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*ONLINE FATBIKE CLASS COMING DEC 3*Our former Prez will be teaching an online intro to fatbiking class on December 3. The trails are in prime condition. If you don’t haven’t fatbiked before or are just starting, this is the class for you!
folk.school/events/event/get-rolling-with-fat-biking-online/
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*WHITE MOUNTAINS TRAIL REPORT*Sounds like it’s time for a fatbike ride up in the Whites!
Shared from BLM-White Mountains National Recreation Area Nov 13 White Mountains trail conditions update. Yesterday the BLM trail crew took advantage of great weather to break the Wickersham Creek Trail and Fossil Creek Trail. They reported plenty of snow and good trail conditions as far as Beaver Creek. The river crossing in front of Borealis-Le Fevre Cabin had some overflow and open leads, but the crew found a place to cross. The snow got thinner between Beaver Creek and Caribou Bluff, but there was enough snow to cover the tussocks and make for decent trail conditions. The crew turned back right before the start of the Caribou Bluff Cabin spur trail, where they encountered considerable open water at the Fossil Creek crossing. Today the BLM crew is planning on breaking the Colorado Creek Trail.
According to a report from the public, the creek crossing on the Bear Creek Trail still has open water that recently stopped one group from reaching Richard’s Cabin; that trail is not recommended until decent ice develops on the creek. All creek and river crossings should be approached with caution at this point in the season, when thick ice has not yet formed.
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*FATBIKE DEMO DAY ON SATURDAY*Goldstream Sports has a fatbike demo ride this coming Saturday. Demo rides are a good way to learn about fatbiking and/or learn about different types of fatbikes.
Shared from Fatbike Demo Day Saturday, November 21, 1 pm 45-60 minute ride on easy terrain You must call to RSVP. 907-455-6520 Masks required
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*BIPOC FILMAKER GRANT APPLICATIONS DUE DEC 1*If you have a Black, Indigenous, or People of Color story to tell, consider applying for this grant.
Shared from Filmed by Bike Nov 16 ⚡ Time for a reintroduction! ⚡ Our BIPOC Filmmaker Grant, Presented by Machines for Freedom, will award BIPOC creatives with cash grants of $1,500 – $2,000 to tell their bike stories.
No previous filmmaking experience is necessary, no location restrictions. We encourage our global community to apply!
Grantees will have the option to choose an advisor to assist them in seeing their vision from concept to screen.
Completed films will play at our annual Filmed by Bike Festival then travel the word on tour!
Applications due Dec 1st. No fee to apply!
✨Share your pitch at Filmedbybike.org
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*BORO TRAIL CONDITIONS REPORT*Sounds like a useful resource.
Shared from Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Rec Nov 12 Hey Winter Trail Users! ❄️🎿🚴‍♀️🛷 Our NEW Winter Trail Conditions Report is your one-stop source for current winter trail conditions for cross-country skiing, snowmachining, fat-tire biking, snowshoeing, ice skating and walking in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Our team will update the trail conditions report weekly on Thursdays at 11:00am throughout the winter season. Find it here:
fairbanksak.myrec.com/info/facilities/details.aspx?FacilityID=14968
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*WELCOME NEW FCC BOARD!*New FCC board members announced! Also, a wrap-up of other items discussed at the annual meeting.
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2020/11/new-board-elected-for-fairbanks-cycle-club/
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*FAST BPAC MEETING NEXT WEEK*The Bike/Ped Advisory Committee for FAST meets next week via Zoom. The public is invited to attend.
notice.alaska.gov/200079
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*BIKE BITS ARTICLE FAVE*”While many people enjoy lowbrow humor, not everyone is willing to commit to traveling more than 2500 miles on a bike for a great poop joke.”:
This was featured in the most recent edition of Bike Bits, which includes lots of other cool stories, mostly about national and international bike travel, but other stuff, too.
Read about it all here:
mkt.adventurecycling.org/email/view/5fa2e73b87d2b829568133
And here’s the bike joke story:
www.mentalfloss.com/article/632726/man-cycles-from-poo-poo-point-washington-to-pee-pee-creek-ohio
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*BIKEPACKING WITH A KIDDO*Hmmm. If you wanted to take a young child bikepacking near Fairbanks, where would be a good place to go?
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Nov 9 With the heat of summer behind him, Patrick Farnsworth heads to the Sam Houston National Forest with his four-year-old daughter for her first bikepacking trip. Patrick put together this short reflection and a set of photos from their overnighter, which you can check out here…
bikepacking.com/plog/kidpacking-in-the-magical-forest/
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New Board Elected for Fairbanks Cycle Club

The Fairbanks Cycle Club has a new board! 

Thank you to all our new board members (and to Geoff, our one returning member). 

  • Alyssa Enriquez: President
  • Travis Naibert: Vice President
  • Jenny Campbell: Secretary 
  • Tom Dale: Treasurer
  • Erica Betts: At Large Member
  • Geoff Orth: At Large Member

And thank you to the departing board members:

  • Rachael Kvapil: President
  • David James: Vice President
  • Ryan Kabat: Treasurer
  • Julie Mancill: Secretary

The new board was chosen at the FCC Annual Meeting, which was held on October 25 via Zoom. Also at the meeting:

  • Rachael discussed the club’s finances, which are in good shape so far despite not being able to hold the FCC Bike Swap this year due to the pandemic. 
  • Rachael described the success of the Youth MTB Class, which was started and run by Hilary Saucy, who figured out how to do it with social distancing and limited group sizes. (The summer classes were so successful, Hilary added some fall classes.)
  • Geoff outlined the progress of the Rosie Creek Forestry Area project, which would turn that forestry area’s focus to recreation while its forestry operations are dormant. (The first round of work on the project will be starting next spring.) 
  • Julie reported that the Chena Hot Springs Ride was not held due to the pandemic, but she said she would help put that on next summer (assuming Fairbanks is in better shape regarding the pandemic). 

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*BIKE-HUNTING IN THE ALASKA RANGE*Bikes, hunting, climate change, great photography. There’s a lot packed in this not-too-long, Alaska-based article.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Nov 6 This past fall, Bjørn Olson and three others rode their bikes into the mountains of the Alaska Range to hunt Caribou and harvest wild food for the winter. Read his story about their trip and what it means to hunt and gather for sustenance in the 21st century…
bikepacking.com/plog/caribou-hunting-alaska/
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*LOW-WASTE BIKEPACKING*Tips to Reduce and Reuse while rolling.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Nov 5 Our new Guide to Low-Waste Bikepacking: Convenience has become so highly prized that we often seek it without a second thought, even in our outdoor adventures. If you’re disheartened with all the packaging that seems to accompany your pursuit of the simple life, check out this guide for hints and tips for reducing the trash you create on your next bikepacking trip…
bikepacking.com/plan/guide-low-waste-bikepacking/
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*CHENA RIVER TO RIDGE*Yeah! One of the premier multi-sport races in the Interior! Even if you’re not into racing, it’s a great reason to go out and ride in the Chena River State Recreation Area.
Shared from Chena River to Ridge Nov 5 Registration will open January 1! More details to follow, but mark your calendars. This one will fill up quickly…
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*QUICK AND EASY BIKEPACKING *This short, fun video is a reminder that bikepacking can be a quick overnighter. Though maybe when it’s a tad bit warmer.
Shared from International Mountain Bicycling Association Nov 4 Does the election have you stressed, excited, anxious, or all of the above? Pack a bag and hop on your mountain bike for a mid-week bikepacking adventure with a couple of friends! 😉 Watch Pinkbike’s video for inspiration! 🎥
www.pinkbike.com/news/video-a-school-night-bikepacking-adventure.html
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*KEEPING THE BIKE BOOM BOOMING*Ponderings on how to keep the bike boom going.
Shared from League of American Bicyclists Oct 29 More people are biking right now and we love it. How do we keep people riding into the future? Advocacy plays a big role. “A federal agenda focused on making biking safer and more affordable just might keep Americans on the saddle this time around.” That’s why the League works everyday on Capitol Hill to ensure the rights and needs of people who bike are represented.
tinyurl.com/y48qbug9
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*WINTER MAINTENANCE AFFECTED BY BUDGETS*If you missed the Fairbanks Winter Maintenance Forum last week, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner had a story on it.
Highlights–
From City of Fairbanks Public Works Director Jeff Jacobson:
“My staffing level at public works for the last 30 years has not increased one position,” Jacobson said during the meeting. “But the amount of roads and sidewalks we maintain has gone up exponentially.”
From Dan Schacher, Fairbanks district superintendent for the state Department of Transportation:
In the past five years, the department’s budget was cut by 31%. As a result, they closed five maintenance stations and lost some equipment and personnel, he said.
In other words, don’t be surprised if it takes a while — maybe a long while — before some roads, sidewalks, bike paths, and trailhead parking areas are cleared of snow. It’s a bummer, but that’s the reality of shrinking budgets and stable or even increasing demand.
www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/agencies-form-their-plowing-plans-to-grapple-with-snow-removal/article_8b566936-1a5e-11eb-8e52-23064444781d.html
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*WANT TO CREATE A SAFE ROUTE?*Got an idea for creating a safe route to a nearby park? The Safe Routes Partnership can help. It would also a good idea to touch base with Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation:
fastplanning.us/
Shared from Safe Routes Partnership Oct 30 Ready to make great parks in your community more accessible for people walking, biking, or taking transit? Applications for the 2021 Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program open November 9! Mark your calendars with these important dates and start preparing your application:
bit.ly/35Vg8Lo
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Steese/Johansen comment opportunity, deadline Oct 31

Somehow missed this until now. But there is still time to comment for those interested. DOT is seeking comments on the draft environmental agreement of the Steese Expressway/Johansen Expressway Interchange. Among other things the project “aims to address operational and safety concerns including pedestrian and bicycle safety, pedestrian delay, vehicle delay, and the proximity of Farmers Loop Road.” A public comment survey is also available on the project website until October 31. notice.alaska.gov/199563 <l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fnotice.alaska.gov%2F199563%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2RmdxTk2dbhsQhp9bouAO1_MKeqdRW9yYyFqKgYk4JqVydv34Sjmju1CY&h=AT2Oco5hNSOD3asGtpEp63FIzl-CmlE0X8fkgcgU4YmSKUwcC7XooL383oi…[0]=AT3sHLSuMm36OQtnq8RzOY3P-S8mtik-kDsuTLexJ01UjN2zDm0Mvs0l9NVNH2XcV4ArkPvUr38LuDYs-oaE3JtVaC_xhoTjz7WHR_k66PTiF6UNbtPRYx1u5xybl-dap0p35vXviOHsrI7zfZEyaiAGYvlDwfAh8Q-8nMQo865OV91l8F66qN8iJqsdIHmujQ>
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*BIKING THE ALASKA-YUKON GOLDEN CIRCLE ROUTE*This is a good story about the Yukon-SE Alaska loop that takes in Haines, Haines Junction, Whitehorse and Skagway. A great adventure that’s not too far from home. Hopefully, by next summer things will be better and the Canadian border will again be open for trips like this.
Shared from Adventure Cycling Association Oct 29 We’ve made one of our favorite stories from the October/November 2020 issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine available online! If you like it, please consider supporting us by subscribing to the magazine:
www.adventurecycling.org/subscribe/magazine/
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*IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY, REMEMBER TO VOTE! *Good reminder. Voting ultimately affects biking and every other aspect of our lives. You can still vote early:
www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/avolocationsg.php
Shared from League of American Bicyclists Oct 28 We know, you’re hearing it from everyone. But it’s important, so we’re saying it, too: the election is less than a week away and your vote counts. Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, will be here before you know it!
bikeleague.org/content/planning-route-vote
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*UAF SKI TRAILS ARE NOW SKI ONLY* Shared from UAF North Campus 10/26 Trail update- 3 inches warm sticky snow and 31F. I attempted to get the roller out to pack trails but it’s just too warm. Temps are expected to start dropping this evening and should be good for grooming tomorrow. Signs went up at trail heads trails are now ski only.
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*BIPOC FILM FEST STILL AVAILABLE*This biking film fest is over, but tickets are still apparently on sale. Pay what you can.
Shared from Filmed by Bike Oct 25 Did you catch the fest? High Vis: Celebrating BIPOC Cyclists and their Stories tickets are still on sale!
The live happy hour and film program are available for you to watch at home, on your own time, up to a month after purchase.
Tickets are pay-what-you-can and benefit our BIPOC Filmmaker Grant, Presented by Machines For Freedom, supporting new and emerging BIPOC filmmakers in telling their bike stories. After 18 years of bike movies, we know just how vital these stories are.
Get your tickets now at:
filmedbybike.org/
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*GOLDSTREAM VALLEY TRAIL CHANGE*A change to a popular fatbiking trail in Goldstream Valley.
www.interioralaskatrails.org/2020/10/25/driveway-on-goldstream-trail-causes-concerns/
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*SOME TRAILS NOW SKIING ONLY*Birch Hill Recreation Area Trails are now skiing-only.
Shared from Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks Oct 25: We’ve got snow! A few trail systems in our area are ski only in winter. And while the snow might be thin, some of the trails are skiable!
So far we know of only two that are now closed to other uses: –Birch Hill Recreation Area –Darrell L. Coe Nordic Ski Trails at Salcha Elementary School
Please do not use these trails for biking, walking, running, or any other activity other than skiing.
Learn more about these and other ski-friendly trails, including where grooming reports are published, at this webpage: www.nscfairbanks.org/trails/other-local-trails/
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*BIKE BITS ARTICLE FAVE*How bicycles transformed our world Coronavirus has sparked a two-wheeled transport boom in many parts of the globe. But this isn’t the first time bicycles have been the hottest machines on the market.
This was featured in the most recent edition of Bike Bits, which includes lots of other cool stories. Several national and international bike travel stories and a BIPOC filmmaker grant.
Read about it all here:
mkt.adventurecycling.org/email/view/5f905b1f91340135145768
And here’s the bike history story:
tinyurl.com/y63osnkx

Zoom link for FCC Annual Meeting and Board Elections

Good morning! I hope everyone is transitioning well from summer/ fall riding into winter.
This Sunday is our Annual Meeting and Board Elections. We are holding it via Zoom due to COVID-19. The meeting will last 40 minutes since that is the maximum Zoom allows for a free account. The outgoing board will give brief updates about the year followed by elections of the new board.
People who have expressed an interest in serving on the FCC Board: > –Erica Betts > –Jenny Campbell > –Alyssa Enriquez > –Travis Naibert > –Tom Dale > –Geoff Orth (currently serving as FCC Board Member-at-Large, willing to > continue) > > Current Board members stepping down: > –Rachael Kvapil (President) > –Dave James (Vice President) > –Ryan Kabat (Treasurer) > –Julie Mancill (Secretary) > This is a great time to find out more about FCC activities, provide input, and VOTE! Below is the information you will need to join the meeting. See you there!
Rachael Kvapil, Outgoing President
Topic: FCC Annual Meeting and Board Election Time: Oct 25, 2020 03:00 PM Alaska
Join Zoom Meeting zoom.us/j/96318468040?pwd=V3ZmbVJkdTdjbXViWUtzNEVIbjlOdz09
Meeting ID: 963 1846 8040 Passcode: S9x456

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*FCC ANNUAL MEETING AND BOARD ELECTION*Sunday, October 25, 3 p.m. This will be held via Zoom. A link will be sent out via the FCC Listserv. Any club members who do not get the link should contact our current board president Rachael Kvapil at: [email protected]
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*FAIRBANKS AREA BIKE/PED MEETING NEXT WEEK*The Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) is advisory to the Technical Committee. These meetings are focused on pedestrian access and safety in FAST Planning projects. The agendas are typically very full. All members of the public are welcome to attend and join in the conversation.
These meetings occur on the last Thursday of every month. The next one is Thursday, October 29.
Due to COVID-19, we are hosting all of our meetings online. For security purposes, we are not sharing the direct links to the zoom meeting rooms online. On the day of the meeting, please go to fastplanning.us/keepup/zoom/ and click the activated meeting button. From there, you will be redirected to zoom.
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*ONLINE SESSION ON IMPROVING BIKE/PED ALASKA*Confluence is happening next week and it includes a bike-related session on Wednesday, Oct 18. This will be an online event.
Pathways to a More Bike- & Walk-Friendly Alaska 1:30 – 3 PM
Find out more here:
www.alaskaoutdooralliance.org/confluence-agenda
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*AN EYE-OPENING BIKE STORY*Just the title of this story is a grabber. And it’s even got an Alaska angle.
When Men Take Off Their Pants tinyurl.com/y2xpdauo
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*E-BIKES ON PUBLIC LANDS SUMMARY PAGE*If you’ve been interested in the e-bike on public lands issue, PeopleForBikes has a page that quickly summarizes how the different agencies are dealing with it.
Shared from PeopleForBikes.org Oct 19 On Friday, Oct. 2, the Department of The Interior released final rules for electric bicycle use on public lands. These new regulations clearly define electric bicycles and give local land managers the authority to permit their use on non-motorized trails. Check out our electric bicycle page for more info and links to each individual agency’s regulations.
peopleforbikes.org/federal-e-bike-rulemaking/
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*ALASKA COLUMBIA BIKEPACKING CONNECTION*Check out this video and story on a new bikepacking route in Columbia. Besides bike packing it’s got Columbian biking culture, Columbian food, sustainable environmentalism, an FKT, and Lael Wilcox, an Anchorage biking phenom. Film by Rue Kaladyte, an outstanding Anchorage videographer.
Story on the bike packing route: bikepacking.com/routes/ruta-chingaza/
Video and story on the video: bikepacking.com/plog/ruta-chingaza-film/
Video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDq-m_Pi0VY

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*FORUM ABOUT WINTER ROAD MAINTENANCE*If you commute by bike or otherwise bike on roads in winter, you may want to join this online forum to find out what agencies are planning for winter maintenance.
Shared from FAST Planning
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 5:30 PM AKDT – 7 PM AKDT Public · Hosted by Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation Planning
The 3rd Annual Winter Maintenance Forum is already here! This is the place to get all of your questions about winter maintenance answered. Who cares for and clears which roads? What is their methodology for clearing? Join us for a live series of presentations on winter maintenance from DOT&PF, the City of Fairbanks, the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and other special guests. Find out what to expect on the road and around town this winter!
Head to www.fastplanning.us/keepup/zoom and click the activated link at the time of the meeting! See you there.
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*COMMENTS DUE ON E-BIKES IN NATIONAL FORESTS*We don’t have any national forests in the Interior, but many Interior cyclists bike in them while on vacation. So, if you’ve got an opinion about the use of e-bikes in national forests, speak up.
Shared from U.S. Forest Service – Chugach National Forest Oct 6 Riding e-bikes is an increasingly popular way to enjoy the outdoors. To better serve this growing group of enthusiasts while stewarding natural resources, the USDA Forest Service is proposing changes to how we manage e-bike use on national forests and asking for public input on proposed updates to the agency’s internal directives on how e-bikes are managed on national forests and grasslands.
The Forest Service currently manages approximately 159,000 miles of trails across the United States for a variety of recreational uses. An estimated 60,000 miles of those trails – about 38% – are open for e-bike use.
Comments are due by October 26, 2020, and may be submitted electronically to: tinyurl.com/yyfafbkx
Written comments may be mailed to: Director, Recreation Staff 1400 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20250-1124
More information can be found at: bit.ly/3npYnf5
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*BIKE BITS ARTICLE FAVE*Biking the Oregon Trail? Not quite.
The Organ Trail: Central Wisconsin man goes on kidney donation journey
This was featured in the most recent edition of Bike Bits, which includes lots of other cool stories, including bike trips in the Swiss Alps, China, and England.
Read about it all here:
mkt.adventurecycling.org/email/view/5f7e41e8735d9537292350
And here’s the Organ Trail story:
tinyurl.com/y265hmb9
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