Experiencing the Winter Cycling Congress

I am going to be honest with you all here, I never heard of the Winter Cycling Congress before the Bike Anchorage board offered me the opportunity to attend the international conference. Further, I never, ever, considered visiting Calgary, a large city in central Canada that, for outdoor enthusiasts like myself, is shadowed by its scenic mountainous neighbor, Banff. When I described my upcoming trip to my father, he simply remarked, “Calgary, huh, cattle country!” He isn’t wrong, Calgary is home to its namesake Stampede, one of the largest rodeo festivals in the world. But, despite their bucolic roots, Calgary is also an ambitious modern northern city with big plans to advance its transportation infrastructure, and they were keen on sharing those advancements with the rest of the world.

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Congratulations to our 2019 Bike Anchorage Raffle winners!

Thank you to the generous sponsors who made this raffle possible: Alaska Airlines, Alaska Railroad, Revelate Designs, Dogwood Designs, Bar Mitts, and Darn Tough Socks! We'd also like to thank our generous members and supporters for purchasing tickets and joining us at all our Winter Bike Fest events throughout February.

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9th Annual Winter Bike Fest

2019 Raffle


Bike Anchorage board members are selling 300 Raffle tickets for $20.00 each! With 12 winners and all proceeds benefiting Bike Anchorage, this is the ticket you want. We'll have them at all Winter Bike Fest events. We will be drawing winners at the Filmed by Bike Film Festival on February 27th. You don't need to be present to win, so get the tickets while you can! 

Raffle Drawing

Wednesday, February 27th at 7:00pm - Need not be present to win!

BP Energy Center, 1014 Energy Court, Anchorage, AK 99508

**Find Bike Anchorage board members to buy your tickets at all our Winter Bike Fest events**

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Trail Tales with Anchorage GRIT

As a board member for Bike Anchorage, I am recruiting speakers for an Alaska Trails' Trail Tales event. The event will take place on February 5th during Winter Bike Fest and will partner to raise money for Anchorage GRIT. 
I am reaching out to see if you, or anyone you know, would be interested in sharing a story for the event. Of course, we would love bike themed stories, but we are open to any story you feel passionate in sharing about an Alaska outdoors experience. Stories typically last seven minutes and I should stress that the setting is quite informal and the crowd always supportive! I told a story last year and felt at ease after I met the other presenters and crowd. Here is a link to past events so that you can get a feel for what the evening is like: Alaska Trails: Trail Tales
If you are interested please email [email protected] with your confirmation and story idea.
Happy New Year everyone!
-Cait Rodriguez
Bike Anchorage Board Member

Safer Streets to Ride

Photo by Rugile Kaladyte

I love what Bike Anchorage is working toward for the city of Anchorage-- safer streets to ride on and a more bike friendly environment.

Bike Anchorage has shown an immense level of support for Anchorage GRIT, my middle school girls cycling mentorship program. Cait Rodriguez and I are very proud of our six week program culminating in a three day 65 mile adventure ride from Anchorage to the end of Eklutna Lake. Last year, we worked with eighteen 7th grade girls. Before the program, none of the girls had ridden more than 10 miles. By the end of the Anchorage GRIT, they were riding trails with confidence and endurance. Bike Anchorage supports Anchorage GRIT by taking care of our insurance, fundraising and managing our finances. They also help us kick-off the program with a safe riding class for the students and parents. We are so grateful for all of their help and thoughtfulness. They keep our program safe and protected, eliminating much of the daunting administrative work.

I really appreciate the tremendous effort and energy Bike Anchorage puts into making cycling infrastructure better in Anchorage and supporting educational programs so I can continue doing what I love-- riding my bike and inspiring others to get out and ride theirs.

-Lael Wilcox