— 2013 Preliminary Rider Information —
The Alaska Randonneurs
The Big Wild Ride is a spectacular grand loop of Interior Alaska, traveling from the fog-shrouded fjords of Prince William Sound, through the glacier-clad spires of the Alaska Range, past the ramparts of Mount McKinley (Denali), to the shores of Cook Inlet’s Knik Arm.
The Big Wild Ride will give the rider something new and exciting over every hill and around every turn. Along the way, you’ll experience everything from picturesque coastal fishing towns, modern cities, and quirky roadhouses — holdovers from Alaska’s territorial days.
You’ll ride through part of Denali National Park, and overnight in the hub of Alaska’s legendary climbing town: Talkeetna. On your journey you’ll cross over six majestic free-flowing rivers the Delta, Tanana, Nenana, Chulitna, Susitna, and Knik, and ride through miles of unbroken forests of black spruce, birch, and aspen.
The Alaska Randonneurs have been providing full Super Randonneur brevet series for riders since 1998. Many of our rides take place in remote areas of our state, such as Homer on beautiful Kachemak Bay, and as far north as Gakona, Delta Junction, and Tok. As the Alaska Randonneurs, The Big Wild Ride is our opportunity to showcase for you all the grandeur and challenge Alaska has to offer.
The route follows low-to-medium traveled, high-quality roads that are used for such world renowned cycling events as the Fireweed 400 and the Sadler’s Alaska Challenge – the longest and toughest wheelchair and handcycle race in the world – in its 26th year, as well as the Alaska Randonneurs’ Solstice 600Km brevet.
Logistics for this ride have been planned with simplicity in mind for the traveling cyclist. Flights in and out of Anchorage are numerous and affordable. Additionally, we’ve arranged an optional, discounted scenic train-and-ferry transportation package to streamline travel for you and your bicycle from Anchorage to the start in Valdez; no need for you to rent a car to get to the starting line, if you don’t want to.
Consider this our invitation for you to “come ride with us!”
Sending an application and fee payment gains you a spot on the Confirmed Rider List, or if the rider limit has been met, on the Waiting List. (Riders move from the Waiting list to the Confirmed list as confirmed riders withdraw.) These policies are intended to let committed riders plan ahead, while encouraging folks to free up their spots should their circumstances change.
Before April 1: full refund minus $100
Before May 21: 50% refund.
Thereafter: no refund.
Qualifying Events – Riders must complete, between January 1 and June 21, 2013, a Super-Randonneur series (200km, 300km, 400km, 600km brevets), or a 1000km or longer randonnée, or equivalent RUSA Permanent(s). Brevets/Permanents do not need to be ridden in order of increasing distance. ACP or RUSA-sanctioned non-ACP brevets may be used. All qualification rides must be verifiable. We reserve the right to require verification of qualifying rides.
***Gratuitously adapted from RUSA Colorado RBA John Lee Ellis and the RMCC, with great appreciation.***
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