Fatbike ride

Fairbanks residents participate in a fatbike ride organized by Goldstream Sports in January. The store is hosting two weekly rides this winter, on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings. 

Winter fatbike tours are a great way to meet people, get some exercise, and learn about the winter trails around Fairbanks. Below are some regular fatbike tours in the area. You can find this and other information on winter riding on the Fairbanks Cycle Club website here: bit.ly/2LPjdDw.

 

Goldstream Sports Tuesday night ride

This is a hardcore ride. Riders on this one need at least intermediate or advanced skills. You need to be fit and have good winter biking skills. Make sure to bring bike lights, water and snacks. There is no temperature cut off.

Start time and place: 7 p.m. Tuesdays from Goldstream Sports.

Duration: Usually about 1.5-2 hours and go 12-15 miles.

Contact info: bit.ly/35hzrNi.

 

Beaver Sports Thursday night ride

Beaver Sports offers an intermediate-level ride starting at the shop on Thursday evenings. They head out onto the ADMA/Creamer’s Field trails. The store offers demo bikes for those who don’t have fatbikes or are considering upgrading.

Start time and place: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at Beaver Sports.

Duration: They try to make it back by 7 p.m. before the store closes.

Contact info: bit.ly/2qQyfS6.

 

Goldstream Sports Saturday morning ride

Much like the Tuesday night ride, this is a hardcore trip. Riders need at least intermediate or advanced skills. You need to be fit and have good winter biking skills. Make sure to bring bike lights, water and snacks. There is no cut off temperature cut off.

Start time and place: 8 a.m. Saturdays from Goldstream Sports.

Duration: Usually about 1.5-2 hours and go 12-15 miles.

Contact info: bit.ly/35hzrNi.

 

Sunday ride

These informal fatbike rides are low-key, but still strenuous. They explore the Goldstream Valley and the surrounding hills. Rides are canceled if the temperature is 25 below Fahrenheit or lower.

Start time and place: Sundays at noon at Ivory Jack’s parking lot in the Goldstream Valley.

Duration: Depending on who shows up, these rides can last three hours or more and involve a lot of climbing.

Contact info: bit.ly/34hXRVq.

 

UAF Green Bikes

Green Bikes plans to offer periodic winter rides around campus. Check their Facebook page for announcements: bit.ly/2PFbicR.

 

Demo rides

Beaver Sports and Goldstream Sports also offer occasional demo rides. Watch their Facebook pages — Beaver Sports can be found here, bit.ly/2EeLQFH and Goldstream Sports here, bit.ly/2PIZ4jD — or the FCC Facebook page: bit.ly/34hXRVq.

Note: Rides are weather- and ride-leader dependent. Those interested in any of the rides below should check ahead of time to ensure they are happening as scheduled.