What we're about

This meet-up group is a way for ALL of biking in Anchorage to come together. Whether you are a novice, expert or somewhere in between. If you enjoy road cycling, mountain biking, cyclocross, fat tire, randonneuring or any other form of cycling, Bike Me Anchorage! is the place for you.

Bike Me Anchorage! riding events are defined by a number of parameters, which include type, distance, pace, terrain, course.

Type: Indicates the degree of organizational support for the ride (e.g. impromptu, organizer led, or an event organized by a 3rd party such as a century ride) and what type of bicycle is most appropriate; e.g. road bike, fat tire, mountain bike, etc.

Distance: One of the most obvious parameters is how far we’ll ride. Distance is measured in miles (unless specified otherwise) and rides will vary from 15 to 100+ miles. Mid-week rides, due to time constraints will typically be between 15 – 35 miles. Weekend rides may be anywhere between 15 – 100 miles. Mountain, cyclocross and fat tire bike rides would not typically focus on distance but rather length of time.

Pace: Describes how fast we’ll ride and is measured in miles per hour. Leisure rides will be in the 12-14 mph range. Moderate paced rides are 15 – 18 mph, while a fast paced ride will be 18+ mph. Some riding events will be targeted at a specific pace, while other rides will accommodate all paces.

Terrain: Indicates the type of surface the ride will be on; e.g. road, dirt, paved trail, unpaved trail, flat, hilly, mountain, snow, etc.

Course: Describes the path or route of the ride. Some rides will need and include maps & cue sheets. Other rides will not and will be guided by the ride leader. Anyone is encouraged to participate in our rides regardless of skill level or bike.

All rides are 'No Drop' which means you will not be left behind. All rides include one or more rest stops allowing everybody a chance to catch up, stretch and catch their breath. Remember, no matter what other goals you might have for a particular ride, having a fun and safe ride is our most important goal. So come on out, meet some new friends and enjoy the ride!

A few other things to keep in mind…

Risk of Injury: Like any athletic activity, cycling entails an inherent risk of injury and you acknowledge and accept that risk, and agree that Bike Me Anchorage! and its group leaders are not responsible for rider safety and/or injury. Helmets are mandatory on all rides.

Photos: For security purposes, all members are required to have a current photo attached to their Meet-Up profile that clearly shows their face. Additionally, photos will be taken at events and posted to the groups web site.

Upcoming events (4+)

Spring Stampede Ride in Palmer

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Spring Stampede Ride in Palmer! Hosted by Julie (this ride was always part of Arctic Bicycle Club rec division rides).

Ride starts at 11, so please arrive a little early to be ready to ride.

Meeting place: State of Alaska - Dept of Fish and Game Bldg, Glenn Hwy, Palmer (just past State Fair and the Noisy Goose Restaurant, on the left northbound; New highway turn off for the ADFG , State of Alaska building. Turn left at Jay Street/East Inner Springer Loop traffic light (this is the new 'second traffic light', if approaching from Anchorage)

Mileage we will bike: 20-25 miles
Where we will bike: Palmer area roads and bike trails
Conditions: Mostly pavement, loose sand/gravel possible; dress for: wind, sun, rain, warm, cold, snow(?) . Too early to know??
Cool down: Vagabond Blues cafe in downtown Palmer

Tom's Tax Day Ride - Palmer

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Tom's 28th Annual Tax Day Ride! (this has always been an Arctic Bicycle Club rec division ride, hosted by Tom).

Ride starts at 11AM so please arrive a bit earlier to be ready to ride at 11. We will meet in the parking lot behind Vegabon Blues. The goal is to ride through town, toward the Old Glenn and ride the Bodenburg Loop.

Mileage we will bike: 25-30 miles
Where we will bike: Palmer area roads and bike trails
Conditions: Mostly pavement, loose sand/gravel possible; wind, sun, rain, warm, cold, snow(?) . Too early to know??
Cool down: TBD! (Hint...may involve some local brew!)

Turnagain Arm Metric Century

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Turnagain Arm Metric Century @ Carrs Huffman

The ride will begin 9 am at Carrs Huffman, in the parking lot near the gas pumps, please show up a few minutes early. We will be riding the Seward Highway to Girdwood and back. We can ride to the Bake Shop, or Girdwood Brewing (although not required). Expect about 60 to 70 miles round trip. This will be a moderate-paced ride with great views.

Remember to bring your helmet as they are required. Bright clothing and a rear flashing light is recommended since we will be riding the highway. Additionally, riding single file and standard cycling communication is encouraged while riding (pointing out hazards, signaling stopping/slowing, etc.). Please have items needed to repair a flat tire as well.

Russian Lakes - Mtn Bike

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We are going to do a car shuttle from the parking lot at the Russian River Campground/parking lot to avoid having to ride on the Sterling HWY and Snug Harbor Road. I have heard there is free parking, but bring some $$ to park right in case there is a fee.

The ride will begin at 10 am at the Russian River Campground (mile 52.6 Sterling HWY) in Cooper Landing. We will park cars there and only take a couple vehicles to the trail head on Snug Harbor Road. Meet at Carrs Huffman at 7:30 am to carpool.

This is a 22 mile single track ride from Cooper Lake, past Upper and Lower Russian Lake, and follows the valley of the Russian River to the trail head at the Russian River campground at mile 52.6 of the Sterling Hwy.

This is a ride in the Alaskan WILDERNESS, be fit, be aware, be prepared, bring a lunch and water! There is the possibility to see bears and moose on the trail, bear spray would be a good idea. Please, leave the guns at home. This trail is best enjoyed on a full suspension, hard tail or fat tire bike.

Also, when we are finished with the ride we will 'trailgate' in the parking lot. I'll bring a grill, paper products and some sausages. Please bring a side, beverages and a chair. Maybe also leave a snack or cold beverage in your vehicle, since after the ride we will have to wait for the car shuttle to pick up the vehicles we drove to the start of the ride at the end of Snug Harbor rode.

Remember to bring your helmet as they are required. Also, a parent or guardian must be in attendance for any riders under the age of 18.

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Glen Alps/Green Lakes/Downhill - Mtn Bike

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