Fairbanks Cycle Club News

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: SOS ride; trails call to action; Tanana River Challenge registration

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*FCC SOS RIDE THIS SUNDAY *Come join us for an FCC Sundays on Snow fatbike ride on January 8! This will be a no-drop beginner ride with a possibility for a more advanced ride depending on participants. You will need to have some minimal biking skills. Come have some fatbike fun!
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2023/01/fcc-sos-sundays-on-snow-fatbike-ride-january-8/
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*CALL FOR ACTION REGARDING TRAIL EASEMENT PROPOSAL*Please see this from Eric Troyer:
The Fairbanks Borough Assembly is considering an ordinance that would remove a part of local law that goes a long way in protecting area trails. I wrote a blog post about it. I included a link to the post in the most recent edition of the Interior Trails Newsletter, but this is important enough that I wanted to highlight it even more. The blog post includes ways you can help.
Assemblymembers Jimi Cash, Tammie Wilson, and Aaron Lojewski are correct to be concerned about protecting private property rights, but I have looked over the issue and I think private property rights are already being protected under the current system. Furthermore, I think the proposed ordinance would take away some of our rights over the state and federal governments.
In the long run, the proposed ordinance could harm the borough’s ability to ensure public access to some long-distance trails, that’s particularly important for people who like to travel long distances on trails, such as snowmachiners, dog mushers, and long-distance bikers, skiers, and runners.
There are several popular trails that might or would definitely be affected by losing the trail easement requirement. At minimum we should research these to see how they might be affected and what landowners would be involved. Examples include the Yukon Quest Trail, the Equinox Marathon Trail, trails in and around Cleary Summit and Chatanika, trails connecting Skyline Ridge Park to the Skarland Trail, trails on and around Ester Dome, trails in the Goldstream Valley, and trails off Old Murphy Dome Road and into the Chatanika River valley.
I hope this ordinance is voted down, but at minimum I hope it is studied more before acted upon. Here is my blog post. See if you agree. If so, please let the Assembly know.
www.interioralaskatrails.org/2022/12/31/ordinances-would-damage-public-access-to-trails-in-fairbanks-borough/
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*MEET UP GROUP COMPANY FEATURED IN NEWS-MINER*Rove Co has been offering regular free ski and fatbike meet ups in the Fairbanks area. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner did a story on the apparel and outdoor adventure company. www.newsminer.com/business/rove-co-outdoor-apparel-creates-community-in-fairbanks/article_d1ddc7e0-87bd-11ed-8c4f-4f2a7e766f78.html
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*TANANA RIVER CHALLENGE REGISTRATION OPENS SOON*Here’s an outstanding multi-sport race that starts on the edge of Fairbanks!
Shared from Tanana River Challenge
Registration will open at 12am on Monday January 9th, 2023 Visit here to register: ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=99549
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*CYCLING TO CHANGE CLIMATE CHANGE*This young cyclist is using her cycling to try to help change our response to climate change.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com
“Not a Hero’s Journey” is a new film from Catherine Dunn that follows young climate activist Jessie Stevens on a 600-mile ride across the UK to attend the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. Discover the story of Jessie’s People Pedal Power movement and follow her ride with other climate-concerned cyclists here… bikepacking.com/plog/not-a-heros-journey-film/
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*DUTCH CYCLIST STARTS HIS JOURNEY IN ALASKA*The News-Miner has a story on a Dutch cyclist who is riding from the Arctic Circle to Argentina. If you don’t get a subscription to the News-Miner, you can see the cyclist’s blog at: henkvandillen.net/en/
www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/from-the-arctic-circle-to-argentina-a-dutch-cyclist-begins-his-journey/article_9c06cfc6-87aa-11ed-a694-9f6199d3e985.html
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*FCC RESOURCES*We’ve got lots of useful stuff on our website, including a bunch of information on our Resources page and under our Resources dropdown menu: –Bikeways Fairbanks cycling map –Info on Alaska cycling laws –Tanana Valley State Forest Roads –National and International Cycling Advocacy Groups –Winter Riding Tips –Maps Archive
See those and more under Resources at: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/

FCC SOS (Sundays on Snow) Fatbike Ride – Dunbar Trail – January 8

Come join us for an FCC Sundays on Snow fatbike ride! This will be a no-drop beginner ride with a possibility for a more advanced ride depending on participants. You will need to have some minimal biking skills. Come have some fatbike fun!

All riders need to be members of the Fairbanks Cycle Club. One-day memberships are available for $5. (https://www.fairbankscycleclub.org/membership/).

Date/Start time: January 8, 11am

Start place: Ivory Jack’s (off Goldstream Road). Ivory Jack’s has a large parking lot, but please park as far from the building as you can so we don’t take up spaces for customer.
https://goo.gl/maps/fzykqa9A1QpKfexTA

Estimated tour time: 1.5 to 3 hours. (Though going up and over Ester Dome — if anyone wants to do that — will take 4 to 5 hours.)

Route description: We will head out the Dunbar Trail, which is fairly flat and parallels the Alaska Railroad. After we go out a ways we can turn back. If there is interest (and we can find the trail), there will be the opportunity to head up the old Fireplug trail and then on to the top of Ester Dome. People not interested in that big climb can just head back on the Dunbar. (If you are not familiar with the trails and want to turn back, we won’t send you back without a leader!)

To see the Dunbar Trail (and the part that takes you to the top of Ester Dome) check out Trail Forks: https://www.trailforks.com/trails/dunbar-to-fireplug-and-ester-dome/

Metropolitan Garage has been grooming the Dunbar Trail and reports that it has been in great shape! Check out their Facebook page.

Estimated skill/fitness level needed: No-drop beginner ride/advanced ride.

Cancelation policy: The ride will be canceled if the Goldstream Creek temperature is 15F below or colder at 9am on the Swingley temp page:
https://swingleydev.com/weather/local_weather.php

Leader name and contact info: Eric Troyer (fbxtrails@gmail.com)

The FCC Sundays on Snow (SOS) Tours are free, member-led fatbike tours for members of the Fairbanks Cycle Club. They are run periodically throughout the winter and depend on volunteer tour leaders. If you have any suggestions for improving this program send them to Eric Troyer: fbxtrails@gmail.com

Do It Yourself!
If you like fatbiking and want to create your own adventure, check out some of our suggested rides here:
https://www.fairbankscycleclub.org/suggested-fatbike-rides-in-the-fairbanks-area/

Trail advocacy needed regarding proposed borough ordinance

Your help is needed for Fairbanks-area trails.
The Fairbanks Borough Assembly is considering an ordinance that would remove a part of local law that goes a long way in protecting area trails. I wrote a blog post about it. I included a link to the post in the most recent edition of the Interior Trails Newsletter, but this is important enough that I wanted to highlight it even more. The blog post includes ways you can help.
Assemblymembers Jimi Cash, Tammie Wilson, and Aaron Lojewski are correct to be concerned about protecting private property rights, but I have looked over the issue and I think private property rights are already being protected under the current system. Furthermore, I think the proposed ordinance would take away some of our rights over the state and federal governments.
In the long run, the proposed ordinance could harm the borough’s ability to ensure public access to some long-distance trails, that’s particularly important for people who like to travel long distances on trails, such as snowmachiners, dog mushers, and long-distance bikers, skiers, and runners.
I hope this ordinance is voted down, but at minimum I hope it is studied more before acted upon.
Here is my blog post. See if you agree. If so, please let the Assembly know. www.interioralaskatrails.org/2022/12/31/ordinances-would-damage-public-access-to-trails-in-fairbanks-borough/

Interior Trails Newsletter January 2023

Below is a link to the January 2023 edition of the Interior Trails Newsletter.
Link:
www.interioralaskatrails.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/ITN0123.pdf
Deadlines and opportunities to volunteer, advocate or otherwise support trails are highlighted in red.

It is in PDF format. To get a free PDF Adobe Reader see: www.adobe.com/products/reader/

Eric Troyer
ITN archives page: www.interioralaskatrails.org/interior-trails-newsletter-archives/
*Please note: Some servers block the shortened URLs (links) used in the newsletter. If you are having that problem, try using this URL expander: www.expandurl.net/ <www.expandurl.net/>*
*For those who prefer the most relevant links at the bottom of an email, here’s the link to the most recent edition of the Interior Trails Newsletter:* www.interioralaskatrails.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/ITN0123.pdf

Citizens Advisory Board for the Northern Region of Alaska State Parks

The Citizens Advisory Boards around the state play a crucial role in the operation and oversight of our state parks, providing input and feedback to the superintendents for the various regions, representing all parks users.
*I would like to invite you to consider joining the CAB for the Northern Region of Alaska State Parks*, which includes the Chena River State Recreation Area. Two of the hiking, paddling, and cycling members–including me–are due to be term limited off the board, and the CAB really needs representation from these groups.
The board is an interesting way to get involved with state parks, getting to learn about a lot of the behind-the-scenes operations and to provide direct input on how the parks are run. Meetings are four times a year, with none during the summer, although very occasionally there is a special meeting on a schedule convenient to most board members. Usually they are an hour and a half at most.
The current superintendent, Ian Thomas, and the board are working on how to make the board most effective for the northern region. So it’s a great time to have a lot of impact on state parks and shape their future.
The next meeting is Thursday, January 5, at 5:30pm in the large conference room in the Fairbanks DNR building near Airport and University in Fairbanks. You’re welcome to join us to see what the CAB is all about. And feel free to contact me about any questions you have. I’d be happy to chat with you as well, or I can put you in touch with other members of the board.
Thanks for considering this! The CAB really needs hikers, paddlers, cyclists, and other non-motorized parks users!
Don don@donkiely.com
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FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Survey on road conditions; infrastructure law

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*SURVEY ON ROAD CONDITIONS FOR BIKES*Here’s an opportunity to have your voice heard on biking on roads.
Shared from Adventure Cycling Association
The National Cooperative Highway Research Program is running a survey that seeks to learn more about preferable road conditions for cyclists. If you are a cyclist in the USA, please take this survey before January 31, 2023, and help out with their research. www.surveys.tse.bgu.tum.de/index.php/316566
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*ARGENTINA…VIA THE DENALI HIGHWAY*Here are some recognizable sights. And some recognizable rain!
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com
The fourth episode of Greg McCahon and Ana Victoria Cedillo’s “Cycling to Argentina” series finds the pair at the tail end of their Alaskan ride as they pedal the scenic Denali Highway and make their way to the border of the Yukon in northwest Canada. Watch the 10-minute video and catch up on the first few episodes here… bikepacking.com/plog/cycling-to-argentina-ep4-video/
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*INFRASTRUCTURE LAW BRINGS BIKE PROJECTS*Interested in what’s possible with the recently passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law?
Shared from League of American Bicyclists
In 2022, communities across the country began implementing investments outlined in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and we got a #NationalRoadwaySafetyStrategy! In 2023, there will be many more opportunities to improve the safety, ease, and connectivity of #biking. Learn more about what’s ahead in a webinar with our deputy executive director Caron Whitaker on Thursday, January 12th ➡️ bit.ly/RegisterFederalPolicyWebinar
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*BIKEBACKING WITH YOUNG KIDS*Got young kids? Consider going bikepacking with them!
BIKEPACKING.com
The Hardtail Party Youtube channel put together a video of a recent family bikepacking trip with their two-year-old daughter, proving that it’s never too early to start bikepacking with kids. Watch the video here… bikepacking.com/news/hardtail-party-two-year-old-video/
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*LEAGUE OFFERS NEW MEMBER BENEFIT*If you’re not a member of the League of American Bicyclists, the group has several member benefits. Here’s one they recently added:
SPOT recently partnered with the League of American Bicyclists to offer members and member bike clubs injury insurance specifically designed for cyclists. For just $60 a year, you now have the opportunity to purchase Spot and get up to $25k of coverage towards medical bills each time you’re injured riding your bike – be it training, touring, commuting, etc., on or off road. For injuries big and small, Spot’s got your back. For more info: www.partnerships.getspot.com/bikeleague
For more on other LAB member benefits see: www.bikeleague.org/content/benefits
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*FCC RESOURCES*We’ve got lots of useful stuff on our website, including a bunch of information on our Resources page and under our Resources dropdown menu: –Bikeways Fairbanks cycling map –Info on Alaska cycling laws –Tanana Valley State Forest Roads –National and International Cycling Advocacy Groups –Winter Riding Tips –Maps Archive
See those and more under Resources at: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Wheels on Ice; weekly meetups; Sharing Trails workshop

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*WHEELS ON ICE BOOK MAKES GREAT PRESENT*If you are struggling to come up with last-minute gift ideas, you can always get a copy of “Wheels on Ice: Stories of Cycling in Alaska.” It’s a great compilation of short stories about cycling in Alaska and has many from Interior author/cyclists. Books are on sale in Fairbanks at Goldstream Sports, Beaver Sports, The Great Northern Bowl Company, and Barnes and Noble. They make a great Christmas present! www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/nebraska/9781496232472/
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*GROUP OFFERS WEEKLY SKI, BIKE, HIKE MEETUPS*Rove Co is offering free weekly meetups in the Fairbanks area for a variety of activities, including fatbiking. The activities usually alternate but are also dictated by conditions. The meetups happen on weeknights usually starting at 6pm. Place is often chosen a day or two in advance due to conditions.
Find out more about these meetups on the Rove Co website or Facebook page: Facebook: www.facebook.com/rovecooutdoors Website: rovecooutdoors.com/events-2
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*SHARING TRAILS WORKSHOP*If you bike with dogs, you may want to attend this.
Shared from Alaska Dog Mushers Association
The Alaska Trappers Association will be holding a Sharing Alaska Trails workshop on January 18 at 6pm at the Mushers Hall in conjunction with the Department of Fish & Game and ADMA. Learn how to identify traplines, various types of traps, and operate them in the unfortunate event that a pet is caught in one (also a reminder that there is a leash law and this is one of the many safety reasons to not let your animals loose on trails).
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*RIDE WITH GPS ADDS TOOL*If you use Ride with GPS, this may be of interest to you.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com
Ride with GPS just added the Inspect Tool to their Route Planner’s growing list of capabilities, which offers a way to discover existing rides and routes while creating your own. Learn more here… bikepacking.com/news/rwgps-route-planner-inspect/

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Wheels on Ice tonight; bikes to kids, Bankstown store open

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

*’WHEELS ON ICE’ READING TONIGHT*The “Wheels on Ice” event is tonight! Books will be for sale there.
Rachael Kvapil, Corrine Leistikow, and Eric Troyer will be reading from their works and be part of a panel discussion. The event will start at 7pm at Bear Gallery on the 3rd floor of the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts building in Pioneer Park.
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*IMBA SIGN-ON LETTER*The International Mountain Biking Association has a sign-on letter to urge Congress to pass several pieces of legislation that would help mountain biking. Read about it and find the letter here: www.imba.com/blog/imba-priority-bills-2022
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*TWO LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PLANS UP FOR COMMENT*FAST Planning has two plans that are open for comment until December 20. The organization has a lot of impact on non-motorized transportation infrastructure in the Fairbanks and North Pole areas. Make sure to let them know how important cycling is as a means of transportation. If you haven’t yet commented and are looking for some guidance, here are letters submitted by the FCC.
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) www.fastplanning.us/tip
Metropolitan Transportation Plan update fastplanning.us/mtpupdate/
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*STATEWIDE WINTER MAINTENANCE SURVEY*The Department of Transportation is seeking comment on winter road maintenance priorities. This is a good opportunity for winter cyclists to speak up about including cycling as an equal mode of transportation.
Take the survey here: survey123.arcgis.com/share/1b86ed63a6b84377974d8a7b9cfaa710
dot.alaska.gov/stwdmno/wintermap/
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*COMMENTS SOUGHT ON OLD STEESE PROJECT*The Department of Transportation is soliciting comments on the Old Steese Highway Reconstruction project between the 3rd Street and Johansen Expressway. If you use that road please comment and indicate your support for the 4-foot wide paved shoulders, the 7-foot wide sidewalks with ADA ramps, and any other improvements you agree with.
notice.alaska.gov/209178
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*KLUANE CHILKAT RELAY BACK*The Kluane to Chilkat International Bike Relay is back for 2023!
Shared from Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay
Mark your calendars, we are back! The Kluane to Chilkat International Bike Relay will host the 28th annual relay on Saturday, June 17, 2023. Ride as a soloist, or as part of a team. Let’s ride the pass, and celebrate summer together. Hope to see you in Haines Junction next June. More details to follow. kcibr.org/
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*HELP GET BIKES AND BIKING GEAR TO KIDS IN NEED*No more help is needed with doing the final check on bikes for the “Christmas Promise” program. Simon Rakower put in his Energizer Bunny batteries and got the work all done! Awesome job, Simon!
The program–a collaboration between Alaska Waste, Santa’s Helpers, Durham School Services, Fairbanks Nissan, and other volunteers–gets bikes and bike accessories to kids in need.
While the final check on the bikes is done, you can still help!
DONATE Donate to the program or purchase bike helmets and locks and accessories and drop them off at Fairbanks Nissan, where Santa’s Helpers are currently located. You can donate money online at www.SantasHelpersAlaska.com. When you make a donation online, you’ll be able to mark that the donation is for the Alaska Waste Christmas Promise project. (Donations that come in too late to be applied to this year’s project will be applied to next year.)
FCC will match donations–monetary and in-kind–through Dec 17. (Deliveries are done on Dec. 18). We’re going on the honor system here. So, make a donation or purchase items and then send an email to Eric Troyer ( fbxtrails@gmail.com). He’ll tally them up and FCC will match the donations (up to a maximum of $500).
HELP SANTA’S HELPERS FINISH UP AND DELIVER THE GIFTS In addition to the bikes, Santa’s Helpers gathers and delivers other gifts and food to children in need. The group still needs volunteers this week and weekend to finish getting everything organized and delivered. Find out how you can help here: santashelpersalaska.com/
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*FAST PLANNING NEWSLETTER*FAST Planning has a lot of impact on non-motorized transportation infrastructure in the Fairbanks and North Pole areas. Here’s one more way to keep up on what the organization is doing.
Shared from Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation Planning
You can sign-up for our brand new newsletter here! You will receive updates on transportation planning, projects, and programs for the urbanized area of the Fairbanks North Star Borough. fastplanning.us/getintouch/
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*FRANK SOOS REMEMBERED*Writer Dermot Cole has a nice remembrance of the late Frank Soos, one of the main organizers of the SCUM on Wheels weekly summer riding group. Frank was also an avid skier and Dermot writes this column from a skiing perspective, but he also talks of Frank’s love of biking and the new book “Wheels on Ice,” a collection of essays on biking in Alaska that Frank helped bring together with Jessica Cherry. There will be an event for the book, including readings from authors, this Friday. See the end of Dermot’s column for details.
www.dermotcole.com/reportingfromalaska/2022/12/10/mssfuxkl7l8p01ig7rmfpjs3q8obfr
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*BANKSTOWN BIKE AND SKI OPENS FAIRBANKS STORE*Bankstown Bike and Ski has a new location at 1600 Well St.
Shared from Bankstown Bike and Ski is at Bankstown Bike and Ski.
We will be OPEN starting Today, Monday, Dec 12th at 9 AM!
Bring by your bikes, your skis, or just yourselves and check out the new shop at 1600 Well St! This Space has come so far since the 1st of the month and I can’t wait to share it with you all! Also MANY THANKS to all the homies who helped make this happen ❤️❤️❤️ You known who you are ☺️😁👌
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*SOS RIDE AT ADMA TRAILS*We had a great Sundays on Snow ride and rode around a portion of the ADMA trails on Sunday. Check out the ride report and photos here: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2022/12/sos-ride-explores-the-adma-trails/
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*ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS ‘WHEELS ON ICE’ BOOK*Dave James, co-leader of the FCC Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Rides, has a News-Miner article about the new book “Wheels on Ice: Stories of Cycling in Alaska.”
The book is a re-imagined re-issue of Terrence Cole’s book on cycling during the Gold Rush. While it still contains essays on historic cycling , it also has many new stories about cycling in Alaska and Alaskan cyclists.
Dave interviews three of the contributing Fairbanks writer/cyclists — Rachael Kvapil, Corrine Leistikow, and Eric Troyer. All three will be presenting at a reading and a panel discussion this Friday. The event will start at 7pm at Bear Gallery on the 3rd floor of the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts building in Pioneer Park.
Books will be for sale at the event. Come celebrate cycling and maybe pick up a book or two for Christmas presents! You can also buy it online here: www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/nebraska/9781496232472/
See Dave’s News-Miner article here: www.newsminer.com/features/sundays/becoming_alaskan/the-stories-of-cycling-alaska-as-told-by-the-cyclers-themselves/article_4990fa90-781a-11ed-baa3-b3c597186a06.html
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*FCC RESOURCES*We’ve got lots of useful stuff on our website, including a bunch of information on our Resources page and under our Resources dropdown menu: –Bikeways Fairbanks cycling map –Info on Alaska cycling laws –Tanana Valley State Forest Roads –National and International Cycling Advocacy Groups –Winter Riding Tips –Maps Archive
See those and more under Resources at: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/

SOS Ride Explores the ADMA Trails

We had a great Sundays on Snow ride and rode around a portion of the ADMA trails on Sunday.

Eleven of us started at the first parking lot of Creamer’s in good spirits, but we unfortunately we lost one due to a mechanical right away. (Shifting problem that we couldn’t fix. Possibly a cable frozen in the cable housing.)

We finally got on the ADMA trails through Creamer’s Field and found some challenging riding on a trail that needs more snow, grooming, and use. We ran across a small tree across the trail, which Eric dispatched with his fork-mounted saw. Finally, we broke out onto a groomed trail and conditions were much better.

We eventually broke into a couple of groups and all rode the same loop, making it back to the start in good spirits, celebrating with some snacks.

Temps were hovering around zero, but it felt warmer, especially when we were moving.

No SOS ride planned right now, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do.

Help ‘Santa’ deliver bikes to kids!

Want to get into the Christmas spirit? How about helping get more than 100 bikes to children in the Fairbanks area!
Santa’s Helpers is a community of volunteers that provides food and toys to families in need during the holidays. Some of those toys are bikes!
Many people are involved in this effort. Two of them are cyclists and volunteers Wes Wagner and Simon Rakower. They could sure use your help. They can use assistance between Dec 11 and 17. If you have some bike wrenching skills, that would be great, but just a love of biking will do.
Here’s how it works: Alaska Waste collects donations for the “Christmas Promise” project. All donations from that project goes specifically to buying bicycles that Alaska Waste employees put together for children in need.
Once the bikes are assembled they are delivered to Fairbanks Nissan, where Wes and Simon do a final check on the bikes to make sure they are in the best shape possible for the kids. So, if you’ve got some wrenching skills for some last-minute tweaks, your skills are needed. If you don’t have wrenching skills but just love the idea of getting bikes to kids in need, there are other things you can do.
After the bikes have gotten the final OK, Durham School Services employees, using Durham school buses, help deliver the bikes along with other toys and food on December 18.
If you’d like to help Wes and Simon, give Wes a call or text at 907-347-2702. If you want to find out more about Santa’s Helpers or want to help the organization out in other ways, check out the Santa’s Helpers website: santashelpersalaska.com/