Nov 1st, 2012 by kturinsky
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
Sep 23rd, 2012 by kturinsky
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
Sep 21st, 2012 by kturinsky
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.
Aug 16th, 2012 by kturinsky
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!
Jul 29th, 2012 by kturinsky
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!
Jul 22nd, 2012 by kturinsky
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!
Jul 18th, 2012 by kturinsky
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!
Jul 7th, 2012 by Tom Parker
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!
Jul 6th, 2012 by Tom Parker
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.
Jun 23rd, 2012 by Tom Parker
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.
Jun 22nd, 2012 by Tom Parker
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!
Jun 19th, 2012 by kturinsky
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!
Jun 15th, 2012 by kturinsky
Another weekend of randonneuring! Come join us chase the Moose of Flanders on the 4th annual 100Km Ronde van Anchorage this Sunday.
This ride has become one of the most anticipated and popular riding events of the summer, and for a good reason. Riders of all kinds are discovering the appeal of randonneuring; traversing an adventurous course on a scenic and challenging day's ride, progressing from checkpoint to checkpoint with friends and fellow riders, and celebrating a successful ride together at the end of the day.
All ride details are on HERE on our special Ronde van Anchorage page.
Come ride with us!
Jun 8th, 2012 by kturinsky
Come ride with us this weekend on our classic ride through the Chugach Mountains. Randonneurs in Alaska have been riding this course for nearly ten years now. The beauty and challenge of riding from Turnagain Arm to Resurrection Bay is the appeal that keeps riders coming back. All the ride details are HERE.
This ride begins to tap into the more serious long distances. With that in mind, part of the format is its characteristic early morning start. We begin this ride at 04:00 for a few reasons:
1) To get riders who aspire to the long rides a little experience riding in the wee hours of the night/morning.
2) To allow both the 200K and 400K riders the opportunity to ride to Seward together; safety in numbers.
3) There's usually less wind along Turnagain Arm early in the morning.
4) To allow the 200K riders to catch the train in Seward back to Anchorage.
Regardless of which ride you choose, you'll get a great day of adventure on the bike. These courses have lots of opportunities to resupply along the way: Girdwood Station, Turnagain Pass, Summit Lake Lodge, Moose Pass, and of course Seward.
Many people riding the 200K catch the train back to Anchorage the same day. Others get a room in Seward and ride back the next day. Some have friends or family meet them in Seward and spend the rest of the weekend there. There are all kinds of options for riding the Anchorage/Seward 200K.
Randonneuring is about the pure joy and challenge of the ride. Come ride with us!
Jun 4th, 2012 by kturinsky
Now that you've got a few miles in your legs this summer, come find out what else it takes to ride a 100Km, 200Km, 300Km, or longer brevet with the Alaska Randonneurs.
Are you training for the Fireweed? Loads of Alaska riders use our brevets as training rides to prepar them for the mid-summer's ultimate test. We still have three and a half months of rides left on the calendar ranging from 100Km to 600Km. Come find out what riding for the pure joy and challange means to a randonneur.
Where: REI Anchorage
When: 6PM Tuesday, June 5th
We'll introduce you to the basics of randonneuring with a short slide show and lecture. We'll have real rando bikes there for you to see, and we'll stick around to answer all your questions.
Discover randonneuring. Come ride with us!