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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!


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.
Full page here.

Perhaps the most joyful part of organizing randonneuring events here in Alaska is the opportunity to share our beautiful state with like-minded and adventurous cyclists from around the world. This July 21st nearly 50 randonneur cyclists will gather to embark on a grueling self-supported journey, challenging both mind and body, to ride 1,200km (750 miles) from Valdez, through Fairbanks, to Anchorage in 90 hours or less.

The Big Wild Ride is now an established part of the growing worldwide randonneuring tradition empasizing determination, self sufficiency, and friendly camaraderie to get the ride done. We welcome the 2013 BWR riders, and are excited to have you join us on Alaska's grand randonnée.

The success of this ride is due exclusively to the wonderful volunteers from throughout Alaska's randonneuring community, and to the generous sponsors who eagerly returned to help underwrite this event: Speedway Cycles, 49th State Brewery, Comfort Inn Ship Creek, Alaska Railroad, Mountain Sky Hotel, Enterprise Car Rental, Team Estrogen. This ride wouldn't be possible without them. Thanks to all of them. We look forward to seeing you on the course this year!

2013 BWR Schedule of Events:

7/19 – 18:00 Bike Check/Meet & Greet – Speedway Cycles, 1231 W. Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage

7/20 – 09:45 AK Railroad departs for Whittier
7/20 – 13:45 Alaska State Ferry M/V Aurora departs for Valdez
7/21 – 15:00 Bike check, Valdez
7/21 – 22:00 Rider Sign In
7/21 – 23:59 Big Wild Ride Start!
7/25 – 17:00 Finish Banquet begins
7/25 – 18:49 Finish Control Closes
We hope to see you at the start, or somewhere along the course!

The rando season is progressing, and it's been an amazing season so far! This weekend is our annual Anchorage/Seward/Anchorage 200K/400K brevets. Need to get some serious distance before the Fireweed? This is the ride you want to be on.
We've been offering this ride for over six years now. It's a classic. It's legendary in its aesthetic, style, and beauty: The mountains and ocean experience is breathtaking on the bike.
The 400K is a traditional out-n-back course, putting you on familiar ground for the return leg for a psychological advantage. It's simple, straight-forward, no-nonsense, and you can't get lost! Both the 200K and the 400K rides depart South Anchorage at 04:00.
I get a lot of grief about the pre-dawn start, but the Turnagain Arm is breathtaking at those hours. Traffic is very low, you've got great opportunities to see some critters on the hills, it works with your natural circadian rhythm, and it puts the 200K riders in Seward with enough time to catch the train back to Anchorage! And you know how I love that multi-modal transpo stuff!!
Live a little. Weekends were never for sleeping in.
Anyway, the days are long this time of year, and this latitude doesn't do much to accommodate night riding. We hear from our rando brothers and sisters Outside about the magic of riding through the night. It's great, and I urge you to give it a try. Riding in the pre-dawn grey of the morning is a transformative experience. And frankly, if you've ever considered qualifying and riding one of the big rides Outside, or one of the RM 1200Ks, you better get some experience riding during the wee hours.
Everything you need to know about this weekend's 200K/400K brevets is HERE and HERE.
See you at the start!

You all know that we had to push the Anch/Palmer/Anch 200K/300K back by a week. Now they're on the same date as the Denali Highway 200K. Damn, that's a tough decision.

We had our BWR volunteers' meeting last week. Great turnout. Committed and involved people who're excited to make the BWR happen. 

If you're not signed up the this year's BWR, there are still spots available. But, if the BWR 1200K is a bit much to bite off this season, consider coming up for our Solstice 600K. It's sort of a mini-BWR. It covers the finest 200K section of the BWR – an unbelievalbly beautiful section of the remote Richardson Highway that passes through the Alaska Range. Check it out…the Richardson is actually the original trail used by the prospectors back in the 1800s to get to the Interior!

There are lots of flights available. If you've always wanted to ride Alaska, do it this year over summer solstice!

This July cyclists from around the world will gather in Valdez to ride 1200Km (750 miles) from the shore of Prince William Sound, through Fairbanks, to Anchorage, in less than 90 hours.

Modeled after the legendary Paris-Brest-Paris 1200Km Randonnée, and sanctioned by Randonneurs Mondiaux, The Big Wild Ride is part of the global randonneuring tradition, and is renowned for its adventure, challenge, and beauty.

Come be an integral part of the experience. The Big Wild Ride needs checkpoint volunteers and drivers, SAG wagon driver, and bike and bag loaders. Volunteering for The Big Wild Ride allows you to be involved first-hand in the exciting and challenging world of long-distance, endurance bicycling.

Where: Speedway Cycles - 1231 W Northern Lights Blvd  Anchorage, AK

When: May 15th, 6:00PM

The Big Wild Ride is the premier event hosted by the Alaska Randonneurs, and is sanctioned by Randonneurs USA, Audax Club Parisien, and Randonneurs Mondiaux.

For additional information, contact the Alaska Randonneurs:



Come Ride With Us!

Bike-to-Work Month just started today, and Alaska randonneurs already have ridden 9,600Km!

Randonneuring season is in full swing. Need to put the adventure and challenge back in your ride? Training for the Fireweed 400 or a big charity ride this summer? Or, simply just want a reason to spend a day on the bike? Come ride with us!

We’ve got a full ride schedule of scenic, inspiring, and challenging rides ahead of us. The Talkeetna 100K and 200K offered great riding and a full day of stunning views of Denali. The Palmer Spring Classic packed downtown Palmer with 94 riders starting off on a bluebird, but blustery day.

Next up is the Anchorage/Palmer/Anchorage 200K/300K. It’s a wonderful and rambling course offering a surprising amount adventure through neighborhoods and towns we’re all mostly familiar with; no getting lost on this one. 200K and 300K riders share the majority of the courses – more fun, camaraderie, and safety in numbers!

Here are preliminary maps of the two courses:

Anchorage/Palmer/Anchorage 200K

Anchorage/Palmer/Anchorage 300K

Our 2013 Season

Again, over the Memorial Day weekend, this year we’re offering a randonneuring option to AEA’s Denali Gravel Grinder. Shortly after that, we host our legendary Ronde van Anchorage 100K. For Solstice, it’s back up to Gakona to ride the Richardson – arguably the finest 200Km stretch of road in the entire state of Alaska!

July brings the return of The Big Wild Ride Grand Randonnée. Again, riders from around the world will gather on the shores of Prince William Sound in Valdez to ride 1,200Km through Fairbanks to Anchorage in 90 hours or less.

Our schedule lightens up in late summer and early fall with a brilliant course around Anchorage and Eagle River, designed by legendary, local cycling hard-man Bob Voris. Then we’re down to Homer to enjoy the fall colors and take-your-breath-away views of Kachemak Bay on the End-of-the-Road 100K/200K.

Our full ride schedule is HERE.

Volunteer For The Big Wild Ride

Want to experience randonneuring at the international level? Want to contribute to an event that’s bigger than us all? Volunteer for the Big Wild Ride. Whether you want to be involved for a day or a week, it’s an event where you’ll make a meaningful impact and gain a tremendous amount of satisfaction by being an integral part.

Renew Your RUSA Membership

Finally, now’s a great time to renew your membership or join RUSA. In addition to being able to qualify for various prestigious awards, RUSA members receive a subscription to American Randonneur, plus a copy of the RUSA members’ handbook. The handbook alone is worth the cost!

Come join us this Saturday for the Palmer Spring Classic – we'll put you on some mind-blowing backroads that are scenic, inspiring, and challenging! If you've never ridden The Valley roads, you're in for a real treat. The Palmer area has developed quite a reputation for high-quality, destination road riding.

The Palmer Spring Classic has something for everyone – just got your bike out of the garage? Come ride the 50K. Been spinning most of the winter? Then you're good for the 100K. You skied and rode your fatbike all winter? The full 200K is the one for you! Regardless of which ride you choose, one of the most exciting features of the Palmer Spring Classic is that riders on all three courses start and ride the first 40K together! It's a great way to discover and share the friendly spirit and challenge of randonneuring!

All ride details are HERE!

Come ride with us!

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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