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FCC 2021 Annual Meeting

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Time: Oct 13, 2021 05:30 PM Alaska

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FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Making a difference with biking; Lael Wilcox

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*

*RIDING A BIKE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE*”According to a study conducted in Europe, if 10% of the population were to replace one car trip a day with a bike ride, overall carbon emissions from transportation would drop an equal 10%.”
Shared from PeopleForBikes.org Sept 29 Research proves that bikes can help lower our carbon emissions and making a difference might not be as difficult as we think. Read how we can tackle climate change one ride at a time bit.ly/2XWTx0s
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*LAEL WILCOX IN EUROPE*If you’re fans of Alaska endurance cyclist Lael Wilcox, here’s what she’s been up to recently.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Sept 30 In her first report from the 2021 Komoot Women’s Torino-Nice Rally, Lael Wilcox shares a heartfelt update on her first few days of riding through the mountains between Italy and France with an inspiring group of 20 other women. Read it here…
bikepacking.com/plog/2021-womens-torino-nice-rally-report-1/
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*E-BIKE ACT SIGN-ON LETTER*If you want to show support for the e-bike act, People for Bikes has a sign on letter to make it easy.
Shared from PeopleForBikes.org Sept 27 Ask your senator to support the E-BIKE act today! A tax credit for electric bicycles is moving through Congress, but we need your help to build critical support and get your U.S. senator on board for this legislation to succeed. Take action and read more at action.peopleforbikes.org/tell-your-senator-to-support-the-e-bike-act-today/
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*PIPELINE ROAD TIME TRIAL FILM*Great film of Lael Wilcox’s FKT of the pipeline road route done earlier this year!
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Sept 27 Premiering right now, the latest episode of Rapha Gone Racing was created by an all-female crew and follows Lael as she traverses the Alaskan wilderness while attempting to set an FKT on the 800-mile Alaska Pipeline route. Watch it here: bikepacking.com/plog/lael-wilcox-alaska-pipeline-fkt-video/
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*ROAD SURVEY PRESENTS COMMENT OPPORTUNITY*This is not specifically a survey about bike/pedestrian use, but it is a good opportunity to comment on that. There are places to add comments and there are questions that include road shoulder width and road maintenance. If you feel areas need more attention regarding bike/ped use, make sure to use the comment boxes to emphasize that aspect.
Shared from Fairbanks North Star Borough Community Planning Sept 26
Help create safer and better-connected roads in the Fairbanks North Star Borough! The Fairbanks North Star Borough is updating the FNSB Comprehensive Roads Plan to better meet the needs of our changing community.
We need to hear from the community and have extended our survey and interactive comment map deadline through October 15th.
Take a 10-minute survey to tell us what you want out of a new roads plan: www.surveymonkey.com/r/FNSBRoadsPlan.
Use our interactive comment map to tell us where you see access or connectivity issues or opportunities: www.mapfeeder.net/comment/index.php?city=Fairbanks.
Visit the project website to learn more: fnsbroadsplan.com/.
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*CYCLOCROSS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS*The cyclocross State Championships will be held in Anchorage on Oct 21. That’s a week from today! Anchorage got a bit of snow, but not too much in the lower parts and the weather forecast for this coming week is sunny. 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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*LEMONADE VACATION*A mostly biking trip to Southcentral saves a derailed vacation.
notquiteoverthehillcorrineanderic.blogspot.com/2021/09/when-life-gives-you-lemons.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/

FCC Anti-social media newsletter:

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*

*FATBIKE CLASS COMING SOON*Want to learn to fatbike?
Shared from Rachael Kvapil Sept 23 I’m teaching a beginner fat bike class again with The Folk School 1 classroom session on November 10th with a group ride on November 13th! It already snowed last weekend. It won’t be long before the snow stays!!
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*E-BIKES CREDIT ARTICLE*Article about the e-bikes tax credit in the infrastructure bill. (And that guy on the green e-bike has an impressive load!)
Shared from League of American Bicyclists
“We’re hoping this [$1 trillion infrastructure bill] will be a changing point where we see states and communities really considering biking and walking when they’re thinking about their future transportation plans.” www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2021/09/18/ebikes-reconciliation-carbon-emissions/
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*EQUINOX MARATHON CLEAN UP RIDE THANK YOU!*A big thanks to Mark Oldmixon, Greg Kahoe, Dave James, Chris and Alina Wyatt, Tom Clark, and Tyson Flaharty for helping out with the Equinox Marathon Clean Up Ride. We got the course swept of signs and leftover garbage. The day started off marginal weather-wise, but then it turned really nice.
Mark went above and beyond when he got a flat tire but finished his segment anyway! Greg and I started going backward on the course and ran into Tom Clark, arms full of signs, on the intertie. Thanks for making our segment a lot easier, Tom!
Alas, I forgot to take a group photo in the beginning. I also forgot my phone at home (where it was getting charged up for the ride). And I somehow forgot to put on my helmet, but neither Greg nor I realized that until we were a couple miles into the ride. Sheesh.
So, I can’t say the ride went off without a hitch, but it did go off and I think everyone had fun. Dave and I then drove different parts of the course loading signs into our trucks. We’ll get them to Equinox Race Director Stacy Fisk soon.
Besides being a big help to the Equinox Marathon, the Clean Up Ride is also a fundraiser to the FCC, so thanks again to everyone who volunteered!
Eric Troyer, organizer
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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/

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/