Fairbanks Cycle Club is all about riding, and, boy, do we have a lot of rides year ’round. This list shows the rides that we typically do every year; some years the creative leaders among us come up with new things to do, and sometimes we take a breather from a particular ride for a year or so. Be sure to check out the calendar to find what’s scheduled and where to meet up with the group. Everyone is welcome to any of our rides, but keep in mind that some might not be good choices for novice riders, while others are targeted at them. Check with the ride leader to find out if a ride is right for you!
To join any of our club rides you need to be an FCC member and wear a helmet.
COVID-19 UPDATE (as of April 28, 2021): The FCC Board of Directors, after consulting with local medical experts, has given the go-ahead for ride leaders to hold group rides as long as proper precautions are taken. Riders must follow social distancing protocols issued by the State of Alaska.
Guidelines for riders and ride leaders: (These apply to riders from different households. If a group is very small and everyone has been vaccinated, then the following rules can be relaxed. If you have not already done so, please do get vaccinated!)
- When not moving, riders should stay at least 6 feet apart, more if they are breathing heavily. If you cannot maintain a good distance, wear a mask.
- Riders are allowed to ride in a pace line, but riders in front must not clear their noses or spit(see note below).
- Do not carpool to ride starts with non-household members or unless all members of the carpool have been fully vaccinated.
- Do not share equipment (such as clothes).
- Any group snacks should be individually wrapped.
- Use your common sense when facing unusual situations.
Allowing pace lines contradicts advice from early in the pandemic, but FCC consulted Alaska medical experts. The experts considered a number of factors in allowing pace lines, such as the dispersion of breath while outside and moving fast.
Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Rides (weekly) — Also known as “Doug Rides” after their namesake, Doug Burnside, the Tuesday Night Rides are attended by mostly men and not enough women. Check the ride descriptions for ride ability levels, length, projected durations, etc. Rides tend to be more difficult as the season wears on. Check out the schedule to see where to meet and where we’ll be going.
Women on Wheels (weekly) — A moderate to fast-paced series of road rides for women who like to test themselves. The ride schedule gives a lot of details about rides, mileages and meeting places. Pacing is usually 16-18 mph.
Ladies of Leisure (weekly) — A decidedly mellower version of the WOW rides. This is a social bike group for women. There are several mini groups within LOL to accommodate the various fitness and pace levels of the riders. LOL is all about FUN, FITNESS, and FRIENDSHIP.
Low-key Road Rides — Want to learn to ride in a group setting, but not sure about FCC group rides? Do you have a teen who is interested in biking? Like-minded friends? Do you and your family want to join a group ride? Bring your road bike and a helmet to the UAF Patty Center parking lot on Wednesdays at 5pm. Rides are about one hour long, 10-15 miles and hills are expected. If that sounds fun and doable, you are invited to come! FCC membership is required. For more information, contact Greg at 371-9028.
SCUM Rides — Sounds bad, but the rides are fun. This clean group of well-attired men meet at the Patty Center parking lot on the University of Alaska campus. (Look for the bikes.) Women have been known to participate and are not discouraged. (The men self-describe as “elderly and harmless.”) Rides start Sundays at 10 a.m. and go at a pace that works for (almost) everyone. You’ll have to attend a SCUM ride to find out where the name “SCUM” comes from. Spoiler: It’s not as scary as it sounds. For more information contact Frank Soos: fmsoos (at) alaska.edu.
Chena Hot Springs Bicycle Classic (once a year) — Both a ride and race, for kids, families, enthusiasts, and hard-core-go-fast types, with varying distances from Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs. Usually held in June. (May 2021 update: Unfortunately, due to COVID and other circumstances, we have determined that we cannot put together a CHS Classic for this year. We will start looking toward 2022.)
Equinox Marathon Clean Up Ride (once a year) — Help clean up after a bunch of runners! Have fun, do good work! (May 2021 update: Depending on if the Equinox Marathon happens this year. It did not in 2020 due to COVID.)
Check out our more recent Regular Winter Rides in Fairbanks page.
COVID-19 UPDATE (as of April 28, 2021): The Beaver Sports Thursday rides will start up again in May when the trails have dried out.
In addition to our club rides, Fairbanks has some other rides that are free and open to the public. Some are offered year-round. Here are the ones we know about:
- Sunday Winter Rides: Starting the first week in November or so and going until early April (depending on the snowpack), this informal group meets at noon at Ivory Jacks parking lot out in Goldstream. Soft, churned snow means a slow ride, hard pack means a pretty good pace. Rides are on trail as much as possible. Figure anywhere from one to five hours, your choice. Everyone is welcome, fatbikes recommended.
- Goldstream Sports has two weekly rides. Both start at the store and are A level rides for top-level cyclists who like to push the pace. Average road speeds are 19-20 mph. The Tuesday night ride starts at 7 p.m. It is a road ride early in the season and transitions to a mountain bike ride when the trails dry out. The Saturday morning road ride starts at 8 a.m. For more information call the store at 455-6520.
- Beaver Sports often offers weekly mountain bike rides, summer and winter, on Thursdays, usually starting at 5 p.m. (In spring during breakup, the rides are either suspended or take to roads and bike paths.) These are low-key, no-drop rides. The store also offers occasional group demo rides that are like tours. They also offer free Friday night bike repair clinics in summer. The clinics offer guidance for people interested in learning how to repair their own bikes. Keep an eye on their Facebook Events page or give the store a call at 479-2494 .