Fairbanks Cycle Club News

Comment Sought for Transportation Projects

Remember to comment on the cycle-pedestrian projects in the Transportation Improvement Program. Comment on what you like or don’t like. If you see something missing, there’s still time to suggest something new. FAST Planning is accepting new project nominations through August 30.

Some of the projects included in the list are not yet funded. See “Projects Awaiting Funding” note at bottom of this message.

Here’s the link to the TIP.
https://fastplanning.us/tip/

Here’s a list of what’s in the TIP now that will be of interest to cyclists.

5th Avenue Reconstruction
Reconstruct 5th Avenue from Barnette to Noble Street to provide improved facilities for all users. Reconstruction includes ADA‐compliant sidewalks and shoulders to accommodate bicyclists, wayfinding and bicycle route signs, and landscaping in accordance with FAST Planning’s “Complete Streets” Policy.

Planned for Fiscal Year 2023

For more on this project see: https://dot.alaska.gov/nreg/5th-ave/


Yankovich/Miller Hill Road Reconstruction
Reconstruct Miller Hill Road and Yankovich Road, and improve existing separated multi‐use path as needed. Project work will include roadside hardware, drainage improvements, and utilities.

Work will include:
–Upgrade/widen Yankovich Road to 32 feet (10-foot lanes and 6-foot shoulders) click here for typical section
–Reconstruct Miller Hill Road by widening the existing roadway surface toward the separated path to 30 feet (10-foot lanes and 5-foot shoulders) click here for typical section
–Pave the remaining portion of the Miller Hill Road separated path

Planned for Fiscal Year 2023 and 2024

For more on this project see: https://dot.alaska.gov/nreg/yankovich-miller/


Chena River Walk Stage III
Construct an approximately 3,200’ long segment, multi‐use asphalt path that is 10 feet wide with 2‐foot gravel shoulders. The proposed path would be constructed on the north side of the Chena River from the existing Chena River pedestrian bridge crossing near Pioneer Park to the east side of Peger Road where the new path turns to a north/south orientation along Peger Road until it terminates at the southeast corner of the Peger Road and Phillips Field Road controlled intersection.
–Planned for Fiscal Year 2024


FAST Improvement Program
Perform gravel or asphalt surface maintenance and preservation activities on roads, sidewalks and pathways. Work may also include new or upgraded illumination, signing and striping, storm drains and intersection improvements including nonmotorized crossings, as well as ADA upgrades to sidewalks and curb ramps.

State pays design match and local governments pay construction match,
per agreement


Bike Lane Striping & Signing
Signing and striping of existing paved shoulders within Fairbanks City limits on City streets to accommodate bicyclists as designated bike lanes for seasonal use.

Still awaiting funding.


Holmes Road Reconstruction
Reconstruct Holmes Road from the Badger/Montgomery intersection to Badger/Peede intersection, including consideration of widened shoulders, separated path, sidewalks, or bike lanes. Work includes drainage improvements, roadside hardware, and utilities.

Still awaiting funding.


Nelson Road Bicycle & Pedestrian Facility
Construct a bicycle and pedestrian facility along Nelson Road by adding shoulders or a separated multiuse path. development.

This is a high-priority project, but is still awaiting funding.

PROJECTS AWAITING FUNDING
Projects awaiting funding may get funds if they are freed up from delays in existing project schedules or extra funding is received from the Federal government. If not, more construction funding for projects will become available beginning in 2027. The design process for those projects can start as soon as 2023 or 2024 to be ready for construction in 2027.

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Upcoming events; ride reports; Hayes 460 wraps

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*YOUTH SAFETY DAY INCLUDES BIKING*This event has some great biking aspects! “Bring your bike to the bike rodeo and check out our cone course. Receive a free bike helmet and get a bike checkup and adjustment too! Have fun on the Fire Safety Slide, enter to win a free kid’s bike from Goldstream Sports, and meet local first responders!”
Shared from Youth Safety Day Event by Kinross Fort Knox Tanana Valley State Fair Duration: 4 hr
It’s coming! Kinross Fort Knox presents Youth Safety Day, Saturday, August 20th, 11am to 3pm, at the Tanana Valley Fairgrounds.
Join in the fun as we team up with Volunteers in Policing to bring you a fun-filled day of activities related to youth safety!
Thank you to Volunteers in Policing, Goldstream Sports, and our venue sponsor, the Tanana Valley State Fair Association.
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*SUN, OTHERS JOIN BUTTERFLY RIDE *Seventeen riders made the 12th Annual WOW Butterfly Ride last night! And the sun came out to celebrate, too! Check out the report here: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/2022/08/12th-annual-wow-butterfly-ride-report/
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*START PLACE, TIMING CHANGES FOR NENANA RAMA*The Nenana Rama, coming up on August 27, has some changes for this year.
It will start at University of Alaska Fairbanks Nenana parking lot and will have mass starts at 8 a.m. (100-milers) and 9 a.m. (50-milers). The turnaround for the 50-mile course will be at milepost 341 and for the 100-mile course at the Monderosa Grill.
Last year one of the biggest challenges was timing the race. This year the event will be timed by Frosty Feet Timing and will be done with chips.
Both changes should make for a better event. There’s still time to register!
www.eventbrite.com/e/nenana-rama-2022-50-100-mile-bike-race-tickets-169020192947
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*INFLATION REDUCTION ACT CYCLING ASPECTS*The League of American Bicyclists has a report on how cycling fared in the Inflation Reduction Act, which recently passed the Senate.
bikeleague.org/content/manchin-schumer-deal-what-it
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*TUESDAY NIGHT MTB RIDE REPORT *Just co-organizers Eric and Dave on this week’s Tuesday Night MTB Ride, the Gilmore Gut Buster. Ended up being a nice night! The puddles were big, but they were able to navigate them without getting wet feet. Only walked around one. Pretty good views from up on top!
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*MURPHY DOME MTB MISADVENTURE*Not every trail leads to a happy place. Not every memory is correct. But if you’re with your mountain bike it’s all good in the end, right?
notquiteoverthehillcorrineanderic.blogspot.com/2022/08/making-memories-on-murphy-dome-mountain.html
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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 a Friday clinic where you can get some guidance. These free clinics last from 5:30 to 6:30pm. For more info call the store: (907) 479-2494.
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*INAUGURAL HAYES 460 BIKEPACKING RACE WRAPS UP*Four entrants, four finishers!
sites.google.com/view/hayes460
Aug 8 Tyson Flaherty won the inaugural Hayes 460 Bikepacking Race! He finished last night about 7 p.m. or so. He did the 470-mile race in 36 hours and 45 minutes and no sleep. When he finished his competitors were 150 miles back. He was ushered to the finish line by three fans.
Aug 8 Peter Delamere and Zak Tourville finish the Hayes 460 together in 2 days 9 hours and 40 minutes! They had huge tailwinds pushing them towards Delta Junction at 40 mph. Lots of rain but sunny at the finish. A couple of fans came out to greet them.
Aug 9 Kim Sonderland finished her Hayes 460 in 3 days 2 hours and 15 minutes. First and only woman finisher. She had to sleep in an outhouse at Harding Lake due to extreme winds and rain. A true bikepack racer! Peter and Zak, among others, came out to greet her.
Thank you to Corrine Leistikow for the reporting and photos
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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/

12th Annual WOW Butterfly Ride Report

It could not have been a more perfect night for the 12th Annual WOW Butterfly Ride. Sunny, no wind, and it was a perfect temperature for lots of climbing. Other FCC members must have felt the same way as 11 other riders came out to join six WOW (Women on Wheels). Or maybe it was the enticement of cookies!


Why is it called the Butterfly Ride? That’s a good question. Chris Broda was the one who came up with the name. She said that we would ride up four hills like the four wings of a butterfly. Somehow the name stuck. It makes it sound like a nice easy ride. Let me tell you, it’s not! In one ride we climb Summit, McGrath, Skyridge, and Skyline!


We met at the Musher’s Hall on Farmer’s Loop. After going over the course and taking a group photo, we headed out together, charging up Summit. Some made it look easy and hardly broke a sweat. Others (i.e., me) were huffing and puffing from the get-go. That hill is such a killer to start with especially when you haven’t had an adequate warm up. But after getting up it, the rest of the hills don’t seem so bad.


Alisabeth was the first to the top and she just kept going. We never saw her again. She basically time trialed the course. The others in front of me waited at the top of Summit. After me, there was a bit of a gap so I didn’t stop but just bombed down Skyline knowing those eight riders would easily catch me, which they did. This pretty much happened every hill. I would get passed by all the stronger riders on the uphill but would catch back up on the downhills or flats. It was incentive to push as hard as I could. So hard but so much fun, too. Four big uphills. Four big downhills. (Jordan almost hit 60 mph going down Summit. Mallory was the fastest WOW at 50.3 mph! Smoking fast!) Only a little flat riding between hills.


Some riders peeled off early to bike home. Two LOL, cut their ride a little short due to time constraints and Peggy getting a flat. Our pack basically stayed together for the majority of the ride except for Hannah and Erica, who got dropped on the flat section on Farmer’s Loop before Skyline. If you can’t get onto the paceline, it’s hard to catch back up. But they finished shortly after us.


Everybody had a smile on their face at the end of the ride. Another successful Butterfly Ride! I think it’s one of our hardest but also most fun rides of the season. And chocolate chip cookies at the end to celebrate, too. What’s not to like about that?

Report and photos by WOW co-leader Corrine Leistikow

Butterfly Ride Set for August 10

It’s almost that time of year again. Join the WOW (Women on Wheels) for the infamous WOW BUTTERFLY RIDE.

WHO: Any FCC riders. WOW, LOL, SCUM, kids and adults welcome. You must have an FCC membership (for insurance purposes) and wear a helmet. One day memberships are available.

WHAT: BUTTERFLY RIDE – – Summit, Skyline, McGrath, Skyridge – ride up and down 4 hills like the 4 wings of a butterfly

WHEN: August 10, 2022 6 PM sharp. WOW riders start on time

WHERE: Musher’s Hall – 925 Farmers Loop Rd, Fairbanks

WHY: Why not? Come and ride as many of the hills as you like. Hammer the hills or go for a leisurely ride. Let’s celebrate bike riding and hill climbs! There may be cookies afterwards!

QUESTIONS: Contact one of the WOW leaders.

Butterfly Ride this Wednesday!

Join the WOW (Women on Wheels) for the infamous WOW BUTTERFLY RIDE this coming Wednesday!

WHO: Any FCC riders. WOW, LOL, SCUM, kids and adults welcome. You must have an FCC membership (for insurance purposes) and wear a helmet. One day memberships are available: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/membership/
WHAT: BUTTERFLY RIDE – – Summit, Skyline, McGrath, Skyridge – ride up and down 4 hills like the 4 wings of a butterfly
WHEN: August 10, 2022 6 PM sharp. WOW riders start on time
WHERE: Musher’s Hall – 925 Farmers Loop Rd, Fairbanks
WHY: Why not? Come and ride as many of the hills as you like. Hammer the hills or go for a leisurely ride. Let’s celebrate bike riding and hill climbs! There may be cookies afterwards!
QUESTIONS: Contact one of the WOW leaders:
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/rides/women-on-wheels/

FCC Anti-social media newsletter:

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*WOW BUTTERFLY RIDE THIS COMING WEDNESDAY! *It’s almost that time of year again. Join the WOW (Women on Wheels) in one week for the infamous WOW BUTTERFLY RIDE.
WHO: Any FCC riders. WOW, LOL, SCUM, kids and adults welcome. You must have an FCC membership (for insurance purposes) and wear a helmet
WHAT: BUTTERFLY RIDE – – Summit, Skyline, McGrath, Skyridge – ride up and down 4 hills like the 4 wings of a butterfly
WHERE: Musher’s Hall, 925 Farmers Loop Rd
WHEN: August 10, 2022 6 PM sharp. WOW riders start on time
WHY: Why not? Come and ride as many of the hills as you like. Hammer the hills or go for a leisurely ride. Let’s celebrate bike riding and hill climbs! There may be cookies afterwards!
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*FAIRBANKS BETTER THAN AVERAGE IN PEOPLE FOR BIKES CITY RATINGS*Fairbanks is doing OK in the rankings. We’re in the 75th percentile in Small City rankings. Not bad. But we should strive for more and local planners are doing that. We’ll keep informing you of local advocacy opportunities when they arise, so that you can do your share, too.
Shared from PeopleForBikes.org
What makes a city a best place to bike?
Every year, PeopleForBikes releases our annual #CityRatings, a data-driven program to evaluate, identify and compare the best cities for bicycling. The program also serves as a resource for local leaders, decision makers and advocates looking to make biking better in their cities through infrastructure improvements and community engagement. Learn more about City Ratings and how to improve bicycling in your area by heading to the link!
cityratings.peopleforbikes.org
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*REQUEST TO LOOK FOR STOLEN BIKES*Step-In Autism Services off of Airport Way had three bikes stolen this last weekend: 2 adult trikes and a mountain bike. -A blue Schwinn Meridian -A red Schwinn Meridian -A black and red Specialized Pitch 27.5
Please keep a lookout for these bikes? The kids would love to get riding again!
If anyone has any information send an email (stepinalaskabcba@gmail.com) or call (907) 374-7001.
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*HANDLEBAR DEVICES TO IMPROVE HAND COMFORT*Do your hands get achy or numb while riding? If so, this article has some suggested solutions. You don’t have to be a bikepacker to take advantage of them.
Shared from BIKEPACKING.com
Although many of us are completely sold on bikepacking with flat bars, they have one major drawback compared to their curvy counterparts: a lack of alternative hand positions. Find our mini guide to popular solutions to this problem here, including reviews of top-rated bar ends, thumb grips, and inner bar ends…
bikepacking.com/gear/adding-alt-hand-positions-to-flat-bars/
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*TUESDAY NIGHT MTB RIDE – PEDRO DOME PEDAL PUSHER*Decided to do a shorter version of the planned Tuesday Night MTB Ride. One of our crew was recovering from COVID and we wanted to avoid getting rained on if we could. Success!
We had a great ride and didn’t get rained on. Got to the top of Pedro Dome and found a way down. Most of us walked the gnarliest downhill, but Jim cruised it on his downhill-oriented bike.
No big crashes! Tait didn’t need any new stitches! A good night! Success again!

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Comment opp; Bikeways digital; winter races; lots more

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*COMMENT OPEN FOR RICHARDSON BIKE/PED PATH PROJECT*Would you like to see a bike path between Fairbanks and the Badger Road? Then take time to comment on this.
The Department of Transportation is seeking comments about a proposed bike/pedestrian path along the Richardson Highway between mile 357 and 362 (from Fairbanks toward North Pole).
The project will connect a signalized crosswalk at the Old Richardson Highway/Badger Road intersection with an existing pathway near the Richardson Highway/Airport Way/Gaffney Road intersection. It will also include a pedestrian bridge and signage.
The project construction is scheduled for Summer 2023. Comments may be submitted through August 10.
To find out more, including where to comment see here: notice.alaska.gov/207543
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*BIKEWAYS MAP NOW DIGITIZED*The FAST Planning Bikeways map has been digitized! It has layers, such as for bus stops, historic places, and parks. And it has a locate button so you can geolocate where you are on the map. Very cool!
arcg.is/1e1rOG0

FCC Anti-social media newsletter: Naked riding, bikepacking race, Jenny’s Western Wildlands wrap-up

*FCC FACEBOOK WEEKLY WRAP-UP* *(An anti-social media compendium for our non-Facebook members)*
*FAST BIKE/PED COMMITTEE MEETING NEXT WEEK*FAST Planning Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting via Zoom Thursday, July 28, 5-7 PM Main Agenda Items include: * Prioritization of Non-Motorized Projects * Mobile and Permanent Bike/Pedestrian Counting Stations notice.alaska.gov/207462
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*WORLD NAKED BIKE RIDE*Looking to do something a little “different”?
Shared from NBC Montana
The starting point for this year’s “World Naked Bike Ride” event in Oregon has been announced. The ride will start at Peninsula Park in North Portland on July 30 at 9 p.m. tinyurl.com/5b3tdfrb
Wikipedia page en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Naked_Bike_Ride
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*WOW AND OTHER WEEKLY RIDES*The WOW are women who like to go fast on road bikes! Join them on Wednesdays, or join another one of the weekly rides held around town.
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/rides/
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*TUESDAY NIGHT MTB RIDE REPORT*Tuesday Night MTB Ride – Eva Creek Evisceration We had a fun Tuesday Night MTB Ride! Trails were a bit wet, but no rain. We had a visitor along — Mo from Albuquerque — who had a great time being introduced to the Fairbanks MTB riding scene. And we introduced him to radical trails — taking him up Ester Dome via obscure Ester Trails, the JARR trail, and the Corner Singletrack. He discovered the Fairbanks singletrack scene is a lot about roots! We discovered he is a doc when Tait crashed on the Farmer’s Mine Trail (Equinox Marathon Trail) and Mo tended to him. (Thanks for the help, Mo!) Fortunately, Tait was not eviscerated! Tait and Mo (and the three of us others) survived for a great ride.
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*NEW BIKEPACKING RACE STARTING AND ENDING IN FAIRBANKS*Looking for a big biking challenge that starts and ends in Fairbanks? Consider the Hayes 460: A self supported, completely unofficial, non-stop bike race across the Denali Highway, around the Hayes Mountain Range, making a loop from Fairbanks. No Prizes, No Support, No Entry Fee.
Check it out here: sites.google.com/view/hayes460
It starts August 6.
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*JENNY’S WESTERN WILDLANDS ADVENTURE – STATS*FCC Secretary Jenny Campbell just finished a multi-month tour of the Western Wildlands bikepacking route with a friend. Here’s her post of the last day. Check out all those peanuts!
For more info on the Western Wildlands bikepacking Route see: www.bikepackingroots.org/western-wildlands.html
July 17: Made it to the Canadian border yesterday and celebrated with an ice cream from the Duty Free store🎉🎉! This journey was amazing in so many ways and tested me in ways I didn’t imagine, but am thankful for. I know both Cliff and I grew emotionally and learned about ourselves almost every day. There are stories galore to share when I get home🤗. For now, here are a few stats from the trip. Enjoy!
Miles ridden – 2,671
Days ridden – 66
Ave mi/day ridden – 40.5
Total elevation climbed – 161,036 feet
Miles we hike-a-biked – about 20
Max water carried – 17 liters
Days with some rain – 10
Time ridden in rain – maybe 20 minutes? We don’t like riding in the rain!
Best piece of gear – Hands down my @alpinefit shirt. This Alpine Fit shirt, hand made by a small outfit in Anchorage, beat out my KariTraa, Ibex and SmartWool for durability, sun protection and anti-stink. I wore it EVERY day and, except for some fading of the back, it barely shows wear. Buy local!! alpinefit.com/
Miles of fences – tough one. Estimating 25,000 miles of fencing criss crossing our path.
Number of no trespassing signs – well over 100,000
Peanuts consumed – 47 lbs
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*JENNY’S WESTERN WILDLANDS ADVENTURE *FCC Secretary Jenny Campbell is off on a multi-month tour of the Western Wildlands bikepacking route with a friend. We’re keeping track of her adventure.
For more info on the Western Wildlands bikepacking Route see: www.bikepackingroots.org/western-wildlands.html
July 16: Last stop before Canada 😊. Fueling with a calorie packed milkshake in Eureka, waiting for a thunderstorm to pass, then pedaling again. We’ve decided we don’t like riding in the rain so doing everything we can to avoid it! Because we’re a bit ahead of schedule, we’ve really been savoring the miles the last few days, realizing this journey is coming to an end. Spending just a bit longer at each view or cafe, chatting a bit longer with cyclists we meet and going back through photos reliving some of the finer, and not so fine, moments we’ve shared. 10 miles to the border. Guess it’s time to pedal.
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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: Bike more campaigns, ride reports, more!

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

*GET MORE PEOPLE BIKING*Help fight climate change and improve public health through nationwide cycling advocacy!
Shared from League of American Bicyclists
#drivelessbikemore challenges more Americans to swap car trips with bike trips — and make way for more people on bikes across the country. You can help move this campaign to its fullest potential with a dollar-for-dollar matched contribution! We’ll use those funds to work directly with our network of advocates in targeted cities where more bike trips and fewer car trips can make the biggest impact on climate, health and mode share.
PLUS: All donors at the $125 level or above will receive our new Po Campo + League seat bag! Give today » www.bikeleague.org/give
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*VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SOURDOUGH TRIATHLON*If you’re not racing the Sourdough Triathlon this weekend, consider volunteering.
Shared from Arctic Triathlon Series
SOURDOUGH TRIATHLON – Saturday July 16.
Volunteers are essential!
Sourdough can only be the great experience that it is if we have sufficient volunteers. The jobs are easy: directing racers at intersections, handing out drinks, body marking, and other simple tasks. And due to the course layout, many volunteers can see the entire race from their post and cheer on family and friends.
If you know anyone who’s interested, please use this form to sign up, signup.com/go/tbnEMQN or contact Samantha Royer, samroyer907@gmail.com.
We will be so thankful.
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*JOIN FCC TO COME ALONG ON OUR RIDES*The smoke has cleared, the temps have cooled! A great time to ride your bike!
The WOWs were out last night riding fast and having a great time. We’ve got several other rides each week. Learn about our rides here: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/rides/
If you want to join in on one of our rides, you’ll need to have a membership. You can get both year-long and single-day memberships on our website:
www.fairbankscycleclub.org/membership/
Reply from Ginny Kinne
Thursday night was the LOL (Ladies of Leisure) Fairbanks annual snickers ride! Up to the Parks highway monument and back down old Nenana. We all enjoyed our snickers at the top!