Fairbanks Cycle Club News

First FCC SOS fatbike ride on December 4

Come join us for the first FCC Sundays on Snow fatbike ride on December 4! This will be a no-drop beginner ride. You will need to have basic biking skills, but this will be a low-key affair. There will be some hills, but nothing radical. Come have some fatbike fun!
We plan to do more of these. They will be a mix of beginner-friendly rides and more advanced ones.
Bike Friday was a great event. Three people came out to bike with Dave. The trails were in great shape and they had an awesome ride!
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2022/11/fcc-sos-sundays-on-snow-fatbike-ride-december-4/

FCC SOS (Sundays on Snow) Fatbike Ride – December 4

Come join us for the first FCC Sundays on Snow fatbike ride! This will be a no-drop beginner ride. You will need to have basic biking skills, but this will be a low-key affair. There will be some hills, but nothing radical. Come have some fatbike fun!

Date/start time: December 4, 11am

Start place: Ivory Jack’s (off Goldstream Road). Ivory Jack’s has a large parking lot, but please park as far from the building as you can so we don’t take up spaces for customer.

Estimated tour time: 3 hours, distance 6-9 miles, mostly flat.

Route description: Trails and some roads in the Goldstream Valley. Route will depend on conditions and trail reports.

Estimated skill/fitness level needed: No-drop beginner ride.

Required: Helmets and FCC membership (one-day memberships available)

Cancelation policy: The ride will be canceled if the temperature is 15F below or colder at 8am on the NOAA Fairbanks website.

Leader name and contact info: Travis Naibert (tnaibert@gmail.com)

The FCC Sundays on Snow (SOS) Tours are free, member-led fatbike tours for members of the Fairbanks Cycle Club. They are run periodically throughout the winter and depend on volunteer tour leaders. If you have any suggestions for improving this program send them to Eric Troyer: fbxtrails@gmail.com

SCORP comment deadline is Nov 28

Only a couple of days left to comment on the SCORP (Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan). This is an impressive document and trails play a big part in it. Generally speaking, this is an excellent guide for the state in how to spend its money and focus its resources. The plan calls for the creation of a State Office of Outdoor Recreation, which would really help focus and coordinate efforts on outdoor recreation.
Of course, the big challenge in the current state budget climate is finding the money to make it happen. Right now, many outdoor recreation aspects of state government are struggling. For example, many state parks lack personnel to run their offices and field operations properly. And DNR lacks enough grant administrators to run the federal grant programs in a way that makes them easily available to small organizations.
If nothing else, take a look at the study’s executive summary. It’s just three pages and gives you a good idea of what the plan has taken into account. Then leave a comment. Deadline is November 28.
www.alaskascorp.org/

FCC Anti-social media newsletter:

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*BIKE BRAGGING, ALASKA STYLE*In his essay “Tell ‘Em About It,” Fairbanks cyclist Earl Peterson demonstrates how easy it is to impress other cyclists when attending events Outside. There’s bears and moose and snow and cold and dark. During one conversation (in which all characters are named by their biking jerseys), Earl describes a stage road race he attended in Anchorage. His buddy, Virginia is for Lovers, sets the scene:
Virginia is for Lovers: One of the stages was in a residential neighborhood on the southeast side of the city. There were about thirty of us in one heat, and in the middle of the race, the middle of the freaking race, a black bear runs across the road, behind him and in front of me!
University of Iowa: You’re kidding!
Alaska: No, he’s not. I saw the bear along the bushes on the right, just coming out as I passed. I guess it bolted across the road behind me.
Santa Cruz Cycling Club: Did they stop the race?
Alaska: No, why would they? The bear, it was a black bear, just ran across the road, into the backyard of some house. There are lots of black bears in some areas. Just make some noise, and they tend to scare off before you even see them.
Read this essay and more in “Wheels on Ice: Stories of Cycling in Alaska.” www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/nebraska/9781496232472/
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*BANKSTOWN OPENING FAIRBANKS STORE*Shared from Bankstown Bike and Ski
We are SO excited to officially announce that we will be moving the Bankstown shop to an in-town location!
Our new space will be at 1600 Well St, right down the street from @wellstreetartcompany! Enjoy these rendered images of our plan for the new space!
Our projected opening date is December 8th. Stay tuned for an AWESOME promo deal for the month of December!
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*ACE LAKES AREA TRAIL REROUTE*Some trail advocates have been working to reroute a problematic section of trail in the Ace Lakes area just north of Goldhill Road. This post from Mark Oldmixon was on Fairbanks Fatbikes Facebook page:
Here is a map of the trail reroute near Ace Creek. It is a new trail to avoid some private property concerns. The new trail should have all the permissions required, but feel free to reach out if you hear about issues.
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*QUICK-RELEASE FATBIKE RACK*For all you fatbikers wanting to carry a bit more for those overnighters.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com
The new Aero Spider Fat Rack is an updated version of their modular quick-attachment rack designed specifically for fat bikes with up to 5″ wide tires. Check it out here… bikepacking.com/news/aero-spider-fat-rack/
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*ARTICLE ON ALASKA BIKEPACK RACING PHENOM*Here’s another article on Anchorage bikepack racing phenom Ana Jager.
Shared from Alaska Sports Report
Anchorage’s Ana Jager is doing a fine job of following in the bike tracks of her “hometown hero” Lael Wilcox. Earlier this month, Jager capped her first full season of bikepacking by winning the 800-mile Arizona Trail Race after more than 12 days on the trail. alaskasportsreport.com/2022/11/anchorages-ana-jager-wins-800-mile-arizona-trail-race-to-secure-triple-crown-in-bikepacking-series/
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*SAFE STREETS PETITION*The League of American Bicyclists is looking for people to sign a petition for making streets safer for everyone.
Shared from League of American Bicyclists
We’ve been building a movement in support of #SafeStreetsForAll — now we’re asking you to take action: add your name to our petition calling for streets built for safety, for slower speeds, and for people and thriving communities. Read our blog to learn more about our #SafeStreetsForAll Petition and why slower driving speeds matter so much in our fight to make our streets safer for all people. bikeleague.org/content/sign-our-petition-and-join-our-demand-safe-streets-all
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*PHILOSOPHY ON A BIKE TRIP TO THE MAGIC BUS*Fairbanks biker Tom Moran gets a bit philosophical in his essay “The Magic Bus on the Stampede” in “Wheels on Ice: Stories of Cycling in Alaska.”
Tom visits the bus (now at the UA Museum) with a friend and it leads to a discussion about Chris McCandless’s legacy. They don’t see eye to eye, but they respect and are influenced by each other’s opinions. The trip also leads to a wonderfully and unusually warm January fatbike ride.
“Jay and I are not generally given to philosophical discussions, so I am surprised when, stopping for a quick energy bar during our return trip, he brings up the spiritual implications of the McCandless hajjis. He’s startled and depressed by the almost religious fervor he saw in the graffiti and logbooks, since he doesn’t believe McCandless ever did anything worth emulating–coupled with the fact, he notes, that the Stampede Trail is hardly an untrammeled wilderness destination by Alaska standards.”
Read this essay and more in “Wheels on Ice: Stories of Cycling in Alaska.” www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/nebraska/9781496232472/
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*BIKE/RAFT TRIP TOK-DAWSON-EAGLE-TOK*Jay Cable has a great blog post on a bike/packraft trip he took this summer with Tom Moran. yak.spruceboy.net/2022/11/tok-to-tok-via-dawson-the-yukon-and-eagle.html
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*A BIKE/PUSH TRIP IN THE WHITES*A bike trip out to Moose Creek Cabin in the Whites right now may not be for everyone, but it makes for a good story! notquiteoverthehillcorrineanderic.blogspot.com/2022/11/first-cabin-trip-of-season.html
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*WHEELS ON ICE: MORE FBX AND INTERIOR CONNECTIONS*More Fairbanks and Interior connections in “Wheels on Ice: Stories of Cycling in Alaska.”
In the essay “Back in Alaska to Share the Story of the Roads,” Long-distance phenom Lael Wilcox, of Anchorage, writes about her quest to ride all the roads in Alaska in a summer. She highlights her trek with a trip down the Dalton Highway followed up by one to Manley Hot Springs, where she and her mom enjoy a soak before Lael rides the Elliott, including a side trip to Minto.
“Every road in every era tells a story of history and change, of animals and people and life. On a different day, with different weather and different company, the experience would be wildly altered.”
Eric Troyer, current FCC board member, describes a group ride that starts with high hopes but descends into a swamp and nearly descends into anarchy in “A Positively Memorable Mountain Bike Ride(ish).”
“The wonderful thing about optimism is that you can lie to yourself without realizing it. And that goes a long way toward convincing others. Of course, what were they going to do–go back? Once you lead a group of guys far enough down the rabbit hole, the only way back is forward.”
Read these essays and more in “Wheels on Ice: Stories of Cycling in Alaska.” www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/nebraska/9781496232472/
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*MATT GLOVER DIES*Nov 19 We have some sad news. Matt Glover, known by many in the Fairbanks cycling community, died yesterday morning.
Matt was hit by a car in October while commuting to work by bicycle. He was flown to Anchorage for care of his multiple injuries. He was in rehabilitation at St. Elias Specialty Hospital and doing well, when he died unexpectedly. At this time we don’t know the cause of death. Our condolences to his wife Ariane and the rest of his family.
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*BE CAREFUL AT INTERSECTIONS*This letter recently ran in the News-Miner. It’s a good reminder to be very careful when biking in and around car traffic, especially in winter and at intersections:
As a concerned citizen of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, I would like to warn pedestrians and motorists of traffic hazards due to warming weather in the Interior.
On Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, after attending the Veterans Day event at the Westmark Hotel, I was going to have lunch at Shoppers Forum. I was on a mountain bike with studded tires when I crossed the Cowles Street and Airport Way intersection going west. After crossing the street, I hesitated for a couple of seconds, waiting for the light to turn green. The time was about 12:20 pm. I usually don’t wait when in a hurry. It was the hesitation that saved my life.
Shortly after crossing the street, an out of control car went flying past me, going west in the same direction I was traveling. The car missed me by 4 feet, and slammed into a fence pole going about 40 mph. From what I understand he was hit from behind by another car, making his car go out of control. He survived, the car did not. End of story.
Joseph Solomon
www.newsminer.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/stay-safe-on-the-roads/article_497a68de-6613-11ed-bd30-2fa8cef6f848.html
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*FCC RESOURCES*We’ve got lots of useful stuff on our website, including a bunch of information on our Resources page and under our Resources dropdown menu: –Bikeways Fairbanks cycling map –Info on Alaska cycling laws –Tanana Valley State Forest Roads –National and International Cycling Advocacy Groups –Winter Riding Tips –Maps Archive
See those and more under Resources at: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/
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FCC Bike Friday Ride at Skyline Ridge Park

Black Friday is coming up, but we’ve got a much better alternative: Bike Friday! Let the hordes crowd the stores. Come get outside for a bit of exercising and socializing!

Date: Friday, November 25; ride starts at 1 pm

Start place: Meet at the KUAC tower on Ski Boot Hill

Estimated tour time: A couple of hours

Short route description: We’ll have fun riding whatever trails are accessible. Fatbikes are needed for this ride.

Estimated skill/fitness level needed: You’ll need to have at least intermediate fitness for this ride. There will be a bit of climbing. One of the trails at Skyline Ridge Park is wider, but the others are narrower. You’ll need to have at least intermediate fatbike skills to tackle the narrower trails. Decisions on which trails to take will depend on the ride participants and their comfort levels.

Helmets are required as is Fairbanks Cycle Club membership. If you don’t have a membership you can buy one on our website. One-day memberships are available for just $5.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome

A day-of-the-ride cancel temperature and temperature website: The ride will be canceled if it is 20 below or colder. If we get a heavy snowfall, the ride may also be canceled. Cancelation notices will be sent out on our Facebook page and FCC listserv.

Leader name and contact info: Dave James (907-378-2105)

Comment sought on proposal for Tolovana Hot Springs helicopter tours

A business is proposing to hold day-use helicopter tours to a new hot tub near the existing Tolovana Hot Springs tubs and cabins.
BLM is trying to reach Tolovana Hot Springs users to get information on relevant issues it should consider in an environmental evaluation of the proposal.
A hot tub would be brought in for the operation and tours would be done via helicopter with a maximum of three landings per day.
To find out more, including how to comment, read the attached documents. Comments should be submitted by December 15.

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Bike classes coming, Wheels on Ice book, more

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*DAY-AFTER THANKSGIVING TREAT* Want to bike a state parks trail on the day after Thanksgiving?
Alaska State Parks to waive parking fees day after Thanksgiving dnr.alaska.gov/commis/pic/releases/11-22-21%20Alaska%20State%20Parks%20waives%20parking%20fees%20the%20day%20after%20Thanksgiving.pdf
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*DRIVE LESS, BIKE MORE* Want to help inspire others? Consider telling the League why you Drive Less, Bike More.
Shared from League of American Bicyclists
Riding a bike gets your blood pumping with a little #cardio while getting you where you need to go. Want to inspire others to take their next short trip by bike? Tell us why (or how) you #drivelessbikemore. Your submission might end up on the League page ➡️ bit.ly/TellUsWhyYouDLBM
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*STORY ON ALASKAN BIKEPACK RACER* If you’ve got access to the Anchorage Daily News, it has a great story on Anchorage bikepack racing phenom Ana Jager:
www.adn.com/sports/2022/11/16/3-epic-bike-races-2-titles-and-1-crown-ana-jagers-journey-from-bikepacking-novice-to-elite-rider/
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*WINTER ROAD MAINTENANCE WOES* If you bike on roads this winter, here’s some unfortunately but good-to-know info.
–A common threat among all the agencies is a shortage of equipment operators.
DOT Northern Region’s vacancy rate ranges between 25% and 35% (including being nine short of 32 employees in Fairbanks). The borough reported contractors for its road service areas are short on employees, and Fairbanks has concerns about the lack of trained temporary equipment operators.–
www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/winter-operations-state-city-borough-talk-about-upcoming-maintenance-plans/article_79cacef0-65f7-11ed-9ef0-2f037796682c.html
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*NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT REGISTRATION OPEN* If you want to help advance biking, the National Bike Summit is a good place to find out how you can help.
Shared from League of American Bicyclists
The hybrid #BikeSummit23 will take place March 26-29, 2023, and it’s all about keeping the momentum up to power a revolution for better biking. Register now — and receive the lowest price with our Early Bird Special — to be a part of the conversation ➡️ bikeleague.org/summit
P.S. Do you usually receive a discount on summit registration due to your affiliation? Are you a member of a BIPOC-led and focused club? Email summit@bikeleague.org for more info on how you can receive a discount on registration!
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*ADVOCATES FOR SAFE ALASKA HIGHWAYS* This would affect any cyclists using the roads along the proposed route.
Shared from Advocates for Safe Alaska Highways
Kinross Gold plans to send a 95-foot, 14-axle, 80-ton ore hauler every 8 minutes from Tok, Delta, Salcha, North Pole, Fairbanks, and Fox to Ft. Knox and back.
If not stopped, this unprecedented ore haul of almost 10,000,000 pounds per day 24/7/365 on a 500-mile round trip using our public highways and city streets, could put you and your family in mortal danger in less than two years.
Visit our site. Learn the facts. Join the voices demanding change.
safealaskahighways.org/
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*BIKING TO RELAX AND FOR GOALS* Biking can be relaxing. It can also be a way to set and achieve goals. Fairbanks cyclist Corrine Leistikow muses about both in “Going Long, Going Solo,” an essay in “Wheels on Ice.”
“By the time I get home somedays, I just want to zone out. Facebook or YouTube, here I come! That might be zoning out, but it isn’t relaxing. And that’s why biking is so important to me. Riding my bike alone for hours is a great way to zone out and relax.”
Leistikow also describes some of the bigger biking goals she’s achieved, like riding the Tour Divide, and one that she hasn’t — yet.
Read this essay and more in “Wheels on Ice: Stories of Cycling in Alaska.” www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/nebraska/9781496232472/
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*MORE FAIRBANKS CONNECTIONS IN BOOK* More Fairbanks connections in “Wheels on Ice: Stories of Cycling in Alaska.” An obvious one is Rachael Kvapil’s essay “When There’s No One Left to Fight.” The Fairbanksan and former FCC prez writes about how cycling has helped her deal with her condition: being a type A personality. Goals! Goals! Goals! Sometimes her goals are big (White Mountains 100, Ironman triathlon), sometimes they are smaller (exercising her dog).
In “The Books I Carried” Palmerite Alys Culhane writes about her quest to distribute used books from a Palmer recycling center by biking from Fairbanks to Valdez, via Palmer. Besides starting in Fairbanks, we also find out that her husband once worked as a bike mechanic at Beaver Sports.
www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/nebraska/9781496232472/
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*BIKE COMMUTE, FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE* Need another reason to bike commute? How about helping to fight climate change? It’s a lot tougher to commute in winter, but Fairbanksans are tough people! How many winter bike commuters do we have out there? Let’s hear from you. How do you like it?
Shared from League of American Bicyclists
Happy #AmericaRecyclesDay! Another way to make a difference for the planet 🌎?Join the thousands of people already pedaling in our mission to #drivelessbikemore. No matter when, where or how far you go, you’re taking a climate-saving action just by choosing to replace your next car trip with a bike trip ➡️ www.drivelessbikemore.com
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*DIY ULTRALIGHT POGIES* Ultralight pogies probably aren’t the kind you’d want to use in the middle of a Fairbanks winter, but some lighter pogies might be good for the shoulder season or a rainy autumn.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com
As temperatures drop in the Northern Hemisphere, Greg Maino shares a simple 10-step tutorial to make your own ultralight pogies. These pack up to the size of a lighter and are perfect for chilly mornings and wet rides or to extend your winter cycling glove system. Find his Make Your Own Bikepacking Gear (MYOBG) guide here, complete with a materials list, detailed photos, and step-by-step instructions…
bikepacking.com/gear/make-your-own-ultralight-pogies/
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*COMMENT PERIOD OPEN ON STATEWIDE OUTDOOR REC PLAN* If you care out trails and outdoor recreation in Alaska, make sure you scope out the SCORP, the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. This helps guide the state government in how funds and resources will be used to advance outdoor recreation. A draft of the plan has been finished and is open for public comment. Read the plan and comment by Nov. 30 at www.alaskascorp.org/.
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*GOLD RUSH BIKING* Great note and photo from the Gold Rush. “Wheels on Ice: Stories of Cycling in Alaska” has a couple of stories about men who biked long distances during the Gold Rush, as well as newer cycling stories in Alaska.
www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/nebraska/9781496232472/
Shared from Walk/Bike Alaska
1899 photographer Arthur Pillsbury on bicycle dragging his gear on White Pass Trail out of Skagway. Pillsbury said, “I out-traveled the best dog teams…sometimes crossing the mountain range I had to pull the bicycle on the sled but made up for it on the downhill.” #alaskahistory
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*BIKING THE DALTON TO FINISH THE AMERICAS* If you’re going to bike the length of the Americas, you’re probably going to do the Dalton Highway! (Or maybe the Dempster in Canada.)
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com
Greg and Victoria are back with another video chronicling their long journey from Arctic Alaska down to Patagonia. In this episode, they wrap up the Dalton Highway amid a scourge of mosquitos, find their fair share of hills and rain, and Victoria celebrates a birthday. Take a look here… bikepacking.com/plog/cycling-to-argentina-ep2-alaskan-mosquito-onslaught-video/
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*BIKING ABOVE THE ARCTIC CIRCLE* Alaskans Bjørn Olson and Kim McNett really push the boundaries of where bikes can go!
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com
Alaskan adventurers Bjørn Olson and Kim McNett take on another fatbike and packraft expedition entirely above the Arctic Circle. This time, they connect the last remaining segment to form a contiguous route from just south of Homer all the way to the tip-top of the state. Watch it here…
bikepacking.com/plog/the-friendly-arctic-film/
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*TWO BIKE MECHANIC CLASSES IN JANUARY* UAF’s WINTERmester 2023 classes include two bike mechanic courses led by the legendary Simon Rakower.
Bicycle Maintenance and Repair Meets: January 9-13, Monday – Friday, 6 PM – 9 PM
Advanced Bike Hacking Meets: January 16-20, Monday – Friday, 6 PM – 9 PM
To find out more and register go here: www.uaf.edu/summer/courses/wintermester.php
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*VOTE POSTPONED ON BORO TRAILS PLAN* Last night the Fairbanks Borough Assembly postponed voting on the Comprehensive Recreational Trails Plan update until February. It’s a good decision.
Several assembly members had concerns about how individual property owners might be affected by the plan. They have instructed borough staff to try to work out those issues. Had the assembly been forced to vote on the plan last night, there’s a good chance it would have failed. If the issues can be resolved satisfactorily – and no new issues arise that can’t be addressed – then there’s a good chance the plan will pass. (Re new potential issues, I have an idea on how trail advocates might be able to help.)
Read more here. www.interioralaskatrails.org/2022/11/11/borough-trails-plan-postponed-to-address-concerns/
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*FCC RESOURCES*We’ve got lots of useful stuff on our website, including a bunch of information on our Resources page and under our Resources dropdown menu: –Bikeways Fairbanks cycling map –Info on Alaska cycling laws –Tanana Valley State Forest Roads –National and International Cycling Advocacy Groups –Winter Riding Tips –Maps Archive
See those and more under Resources at: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Alaska biking book; winter maintenance forum

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*

*BIKE/PED COMMITTEE MEETING NEXT WEEK* FAST Planning’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee will have its monthly meeting on Nov 17. On the agenda:
* Bike Lane Signing and Striping Pilot Project * New Airport Path Connection Signage * Richardson Highway Milepost 351 Interchange * Steese/Johansen Expressway Interchange
notice.alaska.gov/208795
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*WHEELS ON ICE: WHAT MOUNTAIN BIKING MEANS TO ME* In a great essay, “Last Ride of the Season,” David James, long-time co-leader of the Fairbanks Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Rides, takes a ride around Fairbanks’ Ester Dome while musing on how biking, and especially mountain biking has shaped his life.
“I took to those trails like nothing else in my life. As GPS units rose in popularity, I started tracking my miles, and every year they run into the thousands. In summers, I’ll frequently head up Ester Dome after dinner. The endless daylight from May until early August means there’s no real curfew. In the shoulder seasons between summer and winter, it stays light late enough to allow lengthy sojourns. And headlights make the winter night rides a joy. As often as possible, I’m out the door and in the woods.”
This and many more are in “Wheels on Ice: Stories of Cycling in Alaska.” www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/nebraska/9781496232472/
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*NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT REGISTRATION* The League is one of the best advocacy groups for cycling. Learn more, including how you can help, at the summit.
Shared from League of American Bicyclists
Registration for the 2023 National Bike Summit is now open » bikeleague.org/summit
League Members: register early and pay $75 to attend virtually or $425 to join in person. After you’ve registered, come back and drop a ✋ to let others know you’ll be attending #BikeSummit23!
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*WINTER MAINTENANCE FORUM COMING SOON* Lots of good info to be had at this forum. It will be held virtually and in-person and there will be door prizes!
Shared from Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation Planning
Next Tuesday (Nov 15), we are hosting our 5th Annual Winter Maintenance Forum at the Noel Wien Library from 5:00-7:00 PM. Join us as we hear from MACS Transit, Alaska DOT&PF, The FNSB, Cities of North Pole and Fairbanks, and Bankstown Bike & Ski about maintenance and ways to stay safe this coming winter. All attendees (virtual and in-person) will receive a ✨ FREE ✨ 3″ reflective armband and two tickets for door prizes!
This event is being held virtually as well at www.fastplanning.us/keepup/zoom, & we will be live streaming on Facebook!
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*SKAGWAY TO NOME: AN EPIC RIDE* Do you remember Jeff Oatley’s epic 1,800-mile ride in winter 2017? He started in Skagway and — riding almost all trails — rode to Whitehorse to Fairbanks to Nome! Took him a little over 30 days.
He’s been interviewed about that ride but has never written about it — until now. His 20-page essay “Skagway to Nome” in the book “Wheels on Ice: Stories of Cycling in Alaska” recounts the journey. Jeff does a great job with the write-up. Here’s a little teaser:
“I crawled out of the water in a state of something between panic and rage. I shouted profanities. That didn’t seem to help, so I shouted more profanities. Louder. More profane. I made up new ones. After that fifteen seconds passed, and I got to the business of surviving.”
Wheels on Ice www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/nebraska/9781496232472/
Here’s a couple of those interviews:
craigmedred.news/2017/03/11/the-tough-guy-2/
www.gi.alaska.edu/alaska-science-forum/winter-cyclist-blazes-1800-mile-trail
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*THREE WINTER MULTI-SPORT RACES DATES SET* Mark your calendars for three great winter multi-sport races in the Interior!
Chena River to Ridge RACE DATE ANNOUNCEMENT! Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 4th, 2023! That’s right, we’re moving the race up a couple of weeks in 2023 and we know you’re going to love it! We will be making a separate announcement in the near future for when we plan to open race registration. Stay tuned!
Tanana River Challenge Start training! The 2023 Tanana River Challenge will take place Saturday March 18!
And the White Mountains 100 will be on March 26. Lots to train for! wm100.endurancenorth.org/
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*ROUGH-TERRAIN UNICYCLING* There’s an interesting story in “Wheels on Ice: Stories of Cycling in Alaska” about George Peck, a Seward “rough-terrain unicyclist.” That story is a bit older. Here’s an updated video done in 2015 by INDIE Alaska. Peck’s kids are really into it. It’s pretty wild. If you’re looking for something a little different to do on wheels (or, wheel, actually), check it out!
Wheels on Ice www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/nebraska/9781496232472/
Pioneering Rough Terrain Unicycling alaskapublic.org/2015/06/11/pioneering-rough-terrain-unicycling-indie-alaska/
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*APPS FOR TRAIL BIKING* Here’s a good article on finding trails to bike on. It’s good for mountain biking and fatbiking. All these apps are useful in the Fairbanks area. None of the apps have all the trails, so sometimes it’s good to check more than one.
www.makeuseof.com/best-apps-navigate-mountain-biking-trails-avoid-getting-lost/
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*WHEELS ON ICE HIGHLIGHTS LOCALS* Been enjoying the new book “Wheels on Ice: Stories of Cycling in Alaska.” Lots of familiar Fairbanksans and other Alaska names. “Hellbikes on Ice” is a crazy bike “ride” across part of the Alaska Range by Roman Dial, Jon Underwood, and Carl Tobin. There’s a few essays on versions of the Idita-race, including by former Fairbanksan Gail Koepf and one by her late husband the late, great Rocky Reifenstuhl. We’ve got a tribute to Rocky on our Legends page: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/lore/legends-of-fcc/
www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/nebraska/9781496232472/
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*FCC RESOURCES*We’ve got lots of useful stuff on our website, including a bunch of information on our Resources page and under our Resources dropdown menu: –Bikeways Fairbanks cycling map –Info on Alaska cycling laws –Tanana Valley State Forest Roads –National and International Cycling Advocacy Groups –Winter Riding Tips –Maps Archive
See those and more under Resources at: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/
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