Fairbanks Cycle Club News

Post-season Tuesday Night MTB Ride – Birch Hill

The Tuesday Night MTB Rides are officially done, but the fun continues! We’re having a post-season ride on the Birch Hill Recreation Area trails. We meet at the Birch Hill Rec Area parking lot (far side) and start riding at 6 p.m. this Tuesday. Check out our 06/22 entry on our ride calendar for details. Bring your lights. We may need them.
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/rides/tuesday-night-mountain-bike-rides/

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Equinox Clean Up Ride, WOW report and more

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*EQUINOX MARATHON CLEAN UP RIDE ON SUNDAY*All right, y’all. We need a few people to help out with the Equinox Clean Up ride. It’s great fun and a worthy cause. This is a fundraiser for the club as well as a big help to the Equinox organizers. You’ll need a mountain bike or gravel bike. Who’s on board to help?
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/rides/equinox-marathon-clean-up-ride/
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*SIGN-ON LETTER FOR BIKE LEGISLATION*If you support legislation for an electric bicycle tax credit and a bike commuter benefit, People for Bikes has a sign on letter.
action.peopleforbikes.org/show-your-support-for-new-bicycling-tax-benefits/
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*BIKE/PED PATH TO BE ADDED ON RICHARDSON*Good news for those biking between Fairbanks and North Pole! From the News-Miner story:
Planning Commission Chairman John Perreault said the project offers an added bonus beyond safety. “One of the best things it does,” he said, “beyond the safety aspect of the overcrossing, is that it builds a critical section of bike and pedestrian path.”
The pathway, which will parallel the overpass on the north side, is the final segment that will link Fairbanks and North Pole via Badger Road for people on foot and on two wheels.
Currently, the Richardson Highway has no bicycle/pedestrian paths between Fairbanks and North Pole.
www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/major-project-for-the-richardson-highway-gets-a-green-light/article_944db45c-168b-11ec-b8d7-2357ab563474.html
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*END-OF-SEASON WOW REPORT*Here’s an end-of-the-season WOW report and photos from co-leader Corrine Leistikow. Sounds like they had a great season. Anyone out there wanting to join them next season?
WOW riders are the best. It was another great season. We had a main core of 9 riders, Erica, Susie, Kate, Heidi, Mallory, Maria, Anna, Kim, and Corrine with a few others occasionally showing up to ride. We did 21 rides, only missing the first one due to snow. I think we only had substantial rain on one ride. We only had 2 flats the entire season. We rode a total of 530 miles and I’m pretty sure it was the fastest season we’ve ever had with average speeds around 17-19 mph. We had a short easy ride tonight to Sam’s Thai for a fun get together and awards ceremony. Can’t wait to do it all again next year.
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*LAEL WILCOX GETS INTERVIEWED WHILE RIDING UPHILL*Highly entertaining interview with Alaska endurance cyclist Lael Wilcox. They do they interview while Lael’s riding a fixie and going uphill! Lots of interesting info about Lael.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Sept 15 In the latest episode of State Bicycle’s “Riding Fixed, Up Mountains, With Pros,” ultra-endurance athlete Lael Wilcox and State team rider Céline Oberholzer go for a double-summit ride up Rowena Pass in Oregon… and an attempt at a World Record. Watch this entertaining episode here… bikepacking.com/news/riding-fixed-up-mountains-lael-wilcox/
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*CYCLOCROSS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS*The cyclocross State Championships will be held in Anchorage on Oct 21 There will be another race on Oct 3 so you can make it a full weekend. Find out more here: arcticbicycleclub.org/
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*BIKE-HIKE MICROADVENTURE IN NOME CREEK VALLEY*Decisions! Decisions! Bike or hike? How about both?!
notquiteoverthehillcorrineanderic.blogspot.com/2021/09/decisions-decisions-microadventure-in.html
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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/

Tuesday Night MTB Ride — first post-season ride this Tuesday!

The Tuesday Night MTB Rides are officially done, but the fun continues! We’re having a post-season ride on the Skyline Ridge Park trails. We meet at Pearl Creek Elementary School and start riding at 6 p.m. this Tuesday. Check out our 06/08 entry on our ride calendar for details. Bring your lights. We may need them.
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/rides/tuesday-night-mountain-bike-rides/
P.S. The Equinox Marathon Clean Up Ride is this coming Sunday starting at noon. Check it out:
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/rides/equinox-marathon-clean-up-ride/

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Youth MTB clinic, Bike Your Park Day and more

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*YOUTH MOUNTAIN BIKE CLINIC*Calling all kids between 8 and 15 who want to mountain bike!
The Fairbanks Borough Parks and Rec Department and the Fairbanks Cycle Club are hosting the Fall Frolic Youth Mountain Bike Clinic, a one-day event in which participants will be able to learn basic bicycle maintenance, tackle an obstacle course, try their hand at challenging games, compete in fun races, and go on a scenic trail ride.
The event will be held Saturday, September 11, from noon to 4pm at Chena Lake Recreation Area. Participants need to register and need to be a member of the Fairbanks Cycle Club (one-day memberships are available).
Find out more here: tinyurl.com/fxn8cedt
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*BIKE YOUR PARK DAY*Want to participate in Bike Your Park Day on September 30? Any public land will do, such as Chena River State Rec Area, Tanana Lakes Rec Area, Chena Lake Rec Area, Skyline Ridge Park, Ester Dome Singletrack Trails, even Pioneer Park. Any other ideas?
Adventure Cycling Association Sept 10 What do you have planned for Bike Your Park Day? A state park, city park, nature reserve? Any public lands are your lands to explore.
www.adventurecycling.org/resources/blog/bike-your-park-day-not-just-for-national-parks/
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*C2R2 DATE SET*Chena River to Ridge has already set a date? A great 26- and 55-mile multi-endurance winter race, including biking!
Shared from Chena River to Ridge
CR2R 2022 will be Saturday, March 5. Registration opens January 1 at 8:00 a.m. Plan accordingly….we can’t wait to see you out there. More details to follow.
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*SAFE BIKING LOBBY OPPORTUNITY*The League of American Bicyclists has an easy way for people to lobby for environmental justice and safe bicycling in the reconciliation bill.
p2a.co/u6494wh
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*TRAILS CHALLENGE BY BIKE*There is still time to do the Fairbanks Summer Trails Challenge and you can do most of the trails by bike! The Trails Challenge ends September 30.
notquiteoverthehillcorrineanderic.blogspot.com/2021/09/2021-summer-trails-challenge-in-36-hours.html
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*CARIBOU HUNTING BY BIKE*Written last year, but still a good read for this time of year.
Shared from Bjørn Olson Sept 5 “In Alaska, 95% of the food found in grocery stores is imported from out of state. This importation comes at a high ecological cost, which is never factored into the price at the supermarket. Much of this food, produced halfway around the world, is also grown in nutrient-depleted soils, fertilized by petrochemical fertilizers, and often sprayed with glyphosate-based herbicides. Industrially raised livestock is pumped with hormones, antibiotics, and fed a diet of GMO grain, which radically alters and diminishes its nutritional value. Since 1991, the rate of obesity in Alaska has more than doubled, from 13% to 30% of our population. Type 2 diabetes has also more than doubled over the same period of time. For thousands of years, however, Alaska’s First People lived off this land and were beacons of health, strength, and endurance. That condition of vitality, coupled with a sense of connection to place, is what I am passionately seeking in my own life.”
bikepacking.com/plog/caribou-hunting-alaska/
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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/

Fall Frolic Youth Mountain Bike Clinic this Saturday!

Calling all kids between 8 and 15 who want to mountain bike!
The Fairbanks Borough Parks and Rec Department and the Fairbanks Cycle Club are hosting the Fall Frolic Youth Mountain Bike Clinic, a one-day event in which participants will be able to learn basic bicycle maintenance, tackle an obstacle course, try their hand at challenging games, compete in fun races, and go on a scenic trail ride.
The event will be held Saturday, September 11, from noon to 4pm at Chena Lake Recreation Area. Participants need to register and need to be a member of the Fairbanks Cycle Club (one-day memberships are available).
Find out more here: tinyurl.com/fxn8cedt

FCC Anti-social media newsletter:

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*YOUTH MOUNTAIN BIKE CLINIC*Calling all kids between 8 and 15 who want to mountain bike!
The Fairbanks Borough Parks and Rec Department and the Fairbanks Cycle Club are hosting the Fall Frolic Youth Mountain Bike Clinic, a one-day event in which participants will be able to learn basic bicycle maintenance, tackle an obstacle course, try their hand at challenging games, compete in fun races, and go on a scenic trail ride.
The event will be held Saturday, September 11, from noon to 4pm at Chena Lake Recreation Area. Participants need to register and need to be a member of the Fairbanks Cycle Club (one-day memberships are available).
Find out more here: tinyurl.com/fxn8cedt
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*BIKING AND ART*Here’s an idea! If you love art or are curious to try, mix it up with some biking, too!
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com
Are you a painter who loves to bikepack? Or a bikepacker who loves to paint? The Pocket Art Toolkit’s minimal and lightweight paint set comes with everything you need – from a miniature palette, room for a small watercolor notebook, and water brush. Botanical artist and bikepacker Emma Bucke takes one on her local mountain loop, to see what she can create…
bikepacking.com/gear/pocket-art-toolkit-review/
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*FIRST FAIRBANKS BICYCLE FRIENDLY BUSINESS?*Right now there is only one Alaska business on the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Business. And that business is in Anchorage. Anyone want to try to get the first Fairbanks business on the list?
Shared from League of American Bicyclists Aug 30 Looking for ways to suggest to your employer or favorite local business that they should consider supporting bicyclists, or get recognition for all the ways they already do? Download our printer-friendly BFB handout to help start the conversation: bikeleague.org/sites/default/files/BFB_Overview.pdf
P.s. the next deadline to apply for the Bicycle Friendly Business program is October 5th.
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*LEAGUE OUTLINES NEW INFRASTRUCTURE BILL*Shared from League of American Bicyclists Aug 30 Sometimes it feels like we have been talking about a federal infrastructure bill for years (okay, we have). Now, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill has passed the Senate and while it might not be perfect, it’s heading in the right direction. Read our latest blog for a breakdown of what’s included for better biking and walking and what’s to come » bikeleague.org/content/whats-happening-infrastructure-investment
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*DOT TO IMPROVE BIKE/PED ACCESS TO AIRPORT*”Plans are underway to lay an asphalt path along Wien Lake Road in front of the Fairbanks International Airport next summer to link people on foot and on bicycles to the terminals from Airport Way and from the neighborhood across the street from the airport.”
www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/path-for-pedestrians-and-bicyclists-to-reach-airport-terminals-planned-next-summer/article_dd4c8ab8-06c6-11ec-a4c6-0f81f85fb472.html
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*GROUP RIDES AROUND FAIRBANKS*Check out our Rides page for a variety of rides that are held each week in the Fairbanks area. There are road rides and mountain bike rides, fast rides and easy rides. Lots to choose from.
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/rides/
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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/

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Special Frank Soos Edition

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*SPECIAL EDITION*Frank Soos is one of the main reasons I started producing these anti-social newsletters. Frank did not do Facebook or other social media and encouraged me to find another way to get the news from Facebook out to other members who also didn’t do social media. I’ve heard from several people who appreciate these, so this issue of the anti-social newsletter is dedicated to Frank (who was private and an introvert, but definitely NOT anti-social). Thanks Frank! You will be sorely missed!
Eric

*REMEMBRANCES FOR FRANK SOOS*Long-time FCC member Frank Soos passed away last week. Frank was also very active in the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks. He was a long-time member of SCUM (Susan’s Class of Untrainable Men), which each summer trades in skis for bikes as the SOW (SCUM on Wheels). Frank could often be seen riding his bike along Goldstream Road. Two of his buddies have done remembrances for him. Read more here.
www.nscfairbanks.org/2021/08/23/remembrances-for-frank-soos/
Robert Hannon, host of KUAC’s Northern Soundings, has also posted an interview he did with Frank two years ago. Listen to it here:
fm.kuac.org/post/frank-soos-alaskan-ruminator
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*S&S COUPLER ARTICLE*Want to split your bike in half for travel? It can be done with an S&S coupler.
www.adventurecycling.org/blog/have-couplers-will-travel/
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*GROUP RIDES AROUND FAIRBANKS*Check out our Rides page for a variety of rides that are held each week in the Fairbanks area. There are road rides and mountain bike rides, fast rides and easy rides. Lots to choose from.
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/rides/
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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/

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Nenana-Rama, FAST BPAC meeting

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR RACE TO NENANA*The Nenana-Rama is coming up soon! There’s still time to register!
The Nenana-Rama isn’t being organized by the FCC, but we fully support it. A race to Nenana used to be a regular thing, so we’re just really glad someone has stepped up to bring it back! You can sign up now! There are both 50- and 100-mile versions.
www.eventbrite.com/e/nenana-rama-2021-50-100-mile-bike-race-registration-157307672483
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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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*BILL WOULD PROVIDE TAX CREDIT FOR E-BIKES*A bill that would provide a 30 percent tax credit on the purchase of e-bikes is under consideration in the US Senate. The hope is that the tax incentive will drive e-bike sales and encourage citizens to commute by bike rather than in their car.
matadornetwork.com/read/big-e-bike-tax-credit-may-make-bicycle-travel-lot-cheaper-easier/
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*INFRASTRUCTURE BILL AND BIKES*Here’s some info from Julius Adolfsson, the Statewide Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator, Rural Transit Planner:
August 10, the Senate passed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) 69-30. I’m sure some of you are wondering what this bill might mean for biking and walking if it passes the house without amendments.
Here are a few thoughts that different biking and walking organizations have on the bill.
www.bikeleague.org/content/bikes-bipartisan-infrastructure-bill
www.peopleforbikes.org/news/what-is-the-bipartisan-infrastructure-bill-and-what
americawalks.org/federal-policys-big-moment/
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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/

Volunteers sought for one-day youth mountain bike clinic

Would you like to help kids bike?
The Fairbanks Borough Parks and Recreation Department is planning a fun, one-day youth mountain biking clinic in September. The Fairbanks Cycle Club is helping out. For the clinic to happen, we need volunteers. A few have already stepped up, but we need a few more.
The clinic is tentatively planned for Saturday, Sept 11, to be held at Chena Lake Recreation Area. It will include an obstacle course, races and games, some sort of bike inspection/proper gear/minor maintenance/trail etiquette, and a group ride.
If you can help, please send an email to Eric Troyer, [email protected].
If this clinic is successful, the borough may start a summer-long program next year!
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