Regular Winter Rides in Fairbanks

Update October 19, 2020: Due to social distancing guidelines (at least 6 feet apart) resulting from the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, some groups rides have been suspended. Call ahead to see if the ride is happening and, if so, what rules are in place to keep everyone (and our community) safe. See below for more info. 

Winter fatbike tours are a great way to meet people, get some exercise, and learn about the winter trails around Fairbanks. Below are the regular fatbike tours we know about. If you know of any more, please contact Eric Troyer: fbxtrails (at) gmail.com. If you are new to winter cycling, check out our page on winter cycling.

Note: Rides are weather- and ride-leader dependent. Check ahead if you want to make sure they are happening as scheduled. The first two rides below are still happening this winter. 

BEAVER SPORTS THURSDAY NIGHT RIDE

  • DESCRIPTION: Beaver Sports offers an intermediate-level ride starting at the shop on Thursday evenings. They head out onto the ADMA/Creamer’s Field trails. They have some demo fatbikes that can be reserved.
  • START TIME AND PLACE: Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. at Beaver Sports
  • DURATION: They try to make it back by 7 p.m. before the store closes.
  • CONTACT INFO: https://www.beaversports.com/
  • MORE INFO: Check the Beaver Sports Facebook page (including the event page) for ride updates.

SUNDAY RIDE

  • DESCRIPTION: These informal fatbike rides are low-key but still strenuous. They explore the Goldstream Valley and the surrounding hills. Rides are cancelled if the temperature is -25F or colder.
  • START TIME AND PLACE: Sundays at noon at Ivory Jack’s parking lot in the Goldstream Valley.
  • DURATION: Depending on who shows up, these rides can last 3 hours or more and involve a lot of climbing.
  • CONTACT INFO: https://www.facebook.com/fairbankscycleclub/

October 19, 2020: Last we checked, the public aspect of the below rides has been suspended, though not sure about the Demo rides. That will depend on how things go with the coronavirus as winter progresses.  

GOLDSTREAM SPORTS TUESDAY NIGHT RIDE

  • DESCRIPTION: This is a hardcore ride. Riders on this one need at least advanced intermediate winter biking skills and you need to be fit. Make sure to bring bike lights, water and snacks. No temperature cut off.
  • START TIME AND PLACE: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. from Goldstream Sports
  • DURATION: Usually about 1.5-2 hours and go 12 to 15 miles.
  • CONTACT INFO: https://www.goldstreamsports.com/

GOLDSTREAM SPORTS WEDNESDAY NO-DROP FATBIKE RIDES

  • DESCRIPTION: This no-drop ride welcomes all abilities. Rental fatbikes are available for $20 for those without their own fatbikes. Weekly ride will continue as long as conditions allow.
  • START TIME AND PLACE: Wednesdays at 6 p.m. from Goldstream Sports. (Please arrive by 5:45 if you are getting a rental.)
  • DURATION: About an hour
  • CONTACT INFO: https://www.goldstreamsports.com/

GOLDSTREAM SPORTS SATURDAY MORNING RIDE

  • DESCRIPTION: This is a hardcore ride. Riders on this one need at least advanced intermediate skills. You need to be fit AND have good winter biking skills. Make sure to bring bike lights, water and snacks. No temperature cut off.
  • START TIME AND PLACE: Saturdays at 8 a.m. from Goldstream Sports
  • DURATION: Usually about 1.5-2 hours and go 12 to 15 miles.
  • CONTACT INFO: https://www.goldstreamsports.com/

UAF GREEN BIKES

UAF Green Bikes plans to offer periodic winter rides around campus. Check their Facebook page for announcements.

DEMO RIDES

Beaver Sports and Goldstream Sports also offer occasional demo rides. Watch their Facebook pages or the FCC Facebook page.