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2024 Pedal Powered People (PPP) Reports

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06-12-2024 PPP Report

Report by Monica

Although the official route tonight was out to Ester for 🍦, the dark clouds were not exactly screaming for ice cream. So Brenda Elmer, Leslee Fetterhoff, and I decided to switch things up and conquer the Polar Bear instead!

Within a couple miles, the sun started peeking through the clouds, and by the end of our ride, it was nothing but sunshine. Our polar bear definitely looks a little skinny and fresh out of hibernation, but it was a fun ride. We even took a slight detour just to give it an ear!

05-29-2024 PPP Report

Report by Ginny

PPP Ride #5 – Polar Bear Ride

With Monica nursing a Tahitian bug and Evee running a work commitment, I was left to lead the ride solo tonight (with the help of the amazing Brenda)!

I made the executive decision (who was going to argue with me?) to scrap tonight’s Polar Bear Ride (that I hadn’t at all memorized even though we practiced it a few weeks ago) and do NEXT week’s ride THIS week instead (Pioneer Park to Anne’s Green House pull-out via Johansen, Geist, Parks, Sheep Creek extension, Sheep Creek). That way, Monica & Evee will be back in the polar bear saddle next Wednesday!

Tonight’s PPP ride was more like a BBB ride! 13 Bad-Ass Bicycling Babes showed up to ride despite some of the darkest clouds I’ve seen in Fairbanks in a LONG time. Almost HALF of the group were new riders! With a blustery breeze picking up, we set off toward Anne’s Greenhouse with fingers-crossed for a dry ride.

Four of our bodacious boss-bitches sped ahead, making it to the pullout and back home at a blistering pace, while I stayed with the rest of the pack.

Three brilliant buff barracudas peeled off at Sheep Creek Extension and headed back to Pioneer Park by riding through the University. I later heard they had a great shared conversation.
The remaining five brave boundless lady-beasts, full of self-doubt, rallied boldly to Anne’s Greenhouse pullout. For a few gals, this was only their first or second ride of the season, and one of our femme fatales was on a brand new 4-month-old knee!

To say that I was blown away and proud of every single one of these ladies tonight would be an understatement.

Against a steady headwind, the -1% grade heading back toward UAF still made us all blast off like blistering bullets.

On the way back through the University, one decided it was easiest to get home by riding straight down College Road and 3 others kept straight on University Ave. to their homes toward Sophie Station.

Even though all of these beauties broke free at different spots along the ride, everyone would agree that it couldn’t have been a more perfect night for a bike ride with friends (new and old).

As the last of the group and I loaded up our bikes and got into our cars, the sky opened up and all of those pent-up rain came flooding down. We got lucky! Thanks to everyone who rode tonight and for making it a really great ride! I can’t wait for the next one.

05-22-2024 PPP Report

Report by Evee

What started off as 8 grew to 11 along the way to Musher’s Hall. Neal was dealing with a flat riding to the ride, so we picked him and his kiddos up on the way out to Mushers.

Although the hills seemed big, and the grumbles grew as the hills did, the group proved they lived up to the name, and used the Pedal Power to conquer the hills.

There were several cramps along the way, but that didn’t stop the group from making it to Musher’s. While there, we snapped the obligatory group photo, then Evee seemingly took a picture of Anna? But really, it was a fun mountain view with the way the light was playing off the mountains and clouds.

One awkward apology later, we were on our way back. For an “out and back” ride, there were at least 4 separate routes traveled. Matt kept picking up extra miles, some folks rode the route as intended, Neal pulled off early to head home and avoid the potential downpour the clouds looked ready to give.

The majority of the group stopped at Hot Licks. From there, a couple folks rode back to Pioneer Park, and the rest rode straight home.

All in all, a fun but blustery ride. 10 out of 10 would recommend.

05-15-2024 PPP Ride Report

Report by Ginny

Eleven lucky riders, led by Monica, were treated to what might’ve been the most beautiful nights since the leaves popped.

In the warmth of the evening sun, we set off on a mission to round the airport and finish the ride at Black Spruce Brewing. Ginny brought the pretzels!

Although breezier than some folks would prefer, the sky couldn’t have been bluer. When the group came back together near the new bike path in front of Compeau’s, Ginny took to the front of the pack and led the group on a mile of silence to honor and remember our fellow cyclists who have been killed or injured by motorists.

Pedaling around the start of the airport was a slog thanks to a gnarly headwind, however, when we all rounded the corner we felt like speed demons with the wind at our backs. Richard unfortunately had his 2nd flat of the season and decided to head back early.

The last bit of Van Horn led us to the brewery where most of us treated ourselves to a beverage of choice, while Ariane and I gobbled down delicious Gyros from Meg’s Tasty Treats food truck.

Welcome to the four new folks that came out tonight and I can’t wait to see who shows up next Wednesday.

This week’s ride route.

PPP Ride Report 05/08/2024

Poetic report by Brittany Karns:

Twelve bikers set off tentatively into the rain

The luck was with us, quickly the sun came out again

Unfortunately a flat tire made Richard for cookies late

But we very much enjoyed biking Fairbanks largest figure eight!

05-01-2024 PPP Report

When the snow flurries were blowing earlier in the day, I certainly had reservations about how this first ride would go. But thankfully the sun came out and so did the riders! It was a bit on the chilly side still, and when the wind hit, it definitely made for some cold fingers.

We had a relatively short ride last night, 8.5 miles, just to break in the overwintered bikes and bodies. There were lots of smiles at the end, and I’m happy to report that no one had any mechanical difficulties (which is the way we like it!) We had 12 riders last night, which is fantastic for a first ride, and I’d like to thank everyone who came out. Hope to see you all (plus your one friend per Ginny Kinne) next week!

Now, make sure you log all those miles from yesterday into Love to Ride for the Fairbanks Cycle Club!

2024 WOW Ride Reports

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06-12-2024: WOW Ride #9 Windy, Warm and no Rain

Report by Corrine

Tonight’s ride was out the Parks to the Monument then down to Cripple Creek and up Isberg and down Chena Ridge. We got lucky with the weather. It was smoky and rainy this morning, but conditions improved as the day progressed. By the time our ride started there were patches of sunny sky all around us. And even though it was quite windy with headwinds the first half, we never got rained on. We had 5 WOW riders tonight, one was new and one was returning after a 5-year hiatus in which she had 2 kids and built a house! Welcome back, Carolyn!

The 2 newbies realized quickly that they wouldn’t be able to keep up, so they did a shorter ride and had a lot of fun. They called themselves the JV WOW, but I think we can come up with a better name! In fact, there are several women that are slightly slower than the fast-paced WOW riders. If you are interested in having a second WOW group going out at the same time but doing a slightly shorter and less intense ride, let Erica or me know. We would need 4-6 women to commit to coming fairly frequently so there would always be at least 2 to ride together. It would be great to have a slightly slower group of women that starts with us.

But back to the ride. As we started up the long climb to the Parks Monument, I waved Erica and Kenzie to go past me. Erica said, “No thanks, I’m going to ride chill for a little while longer before going harder.” What? My go-as-hard-as -I-possibly-can-up-this-hill pace was chill for her?! Oh well, a few moments later, she turned on the gas and she and Kenzie outpaced me up the hill although not by as much as I expected.

After taking a photo at the monument, we bombed back down the Parks. It was a little scary as there were some patches of gravel on the shoulder that I took at a pretty fast speed. I did redeem myself by getting down the hill faster than the other two at least.

After summitting Isberg, with me once again lagging behind, we headed down Chena Ridge. I had checked this morning on the way in to work, and the paving was finished – although the lines hadn’t been painted on yet. It sure was fun to bomb down on new, smooth pavement. Woohoo!

Just as we crossed Geist to finish our ride through the subdivision and back to UAF, I got a text from the other two. They had finished their ride. They ended up turning onto Cripple Creek, instead of going to the monument, for a total of 19 miles and had a great time together. And decided they would come back to ride together when they were in town. So if there are other slightly less fast JV WOW’s out there, let me know. And let’s come up with a better name for you guys, too!

Stats:
Distance: 27.5 miles
Avg speed: 16.2 mph
Elevation Gain: 1978 feet – a pretty climby ride
Maximum speed: 42.5 mph on that sweet new pavement

06-05-2024: WOW Ride #8 – Riders of the Storm

Report by Erica

Only three of us (Corrine, Mallory and I) showed up. There were storm clouds about and threats of rain and potential hail. Looking towards Farmers Loop it looked fine. We set out for the planned ride (Farmers Lp, McGrath, Old Steese, Goldstream and back by Sheep Crk).

We rode a nice temp pace in dry weather until the fire station in Goldstream. There it started raining, hailing and raining more. The wind which had been strong the whole ride, was stronger. Mallory and I saw lightning flashes out towards Murphy Dome and Ester. By the time we got to Ballaine we opted to take it, as the storm was right over where we were planning to ride. By this point we had put rain jackets on but were soaked anyways. Ballaine had experienced some very heavy rains.

Made it back to UAF as the last of the storm passed. We were three dirty storm riders. We still enjoyed the ride! Despite getting soaked and dirty.

Average speed: 17.5 mph
Distance: -27 miles
Max speed: 50.3 mph (Mallory)

05-29-2024: WOW ride # 7

Report by Corrine

WOW Wait for No One!

We had to change our route due to the repaving of Chena Ridge. We did not want to ride uphill with a pilot car and traffic and 2 miles of gravel. Instead, we decided to do the flat, but fun ride around the airport. We went rogue last year on one ride and did it. It ended up being a super fun, fast ride. So, we decided to do it again tonight.

7 WOW showed up to ride in spite of the ominous dark clouds and gusty winds that were getting closer. I had a weather alert for strong thunderstorms from 5-8 PM. Oh, oh! Maria checked her weather app and it looked like the worst of the thunderstorms would be passing south of us. We decided to go for it, we could always turn around if the weather got bad.

Spoiler alert, although we had wicked winds with strong gusts, we never got rained on. Even the women who biked from home made it back home before the rain hit. The weather gods were definitely smiling down on us tonight!

We started out with a nice paceline with everybody taking short pulls due to the strong headwinds. Just after I got to the back of the line I heard pssst from my tire. Oh, no! I must have hit something and have a flat. I yelled at Erica who was in front of me, and I think she yelled to others, but they all kept going. I guess WOW wait for no one, not even their leader with a mechanical. I stopped but my tire was fully inflated. I started riding again and heard the pssst again. I stopped again and realized my brake was rubbing. I quickly adjusted it but by then the group was long gone.

Nothing to do but get aero, put my head down and ride as hard as I could to catch them. Unfortunately, I rode so hard that I missed the turn to Van Horn and didn’t realize it until I was almost at Fred Meyer by Airport Way. Dang! I turned around, texted Erica, “Where are you?” and started back again. As I got to Van Horn, I wondered where they were. Looking ahead I could barely see a rider in the distance and a bright orange shirt past her. That must be them. I put my head down and kept riding as hard as I could.

I finally caught Erica who had gotten dropped and I pulled her along until we got over the bridge. We didn’t know which way the group had gone back, but Erica and I decided to ride the broken-up bike path back to the Geist/Parks Hwy intersection. We were able to make the light there without stopping and as we did, I could see the others ahead on the bike path. I turned back on the speed, dropping Erica (sorry Erica!) and tried to catch them. I caught them just as we were about back at the parking lot (mainly because they slowed down a little)! I basically time trialed over two-thirds of the ride.

Everybody was back except Jordan. I hadn’t seen her at all. We got a little worried so split up and rode back to find her. The other group found her on Loftus. She didn’t even slow down as she was noticing the dark clouds and wanted to get home before the storm let loose. I texted with her later and she had a nice, mostly solo ride tonight and made it home dry.

I promise, next time I’ll make sure the fast ones wait up occasionally to pick up the stragglers. They did tell me they wondered where I was but then decided that I would be okay regardless, as I was the leader. Thanks for the vote of confidence! You did force me to go really hard with no breaks tonight! And glad my mechanical was a non-issue.

Distance: 22 miles
Avg speed: 18.7 mph – would have been faster if the winds weren’t so crazy!
Elevation gain: 230 feet!

05-22-2024: WOW Ride #6 – Old Nenana Ride

Report by Maria

It was a small group for this evening’s ride up the Old Nenana Highway. The group consisted of our fearless leader Erica, Hannah, Mallory and myself. We all met at the Ester community park with Mallory. She arrived right at 6 after battling a headwind all the way from Goldstream Sports.

We joked about doing an easy ride, but who are we kidding? This is WOW. We don’t do easy.
A grueling pace was set right out of the gate. When our fearless leader, Erica, got in the front she took the pace up a few notches! The four of us stayed in a tight group for the long uphill that marks the first 3.8 miles of Old Nenana. Thank goodness Hannah pulled me along near the end, otherwise I would have been dropped!

When we were nearing the top of the first section of the hill – Erica’s front tire bumped into Mallory’s rear tire, and BAM! Down Erica went! Hannah narrowly missed running over Erica and partially fell herself. I narrowly missed the pile up by a few inches! Erica did get some road rash, but was otherwise okay. After we made sure Erica was okay and her bike was operational, she decided to finish the remaining section of the hill before returning to her car early. This is why Erica is our fearless leader!

Hannah, Mallory and I pounded out the remainder of the Old Nenana ride; averaging 13 mph for the whole climb. Once we got to the intersection of Old Nenana and the Parks we decided to turn around early since we didn’t have our fearless leader to lead us! On the way back, the battery for Mallory’s wireless shifters started to die and she was stuck in her lowest gear! Hard to keep up with WOW if you can’t shift! Luckily her shifters came back to life and she was able to shift up for the downhill. Mallory then proceeded to smoke Hannah and me, clocking the max speed for the ride at 40 mph.

Average Speed: 16 mph
Total Distance 18.9 miles

05/15/2024: WOW Ride #5 War of Murphy Dome Road

Report by Jordan

WOW vs potholes and headwinds both ways.

Six of us started from UAF. We pulled away in a quick pace line and stayed together until the turn to Murphy Dome Road. On the first few hills, Kenzie took the line at a “don’t get dropped” pace and unfortunately Alex had to fend for herself with the brutal head wind. The rest of us managed to stay together and mostly avoided the potholes.

We regrouped at the top of Murphy dome and looked forward to a tailwind, which never came. We all stayed together on the way back!

Stats:
Average speed: 19.9
Top speed: 40mph!
30 miles!

05/08/2024: WOW Ride #4 Parks/Isberg/Chena Ridge

We had some sprinkles and some wind and some sun and some clouds but overall, it was a nice night for our WOW ride. And warm enough for shorts, too. 8 WOW showed up but only 6 of us rode together. Kim was back again but decided she wasn’t quite in biking shape so rode the loop by herself. A new WOW, Abby, showed up but also decided not to ride with us. She has a new TT bike and hadn’t ridden it outside yet so was nervous about riding in a group. Hopefully she gets it figured out and comes back.

Hannah definitely was feeling spunky tonight. She led us out around the roundabout and then immediately laid down the hammer and picked up the pace to about 25 mph. I could barely hold on. She must have had some nervous energy tonight, maybe due to her upcoming job interview! After we turned onto Gold Hill Road, Mallory took the lead and slowed down the pace enough that I was able to hang on up the first slight uphill. I did get dropped on the second hill but not by too much and we all continued up the Parks Highway together.

I was a little behind on the uphill again, but everybody waited for me on Cripple Creek. I decided to just keep going and didn’t stop as I knew they would all catch me going up Isberg. Just as I whizzed by, I noticed that Jordan was taking off her jacket. Oh, oh, that would take a bit more time to pack it away. I should have stopped but by then it was too late. Hannah waited for Jordan, but everybody else took off in a sprint after me and they all caught me before we turned up Isberg.

I kept expecting Hannah and Jordan to pass me, too, but they never did. In fact, after we summited Isberg, we still had to wait a couple of more minutes and were just starting to get worried when they showed up. It ended up that Hannah was going so fast, she missed the turn onto Isberg and Jordan followed her so they got some bonus mileage! And then later, while leading the charge through the subdivision across Chena Pump, she missed the turn onto Steelhead to get on the bike path back to UAF. Her mind must have been elsewhere tonight as I don’t think she is directionally challenged!

All in all, it was another fast and fun WOW ride.
Stats:
Distance: 20 miles
Avg speed: 17.4 mph (And I was the slowest rider! The others were a little faster)
Elevation gain: 1280 feet
Fastest speed: 43.3 mph by Mallory going down Chena Ridge

05/01/2024: WOW Ride #3 – The Super Windy Ride

Sunny, temps started out in the 40’s but dropped to the 30’s by the end. Had every kind of wind, head wind, tail wind, and cross wind. But we are WOW so we weren’t about to let some wind ruin our speed!

There were 7 of us who started the ride: Corrine, Erica, Maria, Jordan, Hannah, Mallory and Hazel. (This was Hazel’s first WOW ride. She had all the power to keep up, but her bike chain kept coming off! We had to leave her behind to finish the ride solo. Hopefully she fixes the issue and comes back!)

We set out towards Miller Hill with a brisk pace. I got dropped on route to Miller Hill (silly wind) but managed to catch Corrine on the climb. We regrouped before going down Yankovich and up Ballaine. Going down Ballaine towards Goldstream I got dropped and with the wind, was fighting hard to catch up. Luckily we regrouped on Goldstream but as we all took off, we dropped Corrine.

We pedaled fast to Old Steese where we paused to make sure Hazel was ok. By this time her chain had fallen off a few times. We blasted up Old Steese, then down McGrath. We paused briefly to regroup and rode a nice paceline back to UAF. Hannah peeled off to go home, but she rode to UAF for a warm up.

Really fun but tough ride! Hopefully more ladies will come out next week. Meet location will be 6 pm at UAF.

Stats:
Distance: ~30 miles
Average speed: 16.7 mph
Fastest speed: 41.2 mph (goes to Mallory). Jordan was second fastest at 37 mph.

04/24/2024: WOW ride #2 – Farmer’s Loop/McGrath/Old Steese

It was a warm and beautiful April evening for our 2nd WOW ride. Several new women came out to join us and we started with nine riders total – one of our biggest rides – including three Manley sisters.

I was totally overdressed for the over 60F temperatures, I should have brought shorts instead of thermal tights, but I had to pack clothes before work and it was cool this morning. Oh well, maybe that’s my excuse for not keeping up. We started out at a brisk pace through campus and then out Farmer’s Loop Road with a nice pace line. As I dropped back after my pull up front, Kenzie pulled ahead and really notched up the pace. We had been going around 21 mph, but she took it up to 23 mph. I could not hang on at the back. A few others got dropped but were able to surge to catch back on the train but not me. I knew I would get dropped up McGrath hill but didn’t expect it on mostly flat terrain. Oh well, nothing to do but keep pedaling as hard as I could.

The group waited at the bottom of McGrath, but I whizzed by them, knowing they would pass me again soon. And they did. The main pack stayed together until the climbing got a little steeper. Then we all got a little spread out but regrouped at the top.

We then bombed down the Old Steese staying in a pace line. There was one car behind us who did not pass us for a couple of miles. Nikki shared a Facebook post with me later from the driver showing a photo of us and her saying it wasn’t safe to pass us on a double yellow line. We had tried to wave her past as we could see it was clear ahead, but she didn’t pass until there was a dotted line. It kind of weirded us out that somebody was just following behind us for so long. Most drivers just buzz by giving us a little room. I wasn’t sure if somebody was going to harass us or what the story was. I guess I’m glad she thought about safety. There have been too many times when drivers have been very rude and making dangerous moves when passing us.

Back on Farmer’s Loop, we got back in our pace line and made quick time on our way back. I knew I would get dropped on the slight rise, and I did along with Alex. I tried to catch back on and finally Alex got in her aero bars and put down the power and pulled us back up. Unfortunately, she burned a lot of matches and dropped off again, but Mallory was nice enough to pull her back up to the group again. I love WOW women! We ride fast but we do help each other, too.

I can NOT believe how fast this group is becoming. Most of the group averaged 18.8 mph. I was surprised that even with getting dropped for half the time and not having a pace line, I was able to average 18.1 mph, the same speed as 2 years ago when we last did this ride and I didn’t get dropped.

Distance: 25.75 miles
Fastest avg speed – Olivia at 19.1 mph
Fastest speed: 44.6 mph by Mallory
Elevation gain: 1300 feet

05-22-2024 PPP Report

By Evee:

What started off as 8 grew to 11 along the way to Musher’s Hall. Neal was dealing with a flat riding to the ride, so we picked him and his kiddos up on the way out to Mushers.

Although the hills seemed big, and the grumbles grew as the hills did, the group proved they lived up to the name, and used the Pedal Power to conquer the hills.

There were several cramps along the way, but that didn’t stop the group from making it to Musher’s. While there, we snapped the obligatory group photo, then Evee seemingly took a picture of Anna? But really, it was a fun mountain view with the way the light was playing off the mountains and clouds.

One awkward apology later, we were on our way back. For an “out and back” ride, there were at least 4 separate routes traveled. Matt kept picking up extra miles, some folks rode the route as intended, Neal pulled off early to head home and avoid the potential downpour the clouds looked ready to give.

The majority of the group stopped at Hot Licks. From there, a couple folks rode back to Pioneer Park, and the rest rode straight home.

All in all, a fun but blustery ride. 10 out of 10 would recommend.

05-22-2024 WOW Ride – Old Nenana Ride

By Maria

It was a small group for this evening’s ride up the Old Nenana Highway. The group consisted of our fearless leader Erica, Hannah, Mallory and myself. We all met at the Ester community park with Mallory. She arrived right at 6 after battling a headwind all the way from Goldstream Sports.

We joked about doing an easy ride, but who are we kidding? This is WOW. We don’t do easy.
A grueling pace was set right out of the gate. When our fearless leader, Erica, got in the front she took the pace up a few notches! The four of us stayed in a tight group for the long uphill that marks the first 3.8 miles of Old Nenana. Thank goodness Hannah pulled me along near the end, otherwise I would have been dropped!

When we were nearing the top of the first section of the hill – Erica’s front tire bumped into Mallory’s rear tire, and BAM! Down Erica went! Hannah narrowly missed running over Erica and partially fell herself. I narrowly missed the pile up by a few inches! Erica did get some road rash, but was otherwise okay. After we made sure Erica was okay and her bike was operational, she decided to finish the remaining section of the hill before returning to her car early. This is why Erica is our fearless leader!

Hannah, Mallory and I pounded out the remainder of the Old Nenana ride; averaging 13 mph for the whole climb. Once we got to the intersection of Old Nenana and the Parks we decided to turn around early since we didn’t have our fearless leader to lead us! On the way back, the battery for Mallory’s wireless shifters started to die and she was stuck in her lowest gear! Hard to keep up with WOW if you can’t shift! Luckily her shifters came back to life and she was able to shift up for the downhill. Mallory then proceeded to smoke Hannah and me, clocking the max speed for the ride at 40 mph.

Average Speed: 16 mph
Total Distance 18.9 miles

Tuesday Night MTB Ride Reports 2024

06/11/2024 TNR-MTB Ride Report – Skarland 12-Mile Skootch

Report by Eric

Dancing with a Storm

The dark clouds looked ominous. We were supposed to head in that direction. The forecast had called for scattered showers and thunderstorms, but most of that activity was supposed to be farther east. Ah well, nothing to do but forge ahead and hope.

We got luck for quite a while. The first thunder and lightning was far away. Garrett counted it out.

Fearless leader Eric got the group split up early on, but was able to find the lost souls. (Or was Eric lost?) Then once we got out to Ballaine Road he got Equinox Marathon on the brain and started to follow that route. He probably would have kept going, except that Ben knew things weren’t right and started asking questions. Oh yeah, we’re doing the Skarland 12-Mile! Fortunately, all we had to do was get on the other side of Ballaine.

There we found the commuter trail in the woods. Eric stopped at the power line trail and longingly looked down into the swamp, but Ben and Nikki had already ridden ahead to Herreid Road. Eric mentioned the swamp to the rest of the group, hoping for some eager faces, but he saw none and decided it was better to keep the group together anyway.

Somehow we picked up a black lab companion that wasn’t too bike savvy. It had no collar. Nikki took a pic and posted it in a Facebook lost pets page.

Above Pearl Creek Elementary School we could see the thunderstorm had showered the area just before we got there. That made the power line climb a nasty mud climb. Traction was an issue. Even walking. Fortunately, we all made it up to the rooty trail. Ah, yes, wet roots. Love it!

The thunderstorm was now booming and flashing lightning a lot closer, but it still wasn’t right above us. Then we came across piles of hail in the trail. Just missed that one, too! We did get some light showers now and again, but nothing bad.

We made it to the top of Ballaine with doofus dog still accompanying us. Fortunately, on the other side he must have recognized something, because quit following us and headed back.

We made it to the Large Animal Research Station (Musk Ox Farm) and noticed that the wood bison were gone. Off to be reintroduced into the wild!

By then we had gotten more showers, but still not horrible. We crossed Yankovich and made the rooty climb. Gotta love those wet roots! At the top, we bombed down and took the really rooty trail over to the T-Field. (Eric decided not to take the group down into the swamp and across Smith Lake. What a nice guy!)By then we were in a steady rain. So…more wet roots! Yay!

From the T-Field we headed straight back to the cars. Everyone was soaked. Chips and drinks were had, but conversation was short. Tony noticed the skies over his house looked sunny. Shoulda done the Rosie Creek ride this week!

Pics by Jonathan, Matt, Ben and Eric

Getting off Ballaine Road
Jonathon and the rest on Herreid Road
Nikki and the dog
Finally, done with the mud!
Hail on the trail!
Hail on the trail – closeup!
The group at the Musk Ox Farm (minus Dean’s head)

06/04/2024 TNR-MTB Ride Report – Skyline Ridge Skedaddle

Report by Eric

With 13 riders we were bound for some bad luck, fortunately it was all minor. And the good luck outweighed the bad by far!

After some drenching downpours in late afternoon, the rain stopped a little before our ride start. The trails were damp and the roots slick, but we the rain also cooled the air a bit, which was nice since this ride starts with a lot of climbing.

Some were new to the route, so we got to introduce them to some fun stuff, like the climb up Death Gully hill (aka Skarland Downhill Ski Slope) early on. And some chose the to take root-filled Deep Secret to Ski Boot Hill while others chose the Skyline Ridge Connector.

We took Skyline Ridge Trail to the top, bombed down Secret Trail, back up Skyline, then down After Hours, up Overtime, down Heart of Darkness, then back to Pearl Creek Elementary School via the Moose Trail to La Rue Lane trail and Skarland Trails.
(All these trails can be found on Trail Forks.)

The skeeters weren’t too bad unless you stopped. But if you kept moving, they were fine. The wet roots, however (and there are many especially on Secret, After Hours, and HOD), proved challenging. We had a lot of tree-huggers on the ride last night! Fortunately, we got back to the start with only a little blood.

Several people biked to the start and then biked home! That’s impressive!

Trail Forks
https://www.trailforks.com/region/skyline-ridge-park-33981/

Photos by Matt and Ben

05/28/2024 TNR-MTB Ride Report – RoČ™ie Creek Ramble

Report by Eric

Tony started leading this ride since ride leader Eric was late (helping a friend with an emergency). But Tony knows these trails well, so the group was in good hands.

Eric caught up when the group was at an intersection. Take the high and dry road or go through the swamp? Eric encouraged the group toward the swamp, but they would have none of it. The high road it is!

We did what is becoming the standard for this ride: Flodin Road – Viereck’s Loop – back to Flodin – Harrington’s Long Shot – Alden’s Pine Road – Lookout – Otter Slide – and Alden’s Pine Road back to the beginning. (They are all on Trail Forks: https://tinyurl.com/59p76uyd.) Only this time, Tony showed us a little trail that runs just below Long Shot all the way to the Beaver Slide and Lake Trail. Rideable, if a bit brushy in places. Eric was excited because it had some swamp! We learned it is called Live Trap.

In the past we had made this trip wetter and longer by dropping down onto the Rosie Creek Winter Trail, a good swampy slog fest! Eric asked several times for takers, but no one wanted to go swamping. Nikki did some swamping, but that’s because she started from home in the Rosie Creek subdivision and peeled off when we got to the lowest intersection to head back home. She sent a pic of her bike in swamp, which made Eric sad that he wasn’t there.

The big long climb up Alden’s is a tough one. Some were huffing and puffing and talking about needing to get into shape (naming no names here). We are happy to help kick some butts into shape on these rides!

All in all, a great ride. Cool temps, few bugs, and no rain.

Photos by Nikki and Eric

Evan on the new-to-us trail
Nikki finishing up the new-to-us trail, which apparently is called Live Trap
Getting ready to head down Lookout
Slogging up Alden’s Pine Road – ufda!
The last climb to the parking lot
Nikki’s bike in delicious swamp!

05/21/2024 TNR-MTB Ride Report – Bonanza Bluffquest

Had a great first Tuesday Night MTB Ride last night! We had 10 total riders. Some regulars from past years and some new faces, too!

Bonanza forestry road is in good shape. We headed down, down, down to the Tanana River. Fortunately, as we approached the river, we ran into some big puddles. Some even looked a bit like swamps, so Eric was happy. We got to ride some old-style corduroy road, too!

We took a look at the river and lingered only until the skeeters found us. Took them a while. It’s still just the big, slow ones. So they didn’t bother use when we were moving, even on the long climb back to the parking area.

But first we took a quick side trip to the bluff and its amazing views.

We discussed possibilities for making this route a bit more interesting. It will take a trail clearing/making party or two. We’ll see if we can get them organized.

If you like to mountain bike, check out our schedule HERE.

Next week: Rosie Creek Ramble

WOW Ride #5 War of Murphy Dome Road

If you are a woman who likes to go fast on your road bike, consider joining WOW. Find out more about WOW rides HERE.

Report by Jordan

WOW vs potholes and headwinds both ways.

Six of us started from UAF. We pulled away in a quick pace line and stayed together until the turn to Murphy Dome Road. On the first few hills, Kenzie took the line at a “don’t get dropped” pace and unfortunately Alex had to fend for herself with the brutal head wind. The rest of us managed to stay together and mostly avoided the potholes.

We regrouped at the top of Murphy dome and looked forward to a tailwind, which never came. We all stayed together on the way back!

Stats:
Average speed: 19.9
Top speed: 40mph!
30 miles!

05-15-2024 PPP Ride Report

Report by Ginny

Eleven lucky riders, led by Monica, were treated to what might’ve been the most beautiful nights since the leaves popped.

In the warmth of the evening sun, we set off on a mission to round the airport and finish the ride at Black Spruce Brewing. Ginny brought the pretzels!

Although breezier than some folks would prefer, the sky couldn’t have been bluer. When the group came back together near the new bike path in front of Compeau’s, Ginny took to the front of the pack and led the group on a mile of silence to honor and remember our fellow cyclists who have been killed or injured by motorists.

Pedaling around the start of the airport was a slog thanks to a gnarly headwind, however, when we all rounded the corner we felt like speed demons with the wind at our backs. Richard unfortunately had his 2nd flat of the season and decided to head back early.

The last bit of Van Horn led us to the brewery where most of us treated ourselves to a beverage of choice, while Ariane and I gobbled down delicious Gyros from Meg’s Tasty Treats food truck.

Welcome to the four new folks that came out tonight and I can’t wait to see who shows up next Wednesday.

This week’s ride route.

WoodRiver School Celebrates Bike Week!

Last week, Woodriver Elementary School celebrated Bike to Work Week with its own Bike to School Week rides. Every morning, parents brought Woodriver students to the Pump House’s parking lot to mass and prepare for rides led by their PE teacher, Mr. Armstrong, and with Woodriver staff members serving as crossing guards to make sure they safely pedalled alongside the Chena Pump Road bike path to school.

Attendance started at around 45, with numbers of riders increasing every day to the record of 103 young cyclists by Friday morning! Kids had fun, with some road runners reaching the school in under 5 minutes. Overall, kids enjoyed it and a was a great way for everyone to start their day!

PPP Ride Report 05/08/2024

Poetic report by Brittany Karns:

Twelve bikers set off tentatively into the rain

The luck was with us, quickly the sun came out again

Unfortunately a flat tire made Richard for cookies late

But we very much enjoyed biking Fairbanks largest figure eight!

Letter to Borough Assembly in Support of FNBS Parks and Rec Department

The Fairbanks Cycle Club Board of Directors sent the below email to Assembly members on 05-09-2024. However you feel about the budget, please consider writing to the Assembly to let them know. People can comment to the Assembly a couple of ways:

Email Sent to Assembly

Dear Assembly Members,

The Fairbanks Cycle Club would like to advocate for the Parks and Recreation Department in this budget cycle (no pun intended!).

The department supports cycling in the Fairbanks area several ways. It maintains parks that are used by many cyclists, such as Skyline Ridge Park, and Tanana Lakes, Chena Lake, Isberg, and Birch Hill Recreation Areas. Other borough-maintained areas that allow cycling include Pioneer Park, Growden Park (including the skate park), and the Carlson Center parking lot (a portion of which is now temporarily reserved for biking). We understand that parts of the Chena River path are maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department. These are all great places for people to cycle, especially for children who are just learning to cycle.

Additionally, the recently revised and adopted Comprehensive Recreational Trail Plan will help guide the department in working to improve our local trails and access to them.

The department has also put on many events that help get people out cycling, like the Winter Bike Panel, Winter Biking 101, and several Bike-to-Work-Week events held last year. As a club we put on several rides that take advantage of borough-maintained properties.

Cycling helps improve our community. It helps people be happier and healthier by getting outside to exercise. Plenty of studies have shown that both exercise and spending time in nature help improve physical and mental health. Cycling can also help reduce congestion on our roads and improve our air quality. A bike takes up far less room than a car and emits no pollutants. Cycling also helps our economy through outdoor retail sales and by providing opportunities for visitors.

We would like to see the budget for the Parks and Recreation Department increased so that it can help more people get outside exercising. Our borough trails could use work and our population could benefit from more cycling programs. A pump track would be a wonderful addition to one of our local parks!

However, we also understand that budgets are tight right now. We are pleased that Mayor Bryce Ward has called for a stable budget for the department. We hope that when voting on the overall budget that you will support the Parks and Recreation Department.

Thank you for your service!

Eric Troyer
FCC President