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*STUDY SHOWS HOW BIKING CAN SLOW CLIMATE CHANGE*In a state where climate change is hitting hard, this study has a lot of impact.
HUB Cycling March 4 Researchers looked at “short to medium sized trips, ” typically 5 km for cycling and 10 km for e-biking. ” They found that it’s these short trips that “contribute disproportionately” to emissions when conducted by vehicles because of cold engine starts.
pricetags.ca/2021/03/02/study-shows-why-cities-need-to-encourage-cycling-to-drastically-lower-emissions/
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*YANCEY TAKES SECOND IN ITI*Fairbanksan Fletcher Yancey finished the ITI in second place! Fairbanksan Ben Pysto is still on the trail at about Mile 265. You can watch his dot here. trackleaders.com/iti21
Shared from Iditarod Trail Invitational March 4 Fletcher is our 2nd place finisher!! Way to go!!
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*FOUR BIKING ESSAYS FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY*Anchorage distance biking phenom Lael Wilcox is one of the featured writers here.
BIKEPACKING.com March 4 DISPATCH: SRAM invited four of their sponsored riders to share their experiences in support of International Women’s Day. Find them all here, each providing perspective of the challenges they’ve faced as women and as athletes: bikepacking.com/news/sram-womens-day-essays/
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*CHENA LAKE RECREATION SURVEY*In case you like to bike at Chena Lake Recreation Area.
Shared from Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Rec March 3 Do you use Chena Lake? There’s an upcoming grant opportunity for improvements at the Chena Lake Recreation Area and we want to hear from you! Please take this quick survey and tell us how you use the park! www.bit.ly/ChenaLakeSurvey Please share this link or post with your friends!!
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*DUTCH CYCLING CULTURE FILM*Sounds like an interesting film. Shared from
Bicycle Film Festival March 1 World Premiere of #togetherwecycle at BFF #Bikesummit21 This documentary investigates the critical events that led to the revival of the Dutch cycling culture. Begins virtually March 2 at 800pm ET through April 4. Bike Summit attendees are free with code rb.gy/geqs0t
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*CHENA RIVER TO RIDGE SLOGFEST RESULTS*Results are up for the CR2R. Sounds like it was quite a slog for the bikers. The top skiers beat the top bikers. Congrats to all who finished or even attempted it!
Shared from Chena River to Ridge Feb 28 Surprise! Results are uploaded 😬. There were some hiccups with the upload. If you see an issue, please let us know!
ultrasignup.com/m_results_event.aspx?did=81557&t=1
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*RAD BIKPACKING WOMXN *Some amazing people featured in this article!
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com March 1 We’re kicking off our Rad Womxn of Bikepacking series with a little bit of history. Since the dawn of the pneumatic bike tire, womxn have been venturing off the beaten path by bike. From the 19th century to today, the 10 intrepid womxn in this list inspire and challenge us to ride further and be better…
bikepacking.com/plog/rad-womxn-of-bikepacking-part-1/
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*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/
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*STUDY SHOWS HOW BIKING CAN SLOW CLIMATE CHANGE*In a state where climate change is hitting hard, this study has a lot of impact.
HUB Cycling March 4 Researchers looked at “short to medium sized trips, ” typically 5 km for cycling and 10 km for e-biking. ” They found that it’s these short trips that “contribute disproportionately” to emissions when conducted by vehicles because of cold engine starts.
pricetags.ca/2021/03/02/study-shows-why-cities-need-to-encourage-cycling-to-drastically-lower-emissions/
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*YANCEY TAKES SECOND IN ITI*Fairbanksan Fletcher Yancey finished the ITI in second place! Fairbanksan Ben Pysto is still on the trail at about Mile 265. You can watch his dot here. trackleaders.com/iti21
Shared from Iditarod Trail Invitational March 4 Fletcher is our 2nd place finisher!! Way to go!!
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*FOUR BIKING ESSAYS FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY*Anchorage distance biking phenom Lael Wilcox is one of the featured writers here.
BIKEPACKING.com March 4 DISPATCH: SRAM invited four of their sponsored riders to share their experiences in support of International Women’s Day. Find them all here, each providing perspective of the challenges they’ve faced as women and as athletes: bikepacking.com/news/sram-womens-day-essays/
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*CHENA LAKE RECREATION SURVEY*In case you like to bike at Chena Lake Recreation Area.
Shared from Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Rec March 3 Do you use Chena Lake? There’s an upcoming grant opportunity for improvements at the Chena Lake Recreation Area and we want to hear from you! Please take this quick survey and tell us how you use the park! www.bit.ly/ChenaLakeSurvey Please share this link or post with your friends!!
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*DUTCH CYCLING CULTURE FILM*Sounds like an interesting film. Shared from
Bicycle Film Festival March 1 World Premiere of #togetherwecycle at BFF #Bikesummit21 This documentary investigates the critical events that led to the revival of the Dutch cycling culture. Begins virtually March 2 at 800pm ET through April 4. Bike Summit attendees are free with code rb.gy/geqs0t
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*CHENA RIVER TO RIDGE SLOGFEST RESULTS*Results are up for the CR2R. Sounds like it was quite a slog for the bikers. The top skiers beat the top bikers. Congrats to all who finished or even attempted it!
Shared from Chena River to Ridge Feb 28 Surprise! Results are uploaded 😬. There were some hiccups with the upload. If you see an issue, please let us know!
ultrasignup.com/m_results_event.aspx?did=81557&t=1
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*RAD BIKPACKING WOMXN *Some amazing people featured in this article!
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com March 1 We’re kicking off our Rad Womxn of Bikepacking series with a little bit of history. Since the dawn of the pneumatic bike tire, womxn have been venturing off the beaten path by bike. From the 19th century to today, the 10 intrepid womxn in this list inspire and challenge us to ride further and be better…
bikepacking.com/plog/rad-womxn-of-bikepacking-part-1/
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*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/
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*BIKE POLICIES HAPPENING ACROSS THE NATION*Great succinct article by PeopleForBikes!
Shared from PeopleForBikes.org Feb 25 5 Bills Every Bike Advocate Should Care About: The five policies highlighted below represent shifts in the way America is making recreation and active transportation decisions.
www.peopleforbikes.org/news/5-bills-every-bike-advocate-should-care-about
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*DUATHLON SET FOR MAR 24*Woohoo! A bike race! Well, one that also makes you run with boards strapped to your feet, but still a bike race!
Event by Fairbanks Spring Duathlon UAF Ski Hut Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 6 PM AKDT Price: Free Public · Anyone on or off Facebook
The 2nd annual Fairbanks Spring Duathlon hosted by Nanook Recreation and presented by Goldstream Sports!
Fat bike on some ski trails that have never allowed fat biking before! Sign up for this unique duathlon event with a 5k cross-country ski followed by a 10k fat bike ride! The minimum tire width must be 3.8″!
Sign up as an individual to do both events back to back. Or do it as a relay! Men, women, and co-ed divisions in the relay race. Men and women’s divisions in the individual duathlon. The start, transition, and finish line will be at the UAF Ski Hut.
The event is on March 24, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
Proceeds from the event go to benefit the UAF Trails Club.
Want to race but need a bike? Students can reserve a bike from UAF Green Bikes (Email Christi at [email protected]) Community folks can rent a bike from Goldstream Sports (Call the shop at 907-455-6520) You must do this in advance!. Looking forward to a great evening race! Stay tuned for registration costs and details!
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*UPDATE ON FAIRBANKS-AREA PLANS, LAWS*Several things are happening right now that will affect cycling in the Fairbanks area for many years: A non-motorized plan update, a proposed change to state cycling laws, and an update to the borough trails plan. Read more here.
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2021/02/lots-happening-locally-regarding-cycling-laws-infrastructure/
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*VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS BIKERAFTING*Starting to hear more about bikerafting. New Zealand now has a “course” for training.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Feb 25 Helen’s Journey is a new video from Deane Parker that follows 68-year-old Helen as she makes her way through New Zealand’s first-ever bikerafting course. It’s a motivational story of finding adventure and learning a new skill regardless of your age. Watch it here, along with an introduction from Deane…
bikepacking.com/news/helens-journey-bikerafting-video/
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*SULLIVAN CO-SPONSORS ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION BILL*Just read this in an Alaska Outdoor Alliance newsletter!
Promising News for Active Transportation
Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan is co-sponsoring Connecting America’s Active Transportation System Act which would provide $500 million annually for a federal competitive grant program to help communities and regions build connected active-transportation routes—trails, sidewalks, bikeways and other infrastructure—to ensure people can get where they want to go safely by foot, bike or wheelchair.
For more about Connecting America’s Active Transportation System Act:
www.peopleforbikes.org/policy/connecting-americas-active-transportation-infrastructure
To connect with Statewide Active Transportation Group email to [email protected] and ask to be put on the Active Transportation listserv
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*FATBIKEHUNTER*A Facebook group about using bikes to go hunting? Of course there is.
www.facebook.com/groups/1104569362985008/
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*1928 BLACK FEMALE BIKE ADVENTURE*Here’s an interesting bit of cycling history.
Shared from Adventure Cycling Association Feb 23 Five women take on a three-day, 250-mile bicycle trip in 1928! Why? For their love of the great outdoors, of course.
bikeleague.org/content/womens-bike-history-3-days-5-women-250-miles
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*BORO TRAILS PLAN UPDATE SEEKING COMMENT*If you’re a mountain biker or otherwise use our area trails, now is the time to let your voice be heard on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Comprehensive Recreational Trail Plan update. The borough Trails Advisory Commission had one Zoom meeting already and another is set up for Mar 1 to discuss trails in specific areas.
Check out the new Trail Plan website at www.fnsbtrailsplan.com/. Meeting links and info on the website.
(This is different from the non-motorized plan update that is also happening now.)
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*BIKING/RUNNING CHALLENGE BENEFITS FOUNDATION*From the Chena River to Ridge: Some good info on how the Be Good Foundation came to be. Rebecca’s Giddy Up Challenge benefits this foundation and it’s worth checking out. Open to runners and cyclists, we will be giving away three entries to this event.
Shared from Be Good Foundation 23h · Instagram · How did The Be Good Foundation come to be? . During Rebecca Rusch’s journey down the Ho Chi Minh trail for the production of the documentary, Blood Road, she was able to observe the staggering impact bombs left on the landscape of Southeast Asia and the enormous threat of landmine and UXO (unexploded ordinance or bombs) contamination that still plagues these countries. After seeing this devastation, Rebecca was pulled to return to Laos so she could help. During her return, she meets with Mine Advisory Group (MAG), a 501 (c)3 that helps keep land safe for schools, farms, and basic infrastructure around the world by removing landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO), providing risk education (MRE) sessions, and helping control light arms and munitions. She also met with Article 22, an ethical jewelry company which works with Laotian artisans to create handcrafted jewelry from Vietnam War shrapnel. . Through this experience, Rebecca was able to learn more about the efforts of these two organizations and how she can continue to work towards making Laos a safer place. To watch the video “Bombs Journey” click on the link below 🇱🇦💣

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*DAWSON TO NOME – JUST BEFORE FATBIKES*Here’s an incredible story! Why have we not heard more about this?! Dawson to Nome – pre-fatbike days but in this century. And one of the stars is Fairbanks tough guy Andy Sterns! (46-min video)

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*ARE YOU PREPARED?*Good thing to keep in mind anytime you’re going out for an overnight or even just a long day ride.
Shared from Bureau of Land Management – Alaska Feb 19 It’s 30 below zero 😰 in the BLM-White Mountains National Recreation Area and the weather is getting bad. Your snow machine/fat bike/skis fail you and you’re on foot. Do you have the stuff with you to make it back safely?
www.blm.gov/blog/2021-02-18/podcast-white-mountains-safety
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*BIKE LOCKING TIPS*This 7-min video is aimed at bikepackers, but it has good tips for bikers doing errands in town, too.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Feb 16 How do you secure your bike while bikepacking or touring? There are many ways to go about it, some far more secure than others. In our latest video, Neil walks through a few creative solutions, as well as more robust security measures that we’ve used over the years…
bikepacking.com/gear/secure-your-bike-while-bikepacking-video/
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*SPEAK UP ON NON-MOTORIZED PLAN UPDATE*Now is the time to be heard! Speak up about the Non-Motorized Plan update!
Shared event from Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation Planning
Feb 19 at 12 PM AKST – Mar 5 at 12 PM AKST Price: Free · Duration: 14 days Public · Anyone on or off Facebook
📰 News item! Ready to make a difference in your community? FAST Planning’s ✨ Draft ✨ Non-motorized Plan Update “Connect Fairbanks” is now out for public comment!
👉🏽 If you bike, wheel, walk, run, skate, ski, or use the non-motorized network in Fairbanks any time of the year (or haven’t yet, but would like to someday), this involves you!
🌐 Go to the project website page to view the full plan, find the comment form, and interact/comment on the project map! 👍🏽You can also support and “like” other people’s comments on the map!
📅 This public comment period will be open for 30-days and extends to 03/19/2021 (Facebook events cannot run longer than 2 weeks, so don’t let the dates above confuse you!).
fastplanning.us/projectsandprograms/nmpupdate/
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*BEAVER SPORTS THURSDAY RIDES*Beaver Sports usually has free Thursday Night fat bike rides! They start at 5pm at Beaver Sports. Call the store for more details (479-2494).
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*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/

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Lots Happening Locally Regarding Cycling Laws, Infrastructure

Several things are happening right now that will affect cycling in the Fairbanks area for many years: A non-motorized plan update, a proposed change to state cycling laws, and an updated to the borough trails plan. Read about all of them below, including how you can participate.

Comment Period Open for Non-Motorized Plan Update

Speak up now to have a say in cycling and pedestrian Fairbanks-area infrastructure for the next few years.

The Fairbanks area Non-Motorized Plan Update is having a virtual open house and public comment period. Deadline for comments is March 19.

This project by the Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation Planning (FAST Planning) group seeks to update the plan to guide future infrastructure projects for all forms of transportation that are not motorized. The public comment period is YOUR chance to help guide that plan.

(Note: This is different from the Borough’s Comprehensive Recreational Trail Plan, which is also being updated now. More on that below.)

You can look at the non-motorized plan here.

The plan itself is large (60MB, 255 pages), but half of that is appendices. It is well-organized by chapters and includes an Executive Summary at the beginning if you don’t want to look through the whole thing. There are many projects in the Fairbanks and North Pole area either underway or in the works. Your comments help determine what gets done and what gets priority.

You can comment on the overall plan — a form is available on the front project page — or you can use the Interactive Project Map. With the map you can look at specific areas you care about. You can find out what projects, if any, are planned for that area. And you can make comments about specific projects or about areas that don’t have any projects planned. It’s pretty easy.

So, if you care about the non-motorized transportation infrastructure in the Fairbanks area, check it out and leave your comments.

Local Cycling Advocates Propose State Law Changes

Members of a local cycling-related committee have proposed changes to state law.

The FCC board hasn’t taken an official stance on the changes yet, but there will be at least some things most, if not all, bikers will like. For example, an inclusion of the 3-foot passing rule that other states have adopted.

The proposed changes were started with the local Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, which passed them as a resolution. BPAC is part of our larger governmental transportation coordination group called Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation Planning (FAST Planning).

According to Jackson Fox, executive director for Fast Planning, two of the group’s committees (BPAC and the Technical Committee) have recommended to FAST Planning’s Policy Board to approve the resolution and forward the recommended AAC revisions to the Alaska Department of Public Safety. The Policy Board includes all three local mayors.

According to Fox: “At the February 17th Policy Board meeting, many Board members spoke in support of the Resolution and recommended AAC revisions, but our DOT&PF representative (DOT Northern Region Director) recommend they postpone the vote until March 17 so he had opportunity to review with DOT Headquarters in Juneau and gain their support as well as a sister agency to the Department of Public Safety.  So, stay tuned for March 17th and let folks know they can direct comments to me in the meantime.”

If you would like to express your opinion about the proposed changes you can contact Fox at [email protected]. You can also attend the Policy Board meeting on March 17 and offer testimony.

You can see the proposed changes here.

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Borough Trails Plan Update has Started

If you’re a mountain biker or otherwise use our area trails, now is the time to let your voice be heard on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Comprehensive Recreational Trail Plan update.

The first meeting was held February 24. Another is scheduled for March 1. To find out more about that plan update see here.

Boro Trails Plan Update meetings coming up Feb 24 and March 1

If you’re a mountain biker or otherwise use our area trails, now is the time to let your voice be heard on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Comprehensive Recreational Trail Plan update. The borough Trails Advisory Commission has two Zoom meetings set up so far — Feb 24 and Mar 1 — to discuss trails in specific areas. Check out the new Trail Plan website at www.fnsbtrailsplan.com/. Meeting links and info on the website. (This is different from the non-motorized plan update that is also happening now.)
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*VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY*Here’s a way to help improve cycling infrastructure in Fairbanks!
Shared from Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation Planning Feb 18 🗳️ COMMITTEE OPPORTUNITY! 🗳️ 📅 Apply by Wednesday, February 24th, 2021
🚶 Are you (or is someone you know) interested in getting more involved with active transportation planning efforts in the Fairbanks/North Pole area? Can you see yourself providing guidance on bike & ped issues? This might be the committee for you!
🌐 Learn more about the BPAC on their committee page at fastplanning.us/about/staff/bpac/
📄 Send your 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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*SNOW-FREE CLEAT IDEAS*For those of you who ride with cleats in the winter, here’s a 5-minute video of tips for keeping them snow free. (The last one is tasty!)
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Feb 19 In our latest short Tips & Tricks video, learn how to keep your cleats snow and ice free all season long. Watch it here…
bikepacking.com/news/how-to-keep-your-cleats-snow-free/
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*”WINTER” CYCLING TIPS*These almost seem cute while in the midst of our winter, but there are actually some good ideas here, especially for when you’re out on your road bike during our shoulder seasons.
Shared from Beaver Sports Feb 17: Some winter cycling tips from the warmer parts of the world… would you use these tips too and have you found something better for the negative temps of Fairbanks?

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*A BIKE I SAW*Have you seen this “cutting edge” technology?!
kottke.org/21/02/the-ice-bike-with-circular-saw-wheels
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*CHENA RIVER WARNING*If you like to ride the rivers, pay attention!
Shared from Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Feb 18 In years past, the Chena would be safe to walk out on right now. But currently, the thickness of the ice on the Chena is extremely variable.
www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/thin-ice-leads-to-warnings-to-stay-off-chena-river/article_ad36e7e6-71a8-11eb-b4ef-fbb127c82826.html
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*NEW WENDELL BRIDGE TO BE MORE BIKE-FRIENDLY*From a News-Miner story on the Wendell Avenue Bridge project.
“The new bridge will accommodate heavier vehicles and will have wider sidewalks and road shoulders for pedestrians and bicyclists.”
www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/wendell-bridge-demolition-expected-to-take-two-months/article_2ca497f0-70df-11eb-a369-677ac95fa0aa.html
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*FINNISH FATBIKING*Kind of fun to see how they fatbike over in Finland. Sure are winding trails. Obviously not built for mushing big teams!
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Feb 16 Rails to Trails is a new short film from Kona and Suunto that follows three friends on a winter fatbiking trip to the far reaches of northern Finland, well above the Arctic Circle. Watch it here, along with a story from one of the riders and a wonderful selection of wintry photos…
bikepacking.com/plog/rails-to-trails-finnish-lapland-film/
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*ROAD OPEN TO MOUNTAIN VISTA IN DENALI NATIONAL PARK*Denali calls!
“Mountain Vista can be a spot for outdoor enthusiasts to launch their day on snowshoes, skis or dog sleds.”
Fatbikes, too, in some places. This from the park’s website: “Closed in winter? Not Denali! Winter is a great time to explore the park, whether by foot, ski, snowshoe, bike or other means!”
www.nps.gov/dena/index.htm
www.newsminer.com/news/kris_capps/denali-park-road-open-to-mountain-vista/article_0478af96-6f3b-11eb-a22d-6f3ccf714a08.html
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*REBEL AND PIONEER*Here’s an interesting story about a rebel and a “true pioneer.”
Shared from Adventure Cycling Association Feb 13 Riding a men’s bike, winning races, and designing her own cycling kit was just a few things Kittie Knox accomplished in her too short life. www.bikeleague.org/content/womens-bike-history-kittie-knox
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*WENDELL BRIDGE WARNING*Here’s an update on the two bridge projects in Fairbanks. Note the note to stay away from the Wendell Bridge right now.
Shared from Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Feb 12
Demolition on the Wendell Bridge in #Fairbanks has begun! The bridge was built in 1953, back when a gallon of gas cost 20 cents and most Fairbanks streets were just being paved for the first time. The bridge gave us nearly 70 years of service, which is a pretty good run.
After demo of the Wendell Bridge is complete, construction on the new bridge will start closer to springtime. Work on the University Bridge continues as well, as the crew prepares for pile driving for the new structure, which should start in March.
*If you walk, bike, or snowmachine in this area, please avoid the area around the bridge. It is not safe to be hanging around near the bridge right now.*
Thanks to KTVF Fairbanks for taking some cool demolition shots yesterday!
www.webcenterfairbanks.com/2021/02/12/crews-begin-demolition-of-wendell-ave-bridge/
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*NEWS-MINER FATBIKING ARTICLE*Here’s an update on the two bridge projects in Fairbanks. Note the note to stay away from the Wendell Bridge right now.
Great fatbiking article by FCC member and former vice prez Dave James!
“The shortage of snow that has disappointed skiers and others craving fresh powder has resulted in trails that are rock solid, fast, and fun for those of us on two wheels. And apart from a couple of brief dips, temperatures have been ideal as well. For cyclists, it’s been the best season in memory.”
www.newsminer.com/features/outdoors/fatbike-paradise-miles-of-hard-packed-trails-and-little-snow-open-up-the-interior-for/article_80cc5a68-6cbe-11eb-8831-c75158473d31.html
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*BEAVER SPORTS THURSDAY RIDES*Beaver Sports usually has free Thursday Night fat bike rides! They start at 5pm at Beaver Sports. Call the store for more details (479-2494).
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*FAST BPAC MEETINGS*The Bike/Ped Advisory Committee for FAST meets on the last Thursday of every month. The public is invited to attend.
The Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) is advisory to the Technical Committee. These meetings are focused on pedestrian and bike 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.
Due to COVID-19, meetings are being hosted online. For security purposes, direct links to the zoom meeting rooms are not shared 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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*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/

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*NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT COMING*The National Bike Summit starts Feb 28 and is online!
Shared from League of American Bicyclists Feb 8 We are on a mission to build a more Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. Our annual National Bike Summit is crucial in bringing your voice to lawmakers in Washington and creating the political will to realize an America where more people have access to safe, connected places to ride bikes. In 2021, more nearly 700 people have already registered to be part of the movement for better biking. Add your voice today: bikeleague.org/summit
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*INTERESTING INTERSECTION OF CYCLING AND BLACK HISTORY*This sounds like a fascinating documentary with a bunch of adventure as a key part!
“Prior to their journey, only a small handful of the 20 Black riders in the Bicycle Corps were experienced cyclists, and according to the documentary, one soldier had only been riding for a week at the time they set off on their arduous journey, throughout which they encountered extraordinarily challenging terrain and braved exposure to all the elements.”
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Feb 11 In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to share this hourlong documentary from 2000 that offers a look at the intrepid and inspiring men of the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps and their trailblazing 1897 journey from Montana to Missouri. Watch it here, along with details about the soldiers, their bikes, and their gear…
bikepacking.com/news/bicycle-corps-video/
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*CYCLE ADVOCACY GROUPS JOIN FORCES*People for Bikes is a great national cycle advocacy group. Outride sounds good, too. If you’re interested in the mission of either one, check them out. We’ve got a list of other cycling advocacy groups on our website: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/resources/advocacy/
Shared from PeopleForBikes.org Feb 3 We are proud to announce a partnership with Outride, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of youth and cultivating inclusive communities through bicycling. Outride is a leader in youth cycling education, community grant giving and research investigating the influence of bicycling on the brain. Read the full press release here: www.peopleforbikes.org/news/peopleforbikes-and-outride-announce-partnership-to-support-youth-bicycling
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*FILM FESTIVAL TICKETS AVAILABLE*This film festival sounds interesting. You can start viewing in just a few days.
Shared from
International Mountain Bicycling Association Feb 6 From film connoisseurs to avid cyclists and everyone in between, we invite YOU to attend the VIRTUAL Bicycle Film Festival Boulder event hosted by Community Cycles. Available to stream Feb. 12th-21st. 🎥🍿 Enjoy 90-minutes of curated shorts that take you on a journey around the world — learn about a charismatic Ghanian immigrant in Amsterdam who teaches refugee adult women to ride bikes, experience a BLM bicycle protest ride from New York to DC, and feel the anguish of a father’s loss, the struggle of a young woman and her bike in Iran, and reprieve from genocide through cycle sport. ✅ Get your tickets now! ➡️ bit.ly/36LIvfY
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*TOUGH, TOUGHER, TOUGHEST*Self-supported and bivy categories! Just to make a tough race even tougher!
Shared from Iditarod Trail Invitational Feb 8 For those intrepid athletes looking to take their ITI experience to the next level, we are excited to announce the adventure categories.
www.iditarodtrailinvitational.com/news/2021/2/7/new-adventure-categories
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*SHORT BIKE TRIP AMBASSADORS WANTED*Not all of us have time for a cross-country bike trip, but a weekend adventure is something we could all use. That’s why Adventure Cycling is launching an initiative to develop shorter routes accessible from urban hubs and a network of supportive Ambassadors. Are you interested in being a Short Trips Ambassador? Fill out this survey to express your interest.
www.surveymonkey.com/r/3XWHCY7
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*BIKE TRAVEL DATABASE*Here’s something useful. A searchable database of bike travel blogs. Got somewhere you want to travel on bike? Check out what others have done.
bikesleepbike.com/
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*VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY*Here’s an opportunity to help make Fairbanks more cycle-friendly!
Shared from Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation Planning Feb 6 🗳️ COMMITTEE OPPORTUNITY! 🗳️ 🚲 Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) | We have TWO vacant seats! 🚶 Are you (or is someone you know) interested in getting more involved with active 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! 🌐 Learn more about the BPAC on their committee page at fastplanning.us/about/staff/bpac/
📄 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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*SUBMIT A BIKEPACKING ROUTE*Bikepacker.com has a great project to encourage people to get out for short overnighters. But they don’t have anything from Alaska. (In fact, they have only one Alaska bikepacking route.) Who can help? We’ve got lots of good options from Fairbanks: winter and summer, road and trail. White Mountains National Recreation Area, Chena Hot Springs Road, Chena River State Recreation Area. Denali National Park. Pick your fave and submit!
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Feb 5 With nearly 50 #bikepacking overnighter guides in our US database, we’re still missing 20 states! Where are you ND, SD, NE, KS, NV, AR, OK, IL, IN, OK, KY, TN, AL, MS, SC, FL, ME, PA, AK, and HI?
bikepacking.com/overnighters/
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*BEAVER SPORTS THURSDAY RIDES*Beaver Sports usually has free Thursday Night fat bike rides! They start at 5pm at Beaver Sports. Call the store for more details (479-2494).
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*FAST BPAC MEETINGS*The Bike/Ped Advisory Committee for FAST meets on the last Thursday of every month. The public is invited to attend.
The Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) is advisory to the Technical Committee. These meetings are focused on pedestrian and bike 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.
Due to COVID-19, meetings are being hosted online. For security purposes, direct links to the zoom meeting rooms are not shared 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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*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/

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*BIKING FILMS AVAILABLE*Looking to watch some awesome cycle-themed movies? Here’s a selection available now from Filmed by Bike!
filmedbybike.org/watch-movies/
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*WEEKEND BIKING RECOMMENDATION*Looks like it’s going to be chilly down low this weekend. Might be a good time explore trails up higher, like those at Skyline Ridge Park.
What other suggestions do you have for your fellow cyclists?
www.trailforks.com/region/skyline-ridge-park-33981/
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*FATBIKES ON BUSES?*At last report, only some Fairbanks buses could take fatbikes. Anyone know if that has changed? If Anchorage can do it, we can, too! (Might be a good topic for the Bike and Ped Advisory Committee to take up.
Shared from Anchorage People Mover Jan 26 People Mover doesn’t just move YOU! Passengers can now bring their Fat Tire bikes along for the ride. Fat Tire Bike Racks are now available on all People Mover buses, making your commute a whole lot smoother. Visit PEOPLEMOVER.ORG for details, and try it out today!
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*MORE ON OULU BIKING*Here’s another take on that bike-strong Finnish city, Oulu. This 15-minute video has some great info on why this city has so many winter cyclists. (Look at all those bikes in front of the school!)

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*HOW TO ENCOURAGE WINTER BIKING?*This article has some great ideas about how to encourage winter biking.
www.euronews.com/2021/01/22/meet-the-bike-loving-finnish-city-that-keeps-pedalling-even-in-the-snow
How to encourage more winter biking in Fairbanks? Start by attending the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee Zoom meetings. For more info contact FAST:
fastplanning.us/getintouch/
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*BIKING IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL REC AREA*It’s a great time to take a fatbike trip into the Whites!
notquiteoverthehillcorrineanderic.blogspot.com/2021/01/fun-at-wolf-run-doctors-orders.html
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*DAZZLE YOURSELF AND OTHERS*Consider putting some fun goofiness into your biking and exercise those cheek muscles along with your leg muscles!
www.adventurecycling.org/blog/how-to-dazzle-yourself-and-everyone-you-meet/
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*BEAVER SPORTS THURSDAY RIDES*Beaver Sports has free Thursday Night fat bike rides! They start at 5pm at Beaver Sports. Call the store for more details (479-2494).
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*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/
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*FAST BPAC MEETING NEXT WEEK TO DISCUSS BIKE TRAFFIC LAW PROPOSAL*The Bike/Ped Advisory Committee for FAST meets next week via Zoom. The public is invited to attend.
Thursday, January 28, 5 PM – 7 PM
At this meeting a proposal to make changes to the Alaska Administrative Code will be discussed. A draft form of that proposal was presented at a recent Statewide Active Transportation Group meeting and shared on the Facebook group Road Biking Alaska. You can see the proposal here:
drive.google.com/file/d/1ovqd1PCSRyetHXNMnTPsRC0fmF2omxBx/view?usp=sharing
For those not on Facebook, Olivia Lunsford, transportation planner for Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation Planning, provided some clarifications about the document:
“The red text is the proposed/amended language in its most drafted form and has been developed by members of our Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) and Subcommittee. This document above is by no means a final or even official document, as it has not cycled through any of our three committees. The black text, aside from the whereas statements (the resolution pages), is existing language in the Alaska Administrative Code (AAC). We have been working with our BPAC on updating the language in the AAC sections above at our public meetings on 11/19/20, 12/17/20, and 01/07/21.
“The resolution to accompany the AAC revisions is intended to highlight that additional provisions are needed in the current code to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians using the roadway. ”
The Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) is advisory to the Technical Committee. These meetings are focused on pedestrian access and safety in Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation 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.
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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*FATBIKING, PACKRAFTING TO BRISTOL BAY*Interesting article about Bjørn Olson, who does some incredible biking adventures around Alaska.
prideofbristolbay.com/blogs/the-daily-catch/fatbiking-and-packrafting-to-bristol-bay-a-conversation-with-bjorn-olson
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*RIDE RECOMMENDATIONS?*The weekend is coming! Got any ride recommendations?
A ride down in the Goldstream Valley is always nice!
www.trailforks.com/trails/goldstream-valley-loop-97645/
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*BIKE FILM ENTRY DEADLINE COMING SOON*Got a film about biking? If so, submit it to the Filmed by Bike fest!
Shared from Filmed by Bike Jan 17 There are just a few days left to submit your film to the 19th Annual Filmed by Bike film fest!
Need a little extra time? Have a question? Contact Melina Coumas, our Films Manager. As a filmmaker herself (Melina specializes in celluloid experimental filmmaking) Melina is here to support our filmmakers through the EASY process of submitting a film to the festival. And ensuring it looks great on screen.
This year’s festival will be a virtual celebration once again, and we can’t wait to connect with our global community of bike and film lovers!
filmedbybike.org/
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*FREE ONLINE CYCLING LEARNING CENTER*The League of American Bicyclists has a free online Learning Center.
“There is a wide variety of methods to learn the material – videos, presentations, quizzes, worksheets, and more! No need to tackle it all at once, do as much as you have time to complete and come back to continue learning more.”
Shared from League of American Bicyclists Jan 15 It’s the grand opening of our new Learning Center! We’ve moved and upgraded our online learning tools to a more interactive platform. Now anyone can access our bike skills curriculum for free, from basic to advanced levels. This is a great way for you or your family and friends to hone your bike knowledge from the comfort of your home. Learn more about the new Learning Center: bikeleague.org/content/new-league-online-learning-portal-offers-free-bike-education-lessons
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*NEW CONVERT TO FATBIKING*Considering fatbiking but not sure about it? Read Alex’s story. She’s a new convert. She had reservations and wasn’t sure if it was for her, but now she’s all in!
www.goldstreamsports.com/2021/01/13/goldstream-sports-staff-member-becomes-newest-fairbanks-fat-bike-junkie/
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*BEAVER SPORTS THURSDAY RIDES*Beaver Sports has free Thursday Night fat bike rides! They start at 5pm at Beaver Sports. Call the store for more details (479-2494).
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*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
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*WHEN BIKEPACKING IS BACKPACKING*Wait, what?! When you said we were going bikepacking I thought you meant….
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Jan 15 Back in October, four friends took on a uniquely challenging crossing of California’s Sierra Nevada, which included a 30-mile hike through the mountains with their bikes strapped to their backs. Watch “The Long Way Around,” the 15-minute film about their trip here, along with an introduction by director Chris Burkard…
bikepacking.com/plog/long-way-around-film/
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*TANANA RIVER CHALLENGE REGISTRATION OPEN*The Tanana River Challenge registration is open! With the recent decision of the WM100 to not hold a race this year, the only two fatbike races in the Interior we know about will be this one and the Chena River to Ridge.
Shared from Tanana River Challenge Jan 14 Race registration opens Friday the 15th at 12 AM (which is tonight!). Be sure to sign up early, we expect it to fill up fast!
ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=82245
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*WHITE MOUNTAINS 100 NOT HELD THIS WINTER*FYI
Shared from White Mountains 100 Jan 14 After careful consideration and many discussions with key volunteers, we’ve decided not to hold the White Mountains 100, or any shorter alternative course, in 2021. We delayed the lottey as long as we could in hopes the case numbers would drop; however, they have remained fairly steady statewide. The health of our volunteers and racers are top priority and we couldn’t devise a way to safely social distance at our cabin checkpoints and shelters.
We will assess the situation in Fall 2021.
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*NATIONAL BIKE ADVOCACY GROUP INFO*The League of American Bicyclists is a nationwide biking advocacy group. If you’re curious about the group you can check out their latest magazine online. Also, the group organizes the National Bike Summit. That will be online this year started Feb 28. Registration is now open.
National Bike Summit info: bikeleague.org/summit
The American Bicyclist magazine (online version): https://issuu.com/bikeleague/docs/lab_magazine_sp20_v9_issuu
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*INTRO TO FATBIKING ARTICLE*Despite being written by someone in southern California, this article has some good info on fatbiking.
But this line raises a question: “Regardless of the exact snow conditions, both Ruff and Roe agree — you’ll never need to go above 10 psi.”
You can go higher, especially with our current conditions. (Heck, on some trails right now you could probably ride a road bike!) Some people go as high as 20 psi in Fairbanks. And it’s always better to start high and let out air if you need to. It’s a lot easier to let out air, that put more back in.
So, here’s the question: How high do you go with tire psi when trails are really hard-packed? Or do you just go by feel?
blog.gaiagps.com/winter-fat-tire-biking-guide/
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*BIKERAFTING GUIDE IN THE WORKS*You’ve heard of bikepacking. And packrafting. How about bikerafting?! Someone’s working on a guide for it! Alaskan adventurer Luc Mehl is promoting it. Sounds interesting. If that interests you, consider contributing to the IndieGoGo campaign: www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-bikeraft-guide-by-doom-lizzy#/
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*BIKEPACKING SCHOLARSHIP*If you watched the movie “Lael Rides Alaska” there was mention of a ride scholarship. Here’s a site with more info. And if you didn’t see the movie, here’s another chance! Below is a bit of information about the scholarship.
“This scholarship is intended to enable another woman to design and ride her own 1,000 mile Alaskan adventure in the summer of 2021. This scholarship is open to a woman (including femme, trans and non-binary) of any age with any level of bicycle touring experience. We are looking for positive energy and a strong desire to experience the remote roads of Alaska and have some fun.
“The recipient of the scholarship will receive a Specialized Diverge bicycle, Revelate Designs bikepacking bags, PEARL iZUMi apparel, a premium subscription to Komoot, Easton wheels, a Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM GPS, Big Agnes camping equipment, Rene Herse tires, an Ergon saddle, a year subscription to Bicycle Quarterly, Trail Butter, Hydro Flask hydration, and a $1,500 travel stipend provided by Easton.”
laelwilcox.com/2021/01/06/lael-rides-alaska-2021-femme-trans-womens-scholarship/
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*BIKER DOES COPPER BASIN 300*Impressive accomplishment!
Shared from Copper Basin 300 Sled Dog Race Jan 11 Bicyclist Kirby Spangler who did the 300 mile loop and just crossed the finish line on his fat tire bike! He left on Thursday and camped for four nights. Good job Kirby, you are tough!
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*KLUANE BIKE RACE GOES VIRTUAL*For those fans of the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay, it’s going virtual this year.
Shared from Rob N Rose WeltonJuneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club Jan 9 The Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay (KCIBR) executive and board of directors has been working hard since November 2020 to plan a safe event for 2021. We have good news – there will be a KCIBR this year that will be virtual. You will be able to choose your route near your home and we will reward your completion of the 2021 virtual KCIBR! More details to be released in February 2021, check www.kcibr.org or our Facebook page for details. Sincerely, KCIBR
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*THE RADAVIST*Here’s an interesting website. It’s called the Radavist. Tons of stuff about biking. It describes itself as:
A group of individuals who share a love of cycling and the outdoors. We will always stop for a photo, or to hit a jump. Rubber side up!
theradavist.com/
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*BEAVER SPORTS THURSDAY RIDES*Beaver Sports has free Thursday Night fat bike rides! They start at 5pm at Beaver Sports. Call the store for more details (479-2494).
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*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/