Tuesday Night Bike Rides

These rides will take place every Tuesday evening throughout the summer, rain or shine. Be ready to ride at 7:00PM. Rides are cancelled only for air quality issues, owing to forest fires (or really bad group body odor).

Tom Clark by David James

WHO: Any moderately able, fit mountain biker. Does riding trails to the top of Ester Dome and back down scare you? These rides aren’t for you. Disappointed we won’t do that 5 times in one night? These rides might not be for you either. All riders must be Fairbanks Cycle Club members. Sign up for a membership under our Membership dropdown menu.

WHAT: These are rides, NOT races. They are for socializing and trying new trails while having fun mountain biking and getting exercise. We are not highly organized, but we try to keep the group together. Advice, riding hints, and mechanical help are in abundance. (Some of it is even helpful!)

WHEN: Tuesday summer evenings, START RIDING AT 7PM!!! If conditions are good, we might do a ride or two earlier in May. Keep an eye on FCC Facebook page and sign up for the FCC listserv (under the News dropdown menu).

HOW MUCH: Free, but you must be a member of the Fairbanks Cycle Club: www.fairbankscycleclub.org/membership/

SKILL RATING: Refers to bike handling ability. Rides not technically difficult receive a low skill rating. Trails that are almost impossible to ride without coming off the pedals receive a high skill rating.

DIFFICULTY RATING: Refers to total energy and effort required. We’ve tried to schedule easier rides early in the season. A difficulty level of 1 would be equivalent to riding your bike on a gravel road with rolling hills for half an hour. A level of 10 would be like riding trails from Anne’s Greenhouse to the top of Ester Dome and back – three times.


2019 Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Rides

Date Name Description Skill Difficulty
5/21/2019 Skyline Ridge 19 miles, 3.0 hours, 2100′ elevation gain Medium 4-5
Meet at Musher’s Hall on Farmer’s Loop. We’ll find our way up Skyline Ridge some interesting way, doing some decision-making along the way. When the time comes, there’ll be some entertaining descents back to the cars.
5/28/2019 University Ski Trails 15 miles, 2.5 hours, 1500′ elevation gain Medium 4-5
Meet at the Ski Hut by the Geophysical Building on campus. We’ll explore the UAF trails. Bicycle Bumps is a ton of fun. We’ll probably do it twice. Trail conditions will dictate where we go, like even off-campus. No ruts!
6/04/2019 Eva Creek Trail 15 miles, 2.0 hours, 800′ elevation gain Low 5
Meet at Ester Community Park, located near the fire station at Old Nenana and Parks highways. We’ll find our way up Ester Dome and get to the Marathon Trail near the mine. If conditions permit, we’ll take the Eva Creek Trail back into Ester. This trail is a LOT of fun, but this early in the season it can be muddy, so we may detour.
6/11/2019 Ester Dome Singletrack? 9+ Miles, 2+ hours, 2000’+ elevation gain Medium 7
Meet in the Goldstream Sports parking lot, park near the fence. We’ll play on the pump track, then head up toward the singletrack. We will ride some or all of the singletrack, but there are enough exploration opportunities that we will probably get diverted along the way, and maybe even explore some questionable trails. What could possibly go wrong?
6/18/2019 Birch Hill Ski Trails 12 miles, 3 hours, 2300′ elevation gain Medium+ 7
Meet at Birch Hill Recreation Area. Follow the leader, as hard or easy as we want to make it. These trails are a LOT of fun: safe, fast and challenging. There are a number of trails up there that are NOT part of the ski trail system that we can explore as well. Some trails are on Fort Wainwright. Bring your ID whenever riding on Fort Wainwright!
6/25/2019 Ester Mine Trail 10.5 Miles, 3 hours, 2310′ elevation gain High 6
Meet at Ester Community Park. We’ll take the Ready Bullion Creek trail to the Tri-Con Mine road, on up to the top of Ester Dome. We’ll probably descend down the road a short ways to the “corner singletrack” and “JARR” trails and end up back in Ester, having done the Eva Creek trail to get there. Probably.
7/02/2019 Bonanza Mudquest 20 Miles, 3 hours, 1800′ elevation gain Medium 6
Dumb Alert: There’s sure to be mud. And navigational issues. Meet at the pullout off the Parks Highway, a couple miles past the far end of Old Nenana, at mile 340 (Look for the gravel parking area on your left.) We’ll wander into the Tanana Valley Experimental Forest, where we will probably disagree about which way to go and get hopelessly lost. We should end up back at the cars a few hours later, a little wiser. Definitely bring stamina and a sense of humor.
7/09/2019 Modified Marathon ~20 Miles, 4 hours, 3100′ elevation gain High 8
Endurance Alert: Likely to be long. Be sure to bring food and water.
Meet at the Ski Hut on UAF west ridge. We’ll skip the first part of the marathon course and probably avoid some of the Out n’ Back, but we’ll still cover some territory. At least we won’t get lost. Probably.
7/16/2019 Circle-Fairbanks Trail 13 miles, 3 hours, 2700′ elevation gain Medium 7
Drive to Cleary Summit, turn right toward Fort Knox mine, in about a mile turn left on Fairbanks Creek Road, go down a couple miles, look for the parking area on your left. That’s the Fairbanks Circle Trail trailhead, where we’ll meet. We ride down the road, and return to the cars via the ridge trails. Map of entire trail here: http://tinyurl.com/y6f7qavz
7/23/2019 Pipeline Viewpoint 30 miles, 4 hours, 3000′ elevation gain High 9-10
Endurance Alert: This is a taxing ride. Be sure to bring food and water – you will burn a lot of calories! Start at the Pipeline Viewpoint on the Steese Highway just before Goldstream Road. We’ll go up the pipeline corridor to Gilmore Trail, take Gilmore Trail to the Trapper Trail, which goes along the ridges to Cleary Summit, then past the radar site, turning left on to the Silver Fox trail all the way to the Elliot. To make this ride a 10, continue on Old Murphy Dome Road to the pipeline corridor, following it all the way to Fox. From there it’s a short distance to the cars.
7/30/2019 Stiles Creek 21 Miles, 4 hours, 2100′ elevation gain Medium 8
Endurance Alert: This is a taxing ride. Be sure to bring food and water – you will burn a lot of calories!
Meet at 31.6 mile Chena Hot Springs Rd at the trailhead. We do this as a loop, usually doing the paved part on CHS Road first, then ride back on the Stiles Creek Trail. Challenging riding, nice scenery, and memorable descents.
8/06/2019 White Mountains 20 Miles, 4 hours, 3000′ elevation gain High 7
Meet at the turnout nearest to Mile 23 Elliott Highway. Leave room for the big rigs to pull through. We make this a sort-of loop, riding first up the highway to the Wickersham Dome trailhead. Then we’ll ride various trails (NOT the Ski Loop!), many of which are technically difficult. Excellent vistas so bring a camera. Bring spare parts and tools. There’s always a serious mechanical on this ride.
8/13/2019 Behind the Vallata 20 miles, 4 hours, 2500′ elevation gain High 8
Endurance Alert: This is a taxing ride. Be sure to bring food and water – you will burn a lot of calories!
Meet at the Vallata Restaurant on Goldstream Road (east side of parking lot). We’ll figure out a decent way up to the top end of Spanky’s on Old Murphy Dome Road, then ride the trail along the ridge. A bumpy, taxing ride with a smoking descent at the end!
8/20/2019 Alder Creek 13 Miles, 3 hours, 1400′ elevation gain Medium 7
Lighting Alert: You may want your headlight on this ride.
Meet at the pullout at Parks and Cripple Creek Road. We’ll follow Parks Ridge Road to the end, get on the trail, and end up near the top of Old Nenana, on the Healy Intertie. We follow that back toward town to the substation, where we follow trails back to the cars. Easier said than done, plan on things going awry.
8/27/2019 Treasure Creek 13 Miles, 2.5 hours, 2000′ elevation gain Medium+ 7
Lighting Alert: You may want your headlight on this ride.
Drive up the Elliott about 3.5 miles north of Fox, turn left on Old Murphy Dome Road. We’ll meet about 1.5 miles in, at the big intersection of OMDR and the pipeline. Ride west on OMDR Trail for about five miles or so, turning right onto a double track that leads along a ridge. There are two forks, and we need to go right, then left. Somebody remember this. After another six miles, we connect with the pipeline corridor, which we follow back to Old Murphy Dome Road.
9/03/2019 Moose Mountain 15 miles, 3 hours, 1980′ elevation gain High 7
Lighting Alert: You will need your headlight on this ride.
Meet at the gated entrance to the Moose Mountain Ski Lodge. Park to the side. We’ll take a “forgotten” access road and regular roads/trails to the top. At that point, we’ll have done 10% of the distance, and maybe 65% of the work. We’ll follow the power lines over to Old Murphy Dome Road, follow it west on a long, shallow descent that can be ridden really fast, and look for a trail to the left (the “rabbit trail”). This is a technical and challenging trail all the way back to the ski lodge.
9/10/2019 Eva Creek 16 miles, 3 hours, 2100′ elevation gain High 6
Lighting Alert: You will truly need your lights on this ride.
We’ll meet at Ester Community Park, and do some riding on Ester Dome here and there, such that we get to ride the Eva Creek trail back to Ester.

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It’s not over yet!

Each Tuesday until the snow is a few inches deep, we go for a “Post Season Tuesday Ride”. We set the meeting place/time each prior Tuesday. So, if you aren’t ready to hang it all up just yet, do these rides. These can be some of the best rides of the season!

Thanks to Father Doug Burnside (our “creator”).