Fairbanks Cycle Club News

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: New group rides, Unbound Gravel attempt

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*NEW LOW-KEY FCC ROAD RIDES (AND OLD SCUM RIDES)*The first ride of the new FCC Low-Key Road Rides is tonight.
Want to learn to ride in a group setting, but not sure about FCC group rides? Do you have a teen who is interested in biking? Like-minded friends? Do you and your family want to join a group ride?
Bring your road bike and a helmet to the UAF Patty Center parking lot on Wednesdays at 5pm. Rides will be about one hour long, 10-15 miles and hills are expected. If that sounds fun and doable, you are invited to come! FCC membership is required. For more information, contact Greg at 371-9028.
Note: the group will meet this Wednesday, June 9, then take a break for June 16 before starting in regularly for the rest of the season.
The SCUM rides on Sundays are also low-key road rides welcome to anyone. They start at 10am. Read more about them here: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/rides/
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*DIY BIKE MAINTENANCE CLINIC*If your bike needs some minor repairs and you want to do-it-yourself, remember that Beaver Sports has this Friday clinic where you can get some guidance.
Event by Beaver Sports Beaver Sports Friday at 5 PM AKDT – 6:30 PM AKDT Price: Free · Duration: 1 hr 30 min Come by Beaver Sports to learn how to maintain the working condition of your bike! (These events occur weekly in the summer). For more info call the store: (907) 479-2494.
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*NEW SATURDAY GROUP RIDE*Looks like a new Saturday ride in town! Great to see!
Shared from Black Spruce Brewing Company is at Black Spruce Brewing Company. Fairbanks, AK
🚴GROUP RIDE SATURDAY🌯 Join us this Saturday at 10am for the next Black Spruce Bike Club group ride! This week’s ride will take riders up Ballaine Rd. and around Goldstream Rd., so get ready for some hills! All skill levels are welcome, and additional details can be found on our Facebook page or on the Black Spruce Bike Club page on @strava.
In case you missed it yesterday, we’re pleased to announce that we’re now hosting food trucks five days a week! Check out yesterday’s post or our website for this summer’s schedule, and enjoy some great local grub while you’re here enjoying a fresh beer! Taproom open 3-8 today!
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*U AVENUE RR CROSSING SURVEY*Is the University Avenue RR crossing a part of your regular ride? You might want to fill out this survey.
Shared from Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation Planning 🛤️ Public comments for the College Road crossing indicated concerns about safety by both motorists and pedestrians during the FBXings survey period.
🚥 At the crossing where there is a path for pedestrians, there are no signals. The public also noted that a lot of cars speed up at the intersection to avoid being stopped at the crossing. This medium priority project would result in the installment of pedestrian crossing signals and the relocation of signal controls.
✍️ Share your thoughts on this project proposal by taking the mini survey for this crossing at fbxings.com/college-road. Public comment period open until July 9th, 2021.
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*UNBOUND GRAVEL ATTEMPT*Fairbanks endurance biker Corrine Leistikow recounts her recent attempt of the Unbound Gravel XL 350, a 350-mile gravel race in Kansas.
notquiteoverthehillcorrineanderic.blogspot.com/2021/06/no-guts-no-glory-on-unbound-gravel-xl.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 Sees Roots, Thick Humidity, Attrition

The Tuesday Night MTB Ride got back to its roots! 

The Skyline Ridge Skedaddle featured a variety of trail types, but the descents were mostly rooty, made all the more fun by some thick humidity from the sky. 

Ten of us met at Pearl Creek Elementary School and right off the bat it got interesting. Mark, who rode from home, realized he showed up to the ride with a faulty chain. One link was partly busted. Eric dug out his tool kit and helped Mark with the fix, but too late. Mark was clearly the Missing Link on this ride. 

Eric started the ride with words of wisdom from an august tome: All New Dad Jokes. Much wisdom was groaned at. Mark furthered the groaning by attempting his own Dad Joke but messing it up. A true Missing Link Dad! 

George showed up with a nice full suspension bike he purchased from the FCC Bike Swap! He bought it for his son, but he gets to use it if his son isn’t riding. Score! 

George celebrating reaching the top of the Death Gully.

We headed up the Skarland Trail and while approaching the Death Gully (aka Skarland Downhill Ski Slope) Missing Link Mark said he would pay anyone $20 who could ride up the gully without putting a foot down. When at least one person said it was ridable, Mark realized he needed to hedge his bets. He said Ken would have to pay him $100 if Ken didn’t make it. That way Mark could cover at least five riders by just making sure to push Ken over on the ascent. 

Several of us did make it up the gully in one go, but we didn’t make Mark pay. You really can’t take advantage of a guy who is missing a link. 

Missing Link Mark!
Ken celebrating that Mark was too winded to push him over on the ascent of Death Gully.

We started the ascent of the Lower Secret Trail, having a jolly time with the roots. When we came to an intersection with the Ridge Trail, several people decided they had had enough of the jolly time and went up the much-less-rooty Ridge Trail while others tackled the upper part of Lower Secret for more roots. 

We then continued up the Ridge Trail, which has been turned into a downright civilized trail by the Fbx Boro Parks and Rec Department. Along the way we zoomed by the informal Tuesday night gravel riders heading the other direction. Nice folks, but those bikes sure are silly. Not at all good for roots! 

Ron riding the Ridge Trail after the humidity got thick and coats were dug out of packs.

At the high point and far east end of Skyline Ridge Park, we turned down for a descent of Secret Trail, the upper part. By that time the humidity was so thick it appeared to fall from the sky. That made the roots nice and slick! And there are a LOT of roots on Secret Trail. Even in places where optimists swear there are none. 

When we got to Ski Boot Hill Road, Eric offered to return to the cars with anyone who had had enough of the slick roots or rain. Owen decided he had had enough. Travis and Sarah also decided to call it a night. The two had gotten married recently and some of the group were wondering about Travis’s decision to invite Sarah on this “honeymoon” ride. But Sarah was in good spirits. Besides, she plans to get Travis skiing more, so she’s got a whole winter for revenge. They all knew how to get back to the cars, so Eric stayed with the group. 

Down to seven. We headed back up the Ridge Trail and at the top headed down After Hours. AH is not quite as rooty as Secret, but some of the roots are bigger. We felt glad to make it down without any spills. 

Then we headed up the Skyline-Goldstream Connector Trail (aka the Van Trail). Along the way Helpful Ken pointed out that the climb has 21 water bars (actually rolling grade dips). And so the counting ensued. 

Runnin’ Hot Josh decided against extra layers.

After 21 water features, we hit the intersection with the Ridge Trail and had another roots decision to make. The rootiest trail of them all, Heart of Darkness, was ahead. Did anyone want to take the Ridge Trail instead? Nope, only the masochists were left. We headed into the Heart of Darkness. The horror! The horror! 

That was fun! No big crashes, but several were caught dead in their pedals by the twisting, turning trail covered in wet roots. (The rain had stopped earlier, but for some reason the roots were still wet!)

When we were through the worst of it Ken’s bike started speaking tongues. A strange dialect with a strong clicking element. After lots of poking, prodding, and prognosticating by wise individuals, we determined it was Ken’s freewheel. (During the maintenance wait, we lost Ron, who had biked from home and so still had to bike back home. No more waiting. Down to six!)

But poor Ken. He could no longer live a freewheeling life! It would be walk and coast for the rest of the ride. 

But no! Ken figured out that he could ride by keeping constant pressure on his pedals or by coasting with his feet off the pedals, which wanted to keep spinning. That led to Ken alternately looking like a serious biker who knew was he was doing and looking like a dweeb. Missing Link Mark rode behind Ken, encouraging him with loud belly laughs. 

Then we passed the turnoff to Mark’s house. He had also ridden to the ride start and so headed home. Down to five! 

When we hit LaRue Lane, Ken decided to stick to the roads back to Pearl Creek, forgoing the last bit of trail back to the cars. Down to four! (Though we didn’t really lose Ken so much as give him his privacy for a bit.) 

So, five of us finally made it back to the cars for snacks and drinks. No broken bones or contusions. A great outcome on a wet and rooty ride. 

Report by Eric

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Bike Swap, Trail Work Party, RV Clinic, New Road Ride!

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*LOTS HAPPENING! *There’s a bunch of biking stuff coming up this weekend and on Monday.
*BIKE SWAP – SATURDAY*The Fairbanks Cycle Club Bike Swap happens on Saturday, June 5. Check-in/gear drop-off starts at 9:30am. Sale starts at 11am. Come sell or buy or both! If you are selling, please consider downloading a consignment form ahead of time and filling out most of it at home. That will help speed things up. You can find the consignment form, pricing resources, and other info about the swap here: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/events/bike-swap/. Masking will be required.
*TRAIL WORK PARTY – SUNDAY*A work party will be held on Sunday, June 6, for the Ester Dome Singletrack trails. The party starts at 1 pm, so be there a little early. Meet at the Ester Dome Singletrack trailhead, Mile 1 Ester Dome Road. For more information email Geoff Orth: [email protected]us
*ROBBIE VENTURA ONLINE CLINIC – MONDAY*The Fairbanks Cycle Club will be offering a free one-hour online cycling clinic on Monday, June 7, with coach and former pro cyclist Robbie Ventura, but the clinic will be open only to FCC members! Deadline for signing up (and becoming an FCC member) is midnight, June 5. Read more about it here: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2021/05/club-to-offer-free-one-hour-online-cycling-clinic-in-june/
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*NEW LOW-KEY FCC ROAD RIDES*Want to learn to ride in a group setting, but not sure about FCC group rides? Do you have a teen who is interested in biking? Like-minded friends? Do you and your family want to join a group ride?
Bring your road bike and a helmet to the UAF Patty Center parking lot on Wednesdays at 5pm. Rides will be about one hour long, 10-15 miles and hills are expected. If that sounds fun and doable, you are invited to come! FCC membership is required. For more information, contact Greg at 371-9028.
Note: the group will meet this Wednesday, June 9, then take a break for June 16 before starting regularly for the rest of the season.
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*DENALI BOTTOM CONGRATS*Congratulations to all the awesome Fairbanks bikers who competed in the Denali Bottom Gravel Race this past weekend in grueling conditions! Special nods go to Tyson Flaharty for winning the 100-mile version and Elisabeth Thurston Hicks for being the first (and only) female finisher. But really, everyone who finished in those cold, wet conditions deserves high fives!
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*TUESDAY NIGHT MTB RIDE: ROSIE CREEK*The Tuesday Night MTB Riders find good trails…and swamp!
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2021/06/tuesday-night-mtb-ride-gets-back-to-basics-in-rosie-creek/
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*WEEKLY RIDES OFFER VARIETY*Between the FCC, Goldstream Sports, and Beaver Sports rides, we’ve got quite a variety of weekly rides. www.fairbankscycleclub.org/rides/
Also, Beaver Sports has a weekly DIY bike maintenance clinic on Fridays at 5pm. For more info call the store: (907) 479-2494.
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*ROBBIE VENTURE CLINIC REMINDER*Just a reminder about the free, online Robbie Ventura Cycling Clinic coming up on June 7! Free to current FCC members, that is. Our membership year starts April 1.
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/product/robbie-ventura-cycling-clinic/
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*U AVENUE RR CROSSING SURVEY*Is the University Avenue RR crossing a part of your regular ride? You might want to fill out this survey.
Shared from Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation Planning 🛤️ Have you ever been stuck at the railroad tracks on University Avenue while heading to work or class? Same.
🚥 At certain times of the day when the train crosses University Avenue, it must come to a stop for a crew member to manually flip a switch before it proceeds towards the rail yard. This project aims to automate this switch so the train doesn’t have to stop.
✍️ Share your thoughts on this project proposal by taking the mini survey for this crossing at fbxings.com/university-avenue. Public comment period open until July 9th, 2021.
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*ESTER DOME SINGLETRACK OPEN*Ester Dome Singletrack Trails are open!
Shared from Joel ButhEster Dome Single Track The single track is open! Beware of hazards. Please report problem areas in the comments. We have great volunteers that will be out soon. There will be a post next week about the first work party that can address larger problems.
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*TAKE CARE ON THE STREETS*One of our members was riding downtown recently and almost got hit three times by cars. One car turned in front of him, another drove by dangerously close, and a third was leaving a parking lot in a hurry and not watching carefully. Be careful out there! Most drivers are respectful, but even good drivers make mistakes. Ride like you assume everyone will make mistakes. And, yes, cyclists do have rights, but try to avoid explaining those rights from a hospital bed.
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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/

Busy bike days coming!

There’s a bunch of biking stuff coming up this weekend and on Monday.

BIKE SWAP – SATURDAY
The Fairbanks Cycle Club Bike Swap happens on Saturday, June 5. Check-in/gear drop-off starts at 9:30am. Sale starts at 11am. Come sell or buy or both! If you are selling, please consider downloading a consignment form ahead of time and filling out most of it at home. That will help speed things up. You can find the consignment form, pricing resources, and other info about the swap here: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/events/bike-swap/. Masking will be required.

TRAIL WORK PARTY – SUNDAY
A work party will be held on Sunday, June 6, for the Ester Dome Singletrack trails. The party starts at 1 pm, so be at there a little early. Meet at the Ester Dome Singletrack trailhead, Mile 1 Ester Dome Road. For more information email Geoff Orth: [email protected]

ROBBIE VENTURA ONLINE CLINIC – MONDAY
The Fairbanks Cycle Club will be offering a free one-hour online cycling clinic on Monday, June 7, with coach and former pro cyclist Robbie Ventura, but the clinic will be open only to FCC members! Deadline for signing up (and becoming an FCC member) is midnight, June 5. Read more about it here. www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2021/05/club-to-offer-free-one-hour-online-cycling-clinic-in-june/

Tuesday Night MTB Ride Gets Back to Basics in Rosie Creek

First part of detour around blown-out part of Flodin’s Road.

We found swamp! 

The Tuesday Night MTB Rides have been getting easier as Dave and I have gotten older and softer. We start them at 6pm instead of 7 so we can get to bed earlier. They are generally shorter than they used to be. And we hardly do any swamp rides anymore. Does anyone remember the Death Ride course? Among other glorious things, it had lots of swamp! Not sissy damp moss stuff. Pure muckaholic joy. 

Nikki getting us together for the beginning-of-the-ride group shot.

Well, we didn’t quite get into that much last night, but we got into some good stuff. We could have avoided it. I’ll give Mark credit. He goaded me. He’s been coming only a couple of years. He said he’d been hearing these swamp stories, but hadn’t seen anything to live up to it. So, we went down, down, down. (Note: these trails are getting worked on this summer. See the message at the bottom of this post.)

We started the Rosie Creek ride at the site of the soon-to-be official trailhead. (You can easily find it and the trails on Trail Forks.) We headed down, ‘cause that’s the only choice at first. 

Things got awesome real quick. Tony knows this area and led us to some trail/roads that had been newly brushed out. (Viereck’s Hook, Viereck’s Loop, and the bottom part of Flodin Road.) Super fun! 

Tony pointing out the newly brushed Viereck’s Loop. Photo by Nikki.

That led us to the creek crossing on Flodin Road. Tony had warned me earlier that part of the road had blown out recently, but he said he had gotten around it earlier with dry shoes. He was right! We did some pushing, but didn’t need to get wet. Fun, but my swamp craving was not sated! 

Nikki laughs as we start the detour around the blowout. I think Dave is crying already.
Second part of the Flodin Road detour. Nothing like a good “ride.”
No one wanted to ride the logs. We had already had some “humidity” by then so they were a bit damp.

Then we did a fun loop going up Otter Slide and coming down Lookout. Highly recommended! Feels like you get a lot more downhill for the uphill you paid with on that one. 

Finishing up Lookout.

Decision time. I wanted to take Harrington’s Long Shot all the way around, but Nikki doubted my judgment. She said we would drop into Beaver Slide and into a morass of winter trails we wouldn’t soon get out of. Tempting, true, but I swore that we wouldn’t do that. Still, these are her backyard trails. So, who do you follow? Eric, of course! We followed the HLS past Beaver Slide, staying high and dry, and got to the next decision point. 

The lookout point on Harrington’s Long Shot.
The roads are getting worked on as part of a trails grant. Ken and George show their inner little boys by gawking at the big yellow rig.

At Alden’s Pine Road would we go back up…or down. Nikki, Tony, and I talked. Going down we could go by the Quist Farm, onto Rosie Creek Road, and then get back on the trails at the Beaver Pond crossing. Or, Nikki lobbied, we could take the winter trail north around Quist Farm. Winter trail? Yes! OK, maybe Nikki didn’t lobby for it, more like pointing out a stupid option. 

“Either way,” says Tony, “we’re going to get wet feet.”

Yes! 

We went down APR and took the Rosie Creek Winter Trail north around Quist Farm. I mean, how can you resist a trail that has “winter” in its name during the summer? We got into some pretty good swamp when we hit its low point. Nikki even entertained us by stepping into some good glop that everyone else managed to step over. 

Quist Farm
Jim makes an editorial comment as we bike around Quist Farm.
Finally, some good stuff on the Rosie Creek Winter Trail.
Owen pushes, while Nikki navigates a small log crossing…right before she stepped into the glop!

The swamp continued for a while, though some of it was rideable. Though Jim proved that some of it was definitely not rideable, even on a fatty. Unfortunately, he didn’t do a full swamp face plant. I even had my camera out. Ah well. Sometimes things just don’t work out. 

Jim disappointing by falling off his bike the wrong way.

We turned north at Christmas Tree Trail and climbed out of the lowlands. Ah, well, the swamp was nice while it lasted. We hit Pagh Road and started climbing some more. We even had a couple of downhills before the real climbing started. 

Dave rides Christmas Tree Trail past some sickly looking pines.
All the pines had rust-colored tips.

It’s a long grunt back up to the cars. But it was made more enjoyable by some recent blading work on the Pagh Road combined with the “humidity” we had throughout the ride. Nothing like riding through peanut butter! Others seemed to handle it pretty well, but Dave and I both had to stop a few times to scrape enough mud off our tires so that they would rotate. Good times! 

Owen approaching some erosion on Pagh Road. Part of the trails work grant will fix badly eroded spots.
Dave admiring some beaver handiwork alongside Pagh Road.
Dirt work + humidity = fun!

At one point Ken disappeared, going down the wrong trail. Should we go after him? He’s chasing a Strava segment, someone said. Ken, Ken, Ken. Now what do the rest of us do? The Ken appears. King of the Hill! Animal! 

We finally got onto better road and climbed back to the cars. Dave was being Slow-Ass Dave x 2 on this climb. He bonked big time. He said he hadn’t eaten much in the past couple of days. Dude, ya gotta eat if you want to go swamping and climbing! 

Tony cranks the last part right before the parking lot.

Jim went back and accompanied him on the last part, while I rode ahead to make sure everyone got the snacks and drinks. The humidity had stopped by then, so we talked for a bit and swatted mosquitoes while Dave recovered. I told Mark we had gone through some good swamp, but not epic swamp. Bring it on, Mark challenged! I promise to look at the ride schedule and see what fun surprises a little tweaking might bring! 

Here’s our Strava track:

By Eric 

TRAIL WORK

Jon Underwood of Happy Trails posted this on the Fairbanks Trail Users Facebook page:

Hi everyone, Happy Trails, Inc. has begun work on the trails in Rosie Creek State Forest. In June we will re-grade the forest roads and mow brush. Please watch out for our machines and be sure our operators see you before approaching or passing! The attached map depicts the forest roads affected.

Need a few more volunteers for FCC Bike Swap on June 5

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to help for the FCC Bike Swap on June 5! But we need a few more volunteers. We can put this on with a bare minimum of people, but that will be stressful for those volunteers. I’d really like the event to be fun for everyone. Please consider signing up for one shift.
Also, Arctic Triathlon is letting us use their bike racks. In return they would like three people to volunteer at their June 26 race.
Read more, including how to sign up, here: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2021/05/fcc-bike-swap-needs-volunteers-on-june-5/
Eric Troyer

Free Robbie Ventura Cycling Clinic coming June 7

Just a reminder about the free, online Robbie Ventura Cycling Clinic coming up on June 7! Free to current FCC members, that is. Our membership year starts April 1.
Now the owner of Vision Quest Coaching, Ventura was a professional cyclist for 12 years, garnering more than 70 wins. He was a member of the U.S. World Team and the United States Postal Service Cycling Team, racing in the Tour de France.
Read more about Ventura and how the clinic came about here: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2021/05/club-to-offer-free-one-hour-online-cycling-clinic-in-june/
Go here directly to sign up for the clinic: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/product/robbie-ventura-cycling-clinic/

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Bike swap volunteers needed

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*BIKE SWAP NEEDS VOLUNTEERS*Thank you to everyone who has signed up to help for the FCC Bike Swap on June 5! But we need more volunteers. We can’t put this on if we don’t have enough volunteers sign up. We especially need people to help with the sale (11am-1pm) and the cash out/clean up (1-2pm).
Also, Arctic Triathlon is letting us use their bike racks. In return they would like three people to volunteer at their June 26 race.
Read more, including how to sign up, here: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2021/05/fcc-bike-swap-needs-volunteers-on-june-5/
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*NO CHENA HOT SPRINGS CLASSIC*Unfortunately, due to COVID and other circumstances (like major construction on Chena Hot Springs Road), we have determined that we cannot put together the Chena Hot Springs Classic this year. We will start looking toward 2022.
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*DIY BIKE MAINTENANCE CLINIC*Event by Beaver Sports Beaver Sports Today at 5 PM AKDT – 6:30 PM AKDT Price: Free · Duration: 1 hr 30 min Come by Beaver Sports to learn how to maintain the working condition of your bike! (These events occur weekly in the summer). For more info call the store: (907) 479-2494.
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*SULLIVAN AMENDMENT ADDS TRAIL CONNECTION MONEY*Kudos to Sen. Sullivan!
League of American Bicyclists May 26 Major News: The Senate EPW Committee just passed the @EdJMarkey and @SenDanSullivan amendment to its transportation bill, which would provide $200 million in funding to build out fully connected biking and walking networks. Thank you to those League advocates we called on to take action and helped us in passing this amendment! Let’s continue giving power and urgency to the issue of making streets safer for all. Read what else is in the Senate bill here: bikeleague.org/content/senate-releases-transportation-draft-good-news-bicycling-and-walking —-
*QUICK BIKING SURVEY NEEDS RESPONSES*Want to help out some UAA nursing students with a very quick survey about biking? Check out the link below.
Shared from Francesca Bitz May 26 Hi everyone! My group and I are working on our final project for Nursing school and would really appreciate if those who ride bicycles in Alaska (18+ years, please!) could fill out our anonymous survey regarding bicycle safety. It is a short survey and would really help us out! Thank you & please feel free to forward to you friends/family as well!
qfreeaccountssjc1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_25miRAVMwknWCua
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*WEEKLY RIDES OFFER VARIETY*Tuesday Night MTB Ride report. Between the FCC, Goldstream Sports, and Beaver Sports rides, we’ve got quite a variety of weekly rides. www.fairbankscycleclub.org/rides/
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2021/05/tuesday-night-mtb-ride-skarland-trail-report/
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*ESTER DOME SINGLETRACK NOT QUITE READY*People have been asking about the Ester Dome Singletrack Trails. They still are not ready for use. Soon, soon, soon. We will post when they are ready. It will also be on the Ester Dome Singletrack FB page:
www.facebook.com/groups/255880317931110/permalink/1636074563245005/
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*MTB TRAIL GRANTS*If anyone’s interested in developing new mountain bike trails, the International Mountain Biking Association has Trail Accelerator grants. The next application period opens June 1.
www.imba.com/trails-for-all/trail-accelerator-grants
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*PIONEERING WOMEN OF CYCLING*Sounds interesting!
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com To celebrate the history of pioneering women in cycling, GCN recently released Trailblazers, a new documentary narrated by ultra-endurance legend Jenny Graham. Learn more about it here… bikepacking.com/news/jenny-graham-trailblazers/
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*TAKE CARE DURING MOOSE CALVING SEASON*This notice is from Anchorage, but it’s valid up here, too. Moose are all over the place – in the woods, crossing roads. Mama moose are usually very protective. Bikes can be fast and silent. You can get yourself into a bad situation in a hurry.
Here’s some advice, if you do get into an encounter with a mad moose: www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm%3Fadfg%3Dlivewith.aggressivemoose
Shared from Singletrack Advocates May 23 Moose Calving Season is here. Please give moose the space that they need. See caution sign attached for details. Moose calving season is from May to Early June.
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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 – Skarland Trail Report

Great night out on the trails with the Tuesday Night MTB Riders! Fourteen of us faced a couple of bodies of water but were able to divert around both. We’re getting soft. Where are the bygone days of true swamping?! 

Skarland Trail is in good condition. We did avoid the part that goes through the lowlands in the Pearl Creek Nordic Ski Park near Pearl Creek Elementary School. The rest is looking good. Just a few wet, soft places, but they short and usually easy to skirt around. 

The seasonal pond on the trail just northeast of Ballaine Lake is HUGE! Head there if you want to go for a swim! 

More rides coming up!

Group gathering at Ballaine Lake
Evan contemplates a crossing of the pond on the UAF trails.
Ron considers what we avoided with a little detour right near Pearl Creek Elementary.
Evan celebrating a climb. He didn’t celebrate the rooty downhillls. Not with that bike!
Nearing the end.

Still need volunteers for FCC Bike Swap on June 5

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to help for the FCC Bike Swap on June 5! But we need more volunteers. We can’t put this on if we don’t have enough volunteers sign up. We especially need people to help with the sale (11am-1pm) and the cash out/clean up (1-2pm).
Also, Arctic Triathlon is letting us use their bike racks. In return they would like three people to volunteer at their June 26 race.
Read more, including how to sign up, here:
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2021/05/fcc-bike-swap-needs-volunteers-on-june-5/