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 May 30, 2020): 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)
- Riders are allowed to ride in a pace line, but riders in front must not clear their noses or spit. (Allowing pace lines contradicts earlier advice, but Alaska medical experts are considering a number of factors in allowing pace lines, such as the relatively low incidence of COVID-19 in Alaska and the dispersion of breath while outside and moving fast.)
- When not moving, riders should stay at least 6 feet apart, more if they are breathing heavily.
- Do not carpool to ride starts with non-household members.
- Do not share equipment (such as clothes).
- Any group snacks should be individually wrapped.
- Use your common sense when facing unusual situations.
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.
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.
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.) 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. (April 2021 update: We have not yet determined if this will happen or, if it does, in what form.)
Equinox Marathon Clean Up Ride (once a year) — Help clean up after a bunch of runners! Have fun, do good work!
Check out our more recent Regular Winter Rides in Fairbanks page.
COVID-19 UPDATE (as of December 31, 2020): The Sunday Winter and Beaver Sports Thursday rides are happening.
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 some great weekly rides. Check out their weekly events page or their Facebook Events page.
- Beaver Sports often offers weekly rides, summer and winter, and occasional group demo rides that are like tours. Keep an eye on their Facebook Events page. They also offer free Friday night bike repair clinics in summer.