*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*NATIONAL BIKE MONTH HAPPENINGS*There are several things happening in Fairbanks for National Bike Month. The borough has a Bike to Work Day event in the morning and another in the afternoon in conjunction with the End of School Ice Cream Ride. There’s more. Read about it all here: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2022/05/national-bike-month-highlights-local-events-resources/
Shared from Fairbanks North Star Borough Carlson Center May 11 Join us next Friday for National Bike to Work Day!🚲 First 300 people to stop by our booth will receive one of these amazing stickers! 😎 May 20th 7-9am: Morning Madness at the Carlson Center Riverside Path 3-7pm: Afternoon Ice Cream Commute! Stop by the Carlson Center to meet with vendors and then make your way to Griffin Park at 4pm for some free ice cream!!
*CALL FOR CYCLE/PED COUNT VOLUNTEERS*Reminder that the FAST Planning is looking for volunteers to do a cycle/pedestrian count. Getting accurate counts on cyclists and pedestrians helps guide infrastructure planning for the Fairbanks/North Pole area. You can help make sure cyclists and pedestrians get treated fairly when transportation projects are planned.
Shared from Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation Planning
📢 CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS! 📢 Its that time of year – our Annual Bicycle + Pedestrian Count is coming up! Tuesday, May 24 – Thursday, May 26th, we need your help from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. Reach out to jackson.fox@fastplanning.us to sign up for an intersection and help us get the important data that is used for project planning and design.
To help with this effort, please contact FAST Planning Executive Director Jackson Fox at jackson.fox@fastplanning.us or call 907/205-4276.
*WESTERN WILDLANDS AND GDMTBR*FCC Secretary Jenny Campbell is riding the Western Wildlands bikepacking route from south to north. The route roughly parallels the Great Divide MTB Route. Now the two are connected in several places, offering many options.
Shared from Adventure Cycling Association
The TransRockies Connector links the Western Wildlands Route near Salt Lake City to the GDMBR at Salida, Colorado across the Wasatch Plateau, the red rock canyons of the Colorado Plateau, the MTB meccas of Moab and Crested Butte, and the majestic Rocky Mountains.
At 947 miles and 77,000’ of elevation, it can be used to create sizeable loops with the WWR and GDMBR, or as it’s a big adventure in its own right. The route has public transportation options on either end for point-to-point riders.
This route was created in partnership with Bikepacking Roots. It traverses traditional lands of the Ute, Goshute, Eastern Shoshone, Great Sioux Nation, Arapahoe, and Cheyenne. Photo by Kurt Refsnider – Ultra MTB.
*JENNY’S WESTERN WILDLANDS ADVENTURE*FCC Secretary Jenny Campbell is off on a multi-month tour of the Western Wildlands bikepacking route with a friend. We’re keeping track of her adventure.
Today’s entry:
The reason we did the crazy ride up Mt Lemmon today was to go to the night sky program at the observatory run by ASU Tucson. They have the largest public use telescope in the world (32” Schulmam) that we spent hours looking through. Saw white dwarves, multiple new and super old galaxies, and the coolest ever Super Nova that was discovered a couple weeks ago on April 13th (red photo) Ended the evening by looking at the moon – and being blinded by it for about 5 minutes! Rode down the 3.5mile 1500 descent at 10:30pm to the cabins we rented at Summerhaven resort. Completely worth the climb! Tomorrow we head north again.
For more info on the Western Wildlands bikepacking Route see: www.bikepackingroots.org/western-wildlands.html
*WINTER WILDERNESS RACE LOOKING FOR NEW DIRECTOR*This has been an awesome wilderness multi-sport race. We really hope someone steps up to take over for Ryan and Nikki. Could that be you, or you and a friend?
Shared from Chena River to Ridge
We all love the CR2R Race!!!! So, let’s keep this awesome race going!! After 4 awesome years of providing the best swag and race day smiles, Race Directors Ryan and Nikki are ready to pass on the torch!
This is a good time for someone(s) who love this awesome race to give back and take the reins for a bit. Ryan and Nikki are happy to assist in the transition.
Please let us know if you’re interested! The race must go on!!!
*NEW ANCHORAGE TO DEADHORSE BIKEPACK RACE*The post we had on the new Hayes 460 bikepacking race is generating a lot of interest. So here’s another bikepacking race that’s coming up in August. The Alaska Divide. This one goes from Anchorage to Deadhorse and is more than 1,000 miles long. Ufda! Looks like you’re on your own in figuring out how to get back home from Deadhorse. Maybe just turn around and bike back?
*NEW BIKEPACKING RACE STARTING AND ENDING IN FAIRBANKS*Looking for a big biking challenge that starts and ends in Fairbanks? Consider the Hayes 460: A self supported, completely unofficial, non-stop bike race across the Denali Highway, around the Hayes Mountain Range, making a loop from Fairbanks. No Prizes, No Support, No Entry Fee.
Check it out here: sites.google.com/view/hayes460
It starts August 6.
*BIKE BINGO FOR BIKE MONTH*Here’s a fun way to celebrate National Bike Month — Bike Bingo!
League of American Bicyclists May 6 The great thing about bikes is that there is always something new to try! Visit bikeleague.org/bikemonth to download the League’s Bike Month Bingo card and explore different ways you can #bikethere this #BikeMonth. We snuck a few new challenges in for 2022. Can you spot them? 👀
It’s here under Promotional Materials bikeleague.org/content/promotional-materials-0
*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/