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We’re heading to the Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea this weekend! Come join us for the “End-of-the-Road” 100K/200K brevets in Homer this weekend!

This is a spectacular ride that offers beaches, mountains, ocean breezes, a Russian village, and the western most point on the contiguous North America road system.

The food, scenery, and hills are legendary!

Info and online registration: HERE!

Special Instructions:
1) Bring a pen!
2) Bring your camera, and take photos during the ride!
3) Calibrate your cyclocomputer, before the event, and know how to use it!
4) Join or renew your RUSA membership.

This weekend, we're bringing back an old favorite – The Eagle River 100K populaire and 200K brevet. The ongoing construction of the Eagle River Road out to the ER Nature Center has challenged us in creating a course that accomodates the proper riding distances along with great scenery and places to stop and refuel. We had to get a bit creative, but now we're certain you'll like what we've whipped up for you!  Come ride with us!

 Online registration and details are HERE or HERE

 Special Instructions:
1) Bring a pen!
2) Bring your camera, and take photos during the ride!
3) Calibrate your cyclocomputer, before the event, and know how to use it!
4) Join or renew your RUSA membership

Mark your calendar to join us on all of our rides this season!
9/13/14 – Homer End-of-the-Road 100K/200K
9/27/14 – Palmer Backroads RUSA 100K/200K
10/4/14 – Anchorage North RUSA 100K/200K
10/18/14 –  Anchorage South RUSA 100K/200K

**Ride Canceled**

Randonneuring season here in Alaska throttled back during July to focus on watching the Tour. We’re back now w/ six more rides left in the season. Come ride with us!

This Saturday, August 9th, we’re bringing back the Kenai Backroads 100K/200K. We haven’t ridden this course for nearly two years! (The course was washed out last fall!)

The Kenai Backroads offers everything we love about riding the Kenai – breathtaking views of Cook Inlet and the majestic Kenai River, plenty of places to resupply, quiet winding backroads, a few solid hills, and a brewery at the second-to-last control!

 Online registration and details are HERE or HERE

 Special Instructions:
1) Bring a pen!
2) Bring your camera, and take photos during the ride!
3) Calibrate your cyclocomputer, before the event, and know how to use it!
4) Join or renew your RUSA membership

Mark your calendar to join us on all of our rides this season!
8/9/14 – Kenai Backroads RUSA 100K/200K
8/23/14 – Eagle River 100K/200K
9/13/14 – Homer End-of-the-Road 100K/200K
9/27/14 – Palmer Backroads RUSA 100K/200K
10/4/14 – Anchorage North RUSA 100K/200K
10/18/14 –  Anchorage South RUSA 100K/200K

Our Solstice series of rides is sort of like a mini Big Wild Ride. The first 200K of the course is the finest, most beautiful and interesting section of the entire BWR. This course offers majestic vistas, quirkly roadhouses, and very low traffic. Come ride with us!

Drop bag service will be available for the low, low price of…F-R-E-E.

All ride details are HERE.
Online registration only: http://www.bikereg.com/solstice

Special Instructions:
1) Sign the 2014 RUSA Liability Waiver
2) Bring a pen!
3) Bring your camera, and take photos during the ride!
4) Calibrate your cyclocomputer, before the event, and know how to use it!
5) Join or renew your RUSA membership

 
Come ride the Ronde, Sunday, June 15th! This is the finest 100K loop around Anchorage, bar none. It's not a race, but it's just as challenging, and more adventurous! Bring all your friends! De Ronde van Anchorage 100K populaire starts at the Fire Island Bakery in Downtown Anchorage, and travels a huge loop around the Anchorage Bowl, circling back to end at where it started. 

Spread some rando goodwill and get to there early for coffee and croissant…very European!

The Ronde van Anchorage is a benefit for the Bike AnchorageThe course is mostly flat, with one BIG hill. It uses the Chester Creek, Campbell Creek, and Tony Knowles Coastal Trail bike paths as much as possible. There is some road riding, on moderately busy to quiet streets. Rabbit Creek Hill is included to add some picante. And there is a short dirt section through Far North Bicentennial Park from Hill Top Ski Area to Basher Road. Tandems and skinny tires won't have any problems.

Whether you're an experienced randonnuer or randonneuse, or simply want to get a taste of what randonneuring is all about, this ride is a blast! Come ride some new roads with us.
All the details, including online registration HERE!

Anch/Seward 200K/400K

 

A combination of classics, a 200 KM Anchorage/Seward one-way or a 400 KM round-trip brevet course, traversing out-and/or-back through Southcentral Alaska. The Seward Highway route offers dramatic coastline views, with the chance to see beluga whales, eagles and bore tides, as well as ascending 900' over Turnagain Pass and riding through the Kenai Mountains to reach the coastal town of Seward, located at the head of beautiful Resurrection Bay.

For the 200K, there are a couple of interesting options to add to the ride. Consider spending the night in Seward and riding back the following day. The extra challenge will really boost your endurance to the next level, and show you that you probably have what it takes for a 300K or a 400K.

Or, make reservations with the Alaska Railroad, and take the Saturday train back to Anchorage to sleep in your own bed. The 200K starts early enough that you can still make the trail in Seward. What a great combination of multi-mode transportation options!


Drop bag service will be available for the low, low price of…F-R-E-E.

All ride details are HERE.
Online registration only: http://www.bikereg.com/anchorageseward-200k400k

Special Instructions:
1) Sign the 2014 RUSA Liability Waiver
2) Bring a pen!
3) Bring your camera, and take photos during the ride!
4) Calibrate your cyclocomputer, before the event, and know how to use it!
5) Join or renew your RUSA membership

Grassroots riding on one of North America's longest dirt-road randonnées! Don't miss this wild weekend w/ the crew of the Alaska Endurance Association's Denali Classic Gravel Grinder. Carlos and his merry band extend their generocity to the rando crowd in the hopes of creating some cross pollination opportunities. The road has been freshly plowed, and the lodges on the course are eager to feed you.
Two important rules:
1) Bring a large amount of food and libation for the post ride potluck
2) Bring a big bundle of firewood for the community flame.

All ride details are HERE.
Online registration only: http://www.bikereg.com/denali

Special Instructions:
1) Sign the 2014 RUSA Liability Waiver
2) Bring a pen!
3) Bring your camera, and take photos during the ride!
4) Calibrate your cyclocomputer, before the event, and know how to use it!
5) Join or renew your RUSA membership

The 2014 Palmer Spring Classic absolutely rocked! Backcountry Bike & Ski did an spectacular job of organizing and hosting another wonderful Valley ride. This early season event has a life of its own, and a reputation to match. If you missed it this year, do yourself a favor and commit to riding it in 2015! Results and photos are now posted: RESULTSPHOTOS

The days are getting longer, and so are our rides! Just set your PR at the Bike for Women? Looking to get some L.S.D. for the Fireweed in two months? Randonneuring has everything you need. Our rides are scenic, interesting, challenging, and adventurous. We’ll put we you roads you didn’t even know existed up here. We put the joy and adventure back in your ride.

Choose one of three overlapping courses Saturday, May 17th. Each one is a rambling route with a variety of encounters ranging from local urban neighborhoods, quiet backroads, deep valleys surrounded by soaring, snowcapped peaks, a Native village, industrial zones, beaches and ocean views, rivers and railroads. Along the way, you'll pass through Anchorage, Eagle River, Chugiak/Birchwood/Peters Creek, Eklutna, Palmer, and Knik. There will be plenty of places to stop to refuel along the way in any one of these communities; lots of stores, restaurants, cafes, convenience stores, etc. There are a few hilly sections, but you should be well prepared from the last two 200Ks.

Come ride some new roads, make some new friends, ride until your lungs burst, or simply enjoy the journey.

All ride details & registration HERE!

Special Instructions:

1) Bring a pen!

2) Bring your camera, and take photos during the ride!

3) Calibrate your cyclocomputer, before the event, and know how to use it!

4) Join or renew your RUSA membership

Palmer Spring Classic - 50K/100K/200K

Join us for The Backcountry Bike & Ski 3rd Annual Palmer Spring Classic this Saturday. Put the adventure back in your ride!

Online registration: https://www.bikereg.com/palmer-spring-classic-14
Cost: $30
Check-in: 7:30AM Vagabond Blues (642 S Alaska St, Palmer)
Ride starts: 9:00AM
Course Maps: HERE
Bring: Pen, camera, calibrate & know how to use your cyclocomputer, join RUSA
Additional ride info, visit Backcountry Bike & Ski!

The Talkeetna 100K/200K was the best start to the randonneuring season ever! The Talkeetna Roadhouse made sure we slept and ate well, before the ride!

RESULTS! PHOTOS!

Mark your calendar to join us on all of our rides this season!
4/26/14 – Palmer Spring Classic 50K/100K/200K
5/17/14 – Anch-Palmer-Anch 200K/300K
5/24/14 – Denali Hwy 200K
5/31/14 – Anch-Seward-Anch 200K/400K
6/15/14 – Ronde Van Anchorage Populaire 50K/100K
6/21/14 – Solstice 200/400/600K
8/9/14 – Kenai Backroads RUSA 100K/200K
8/23/14 – Eagle River 100K/200K
9/13/14 – Homer End-of-the-Road 100K/200K
9/27/14 – Palmer Backroads RUSA 100K/200K
10/4/14 – Tentative RUSA 100K/200K
10/18/14 – Tentative RUSA 100K/200K

Renew your RUSA membership!
Support the work Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage does for all riders!

Another randonnoneuring season begins! Join us Saturday, April 12th for the Talkeetna 100K/200K brevets. The road shoulders are clear and wide, the course elevation profile is very forgiving, the Talkeetna Roadhouse accomodations are wonderful, and Talkeetna's post-ride food and beer selection is spectacular.

This year, we're introducing online registration for all of our rides via BikeReg.com. Make it easy on yourself, save a few bucks, and register online. Online registration for the Talkeetna rides closes Thursday, April 10, 9PM AST.

We'll be basing out of the Talkeetna Roadhouse again, where Trisha will treat us to a special randonneurs' breakfast beginning at 6:30AM.

The first ride of the season is for getting you reintroduced to your bicycle. Most likely, your bike has been stored in the garage or shed, or on a trainer for the last seven months. So take time before the ride to make sure everything’s in working order, and nothing’s going to rattle off in the first few hundred yards. Check your cables and housings, replace last year’s tubes and patches in your repair kit, and make sure your pump still works. Use this early ride to dial in your food, clothing, bike bags, fenders, and lighting for the bigger rides later this season.

Special Instructions:

1) Bring a pen!

2) Bring your camera (full battery), and take lots of photos before, during, and after the ride.

3) Calibrate your cyclocomputer before the event, and know how to use it!

4) Join or renew your RUSA membership.

See you in Talkeetna!

Come learn everything there is to know about randonneuring in Alaska. Rando info night at REI Anchorage will lay it all out for you, to make sure you get a solid jump on your most enjoying, adventurous, and challenging riding season ever.

We’ll discuss ride formats, randonneuring history, riding styles & strategies, training, nutrition, bicycles, clothing, gear & equipment, details about our courses, volunteering, pre-rides, 1200Km rides, and The Big Wild Ride.

Free, informative, fun! Bring your friends.

REI Anchorage, 6PM-7:30PM. 1200 W Northern Lights Blvd. Anchorage, AK (907) 272-4565

All the details: http://www.rei.com/event/55750/session/86236

BCA's Winter Bike Fest is here again, with the entire month of February full of glorious bike-related art, culture, and events.

Join the Alaska Randonneurs for our Winter City 30K/50K Urban Randonnée benefit for the Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage.

When: Sunday, February 9, 2014. Registration begins at 9:00am; Ride begins at 10:00am.

Where: Start & Finish at the Trek Bicycle Store

How Much: $20 (registration fee supports BCA)

The Winter City Urban Randonnée 30/50km Ride is an opportunity for all cyclists to support BCA while experiencing the adventurous style of randonneuring cycling on a whole new course for 2014. Choose between two courses – a 30Km or 50Km winter-day’s ride through the heart of Anchorage on track and trail. Progress from checkpoint to checkpoint, navigating between food and stops along the way. See how easy it is to winter bicycle commute in Anchorage. It’s an event, but not a race– so don’t dally

Want to try out a snow bike?  You can rent snow bikes @ Arctic Cycles or APU.

Bring: Helmet, pen, camera, front & rear lights. 

This course is good for most bikes, depending on snow conditions. Use your best judgment. 

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We'll we were able to avoid it this spring, but the road and trail construction finally caught up with us. With both Eagle River Road and a good portion of the Coastal Trail still under construction, we're out of options for re-routing our Eagle River 100K/200K brevets. 

Don't fret though! We're still on for the Homer End-of-the-Road 100K/200K brevets!

The Big Wild Ride 2013 Results

Thank you to all the riders and volunteers who made this happen!

Adams, Chip 85:20:00
Anderson, Carl 85:07:00
Anderson, Rorie 89:32:00
Atkins, Steve 82:51:00
Banks, Debra 86:01:00
Biebuyck, Gavin 81:58:00
Carlson, Drew 86:01:00
Collins, Sam 83:56:00
Conderacci, Gegory 85:20:00
Driscoll, Dan 87:11:00
Edwards, Joe 87:11:00
Ellis, John Lee 85:07:00
Farrell, Matt 81:58:00
Fast, Willi DNF
Fischer, Bill 81:58:00
Fuoco, Art 89:32:00
Gazmararian, Julie 85:07:00
Geisert, Rodney 84:00:00
Goursolle, Kitty 87:11:00
Griffith, Scott 84:00:00
Himschoot, Ron 89:32:00
Huffman, Max DNS
Kaiser, Chris 86:11:00
Klaassen, Spencer 87:11:00
Knutson, Ken 85:08:00
Kobayashi, Masayoshi 80:03:00
Mason, Tim 85:08:00
Mathews, Craig 85:31:00
McGregor, Craig 84:55:00
Muoneke, Vincent 82:45:00
Olsen, William 84:00:00
Owen, Robert DNF
Provenza, Clint 86:06:00
Seager, Jerry 86:06:00
Smith, Kelly 85:20:00
Sokolsky, Larry 85:07:00
Solanick, Jim 89:32:00
Springsteen, Lois 87:11:00
Stroethoff, Karel 85:31:00
Taaffe, Damon 67:16:00
Tajima, Toshi 80:03:00
Timmons, Ted 85:31:00
Wellnhofer, Karl DNF
Woudenberg, Tim 86:06:00
Wright, Pam 87:11:00

Updated as frequently as rural Alaska connectivity allows.
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