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*UAF GREEN BIKES HIRING*If you are a UAF student and interested in getting paid to work on bikes, check this out.
Shared from UAF Sustainability and FreeStore Dec 1 We are hiring student employees!
Green Bikes Mechanic. This person will learn how to repair bikes and work on bike repair, rentals, and promoting biking on campus:
*MTB SKILLS PARK IDEA*This is an interesting idea. An MTB bike skills park that comes with videos. How many people would like to see something like that in Fairbanks?
Shared from International Mountain Bicycling Association Dec 1 Instead of creating pump tracks in an open area, BAMBA (Berks Area Mountain Biking Association), Philadelphia District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and DirtSculpt LLC created a sustainable skills park in a wooded portion of the Blue Marsh Recreational Area to simulate trail riding with clay-based trails that will resist erosion. Soon to be added are QR code signs that will link riders to how-to videos to help hone their skills. Kids can even track their rides and earn prizes through Kids in Parks! ⚒️ #ReadingRideCenter #BronzeLevel Learn more about BAMBA’s restoration efforts ➡️ bit.ly/36x650w
*BIKE BITS ARTICLE HIGHLIGHT*Biking meets science nerd-dom! “In Search of Grand Canyon Uranium”
This was featured in the most recent edition of Bike Bits, which includes lots of other cool stories, mostly about national and international bike travel, but other stuff, too.
Read about it all here:
And here’s the bike/science nerd story:
*RECREATE RESPONSIBLY REMINDER*Here’s a good reminder from the Winter Wildlands Alliance. COVID-19 cases are spiking in Alaska, but we can still get outdoors and exercise as long as we take a few precautions. We are blessed to have so many opportunities to get out and ski in Interior Alaska during these stressful times!
Shared from Winter Wildlands Alliance Nov 24 Are you in the know for snow? At the start of the pandemic in the United States, the #RecreateResponsibly campaign became the go-to resource for how to get outside responsibly. As seasons change, so do our practices to stay safe outside and to protect the places we play. Check out the Recreate Responsibly winter edition and share with your snowpeople!
*BIKE TO SNOWMOBILE KIT*Too weird not to share! Anyone think these will crowd out fatbikes?
Shared from Matt Hygh > Alaska Mountain Bike Group Dec 1 New conversion kit turns mountain bikes into electric snowmobiles electrek.co/2020/12/01/new-conversion-kit-turns-mountain-bike-into-electric-snowmobile/
*GOLDSTREAM FATBIKE ROUTES*Goldstream Sports has a page of great fatbike routes that start and end at the store. Check it out!
Shared from Goldstream Sports Nov 30 Looking for a great spot to fat bike ride? We’ve created a new page on our site with some routes! Click the images on the page to get more details for each route. All routes start and end at the shop. All of the trails are in great condition!
*FCC BOARD PROFILE: ALYSSA ENRIQUEZ*Meet Alyssa Enriquez, the new FCC board president!
*ADMA TRAILS GET GROOMED, NEED DONATIONS*Awesome that the ADMA trails are getting in good shape. If you use these trails (and/or the Musher’s Hall parking lot), please buy a trail pass or donate. See “Passes and Sponsorships” on the main ADMA page: alaskadogmushers.com/
Shared from Alaska Dog Mushers Association Nov 29 Trail Report ADMA (Jeff Studdert Raceway). We have groomed through all of the turns 4, 4.8, 8, 9.7, 11,12.5, 14.4, 16.4, 19.8 and the ONAC connector is in, as well as the 1 dog loop. Portions of the extension have been groomed but need some more work. The trail is safe and looking really good for this time of year. “Only concerns are a few places need to be brushed out and a few places are still a little rough”. There has been lots of mushers, skijor, bikjor, skiers, bikers, walkers, runners and overall users of the trail system. We have a daily user rate of $5 or a yearly trail pass for $75 that you can pay on ADMA website or there is a drop box at the Mushers Hall trail head. This money is used to groom these amazing trails and keep our equipment updated, Thanks Golden Heart City…

New FCC Board President Alyssa Enriquez Seeks Adventure on Her Bike

Alyssa Enriquez was elected as president of the Fairbanks Cycle Club at the FCC Annual Meeting in October. Here’s a Q and A and some pics so that we can all get to know her a little better. Thank you for being willing to serve Alyssa!

How long have you lived in Fairbanks?

I have lived in Fairbanks for 8 years and 9 winters.

What keeps you here?

Those 9 winters. Kidding aside—the community!

When did you start cycling?

I was about 3 when I got my first tricycle and 6 or 7 when I got my first bike—black frame with teal, pink, white splatter paint and sparkly dangles! I would say I’ve always loved biking but after a couple of crashes and stolen bikes I stayed off for a long while until a couple of years ago.

What type(s) of cycling do you enjoy? Why?

I really enjoy adventure biking—finding new trails, hopping rocks and riding long gravel roads. I recently got a taste of fat biking and I haven’t smiled that wide in a long time.

Alyssa pushes over some snowpack on the trail into Sevenmile Lake off the Denali Highway this past summer. Alyssa reports:”The trip was an awesome mix of sun, massive thunderstorm that shook the tent, and made way for double rainbows on the bike back to the trailhead. Fun riding, came back twice this summer on that trail. The fishing is wonderful too, Lake trout right from shore!”

Do you have a favorite piece of cycling equipment? If so, what and why?

I really love my older Giant bike. I bought at a yard sale when I first moved to Fairbanks, she’s still my favorite bike to ride.

Do you have a place you like to go cycling around Fairbanks?

I love biking anywhere I can go fishing so CHSR, the Steese. In town I enjoy the Farmers Loop bike path and riding along the river.

Do you have a memorable story you’d like to share from your cycling experiences?

This past summer my adventure partner and I found ways to bike to as many fishing spots as we could. After a long drive down to Talkeetna we decided it might be fun to bike to Clear Creek—after riding through deep rain filled ruts and being absolutely coated in mud, we stopped to check how many more miles were left on worst trail I’ve ever biked. The mosquitoes were relentless, and we couldn’t stop for more than a millisecond before they found any uncovered skin to devour. I asked, “Where’s the bug dope?” My partner looks at me and says, “I thought you packed it.” We were 12 miles in at this point… We didn’t fish that night, and I now always pack the bug dope in my pack.

How have you been involved in the cycling community?

I am part of a few riding groups and try to get folks excited about the freedom two wheels brings!

What do you do when you are not cycling?

Depending on the season I am either skiing, hiking, fishing, paddling, rock/ice climbing, dreaming up an awesome adventure or at work!

Why did you choose to serve on the FCC Board of Directors?

I’d love to inspire folks like myself who felt like maybe they weren’t fit enough or saw a hill and backed off to push on!

I absolutely never thought I would bike 1000 miles in less than 6 months last year.

I found a whole new appreciation for the bike paths around Fairbanks, the single track and just having such a wonderful network of multi-use trails around. This year has been difficult, but I have found such joy in hopping on my bike, alone or with folks I care about. I wanted to be on a board that shares this same sentiment whether you are a casual biker, someone who sends on an MTB or grinds the miles on the Steese. It’s the freedom of two wheels and human power that brings together the cycling community. I would love to see a more inclusive cycle club here in Fairbanks, representative of the diversity of our beautiful home.

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*TANANA RIVER CHALLENGE DATE SET*Here’s another fatbike race to train for!
Shared from Tanana River Challenge Nov 23 It’s a date! The 2021 Tanana River Challenge will happen Saturday March 20th!❄️😎
*WINTER BIKE TRIP INTO THE WHITES*Fatbikes help you celebrate what’s wonderful about loving in interior Alaska despite the cold and dark!

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*ONLINE FATBIKE CLASS COMING DEC 3*Our former Prez will be teaching an online intro to fatbiking class on December 3. The trails are in prime condition. If you don’t haven’t fatbiked before or are just starting, this is the class for you!
*WHITE MOUNTAINS TRAIL REPORT*Sounds like it’s time for a fatbike ride up in the Whites!
Shared from BLM-White Mountains National Recreation Area Nov 13 White Mountains trail conditions update. Yesterday the BLM trail crew took advantage of great weather to break the Wickersham Creek Trail and Fossil Creek Trail. They reported plenty of snow and good trail conditions as far as Beaver Creek. The river crossing in front of Borealis-Le Fevre Cabin had some overflow and open leads, but the crew found a place to cross. The snow got thinner between Beaver Creek and Caribou Bluff, but there was enough snow to cover the tussocks and make for decent trail conditions. The crew turned back right before the start of the Caribou Bluff Cabin spur trail, where they encountered considerable open water at the Fossil Creek crossing. Today the BLM crew is planning on breaking the Colorado Creek Trail.
According to a report from the public, the creek crossing on the Bear Creek Trail still has open water that recently stopped one group from reaching Richard’s Cabin; that trail is not recommended until decent ice develops on the creek. All creek and river crossings should be approached with caution at this point in the season, when thick ice has not yet formed.
*FATBIKE DEMO DAY ON SATURDAY*Goldstream Sports has a fatbike demo ride this coming Saturday. Demo rides are a good way to learn about fatbiking and/or learn about different types of fatbikes.
Shared from Fatbike Demo Day Saturday, November 21, 1 pm 45-60 minute ride on easy terrain You must call to RSVP. 907-455-6520 Masks required
*BIPOC FILMAKER GRANT APPLICATIONS DUE DEC 1*If you have a Black, Indigenous, or People of Color story to tell, consider applying for this grant.
Shared from Filmed by Bike Nov 16 ⚡ Time for a reintroduction! ⚡ Our BIPOC Filmmaker Grant, Presented by Machines for Freedom, will award BIPOC creatives with cash grants of $1,500 – $2,000 to tell their bike stories.
No previous filmmaking experience is necessary, no location restrictions. We encourage our global community to apply!
Grantees will have the option to choose an advisor to assist them in seeing their vision from concept to screen.
Completed films will play at our annual Filmed by Bike Festival then travel the word on tour!
Applications due Dec 1st. No fee to apply!
✨Share your pitch at Filmedbybike.org

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*BORO TRAIL CONDITIONS REPORT*Sounds like a useful resource.
Shared from Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Rec Nov 12 Hey Winter Trail Users! ❄️🎿🚴‍♀️🛷 Our NEW Winter Trail Conditions Report is your one-stop source for current winter trail conditions for cross-country skiing, snowmachining, fat-tire biking, snowshoeing, ice skating and walking in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Our team will update the trail conditions report weekly on Thursdays at 11:00am throughout the winter season. Find it here:
*WELCOME NEW FCC BOARD!*New FCC board members announced! Also, a wrap-up of other items discussed at the annual meeting.
*FAST BPAC MEETING NEXT WEEK*The Bike/Ped Advisory Committee for FAST meets next week via Zoom. The public is invited to attend.
*BIKE BITS ARTICLE FAVE*”While many people enjoy lowbrow humor, not everyone is willing to commit to traveling more than 2500 miles on a bike for a great poop joke.”:
This was featured in the most recent edition of Bike Bits, which includes lots of other cool stories, mostly about national and international bike travel, but other stuff, too.
Read about it all here:
And here’s the bike joke story:
*BIKEPACKING WITH A KIDDO*Hmmm. If you wanted to take a young child bikepacking near Fairbanks, where would be a good place to go?
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Nov 9 With the heat of summer behind him, Patrick Farnsworth heads to the Sam Houston National Forest with his four-year-old daughter for her first bikepacking trip. Patrick put together this short reflection and a set of photos from their overnighter, which you can check out here…

New Board Elected for Fairbanks Cycle Club

The Fairbanks Cycle Club has a new board! 

Thank you to all our new board members (and to Geoff, our one returning member). 

  • Alyssa Enriquez: President
  • Travis Naibert: Vice President
  • Jenny Campbell: Secretary 
  • Tom Dale: Treasurer
  • Erica Betts: At Large Member
  • Geoff Orth: At Large Member

And thank you to the departing board members:

  • Rachael Kvapil: President
  • David James: Vice President
  • Ryan Kabat: Treasurer
  • Julie Mancill: Secretary

The new board was chosen at the FCC Annual Meeting, which was held on October 25 via Zoom. Also at the meeting:

  • Rachael discussed the club’s finances, which are in good shape so far despite not being able to hold the FCC Bike Swap this year due to the pandemic. 
  • Rachael described the success of the Youth MTB Class, which was started and run by Hilary Saucy, who figured out how to do it with social distancing and limited group sizes. (The summer classes were so successful, Hilary added some fall classes.)
  • Geoff outlined the progress of the Rosie Creek Forestry Area project, which would turn that forestry area’s focus to recreation while its forestry operations are dormant. (The first round of work on the project will be starting next spring.) 
  • Julie reported that the Chena Hot Springs Ride was not held due to the pandemic, but she said she would help put that on next summer (assuming Fairbanks is in better shape regarding the pandemic). 

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*BIKE-HUNTING IN THE ALASKA RANGE*Bikes, hunting, climate change, great photography. There’s a lot packed in this not-too-long, Alaska-based article.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Nov 6 This past fall, Bjørn Olson and three others rode their bikes into the mountains of the Alaska Range to hunt Caribou and harvest wild food for the winter. Read his story about their trip and what it means to hunt and gather for sustenance in the 21st century…
*LOW-WASTE BIKEPACKING*Tips to Reduce and Reuse while rolling.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com Nov 5 Our new Guide to Low-Waste Bikepacking: Convenience has become so highly prized that we often seek it without a second thought, even in our outdoor adventures. If you’re disheartened with all the packaging that seems to accompany your pursuit of the simple life, check out this guide for hints and tips for reducing the trash you create on your next bikepacking trip…
*CHENA RIVER TO RIDGE*Yeah! One of the premier multi-sport races in the Interior! Even if you’re not into racing, it’s a great reason to go out and ride in the Chena River State Recreation Area.
Shared from Chena River to Ridge Nov 5 Registration will open January 1! More details to follow, but mark your calendars. This one will fill up quickly…
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*QUICK AND EASY BIKEPACKING *This short, fun video is a reminder that bikepacking can be a quick overnighter. Though maybe when it’s a tad bit warmer.
Shared from International Mountain Bicycling Association Nov 4 Does the election have you stressed, excited, anxious, or all of the above? Pack a bag and hop on your mountain bike for a mid-week bikepacking adventure with a couple of friends! 😉 Watch Pinkbike’s video for inspiration! 🎥
*KEEPING THE BIKE BOOM BOOMING*Ponderings on how to keep the bike boom going.
Shared from League of American Bicyclists Oct 29 More people are biking right now and we love it. How do we keep people riding into the future? Advocacy plays a big role. “A federal agenda focused on making biking safer and more affordable just might keep Americans on the saddle this time around.” That’s why the League works everyday on Capitol Hill to ensure the rights and needs of people who bike are represented.
*WINTER MAINTENANCE AFFECTED BY BUDGETS*If you missed the Fairbanks Winter Maintenance Forum last week, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner had a story on it.
From City of Fairbanks Public Works Director Jeff Jacobson:
“My staffing level at public works for the last 30 years has not increased one position,” Jacobson said during the meeting. “But the amount of roads and sidewalks we maintain has gone up exponentially.”
From Dan Schacher, Fairbanks district superintendent for the state Department of Transportation:
In the past five years, the department’s budget was cut by 31%. As a result, they closed five maintenance stations and lost some equipment and personnel, he said.
In other words, don’t be surprised if it takes a while — maybe a long while — before some roads, sidewalks, bike paths, and trailhead parking areas are cleared of snow. It’s a bummer, but that’s the reality of shrinking budgets and stable or even increasing demand.
*WANT TO CREATE A SAFE ROUTE?*Got an idea for creating a safe route to a nearby park? The Safe Routes Partnership can help. It would also a good idea to touch base with Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation:
Shared from Safe Routes Partnership Oct 30 Ready to make great parks in your community more accessible for people walking, biking, or taking transit? Applications for the 2021 Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program open November 9! Mark your calendars with these important dates and start preparing your application:

Steese/Johansen comment opportunity, deadline Oct 31

Somehow missed this until now. But there is still time to comment for those interested. DOT is seeking comments on the draft environmental agreement of the Steese Expressway/Johansen Expressway Interchange. Among other things the project “aims to address operational and safety concerns including pedestrian and bicycle safety, pedestrian delay, vehicle delay, and the proximity of Farmers Loop Road.” A public comment survey is also available on the project website until October 31. notice.alaska.gov/199563 <l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fnotice.alaska.gov%2F199563%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2RmdxTk2dbhsQhp9bouAO1_MKeqdRW9yYyFqKgYk4JqVydv34Sjmju1CY&h=AT2Oco5hNSOD3asGtpEp63FIzl-CmlE0X8fkgcgU4YmSKUwcC7XooL383oi…[0]=AT3sHLSuMm36OQtnq8RzOY3P-S8mtik-kDsuTLexJ01UjN2zDm0Mvs0l9NVNH2XcV4ArkPvUr38LuDYs-oaE3JtVaC_xhoTjz7WHR_k66PTiF6UNbtPRYx1u5xybl-dap0p35vXviOHsrI7zfZEyaiAGYvlDwfAh8Q-8nMQo865OV91l8F66qN8iJqsdIHmujQ>

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*BIKING THE ALASKA-YUKON GOLDEN CIRCLE ROUTE*This is a good story about the Yukon-SE Alaska loop that takes in Haines, Haines Junction, Whitehorse and Skagway. A great adventure that’s not too far from home. Hopefully, by next summer things will be better and the Canadian border will again be open for trips like this.
Shared from Adventure Cycling Association Oct 29 We’ve made one of our favorite stories from the October/November 2020 issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine available online! If you like it, please consider supporting us by subscribing to the magazine:
*IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY, REMEMBER TO VOTE! *Good reminder. Voting ultimately affects biking and every other aspect of our lives. You can still vote early:
Shared from League of American Bicyclists Oct 28 We know, you’re hearing it from everyone. But it’s important, so we’re saying it, too: the election is less than a week away and your vote counts. Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, will be here before you know it!
*UAF SKI TRAILS ARE NOW SKI ONLY* Shared from UAF North Campus 10/26 Trail update- 3 inches warm sticky snow and 31F. I attempted to get the roller out to pack trails but it’s just too warm. Temps are expected to start dropping this evening and should be good for grooming tomorrow. Signs went up at trail heads trails are now ski only.
*BIPOC FILM FEST STILL AVAILABLE*This biking film fest is over, but tickets are still apparently on sale. Pay what you can.
Shared from Filmed by Bike Oct 25 Did you catch the fest? High Vis: Celebrating BIPOC Cyclists and their Stories tickets are still on sale!
The live happy hour and film program are available for you to watch at home, on your own time, up to a month after purchase.
Tickets are pay-what-you-can and benefit our BIPOC Filmmaker Grant, Presented by Machines For Freedom, supporting new and emerging BIPOC filmmakers in telling their bike stories. After 18 years of bike movies, we know just how vital these stories are.
Get your tickets now at:
*GOLDSTREAM VALLEY TRAIL CHANGE*A change to a popular fatbiking trail in Goldstream Valley.
*SOME TRAILS NOW SKIING ONLY*Birch Hill Recreation Area Trails are now skiing-only.
Shared from Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks Oct 25: We’ve got snow! A few trail systems in our area are ski only in winter. And while the snow might be thin, some of the trails are skiable!
So far we know of only two that are now closed to other uses: –Birch Hill Recreation Area –Darrell L. Coe Nordic Ski Trails at Salcha Elementary School
Please do not use these trails for biking, walking, running, or any other activity other than skiing.
Learn more about these and other ski-friendly trails, including where grooming reports are published, at this webpage: www.nscfairbanks.org/trails/other-local-trails/
*BIKE BITS ARTICLE FAVE*How bicycles transformed our world Coronavirus has sparked a two-wheeled transport boom in many parts of the globe. But this isn’t the first time bicycles have been the hottest machines on the market.
This was featured in the most recent edition of Bike Bits, which includes lots of other cool stories. Several national and international bike travel stories and a BIPOC filmmaker grant.
Read about it all here:
And here’s the bike history story:

Zoom link for FCC Annual Meeting and Board Elections

Good morning! I hope everyone is transitioning well from summer/ fall riding into winter.
This Sunday is our Annual Meeting and Board Elections. We are holding it via Zoom due to COVID-19. The meeting will last 40 minutes since that is the maximum Zoom allows for a free account. The outgoing board will give brief updates about the year followed by elections of the new board.
People who have expressed an interest in serving on the FCC Board: > –Erica Betts > –Jenny Campbell > –Alyssa Enriquez > –Travis Naibert > –Tom Dale > –Geoff Orth (currently serving as FCC Board Member-at-Large, willing to > continue) > > Current Board members stepping down: > –Rachael Kvapil (President) > –Dave James (Vice President) > –Ryan Kabat (Treasurer) > –Julie Mancill (Secretary) > This is a great time to find out more about FCC activities, provide input, and VOTE! Below is the information you will need to join the meeting. See you there!
Rachael Kvapil, Outgoing President
Topic: FCC Annual Meeting and Board Election Time: Oct 25, 2020 03:00 PM Alaska
Join Zoom Meeting zoom.us/j/96318468040?pwd=V3ZmbVJkdTdjbXViWUtzNEVIbjlOdz09
Meeting ID: 963 1846 8040 Passcode: S9x456