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Talkeetna was a blast! The town absolutely rocks – the streets were filled w/ happenin' folks, bikes everywhere, not a cloud in the sky, stunning views of Denali, lots of airplane noise, and the afternoon sun beating down on us. We've found a home for our opening-season rides. This is the second year we've started the season off in Talkeetna, and it makes complete sense: clear road shoulders, low traffic, fantastic restaurants and cafes, fresh beer, good music, and great places to stay. We'll be back next April. In the meantime though, look for us this coming July 22-25 while we're there during The Big Wild Ride.

The Talkeetna 100K/200K was a great ride. The Talkeetna Roadhouse started us off right by opening early with a special riders' power breakfast. Lots of new riders, and several familiar faces joined us at the crisp, but bright 8AM ride start on Main Street. It turns out it was a really good call to postpone the ride by a week. The weather cooperated nicely with temps getting downright balmy in the afternoon. Ride results have been posted HERE.

Next up, we're headed to Palmer. The Palmer Spring Classic offers something for everyone; it's a spectacular ride through the backroads of The Valley. The Palmer Spring Classic is huge collaboration between Backcountry Bike & Ski, The Valley Mountain Bikers & Hikers, and the Alaska Randonneurs.

If you've just pulled the bike out of the garage, consider riding the 50K. If you've been skiing a bit last winter, maybe the 100K will be good for you. But, if you've already been on the bike a little this winter and spring, sign up for the 200K. All course overlap, so you're certain to find someone familiar to ride with.

Come ride some new roads, make some new friends, and challenge yourself at the Palmer Spring Classic. See you at Vagabond Blues for the start!

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