Women’s Cycling: Anchorage’s strong community

Alaskans are incredibly fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Alaskan women are lucky to have such a strong, supportive community for women’s cycling. There are many women-specific events. The upcoming Bike for Women sold out in just over 17 hours this year, a new record! The road race division of the Arctic Bike Club hosts a women-only race series annually (mark the June 12-19 Pocketful of Posies on your calendars now). The Gold Nugget Triathlon sells out every year in minutes.

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Getting back in the saddle

Think back to your youth - your very first ride with no training wheels, the sense of accomplishment, control and balance. As your confidence built, the feeling changed to exhilaration and joy as you tested your limits. Always a little faster and further, the wind in your face. And then the freedom you felt as you got older, meeting friends at the park, the library or the corner store on your own. Your bicycle was your transportation, a good friend, and your entertainment.At some point, the bicycle was replaced with other modes of transportation. It was relegated to the depths of the garage, and the joy you felt while you rode was forgotten.It's time to dig it out, dust it off, and make friends again.

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In Search of Big Fat Fun

As summer was winding down and we moved into August, it occurred to me…winter is coming. The initial panic was quickly replaced with determined resolve. I decided that this winter, I would have a good time. In recent years, it has been all too easy for me to get bogged down with various mundane responsibilities, causing the winter to slip by in a dark, unenthusiastic blur. Most uniquely-winter activities take planning, preparing, layering, driving and money, all things I feel hesitant to budget for when things are calling from left and right. This year I decided - enough is enough. It’s time to have some fun.

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Kenai Peninsula’s Bear Creek Road offers quick access to Alpine Terrain

The grade of the gravel mining road was steepening and littered with cobble-sized rocks, creating some challenges for bicycling, particularly for this novice off-trail cycler. My buddy Pete Panarese seemed to be doing a little better, riding a short distance ahead of me. But soon we were both walking our bikes. “This hill has got to let up pretty soon,” I said to Pete between huffs. “It doesn’t look this steep on the map.” (I’m quite positive these eight infamous words are eternally chorused by hikers and climbers the world over). No sooner had I uttered those words when we came around a bend - revealing another undocumented stretch of steepness.

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Spring Weather Cycles Need for Bicycle Safety

Yet, according to Parsons and Turcic, heading out for a joyride on one’s bicycle occurs after a safety check, and a check on the fit of last year’s helmet.

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Caribou Creek: A Haven for Ice Climbers, But Also a Nice Winter Hike, Ski or Bike

I later learned that Caribou Creek itself has a waterfall at about Mile 5 that blocks hikers, skiers and bikers. Obviously, ice climbers did not an obstacle

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