ABOUT ARCTIC BICYCLE CLUB:
ABC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting bicycling safety, education, and competition. Originally founded in Anchorage in the 1970s as a road cycling club, the Arctic Bicycle Club now offers a Road Racing Division, a Mountain Racing Division, and a Cyclocross Racing Division.
WHY MEMBERSHIP MATTERS:
The Arctic Bicycle Club Membership allows a sustainable schedule year after year. By becoming a member you support one of the most amazing cycling communities in Alaska. ABC offers the unique experience of three different racing disciplines, skills clinics, educational seminars and more.
Online registration ensures our events run smooth and helps reduce the workload on our volunteer organization. Please only use day of registration as a last resort. Our registration system helps us verify that every racer is a member of the club which is required by our insurance policy.
On Site Registration
On site registration will be available for most events but we encourage everyone to sign up in advance online.
An active Arctic Bicycle Club membership is required to participate in races for insurance purposes. Money collected from membership dues goes toward improving the Arctic Bicycle Club as a whole.
Individual Membership is for racers 18 and over. We allow up to 4 children to be listed on each adult profile as a form of family membership. Simply go to the account page and scroll down to add child.
Junior Membership is for racers 17 and under. We want to encourage young riders to experience the joy of cycling. That’s why all riders 17 and under with an active junior membership ride for free in any race they sign up for! Each junior must be accompanied by an adult at each event.
As a policy Arctic Bicycle Club does not refund race fees. Planning and developing an athletic event that ensures adequate support and supplies for participants is difficult. We rely on the registration information to provide us with an accurate participant count. Because this is vital to the success of our events, there will be no refunds once a registration has been processed.
We are always monitoring the latest public health guidance to ensure a safe racing experience.
Currently, we are asking racers to wear masks while checking in, and to maintain 6 feet of distance when and where possible. A schematic of our COVID check-in and race start process can be found here.
If you are experiencing any COVID symptoms we ask that you please stay home.
Let’s be safe so we can all get back to having fun!
The Road Division offers a range of racing options, from individual time trials to pack based road races, hill climbs to criteriums. Don’t let the spandex, aero gear and cyber mods scare you; technological enhancements are the wave of the future! Plus we have a category for every racer, whatever your experience, fitness, or equipment. Our racing community welcomes everyone, even cyborgs and ETs. Just don’t show up with a motor in your bike or top caps on your valves.
Mountain Bike (MTB)
The mountain bike division organizes a variety of competitive events across Anchorage’s extensive trail system. MTB also offers a range of racer categories to match ability level, experience, and current fitness. From Juniors to Masters, Sport to Expert, we’ve got everyone covered. Stuck in a single gear? Tires a little wide? We offer single speed and fat bike divisions as well. So come race with us! You’re guaranteed to have a blast.
Cross races are held on 1-2 mile loops where participants complete as many laps around the course as they can in a set amount of time. Courses consist of a mix of grass, pavement, and dirt trail, and riders must navigate obstacles like fixed barriers, sand, mud, logs, roots, and run-ups up small steep slopes. Racers will have to dismount and re-mount their bike a few times each lap to get over some of these obstacles. Courses are designed to be both challenging, and fun! There are seven races total, and the season starts the weekend after Labor Day, and ends in mid-October. Races are held on weekends, event times and locations are posted on flyers and our Facebook page.
Zwift is a virtual cycling platform popular the world over, and particularly useful for us northern folk. ABC has a thriving Zwift community, offering weekly group rides and racing events. Join us every Thursday at 6:30 PM for the ABC Arctic Blast Race Series, and check out Arctic Road’s Facebook for group rides and meetups. For info on the series and and other Zwift news, visit the ABC Zwift home page.