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*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP*(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)
*FCC STORE OPEN AGAIN FOR CYCLING CLOTHES!*Have you seen the Fairbanks Cycle Club riders sporting awesome new jerseys and shorts?! They arrived last Friday!
Check out the pics! Here’s one rider’s assessment: “Great colors and jersey fabric weight! Really comfortable!”
Jealous? Well, you haven’t missed the boat. We’ve opened the store again!
*TOUR OF FAIRBANKS COMPETITION REMAINS REAL*Better late than never. Here’s a story on the Tour of Fairbanks. Congrats to everyone who participated and to Race Director Christopher Knott for making it happen!
*SENATE PASSES GREAT AMERICAN OUTDOORS ACT*Amid a lot of grim news, something to celebrate for people who enjoy outdoor recreation on public lands!
According to Lee Hart, executive director of the Alaska Outdoor Alliance:
“The House gets it next where smooth sailing is expected. Then it goes to the President’s desk where he has, in at least one Tweet, indicated he would sign it.”
Share from PeopleForBikes.org Thanks to the leadership of Senator Cory Gardner & Senator Joe Manchin III for leading the charge on the #GreatAmericanOutdoorsAct. Curious about what this means for bikes? Check out our blog for more information.
*HELP ADVOCATE FOR IMPROVED BIKING INFRASTRUCTURE*Several nationwide biking advocacy groups are doing a bunch of advocacy to improve biking infrastructure. Several congressional votes are coming up soon. Adventure Cycling is one of the groups that makes it easy to advocate. Every voice helps.
These are cookie cutter letters, but you can personalize them. Adding a line about Fairbanks or Alaska helps indicate to our representatives you actually read and support what it says.
*Note: The Great American Outdoors Act, one of the items in this advocacy campaign, passed the Senate, but there are other pieces of as-yet unpassed legislation included in this post.* Shared post from:
Adventure Cycling Association If you want safer biking and walking infrastructure, now is the time to tell Congress. Take action and ask your representatives for funding for active transportation.
*BOROUGH TRAILS CHALLENGE IS BACK!*Woohoo! The Trails Challenge is live! Looks like you can bike to most of these! Of course, you are welcome to use other modes of travel, just not sure it will be as much fun. 😉 Link below (scroll down a bit)
*BEAVER SPORTS AGAIN OFFERS WEEKLY MTB RIDES*Beaver Sports’ Thursday Night MTB rides are back! Thursdays 5-6:30pm
Come ride your mtn bike with our bike staff! The one and only Jeff Gillmore leads the rides, for all experience levels. We always start the ride from Beaver Sports and head towards the UAF trails or the awesome trail network right behind our store.
We will be following 6 ft distancing recommendations from the CDC.
Everyone is welcome!
Call (907) 479-2494 for more information.

Tour of Fairbanks Competition  Remains Real Despite Virtual Format

Tour of Fairbanks Competition Remains Real Despite Virtual Format

The virtual format didn’t quash the competition of the recent Tour of Fairbanks road bike race as nearly every category had a leader change during the race’s five stages.

Will Coleman took the win for the Open Men category while Davya Flaharty won the Open Women category. Kristin O’Brien won the Masters/Sport Women category and Matt Glover won the Masters/Sport Men.

The Fairbanks Cycle Club race was held June 4-7 with all racers required to ride by themselves, requirements put into place earlier due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Courses were set up and times recorded using the Strava app.

Even though riders raced alone they still seemed to feel the heat of close competition, especially during the last day, which included a 52-mile stage from Fox to the Wickersham Dome Trailhead and back.

The Open Men category was a real dog fight for the win. Tyson Flaharty, Davya’s husband, came into the last stage with a 21-second lead on Coleman and a 24-second lead on Luke Buth. But Coleman blitzed the Wickersham Dome course to post a 31-second win, which helped him squeak out a 10-second lead over Tyson Flaharty.

Luke Buth tackles the last stage of the 2020 Tour of Fairbanks on a flat spot during the climb to Hilltop Restaurant. Photo by Paulette Hoffman.

“That was an unbelievably close finish considering they raced for almost 2-and-a-half hours!” said Race Director Christopher Knott.

Eric Difolco put in a gutsy Wickersham Dome effort to take third place from Buth, who placed fourth.

In the Open Women category, Davya Flaharty held strong and went from a solid second to take the win. She held almost 17 miles per hour on the Wickersham Dome course, which included 2,200 feet of climbing.

“Wow,” said Knott. “Unbelievable speed after four stages of racing!”

Christina Turman, who had been leading the category, was not able to compete in the fifth stage due to a pulled hamstring. Alisabeth Thurston Hicks, who had been in third place, took second.

The Masters/Sport Women also had a lead change. Kristin O’Brien had a great Wickersham Dome ride to overtake Anna Rix to win the overall by just 58 seconds. O’Brien came on strong the last two stages to dig into the huge lead Rix had built earlier. Alexandria Manley filled out the podium with a third-place finish.

Matt Glover dominated the Masters/Sport Men category, though Russ Brovold had a screaming time trial on the Steese Highway stage. Glover solidified his win with a six-minute victory on the Wickersham Dome stage. No other racers in the category finished all stages.

But competition wasn’t the only thing outstanding about this race. Racer Andrew Weller showed great sportsmanship. After other racers got flats on the Wickersham course Weller replaced the tubes and even donated his own to get the other racers on their way.

“He even had to call his wife to bring him more tubes after he also got a flat,” Knott said.

Andrew Weller digs deep during a climb up the Parks Highway during the first stage of the 2020 Tour of Fairbanks. Photo by Hillary Weller.

All results are posted on the Fairbanks Cycle Club website at: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/races/results/

Tour of Fairbanks racing will continue July 16-19 with a mountain bike version and August 27-30 with a gravel racing version. The formats will be similar in that racers will ride on their own with their results being recorded in Strava. For more information see: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/races/tour-of-fairbanks/

The FCC would like to extend a special thanks to Christopher Knott for spending many hours of volunteer time to make this Tour of Fairbanks happen amid challenging circumstances.

2020 FCC Gear For Sale Through July 2! Includes sale!

Have you seen the Fairbanks Cycle Club riders sporting awesome new jerseys and shorts?! They arrived last Friday!

Check out the pics below. (Thanks to fabulous Brenda Elmer for modeling!) Here’s one rider’s assessment: “Great colors and jersey fabric weight! Really comfortable!”

Jealous? Well, you haven’t missed the boat. We’ve opened the store again! Here are the details: 

  • The store has the same offerings as last time – road and mountain gear.  
  • Store Link: https://custom2.champ-sys.com/teamstore/?FCCJune2020
  • Shipping is included in the cost.  
  • They have a 15% off sale going through June 30.  Discount is shown at checkout.
  • Store is open through July 2, but the discount is only good through June 30.  
  • Items will arrive around the end of July or early August.  It only took 3-4 weeks for the current gear to arrive, but they quote 4-5.

Here are some notes from the sales representative.

  • Size Guide Size chart points to a very form fit. If there is any question I recommend sizing up.
  • Product Catalog – descriptions here.
  • Please order from a desktop or laptop computer. These are custom orders with many important details that are better viewed on a large screen.

Order Instructions

  • Click Store Link https://custom2.champ-sys.com/teamstore/?FCCJune2020. Click thumbnail image of product you want (Jersey for example)
    • Select the style of that product you would like (images shown on this window are stock, not your design)
    • Enter preferences, sizes and quantities for that product (you will see your design associated again on this window)
  • Click Checkout
    • Login if you have ordered in the past
    • Sign Up if this is your first order
    • Pay from PayPal landing page using your Credit Card or PayPal account. Watch for a confirmation email/receipt from PayPal momentarily
    • Please double check your order details for accuracy, there are no returns on custom garments

New submission from Reach Out to the Fairbanks Cycle Club Listserve!

  Alisabeth Thurston Hicks
  [email protected]
Your Message
  14 inch (small) late '90s Kona Muni Mula looking for a good home. Good shape except for the Marzocchi XC shock, which could use a tune up (or replacement). Could be a good bike for an older child/young adolescent. I have to make room in my stable and am finally moving this beloved steed on. FCC members get first crack! $50. Contact Alisabeth at mobile (907) 371-3337.
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NEW YOUTH MOUNTAIN BIKE PROGRAM! Registration is open for the Fairbanks Cycle Club’s new Youth Mountain Bike Summer Program!
This program is open to youths from ages 9 to 14. Participants will learn and improve basic skills on the bike, gain comfort riding on uneven surfaces and practice riding over and around small obstacles, all while exploring local grass and dirt trails!
Specific skills include basic bike balance and maneuvering skills, how to properly operate gears, how to go up and down hills without getting off the bike, and how to roll over and around small obstacles, bumps and holes.
Learn more here:
SCUM RIDES NOW STARTING IN AKASOFU PARKING LOT Just updated our Rides page so show that the SCUM rides (aka SOW: SCUM on Wheels) are starting at the Akasofu Building north parking lot (due to construction that makes the Patty Center parking lot difficult to access). And remember that the rides are starting now at 9 a.m. The Akasofu Building is also known as the Geophysical Institute building (aka: Geophys).
Last weekend I did a long day ride from my front door to Manley Hot Springs. It was a great ride. 155 miles with 11, 500 feet of climbing. My legs were tired. And I didn’t even soak in the hot springs at the end of it. You can read about it here.
CYCLING ESSAYS WANTED Are you a writer who cycles? Or a cyclist who writes? Either way you are wanted! Well, your submissions are wanted for an Alaska anthology of essays by or about contemporary cyclists. Read more here:
ACT ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO COMMUTE BY BIKE The Bicycle Commuter Act was introduced last year. More information on it can be found in the below links. If you support it, People for Bikes has made it easy to send a letter.
Shared from: PeopleForBikes.org
The Bicycle Commuter Act needs your support! This bill would provide commuters up to $53 per month in pre-tax benefits for biking to work. Send a letter to your representative to cosponsor the Bike Commuter Act today.

Tour of Fairbanks photos?

Weller family. 2020 first stage Ester gas to old Nenana pull out. We didn’t get great pics this year, but we did great cheering for a great rider.
On Wed, Jun 10, 2020 at 3:57 PM Eric Troyer <[email protected]> wrote:
> Did anyone take any photos during the virtual Tour of Fairbanks that they > would be willing to let the club use for publicity? If so, please contact > Eric Troyer at [email protected]. Thanks. > > > > > — Hillary Weller (907) 299-2931 Cell
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Tour of Fairbanks Stage #1 Results

Great day of virtual racing with TWO KOM/QOM set! Luke Buth, Tyson Flaharty, and Eric Difolco all topped the prior fastest times on Old Nenana Highway. While on the intermediate KOM/QOM Tyson tied the prior time. Records are falling!
Full results are on the Fairbanks Cycle Club Page at www.fairbankscycleclub.org/races/results/ Click on the “Stage #1 Results” link for a PDF.
Now onto Stage #2!