*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*GROUP OFFERS SMALL-SCALE PROJECT GRANTS*Anyone got a small-scale cycle project they’d like to tackle. If so, here’s a grant opportunity. The FCC will give you assistance, if you need it.
The link below goes to the wrong place. This is the proper page: bicyclefriendly.secure-platform.com/a/page/spark
Shared from League of American Bicyclists
Bike advocates have the power to make an impact on their communities’ wellbeing. That’s why we’re awarding 10 grants of up to $1,500 to catalyze small-scale biking projects and spark change through our Community Spark Grants » apply.bikeleague.org/spark
*GROUP BIKE?*It’s not a bike, but it’s got pedals and it’s human-powered! And it looks like fun! If you’re in Anchorage and get to experience this, let us know how it went.
Pedal your way around downtown Anchorage with friends thealaska100.com/living/activities/2022/07/05/pedal-your-way-around-downtown-anchorage-with-friends/16247
Review from Garth Algarson It’s a miserable experience for everyone, not just the participants but the bystanders. The gearing is always too low so you basically end up pumping like crazy but not moving at anything close to a reasonable speed, and most of the time you’re freewheeling. Even with everyone pedaling as fast as they can, you are still moving slower than people walking. And the rental company usually make it a bar hop where you pedal 30 minutes to reach the next spot, then they only give you 15 minutes at the stop. And when you’re on the road you always have a solid mile of cars behind you trying to get around you, and when they finally do they sometimes honk and throw stuff at you.
I haven’t been on this pedal pub in particular but I have done it in several other cities and I found it to be a terrible experience every time. You’re better off just riding bicycles.
*NENANA RAMA COMING BACK*The Nenana Rama will be back! The air quality should be much better by August. 🤞
Shared from Erin Gleason > Fairbanks Cycle Club
It would be great to have FCC members join for the second ever NenanaRama!
*SOURDOUGH TRIATHLON BIKE LEG INFO*If you’re considering doing the Sourdough Triathlon on July 16, either solo or as part of a team, here’s the bike leg info.
Shared from Arctic Triathlon Series
SOURDOUGH TRI | About the Bike Course The route is two laps totaling 56 miles. After the swim, claim your bike and walk it out of the transition area. Relay swimmers will run through the transition area. They tag their cyclists just past the exit of the transition area.
All cyclists run or ride about 100 yards on hard pack dirt to the paved road. Please use caution on this section. At the road, turn right and proceed west for 1.6 miles to the Poker Flat Research Range rocket. Here cyclists make a U turn on the Steese Highway, then proceed east.
The next turnaround point appears after heading east for 13.6 miles, adjacent to a large traffic pull out. Make a U turn then circle back to the first turnaround to complete the first lap. Racers travel this loop a second time and re-enter the transition area.
The course is mostly flat with some rolling hills near the second turnaround point. Please use caution when attempting to pass. The Steese Highway is high speed and popular for weekend use. Camper traffic will be present. Also be prepared for a flat tire.
Traffic will not be stopped for participants. Racers must follow rules of the road and proceed with caution. Aid stations are available at the entrance to the paved road and at either turnaround.
*NUMBERS DOWN ON FAST BIKE/PED COUNT*Numbers are down in the FAST’s annual cycle and pedestrian count, but a lack of volunteers may have affected the numbers.
–Fox stressed the importance of needing more volunteers for next year to get a better snapshot.
“The big drop can be attributed to not getting key intersections we normally get counts from,” he said. “I wouldn’t assume that the 777 count would be a big drop in pedestrians this year.”–
*VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY WITH BIKING COMPONENT*The organizers of Drew’s Angel Creek 50 trail running race are looking for volunteers and there are some checkpoints that offer some good mountain biking opportunities. Check out their call for volunteers below:
We’re looking for volunteers for Drew’s Angel Creek 50 being held on Saturday, July 16th off Chena Hot Springs Rd. Some of these shifts can be split. Please consider helping out where you can. Reimbursement offered for parking fees. – 50 Mile Start, Twin Bears- 4 -5:30 am – 50K Mile Start, Angel Rocks Parking Lot- 8 – 9:30 am – Angel Rocks Trailhead Checkpoint- 11:30 am to 6:30 pm – Angel Creek Trailhead Checkpoint- 11 am to 6:30 pm
Here are the two MTB opportunities. These are great trails to ride! – Upper Angel Creek Cabin Checkpoint (10 miles up Hillside Trail) – 9:30 am to 3:30 pm – Colorado Creek/Compeau Checkpoint (Mile 16 of Compeau Trail) – 6:30 am to 9:30 am
To sign up, contact Karen Taber at ktrailrunner@gmail.com or text/call 907.450.9620.
*JENNY’S WESTERN WILDLANDS ADVENTURE – HIGHS AND LOWS – LITERALLY*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.
For more info on the Western Wildlands bikepacking Route see: www.bikepackingroots.org/western-wildlands.html
July 5: Hello! We started riding again about 5 days ago once Cliff was pretty much over Covid and I was sure I didn’t have it (and I got a nice lake kayak day in!). Some smooth riding and some pretty rough riding over the mountains from Challis to Darby. 160 miles with no resupply and a couple doozy climbs, including a 5,400’ 12-mile one that included a thunder/lightning and hail storm part way up. Walked maybe 5 of the miles. Great road, just steep! Rode most of two days through spruce beetle and fire kills, leaving the mountains looking like one big game of pick up sticks. Flowers and grasses are coming back but the trees will take years. Sad.
One of the striking things about the forest regrowth after the fire and beetle kills is the flowers. Here’s the most bizarre, truly Dr. Seuss, one we’ve seen – and it’s huge!
Spring here is very late and the last 330 miles of our designated WWR route is still under snow, and the mountains are still getting freezing rain and sound miserable to go through. So, after 2,331 miles of riding dirt backroads through remote and rugged country, we left the route and have been riding a paved bike path along a very busy N/S highway towards Missoula. Quite a shock to my nerves!! Tomorrow we’ll work on a reroute to see if we can find a safe and dry way to the Canadian border in the next couple of weeks.
*MTB CLASSES TO BE HELD JULY 15, 16*Sofia Petroni, a mountain bike coach from Anchorage, is coming up to Fairbanks to teach some classes. She will be teaching a mini-clinic on Friday, July 15, and a full-day clinic on Saturday, July 16.
Info on the July 15 mini-clinic: www.sofiamtbcoach.com/service-page/fairbanks-mini-clinic
Info on the July 16 full-day clinic: www.sofiamtbcoach.com/service-page/fairbanks-full-day-clinic-1
If the clinics fill up and there are more people who want to sign up, Sofia says she could also do one on Sunday. And she can also do some private lessons while she’s up here. People interested in private lessons (or have other questions about the clinics) should contact Sofia. Find her contact info on her website: www.sofiamtbcoach.com/
*FOUND: TREK TRIANGULAR HARD CASE*We got this message from Nicholas Raymond on Facebook. If you think this is your hard case, send an email to fbxtrails@gmail.com and we’ll get a message to Nicholas.
I found a trek triangular hard case with contents id like to get it back to the owner it has compressed air cartridge and spare tube. to get it to the owner they can tell me the color so i know its going to the right person i found it at 10am 7/3. at parks highway and chena pump
*INTERVIEW WITH TOUR DIVIDE WINNER*The Anchorage Daily News has an interview with Ana Jager, who recently won the Tour Divide bikepacking race.
*LEISTIKOW FINISHES X-WASHINGTON BIKEPACKING ROUTE ITT*Corrine Leistikow finishes her individual time trial of the Cross-Washington Bikepacking Route! Here’s more on the route/race: crosswashington.weebly.com/
Shared from Corrine LeistikowCross-Washington Mountain Bike Route July 3 I did it! 7 days, 1 hour, 30 minutes. Big push yesterday with 184 miles in 29 hours to finish. Had less than 4 hours sleep the last 2 nights. Last night Mother Nature gave me a personal July 4th celebration with lightning storms all night. Got rained on for 4 hours. Took 1/2 hour nap in Rosalia. Got to experience mud at the end!
Thanks to Troy Hopwood for putting together an amazing race.
*NEW MEAL OPTION AT CLEARY SUMMIT*For road bikers going to Cleary Summit or mountain bikers doing the Circle to Fairbanks Trail or the Cleary Summit to Gilmore Trail, here’s an eating and/or beer option on the weekends.
Shared from Ski Land July 1 Starting this Saturday, we will be open for lunch with burgers and beer. All burgers will now come with fries that are cut in house. We will be open this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Then every Saturday and Sunday until August 21st.
*LONG-DISTANCE TRAIL BIKING ADVOCACY*IMBA (International Mountain Biking Association) has an easy sign-on letter for anyone wanting to advocate for the BOLT Act (Biking on Long-distance Trails). The letter also advocates for the Bonneville Shoreline Trail Advancement Act, a long-distance trail in Utah.
Here’s the letter: action.outdooralliance.org/a/imba-2022-public-lands-outdoor-recreation-package
Here’s more on the BOLT Act from Bikepacking Roots: www.bikepackingroots.org/news/bolt-act-update-announcement
Here’s more on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail Advancement Act: www.imba.com/bst-advancement-act
*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/