Fairbanks Cycle Club News

March 3 SOS Ride: El Dorado Creek Trail – Intermediate Level

When: March 3, 2024, start at 11am

Where: Meet at the El Dorado Creek Trailhead

Estimated tour time: About 2-3 hours.

Description: This is an intermediate level ride. The trail is an out-and-back and has quite a few ups and downs as it gradually climbs up toward the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. The trail will also have some areas of overflow as well as a free-flowing creek that is easy to get around. (You can ride it, but most people walk their bikes around it.)

The ride is free, but you’ll need to be a member of the Fairbanks Cycle Club. Two-week memberships are available for $10.

Temperature cut-off: The ride will be canceled if it’s 15F below or colder at 9 a.m. according to the Toboggan Lane weather station (scroll down to “latest observation”).

Dogs: No dogs please.

Leader: Dean Engelhaupt (dmengelhaupt@gmail.com)

FATBIKE RENTALS

If you don’t own your own fatbike, but want to try it out, there are a few places around town that rent fatbikes that we know about. (Not all are open on Sundays, so plan ahead.)

OTHER WINTER RIDES

We have other winter rides, and there are others as well. Find out more on our Winter Rides page.

Fat-Tired Tuesday – Rosie Creek Ruckus REMIX – 02/27/2024

This week’s Fat Tired Tuesday Night ride will be a “remix” of the fun climb-and-descend ride called the Rosie Creek Ruckus. We did this one during the cold snap in January. Should be much more pleasant this time!

WHEN AND WHERE: Meet at the pullout for the Beaver Pond Trail. (Google Maps link here.)

If the link doesn’t work, no problem, as the trailhead is easy to find: Drive down Cripple Creek Road from the Parks Highway till you see a turn on the right for Rosie Creek Trail. Go down it and after Frida Way, go on for about 1/4 of a mile, and you’ll see a pull off on the right. Look for an orange Subaru.

Meet just before 6 p.m. We’ll hit the trails as close to 6 p.m. as we can.

These are intermediate-level rides, but we try to keep up a brisk pace so that we can stay warm. These are no-drop rides, so if the group starts to split up significantly we will try to break it into two groups. We don’t want anyone waiting for long.

You need to be a member of the FCC. Temporary memberships are available, but you must sign up online.

HELMETS mandatory. If you’re used to wearing a thick hat, don’t worry. Wear a thin hat or buff. The combination of thin hat, helmet, and exertion should keep you warm.

No dogs for this ride, please.

For more info on FTTN rides see HERE.

Questions:
fbx.cycle.club@gmail.com

No Tuesday Creamer’s Refuge lunch ride this week. (Ride leader Erica is out on the Iditarod Trail Invitational!) We do have some Sundays on Snow rides coming up. More details on the SOS ride coming soon. Read about other winter rides HERE.

Feb 25 SOS Ride: Goldstream Sports Trails – Intermediate Level

Let’s go check out the Goldstream Sports trails! And maybe some other ones nearby.

When: February 25, 2024, start at 10am

Where: Meet at Goldstream Sports

Estimated tour time: About 1-2 hours.

Description: We will ride the Goldstream Sports trails. These used to be ski-only trails, but now they are open to multiple non-motorized uses. They are fun, mostly flat, singletrack-ish trails. They are windier than the typical Goldstream Valley trails. We may peel off and do some truly singletrack fatbike trails in the area, too. 

The ride is free, but you’ll need to be a member of the Fairbanks Cycle Club. Two-week memberships are available for $10.

Temperature cut-off: The ride will be canceled if it’s 15F below or colder at 9 a.m. according to Pruitt Lane weather station (scroll down to “latest observation”).

Dogs: No dogs please.

Leader: Eric Troyer (fbxcyclist@gmail.com)

Donations: Goldstream Sports accepts donations for trail grooming. Besides the trails that start from their shop, they have also been grooming the Ester Dome Singletrack Trails. Ask in the shop about how to donate.

FATBIKE RENTALS

If you don’t own your own fatbike, but want to try it out, there are a few places around town that rent fatbikes that we know about. (Not all are open on Sundays, so plan ahead.)

OTHER WINTER RIDES

We have other winter rides, and there are others as well. Find out more on our Winter Rides page.

FTTN Report 02-13-2024 – Overflow, overflow, overflow!

Last week’s Fat Tired Tuesday Night ride was “interesting,” according to leader Dean. It was on the Tanana River and the river had a few surprises. Dean was cautious and made a good decision to turn back earlier than planned.

Read Dean’s report here:

There were 4 of us, Dave, Gus, Hazel and myself were ready for the river last night. We didn’t really know how far we were going to get so we just played it by ear. I was able to find a hard packed single track trail that started from the parking lot but the trail ended up going soft within a mile but still bikable. Eventually became really soft and we had to deflate a bit to not rut it up too bad and have a better ride. 

We came up on our first of three sections of overflow. I got off my bike and tested it by just putting a foot on it and then eventually my entire body and it seems pretty solid. So I got on my bike and we continued on. Shortly after that we came across a second stretch of overflow and was softer but if we walked over this little snow bridge, it seemed doable.  

However, when we hit the third stretch of overflow, it was soft and you could actually see standing water at the surface. To keep everyone safe and dry, we had agreed it was a good turning around point. We had agreed to maybe do a 4 miles in and 4 miles out once we got going but ended up only being about 3 in and 3 out, 6 miles total.  

Overall, it was a little work but sections were fast and there were some “work for it” sections as well but still very doable. 

Fat-Tired Tuesday – Goldstream Valley, West Side – 02/20/2024

This week’s Fat Tired Tuesday Night ride will be an easy-ish loop on the west end of Goldstream Valley. There will be some steep hills, but they won’t be long. There will probably be some overflow to negotiate and/or reroute around. It’s that time of year.

WHEN AND WHERE: Meet at the Ken Kunkel Community Center in Goldstream Valley.

Meet just before 6 p.m. We’ll hit the trails as close to 6 p.m. as we can.

These are intermediate-level rides, but we try to keep up a brisk pace so that we can stay warm. These are no-drop rides, so if the group starts to split up significantly we will try to break it into two groups. We don’t want anyone waiting for long.

You need to be a member of the FCC. Temporary memberships are available, but you must sign up online.

HELMETS mandatory. If you’re used to wearing a thick hat, don’t worry. Wear a thin hat or buff. The combination of thin hat, helmet, and exertion should keep you warm.

No dogs for this ride, please.

For more info on FTTN rides see HERE.

Questions:
fbx.cycle.club@gmail.com

We’ve also got a Tuesday Creamer’s Refuge lunch ride this week and more Sundays on Snow rides coming up. More details on the SOS ride coming soon. Read about other winter rides HERE.

Zwift and Bike Trainer Presentation, Feb. 21

Are you curious about indoor cycle training equipment and programs? Come to this free presentation about trainers and using the Zwift platform. The presentation will include:

—Setting up trainers and sensors (including no frills trainers and bluetooth-enabled trainers)
—How to get and use the Zwift program
—Resources to get the most from your trainer and Zwift
—How to access the FCC Zwift rides on Sunday afternoons

The presentation will include a demonstration, including a chance for everyone to try out a trainer and ride with Zwift. Available to try will be a Saris H3 Smart Trainer and a Wahoo Kickr Bike. There will also be some “dumb” (no frills) trainers available to try.

Discount: Goldstream Sports will have 10 percent off any units sold or ordered during the event.

Who: Open to anyone interested.

Where: Goldstream Sports

When: Wednesday, February 21, 6 p.m.

How much: Free

Zwift Sunday Ride Report – 02-11-2024

Ride report from leader Monica:

We had 4 riders on Sunday as we relaxed on one of the flattest courses in Watopia.

One of the fun things of Zwift is all the virtual bikes and kits you can accumulate, and you don’t have to worry about the spouse getting mad or the amount of laundry.

The rider in front is wearing a Scotland kit. Zwift made it a freebie to anyone when they rode any Scotland ride when the world was introduced. Don’t you wish you could just get a free jersey in real life just for riding a new route?

SOS Report – 02-11-2024 Goldstream Exploration

This past weekend’s Sundays on Snow had some great adventures. Dean led the ride, but didn’t always lead the ride. And if you want to know what the Superb Owl is, well, you’ll just have to come on another ride that Matt’s on and ask him!

Here are reports of the ride from some of the participants.

From Dean
We had 5 riders including myself. Matt really helped navigate a lot. We had a short route for anyone that wanted to go see the Super bowl but the rest of us stayed out longer and rode on the Ivory Jack’s side of Goldstream Valley. My Strava ended up saying we had close to 18 miles for the day.  Great weather and the trails were in great shape.  Fast!!!

From Matt
Sundays on Snow – Superb Owl Sunday Edition 🦉🏈
Tons of fun, we went looking for the Superb Owl but didn’t manage to find him. Dean tried to take us out all the way to Fox so I took over the navigation, Nita got her head stuck in her jacket, we cruised downhill, visited the cabin on stilts, rode the Ivory Jack’s winter trail, rode a straight shot down Plumber’s Crack, and then I put my boot back in the overflow again in almost the same spot because I didn’t learn my lesson yesterday.

From Nita
SOS Ride – Wait, turn left or right at the road?
Ballaine pull off out on Goldstream trails, cross back over Ballaine, out on more trails, a stilt house out there somewhere, small crash, tore my favorite pants… where are we? No, I don’t want to go up another hill. Don’t pull out a map, I don’t want to read a map. Follow the trail and turn left at the road? 👍 Oops, he meant right. Turn right at the road. That’s okay, I found the truck…

Photos below from ride participants.

Feb 18 SOS Ride: Goldstream Valley Exploration – Beginner/Intermediate Level

Temps are warm, let’s explore the west side of the Goldstream Valley!

When: Sunday, February 18, at 10am 

Where: Meet at Goldstream Sports

Estimated tour time: About 1.5-2 hours.

Description: This is a beginner/intermediate ride with most trails being beginner friendly. It will be on mostly flattish trails through the Ester Dome-Goldstream Valley area.

The ride is free, but you’ll need to be a member of the Fairbanks Cycle Club. Two-week memberships are available for $10.

Temperature cut-off: The ride will be canceled if it’s 15F below or colder at 9 a.m. according to Goldstream Creek weather station (scroll down to “latest observation”).

Dogs: Well-behaved dogs are allowed, but the ride will cross roads so leashed/tethered dogs only, please.

Leader: Erica Betts (betts.erica@gmail.com)

FATBIKE RENTALS

If you don’t own your own fatbike, but want to try it out, there are a few places around town that rent fatbikes that we know about. (Not all are open on Sundays, so plan ahead.)

OTHER WINTER RIDES

We have other winter rides, and there are others as well. Find out more on our Winter Rides page.

Feb 11 SOS Ride: Goldstream Valley Exploration – Intermediate Level

Now that the temps are warm, it’s time to go exploring down low!

When: Sunday, February 11, at 11am 

Where: Goldstream Valley parking area off Ballaine

Estimated tour time: About 2-3 hours.

Description: Go exploring on the network of Goldstream Valley trails. No predetermined route. Just see where it looks interesting to go!

The ride is free, but you’ll need to be a member of the Fairbanks Cycle Club. Two-week memberships are available for $10.

Temperature cut-off: The ride will be canceled if it’s -20F @ 9am according to this weather station (scroll down to “latest observation”).

Dogs: No dogs please

Leader: Dean Engelhaupt (dmengelhaupt@gmail.com)

FATBIKE RENTALS

If you don’t own your own fatbike, but want to try it out, there are a few places around town that rent fatbikes that we know about. (Not all are open on Sundays, so plan ahead.)

OTHER WINTER RIDES

We have other winter rides, and there are others as well. Find out more on our Winter Rides page.