Fairbanks Cycle Club News

FCC Anti-social media newsletter

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP*(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)
*REASON TO SERVE ON FCC BOARD #2*Why should you join the Fairbanks Cycle Club board? We’ve got lots of reasons!
Top Ten Reason #2: To help make cycling a transformative force in our community.
Elections for new Fairbanks Cycle Club board members are coming up in October. All positions are open and several current board members will be stepping down. That’s a great opportunity for others (you?) to step up! The FCC needs dedicated cyclists to help keep cycling an important and vibrant part of the Fairbanks community.
Give us your reasons! Why do you think people should serve on the FCC board?
If you would like to serve please contact our prez at [email protected]
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*TUESDAY NIGHT MTB RIDE REPORT*A report in photos and verse of this week’s Tuesday Night Ride:
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2020/09/a-brobdingnagian-post-season-tuesday-night-ride/
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*FOCUS GROUPS SEEKING PARTICIPANTS*Environmental hazards — such as wildfires, winter rain-on-ice, and permafrost thaw — affect biking and trails. Bikers should consider joining a focus group.
Shared from Information Insights Sept 18 We’re looking for residents in the Fairbanks area to join virtual focus groups that explore how you have or would respond to environmental hazards and what you expect your neighbors, community leaders, and state government to do. Participants will each receive $50. To see if you qualify, take the survey at www.research.net/r/FBXfocus
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*BEAVER SPORTS MTB RIDES, REPAIR CLINICS*Beaver Sports has another Thursday Night MTB ride! This one is scheduled for next week. They start at 5pm at Beaver Sports. They’ve also got a free Bike Repair Clinic this Friday starting at 5:30pm. Call the store for more details (479-2494).
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*ENDURO RACE RESULTS*Here are the results from this weekend’s Enduro Race. Great to see that lots of people were out there!
Shared from HooDoo Cup Mountain Bike Race Series Sept 22 Enduro results! We appreciate everyone who came out and joined us the other day. It was a fun race season. Stay tuned for details on the spring duathlon (cross country/Fat bike) race series coming in March!
www.goldstreamsports.com/enduro-race/fairbanks-enduro-results/
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*REASON TO SERVE ON FCC BOARD #3*Why should you join the Fairbanks Cycle Club board? We’ve got lots of reasons!
Top Ten Reason #3: To give people more reasons to bike through group rides and races.
Elections for new Fairbanks Cycle Club board members are coming up in October. All positions are open and several current board members will be stepping down. That’s a great opportunity for others (you?) to step up! The FCC needs dedicated cyclists to help keep cycling an important and vibrant part of the Fairbanks community.
Give us your reasons! Why do you think people should serve on the FCC board?
If you would like to serve please contact our prez at [email protected]
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*CYCLING ESSAYS WANTED*The deadline is coming faster than the ground approaches when you fall off your bike! (It’s October 1.)
Are you a writer who cycles? Or a cyclist who writes? Either way you are wanted! Well, your submissions are wanted for an Alaska anthology of essays by or about contemporary cyclists. Read more here:
tinyurl.com/u7yjf9d
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*BIKE/PED COMMITTEE OPENING*Any North Pole bikers interested in serving?
Shared from Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation Planning Sept 21 🗳️ COMMITTEE OPPORTUNITY! 🗳️ 🚲 Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee | our City of North Pole representative seat is empty! 🚶 Are you (or is someone you know) from the City of North Pole & interested in getting more involved with transportation planning efforts in the Fairbanks/North Pole area? Can you see yourself providing constructive guidance on bike & pedestrian issues? This might be the committee for you! 📄 Send us a one-page letter of interest via email to [email protected] or by mail to 100 Cushman Street, Suite 205, Fairbanks, AK 99701
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*FNSB PARKS AND REC WANTS YOUR OPINION*The FNSB Parks and Rec Department is holding a survey about activities people want to see over the winter. One of the choices is staff-led tours, including fatbike tours!
www.surveymonkey.com/r/P8GLV7H
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A Brobdingnagian Post-Season Tuesday Night Ride

Our Brobdingnagian Ride!

We followed Nikki
On mining roads near Pedro Dome
As we descended the views were
Brobdingnagian

We rode to dead ends, saw another road
But could find no connection
Our disappointment was
Brobdingnagian

Dave and Eric on the descent. Eric’s helmet wings show off his Brobdingnagian dorkness while Dave hides his.

We grunted back uphill
But the grades were ridable
The climb was not in any way
Brobdingnagian

Well, the grades were gentle unless you were like Travis and went offroading!

At a fork, the group split
Four to the cars, four explored more
The groups were no longer
Brobdingnagian

The explorers found a cliffy area. (No riders were hurt during this photo shoot.)

The intrepid explorers descended again
As light faded, they found connection!
Their elation was
Brobdingnagian

A Small Haiku

Brobdingnagian
It screams to be said again
Brobdingnagian

Photos by Nikki, Leah, and Dave. Hack poetry by Eric.

Unofficial Tuesday Night Ride!

Unofficial Tuesday Night MTB Ride, Sept 22. Meet at the parking lot just off the Steese Highway at the top of Cleary Summit. Be there at 5:45. We leave at 6 pm. Bring your lights, ’cause we’re not exactly sure how long we’ll be out there! (Or where we’re going!)
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Volunteers Needed

The final HooDoo Cup race needs help! They need a couple more timers to work 1-2 hours shifts between 12 and 4 pm. If you’re interested in helping contact Aaron Marks at [email protected]

“In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.” ~ Issac Asimov —– Pagesculptor Studios 907.347.8756 www.pagesculptorstudios.com
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FCC Anti-social media newsletter

*REASON TO SERVE ON FCC BOARD #4*Why should you join the Fairbanks Cycle Club board? We’ve got lots of reasons!
Top Ten Reason #4: To work with coaches, athletes, and parents to create bike education opportunities for kids, teens, and young adults.
Elections for new Fairbanks Cycle Club board members are coming up in October. All positions are open and several current board members will be stepping down. That’s a great opportunity for others (you?) to step up! The FCC needs dedicated cyclists to help keep cycling an important and vibrant part of the Fairbanks community.
Give us your reasons! Why do you think people should serve on the FCC board?
If you would like to serve please contact our prez at [email protected]
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*BIKE TRAVEL WEEKEND AND BIKE YOUR PARK DAY*The weekend after this one is Bike Travel Weekend and Bike Your Park Day! Have you got something planned already? Have you signed up with Adventure Cycling for a chance to win a Salsa Cuthroat? If you haven’t got something planned, why not? We’ve got all sorts of parks, including Denali National, Chena River Rec Area, Birch Hill, Skyline Ridge, and Tanana Lakes. You can go big or small, just go!
Shared from Adventure Cycling Association Sept 15 Bike Travel Weekend & Bike Your Park Day during the weekend of September 25 – 27 is your opportunity to explore where you live by bicycle. Go on a bike overnight or discover nearby parks and public lands by bicycle on the same weekend as thousands of others. Sign up by September 20 for a chance to win a Salsa Cutthroat bike.
www.adventurecycling.org/resources/btw-bypd/ <www.adventurecycling.org/resources/btw-bypd/> —-
*ENDURO RACE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS*Shared from HooDoo Cup Mountain Bike Race Series Sept 17 Hey HooDoo Cup race participants. Want to be a part of the Enduro but not race it?! We could use your help. We need a couple more timers to work 1-2 hours shifts between 12 and 4 pm. If you’re interested in helping, send us a message or call (907/750-8861)! We’d love to have you join us!
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*TUESDAY NIGHT MTB RIDE REPORT*A report in photos and verse of this week’s Tuesday Night Ride:
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2020/09/tuesday-night-mtb-ride-report-first-post-season-ride-nugget-creek-trail-on-ester-dome-09-15-2020/
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*MCGRATH ROAD PAVED!*The WOW had an unofficial ride last night and they checked out McGrath Road. Newly paved! Get out there now for some smooth road riding!
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*ENDURO RACE TO BE HELD THIS SUNDAYs*There’s still one more MTB race to go this season!
Shared from HooDoo Cup Mountain Bike Race Series Sept 15 For those interested in the Enduro this Sunday here are some general race details. Reach out to us in messenger with any questions. We’re really excited to put this race on! Awards ordered yesterday along with some stickers. Signage has been planned out. Let’s do this!
On site registration/waiver signing/bib registration is from 10:00 – 11:30 on Sunday. You’ll save some money if you sign up online BEFORE Sunday so go ahead and do that here: runsignup.com/Race/AK/Fairbanks/FairbanksEnduroRace
This race is 3 downhill courses. You are only timed on the downhill but you must ride to the start of each course.
The race begins at noon with a meeting at the start line. The start line is the intersection of Henderson and Ester Dome Rd.
Course 1: Ride one mile up Ester Dome Rd to the new Equinox trail on the left side. This is the start of timed route #1. We will send participants down 1 at a time spaced a minute apart. You get to the bottom of this trail to the double track and take a left. Ride the double track for about 1.5 miles to just before you hit Henderson Rd. That’s the finish. If doing a practice run there is a large rock/boulder on your left and a sign on your right facing the road saying no motorized vehicles. That’s your finish line. Pedal through the finish!!
Course 2: From the finish of course one you will turn left and head up Henderson Rd. to the Henderson Rd. drop in. The one we use for the HooDoo Cup. The drop in is the start for routes 2 and 3. Route 2 is HooDoo Cup Course #1. Basically straight down the single track trail with no turns to St. Patrick’s Rd. Typically the final turn to the road is a left turn to St. Patricks with a short distance to go. This is your finish line for route 2 right after you make this left turn. You will not go all the way to St. Patrick’s Rd.
Course 3: You are going to turn around and ride back up the Equinox course trail. There will be a very short period of overlap with riders coming down. Give the timed riders the right of way. You will cross Ester Dome Rd and continue on the trail working your way back up Ester Dome. The trail pops you out at Ester Dome and Henderson (hey weren’t we just here earlier?). Now you ride down to the Henderson Rd. drop in coming from the other way. Timed Route #3 is HooDoo Cup Route #3 from 2019. So you’ll quickly veer off to the right. We will not be doing the new cut of trail where the jump was. You approach the finish line with a right turn instead of a left.
YOUTH DIVISION: There is a youth division for kids age 12 and under. They will do routes 2 and 3 only so when the adults head up Ester Dome, 15 minutes later we’ll send the kids down Henderson to the drop in.
Got it? We’re going to post some videos later this week and the map is available at Goldstream Sports. We’ll get that posted as well.
We’ll have some drinks and snacks in the morning but other than that, an Enduro is a self supported ride. Bring your own nutrition and be ready to do your own repairs if need be! You have 4 hours to finish the route. If you haven’t started down route 3 four hours from the time we start, you’ll be DQ’d.
Food and awards will take place at 4:30 at Goldstream Sports.
Fairbanks Cycle Club
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*HOODOO CUP FINISHES SUCCESSFUL SEASON*Great to see that the HooDoo Cup finished up successfully!
Shared from HooDoo Cup Mountain Bike Race Series is feeling happy. Sept 14 RESULTS! We’ve wrapped up the 2020 edition of the HooDoo Cup. In total we had 63 unique participants over 3 races. 42 of those participants completed the HooDoo Cup racing in all 3 events. We had abundant sunshine and very few clouds for every race. And it was a lot of fun.
Here are the final results for HooDoo Cup Race #3: www.goldstreamsports.com/hoodoo-cup/hoodoo-cup-race-3-results/
And HERE are the final HooDoo Cup Series results: www.goldstreamsports.com/hoodoo-cup/final-2020-hoodoo-cup-rankings/
Congrats to Luke Buth for taking home the Cup for the 3rd consecutive year. And look how close the open male division was! Just 10 seconds separated 1st from 3rd after adding up the time from 3 races!
Get signed up for the Enduro this Sunday! And we’ll see you all next year for the 2021 HooDoo Cup coming in late July/early August.
Goldstream Sports Fairbanks Cycle Club HooDoo Brewing Company
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*REASON TO SERVE ON FCC BOARD #5*Why should you join the Fairbanks Cycle Club board? We’ve got lots of reasons!
Top Ten Reason #5: To promote commuting to work and school.
Elections for new Fairbanks Cycle Club board members are coming up in October. All positions are open and several current board members will be stepping down. That’s a great opportunity for others (you?) to step up! The FCC needs dedicated cyclists to help keep cycling an important and vibrant part of the Fairbanks community.
Give us your reasons! Why do you think people should serve on the FCC board?
If you would like to serve please contact our prez at [email protected]
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*LAST BEAVER SPORTS MTB RIDE*There is just one more Beaver Sports Thursday Night MTB ride! It starts at 5pm at Beaver Sports on September 24. Call the store for more details (479-2494).
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*FILMED BY BIKE FILMS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE*Did you miss the Filmed by Bike film festival? You can still watch the films through the end of the month!
Shared from Filmed by Bike Sept 14 Its hard to believe the 18th Annual Filmed by Bike film fest has come to a close! We’ve wrapped up the live online action but YOU CAN STILL WATCH THE SHOWS on YouTube through the end of the month. www.youtube.com/channel/UCaaybxxRgjyWxChHhSIu_JQ
🎟FilmedByBike.org
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*PETERSVILLE ROAD RIDE*Looking for a new place to ride your gravel or mountain bike? Check out the Petersville Road! It’s a bit of a drive – about 5 hours – but when the weather is often crappy in the Interior, it’s nice south of the range. Biking is included in the first part of this blog. notquiteoverthehillcorrineanderic.blogspot.com/2020/09/perfect-timing-on-petersville-road.html
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*SCUM SLEEP IN ON SUNDAYS*Just got the word that the Sunday SCUM rides now leave at 11 a.m., same place. The WOW and Tuesday Night MTB Rides are now officially over, but they sometimes have unofficial rides. www.fairbankscycleclub.org/rides/
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Tuesday Night MTB Ride report – first post-season ride: Nugget Creek Trail on Ester Dome (09/15/2020)

Nugget Creek Trippin

Plunge. Beaver pond slog
Ascend. Ester Dome summit
Swamp and hills. Great fun!
Part way down the descent from the top of Ester Dome, the group was all smiles.
Then we discovered the beavers have been very active.
Very active! (But we made it around. See top photo).
On the other side we found the trespass cabin, now inhabited by this uke-playing hillbilly!
Then the climbing started.
We met a friendly hunter on an ATV.
He said he hoped his nice evening out wasn’t spoiled by actually getting a moose and having to deal with it.
Nikki demonstrates more climbing.
And there was more climbing. This was Leah’s first ride with the group.
She had an old non-suspension mountain bike, but brought lots of smiles to smooth out the ride.
Evan and Nikki show that some of the climbing was pedestrian-powered.
Carl was having his doubts about this ride. (Look behind you, Carl! The views are great!)
At the Equinox Marathon Out-and-Back Turnaround, Carl found his smile.
We were back in known territory! The end wasn’t too far away!

Photos by Nikki, Dave and Eric. Haiku by Eric.

Tuesday Night Ride – first unofficial

The official Tuesday Night MTB Rides are over, but an unofficial one is scheduled for this Tuesday. We’ll be doing part of the Nugget Creek Loop Trail. (Unfortunately, we’ll be leaving most of the swamp out of the ride.) Not super technical, but there will be a bit of climbing (and descending).
Meet at the top of Ester Dome (at the Y) at 5:45 pm. The ride leaves at 6. Bring your lights!
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FCC Anti-social media newsletter

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP*(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)
*REASON TO SERVE ON FCC BOARD #6*Why should you join the Fairbanks Cycle Club board? We’ve got lots of reasons!
Top Ten Reason #6: To collaborate with local and state agencies to develop more bike paths and trails for cyclists to safely enjoy.
Elections for new Fairbanks Cycle Club board members are coming up in October. All positions are open and several current board members will be stepping down. That’s a great opportunity for others (you?) to step up! The FCC needs dedicated cyclists to help keep cycling an important and vibrant part of the Fairbanks community.
Give us your reasons! Why do you think people should serve on the FCC board?
If you would like to serve please contact our prez at [email protected]
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*TUESDAY NIGHT MTB RIDE REPORT*Another great Tuesday Night Ride this past Tuesday: Eva Creek Evisceration. Check out the ride report here:
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2020/09/tuesday-night-mtb-ride-report-eva-creek-evisceration-09-08-2020/
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*REASON TO SERVE ON FCC BOARD #7*Why should you join the Fairbanks Cycle Club board? We’ve got lots of reasons!
Top Ten Reason #7: To provide opportunities for people to make friends in a healthy environment.
Elections for new Fairbanks Cycle Club board members are coming up in October. All positions are open and several current board members will be stepping down. That’s a great opportunity for others (you?) to step up! The FCC needs dedicated cyclists to help keep cycling an important and vibrant part of the Fairbanks community.
Give us your reasons! Why do you think people should serve on the FCC board?
If you would like to serve please contact our prez at [email protected]
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*CYCLING ESSAYS DEADLINE APPROACHING*Are you a writer who cycles? Or a cyclist who writes? Either way you are wanted! Well, your submissions are wanted for an Alaska anthology of essays by or about contemporary cyclists. The deadline, October 1, is coming soon. Read more here:
tinyurl.com/u7yjf9d
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*WE PASSED 25,000 MILES! *All right you guys! We’re closing in on 26,000 for Love to Ride’s May-Sept Biking Challenge! We’re over 1,500 trips cycled!
Love to Ride is also doing a September challenge, but we’ve got only 8 riders signed up for that. We’ve got 21 riders for the May-September challenge, so if you want to be included in the September challenge get out there and get riding!
Any latecomers want to join? It’s pretty easy. Check out the link below.
If you already use one of the below apps, you can connect them so that your rides are automatically updated (and your past rides will be counted). You can also enter your miles manually. Whatever your flavor, if you are a Fairbanks cyclist, we would love for you to be a part of our group!
Strava MapMyRide Endomondo The Love to Ride app
www.lovetoride.net/usa/groups/215
Our official weekly rides are mostly wrapping up. Some have post-season unofficial rides. Check with ride leaders on that. Beaver Sports still has a weekly MTB ride starting at 5pm every Thursday.
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*REASON TO SERVE ON FCC BOARD #8*Why should you join the Fairbanks Cycle Club board? We’ve got lots of reasons!
Top Ten Reason #8: To provide opportunities for people to learn new cycling routes.
Elections for new Fairbanks Cycle Club board members are coming up in October. All positions are open and several current board members will be stepping down. That’s a great opportunity for others (you?) to step up! The FCC needs dedicated cyclists to help keep cycling an important and vibrant part of the Fairbanks community.
Give us your reasons! Why do you think people should serve on the FCC board?
If you would like to serve please contact our prez at [email protected]
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*BIKE BITS ARTICLE FAVE*Travel is difficult these days, but that doesn’t mean you can’t PLAN a trip! Adventure Cycling Association has an Interactive Network Map of the Adventure Cycling Route Network.
This was featured in the most recent edition of Bike Bits, which includes lots of other cool stories, including a bike trip in Bolivia (with incredible pics), a 4-year bike journey to attend the Hajj, and a historical account of a late 1800s trip of the 25th Infantry bicycle corps.
Read about it all here:
mkt.adventurecycling.org/email/view/5f4fd1c6edb15591049414
And here’s the Interactive Network Map:
www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/interactive-network-map/
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*GOLDSTREAM SPORTS PRESENTS ENDURO RACE*One more bike race happening this month! This is a new format from past mountain bike races.
Shared from: Goldstream Sports Sept 4
We are so excited to announce the details on the inaugural Fairbanks Enduro presented by Goldstream Sports!!!
12 miles. 3 downhill trails where you get timed. You got to ride up to the start of each untimed but you have 4 hours to finish. You up for the challenge?? Register today!
ow.ly/RISj50Bigcq
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*REASON TO SERVE ON FCC BOARD #9*Why should you join the Fairbanks Cycle Club board? We’ve got lots of reasons! Top Ten Reason #9: To help create a cycling community that encourages a healthy year-round lifestyle.
Elections for new Fairbanks Cycle Club board members are coming up in October. All positions are open and several current board members will be stepping down. That’s a great opportunity for others (you?) to step up! The FCC needs dedicated cyclists to help keep cycling an important and vibrant part of the Fairbanks community.
Give us your reasons! Why do you think people should serve on the FCC board?
If you would like to serve please contact our prez at [email protected]
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*FINAL HOODOO CUP RACE*The last race of the HooDoo Cup series is coming up!
HooDoo Cup Race #3 Registration and Race Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 11 AM – 4:30 PM Registration is from 11:00 – 1:30 p.m. Race begins at 2:00 up at Henderson Drop in. Post race awards, pizza and HooDoo Beer begin at 3:00/3:30.
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Tuesday Night MTB Ride report – Eva Creek Evisceration (09/08/2020)

Carl and Dave ride up an Ester Dome trail none of us had ever done before.

Last official ride of the season and we finally needed lights. Only toward the end, though. And only because we had to fix a flat tire for the Loser. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

Three diehards showed up. Dave, Carl, and Eric. But Eric didn’t realize he had a big L painted on his forehead. He began to realize when he saw Dave ride up. (Yes, Dave rode to the ride start. Dave was not a loser on this ride!)

Dave had his Big Honking Freight Train Light on his helmet. Another one was on his handlebars. Between the two he has like a billion lumens of light. When he’s riding on the road cars flash him, demanding that he turn down his brights. When Eric saw Dave’s Big Honking Freight Train lights, Eric realized he had forgotten his lights! Loser!

Dave had a solution. He could let the Loser borrow one of his lights. But Dave hesitated. He and the Loser had lumen history. The history goes back to when Dave first started his lumen addiction. Other riders were impressed. Until Dave shown those Big Honking Freight Train lights into their eyes. Then the other riders were annoyed. Agh! Turn it off! Turn it off! This only caused Dave to laugh louder and more maniacally.

Then last season, when a similar light situation arose (when Eric was a Loser again), Dave lent his headlamp to the Loser. Partway through the ride the Loser realized he had a payback weapon on his head. He waited until it was dark. He waited until Dave was looking the other way.

Loser: Oh, Dave?

Dave, turning: Yeah?

LOSER SHINES THE BIG HONKING FREIGHT TRAIN LIGHT RIGHT INTO DAVE’S EYES!!!!!!

Dave: Agh! Turn it off! Turn it off!

Loser laughs loudly and manically!

It may have happened more than once.

So this ride Dave hesitated before offering the Loser one of his lights. He demanded a promise first. No blinding lights in the eyes. The Loser slumped his shoulders and agreed. He was, after all, a Loser. He also noticed that Dave didn’t hand over the light right away. That would come only if necessary.

Then the ride discussion started. The Loser had a plan that didn’t include any part of the Eva Creek Trail, namesake for the ride. Dave thought the ride should include the Eva Creek Trail. The Loser lost.

But his mood lightened as soon as we hit trail. Dave stopped. He was looking at a puddle. It looks deep, he said. I’m going around, he said. The Loser was incredulous. It’s not that deep, he said. It was. But since the Loser is aka Swamp Thing, he was happy!

We then rode up one of the mining maze trails off the Intertie and managed to not get lost. Big achievement.

Us not getting lost!

We then faced a Steep Climb. Dave said he was going around. Carl said he was going for it. The Loser said he would go for it, too. Carl made it to the top. Guess what happened to the Loser? What a weenie!

Carl peels after some hard-earned sweat from making it up the Steep Climb while Dave enjoys the view.
Er, of the scenery. Dave enjoyed the fall colors. I don’t THINK he enjoyed looking at Carl’s sweat.

More fun riding ensued, including the Happy Ridge Trail and some Ester Dome mining trails we hadn’t ridden before. Great times!

The Loser waits atop a climb on the Trail We Had Never Done Before. Photo by Dave.

Along the way we learned that when Dave was younger he “found” himself in India. Seriously. Now, Dave denies that, but that’s because he wants to keep up his Grumpy Old Man facade and deny his true Inner New Ager. Ask him about it sometime. You’ll see that his denials are weenie denials. We also found out some juicy family history from Carl, but we won’t go into it here. There has to be some advantage for actually showing up to the rides!

We hit the Ester Dome Singletrack entrance off St. Pat’s and started climbing.

The awesome bike fix-it kit put in by Goldstream Sports at the Ester Dome Singletrack kiosk. The Loser should have had his flat here!

At the Henderson Drop-in cutoff, we met up with the Goldstream Sports Tuesday riders. They were doing downhill. Something about a 20-foot drop. Something about pucker-worthy. We said, Have fun, no thanks, see ya later!

The Ester Dome Singletrack Trails are grin-worthy!
Carl is still grinning at the Henderson Drop-In. Dave is just too cool. But look at that leg. That leg has had some fun!

Then the Loser had a flat. Found the culprit. A staple sticking out of his tire. No worries, he said. I’ve got more goop for my tubeless tires. He put in more goop. He spun the tire. And spun it. And spun it. The leak slowed, but you could still hear it.

Finally, the Loser decided he had to go with a tube. But he knew how to pop the tire off the rim. Just step on it! Like this. Er, like this. I mean, like this.

While the Loser was digging around for tire tools, Dave popped the tire off the rim. Dave was not a loser. (At least, not this night.)

The Loser found another staple inside the tire. Dang! Even his flats are Losers!

Tube inserted into the tire. Stupid male jokes about flaccid tubes purged from our systems. Tube inflated. And we were off.

We climbed Ester Dome Road and stopped at the new Alder Chute Bypass that takes off from Styx River Road. Dave had already done it a couple of times on bike. The Loser had done it once on foot. Carl hadn’t ever tried it. We were all game.

The light was fading, so Dave handed the Loser his Big Honking Freight Train Helmet Light. The Loser was really tempted to go back on his word. Dave was right there for the flashing. But the Loser knew he needed to lose his Loser ways.

We descended the Alder Chute Bypass. It’s a tricky, spongy, switchbacky descent, made even tricker when wet, which it was. Carl had to stop to answer his phone to deal with a Family Crisis. Something about his son’s TikTok account. Serious, serious, absolutely-had-to-be-dealt-with-right-then-NOT stuff. Dave made the descent and only stepped out of his pedals a couple of times.

And the Loser made it down. Without. Ever. Touching. A. Foot. Down. A couple of close calls, but a clean ride. Even more tricky because Dave’s helmet light wasn’t firmly attached and kept bouncing around. We may now refer to him again as Eric!

A light rain started as we rode the Farmer Mine Trail and connected with the Equinox Marathon Trail at the bottom of the Alder Chute. The rain stopped, but the descent to the Eva Creek Trail was a bit slippery. Still, no one bit it. Success!

At the intersection with the Eva Creek Trail, Dave (remember that he insisted we include the Eva Creek Trail on this ride?) said he was going to go home via the Marathon Trail. He didn’t even ride the Eva Creek Trail! Eric wanted to dub him as Loser!

Carl and Eric made it back to the Ester Community Park and had the last official snacks and drinks of the season. Rain started, but only after we had a good chat. Perfect timing!

Report and photos by Eric. Except one photo by Dave.

That ends the official Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Rides for the season. Post-season rides will continue until the snow flies heavy and hard. Watch the FCC Facebook and listserv for messages around the where of any post-season rides. The first one meets at the Y at the top of Ester Dome (between the towers). We’ll be doing the Nugget Creek Loop.