes.

All times will be recorded on Strava, so to compete, all riders will need to have a Strava account and a GPS watch, cycling computer, or the Strava app on a smartphone. Basic Strava accounts are free. Sign up at: www.strava.com/

Registration will be held July 7 at Goldstream Sports from noon to 7 p.m.

The series costs $40 plus FCC membership (to cover insurance costs). The club offers annual individual and family memberships or day memberships. People selecting the day membership must purchase one for each day they are competing.

For more information see: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/races/tour-of-fairbanks/

Questions about the race can be sent to Christopher Knott ([email protected]).