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Cast your cruelty aside, April. We’re riding anyways!

Come join us in Talkeetna next Saturday, April 13th, for the launch of the 2013 Alaska randonneuring season.

Talkeetna is a great destination town for us with its wonderful hotels, restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and brewery. The Talkeetna Roadhouse is rolling out the red carpet for us with a special early-morning riders’ breakfast to help fuel our ride. Rooms are available for next Friday night, so you don’t have to do that pre-dawn, blurry-eyed drive on Saturday morning before the ride. Plus, the state DOT does a magnificent job at clearing the road shoulders, making for fantastic early-season cycling.

All the details, including documents, for our Talkeetna 100K/200K rides are HERE.

Renew your RUSA membership for 2013 HERE. The rider handbook and quarterly newsletter are a tremendous value.

We’ve put together a full summer of incredibly scenic, adventurous, rich and challenging rides for you all across our beautiful state. Make this the summer you ride them all!

To encourage that idea, we’re offering a special deal. Pay for a full Super Randonneur series (200K, 300K, 400K, 600K) for the regular price of $150, and ride any and all of our other rides for F-R-E-E! (except the BWR, of course.) That's a tremendous value, and it's simply because we want you to just get out and ride.

No doubt you’ve noticed how many new 200K rides we’ve added to our calendar the past few seasons. The 200K distance is sort of the magic length for a full day on the bike. But, we’re also really working to encourage riders to discover how approachable our 300K, 400K, and 600K rides are for the typically fit cyclist. Our courses are intelligently designed to serve the needs of long-distance cyclists, both novice and experienced. And even our most remote courses offer plenty of controls along the way to resupply and sustain your ride to the finish.

If you’ve ridden any of our 200K rides before, consider exploring the challenge of a longer ride this summer. A full Super Randonneur series is a tremendous cycling achievement. With a dash of determination, you’ll find that it’s surprisingly within reach.

April 13             Talkeetna 100K/200K

April 20                  ABC Moose Run TT

April 27             Palmer Spring Classic 50K/100K/200K

May 5                     Bike for Women TT

May 18                  Clean Air Challenge

May 18             Anch-Palmer-Anch 200K/300K

May 19                  Gold Nugget Triathlon

May 25             Denali Hwy 200K

June 1              Anch-Seward-Anch 200K/400K

June 9                   Tour de Cure

June 16            Ronde Van Anchorage Populaire 100K

June 22            Solstice 200K/400K/600K

June 29               Ride for Life

July 12-13            Fireweed 400

July 21-24         The Big Wild Ride 1200K

August 24         Eagle River 100K/200K

September 14    Homer End-of-the-Road 100K/200K

 

Come ride with us!

Rando Info Night 2013

Come learn everything there is to know about randonneuring in Alaska. Rando info night at REI 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.

Where: REI Anchorage – 1200 West Northern Lights Blvd

When: 6PM, Thursday March 28th

 

 

Winter Bike Fest 2013

Winter City Urban Randonnée

Winter Bike Fest 2013 is here with winter cycling events all month long!

Winter City Urban Randonnée

Come ride the Winter City Urban Randonnée February 17, 2013 — a rolling fund-raiser for the Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage put on by the Alaska Randonneurs. It’s an opportunity for all cyclists to support BCA while experiencing the adventurous style of randonneuring cycling.

Last year nearly 100 riders traversed Anchorage on the Winter City 50K. This year again 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!

Where: Peanut Farm – 5227 Old Seward Hwy.
When: Sunday, February 17.
Why: Fund-raiser for the BCA
How far: 30K or 50K courses
Registration: 8:00-8:45
Ride begins: 9:00
Cost: $20 to support the BCA.

FILMED BY BIKE

2/18/13 – The Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage bring Portland's Filmed By Bike to Anchorage for one show only. Experience humor, adventure, romance, intrigue, and quirkiness, all filmed by bike! It's an exciting collection of shorts from Filmed By Bike's 2010 and 2012 collection of films. Also, local gravity shorts by AK-based film producer jgsconcepts

Doors open at 6:00. Show begins at 6:30. $10 suggested donation, or get in free if you are an existing BCA member or if you become or renew your membership.

The Big Wild Ride 1200K was our most ambitious and successful project to date. And it could hardly have turned out better, both for the huge staff of wonderful volunteers, and for all our riders. We absolutely loved the whole experience of bringing riders from all around the world up here to enjoy what we love so much about Alaska – an enormous wild challenge.

Because we knew it was going to be a memorable event, we gathered a team of four photographers and videographers to record the event. They're all local Alaskans, and all posess an abundance of creative talent.

The result is an expansive and rich photographic collection showing the individual human challenge and the grit to perservere across a 1,200Km swath of interior Alaska, from Valdez to Fairbanks, to Anchorage. The scope of drama and emotion captured by the BWR photo team, within the 90-hour time limit the Big Wild Ride riders had to complete the course, is uplifing, moving and inspiring.

We made so many great friends during The Big Wild Ride. We're grateful to the BWR photo team for faithfully saving so much of the experience for us to savor.

The Big Wild Ride Photographic Exhibition
Reception: 5:00-7:00 November 2, 2012
Side Street Espresso
412 G Street
Anchorage, Alaska
 
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Good thing we canceled the Kenai Backroads brevet. One of our local Kenai riders sent us this shot of the K Beach Road section of the course. This would've been a show-stopper.

Washout on K Beach Road

Sorry folks, even though the skies have temporarily brighted this Friday, the National Weather Service still has a flood warning through Sunday evening for the Kenai River and low-lying areas. Therefore, the ride is cancelled.

Come join us for the final big ride of the season – the Eagle River-Talkeetna-Eagle River 300K. This route was created in response to one of our regular riders wanting an easy-to-navigate, fast course where you can focus on riding instead of route-finding. By this time in season riders have accumulated lots of miles in their legs, so this 300K is in reach of most regular riders looking to stretch the distance envelope a tad.

The turnaround point in Talkeetna is the Flying Squirrel Bakery. We're really hoping gold-medal-winning gymnast Gabby Douglas will make a showing at her namesake bakery, but we'll understand if she's still recovering from jet lag this weekend.

See you this Saturday morning at the Eagle River Fred Meyer for the start!

Designing randonneuring courses that are new, exciting, and challenging is often a struggle in a region like Alaska with so few roads. It's tough to keep our courses fresh and the overlap between events to a minimum. That's part of the reason why our original 200K course, designed by past RBA Bob Voris, was put in semi-retirement for the past few years; there was too much overlap with some of the other rides we've been putting on. Unfortunately, with 100K/200K rides in areas from Homer to Delta Junction, this left the Anchorage/Eagle River area without a local 100K/200K of its own.

Therefore, we're bringing back the classic Eagle River 100K/200K rides next weekend. These rides will be a great opportunity for local riders to get out and explore some of their own secret backroads and one-lane wooden bridges. There's plenty of variety to stretch the legs and stimulate the mind. Everything is included ranging from mountain-rimmed valleys, to industrial urban sections, to peaceful coastline paths.

The course begins at the Eagle River Hiland Weigh Station, goes north to Eklutna Village, then to the Eagle River Nature Center, back to the start, to west Dimond and Jewel Lake via the Coastal Trail, and through Anchorage back to the start.

All the ride details are HERE.

Come ride with us!

PALMER

Considering the weather, Saturday's turnout for the Palmer Backroads was amazing. As the wind howled and torrents from from the sky, 27 riders took off from Vagabond Blues to tackle Lazy Mountain. At the turnaround at the Nash Farm, conditions began to improve, and by the time riders went through the Bodenburg Butte control, things were looking pretty nice. Congratulations to all the finishers. Even with the weather being so challenging, the DNF rate was incredibly low; a true testament to the determination of the randonneuring spirit!

For a good look at the Palmer Backroads 100K, check out the Through-the-Lens feature on the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman's website next Tuesday. Here's a little teaser.

12-Hour TEAM RANDO

Next weekend is our 12-Hour Team Randonnée. This is a great event that really emphasizes camaraderie, and is growing in popularity. It's similar to a regular 200K brevet, except that it's a little shorter (180Km), the teams determine the start location and the course to the finish at the Eagle River Ale House, and riders have to ride together.

All the details and steps to create your course are HERE. RUSA's specific, but simple, Dart rules are HERE.

Come ride with us!

Now that the Fireweed is behind you, how about a more leisurely pace? Whether you want to set a personal best, or smell the flowers along the way, this weekend's Palmer Backroads 100K Populaire is the place to be. All ride details can be found on our ride schedule page HERE. See you at Vagabond Blues Saturday morning!

Congradulations to Andy for successfully completing the Cascade 1000K! It sounds like an epic ride. Another great ride report. Thanks Andy!

Read about his previous 1200Ks here. Yep, an Alaskan rider has completed five grand randonnees. We're proud of you Andy!

Gerry Eddlemon reached Deadhorse on Tuesday morning, riding from Seward to Deadhorse establishing a trans-state record, pending certification by the UltraMarathon Cycling Association. Alaska Randonneurs is proud to have had the opportunity to support Gerry both crewing and officiating on his record attempt.

Alaska Randonneurs water bottles have arrived! They're printed in Alaska flag blue on gold (okay, mellow-yellow) 26oz. Purist bottles – Specialized's top-quality bottle. They won't make your water taste or smell like plastic. The bottles are $10/ea if picked up locally. We'll also happily ship them for actual shiping cost.

Alaska Randonneurs is an all volunteer organization. Sales of the bottles will help us to continue to put on rides, bringing you out of Anchorage for some of the most scenic road riding in the state. 

If you want a bottle, use the button below. Better yet, come ride with us on the Palmer Backroads 100K July 21st and pick up one at half-price.

 

Andy at Cascade 1200

While many Alaskan randonneurs will be riding out of Gakona tomorrow morning, our own Andy Sorensen will be in Washington riding the Cascade 1200 with SIR. Andy will be riding the 1000K/200K option. Andy has ridden several 1200Ks, including PBP in 2007 and 2011, but I think this might be his first 1000K. His writeups from previous grand randonnées are on the ride reports page.

You can follow his progress on the rider progress page.

We'll be cheering for you Andy. Bon Voyage et Bon Courage!
 

Come ride the Richardson Highway. It's a dream to ride. It's quiet and wild, it twists and curves, it traverses the Alaska range…and it's a dying breed. Roads like this won't be around forever. Transportation departments are straightening and flattening them into dull, lifeless stretches of asphalt.

Here are 5 +1 reasons to come ride the Richardson this weekend on one of the Solstice brevets:

1) The forecast up there is for sun & 77 degrees!

2) The Richardson was made for riding.

3) The Fireweed is closer than you think!

4) You want to qualify early for the 2013 Big Wild Ride.

5) The pie at the Lodge at Black Rapids.

6) BONUS Reason – It's a spectacular, scenic adventure!

All ride info may be found HERE.

Don't miss it this year. Come ride with us!

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