Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Arctic Valley Hill Climb

Tonight's Arctic Valley Hill Climb race has been canceled due to the nasty weather forecast. This race will not be rescheduled due to the time it takes for permits to be approved through the base... so you'll have to wait until next year!

Please keep your eye out for the SurveyMonkey bike race survey, which is coming soon!  We'd love to hear your thoughts on this past race season!

Thanks everyone and make sure you batten down the hatches tonight!!!


Thursday, August 23, 2012


59 racers tonight! That is pretty darn good, 
considering it was one heck of a climb up to the top!

62 racers tonight! 
Great turn-out and no rain during the race!

59 racers in the beautiful sunshine!
What an exciting race!

60 racers, a bit of rain, a lot of mud, and a fantastic finish to 4 days of racing!

CONGRATULATIONS to our Alaska Champions, Brent & Jessie!

A huge thank you goes out to all of you that came out and raced. 
It was an amazing Championship series because of all of YOU!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Kincaid XC Series Wrap Up!

What a wonderful season out at Kincaid!

Some quick facts:
  • 214 people participated in this year's XC series (!!!)
  • our largest category, Sport Men, had 53 participants
  • first year offering a shortened course - we had 27 short coursers!
  • courses had more single track than ever - thanks to the sweet STA trails!!!
  • every single Tuesday night race was sunny and beautiful! (how is that even possible?)
  • more junior (under 18) racers than ever - 37 male and female juniors
  • 38 beginner racers! that's more than we've ever had, and remember, our beginners eventually (or occasionally) turn into our experts, so we need to keep them around! 
  • we had another amazing group of volunteers - people that dedicate lots of time and sweat and occasional blood to get the courses cleared, marked, and cleaned, along with the people that help with registration and timing
    • John Lackey, Tim Berntson, Jeff Ellis, Kara Oney, Alex Wilson, Chet Fehrmann, Carey Grumelot, Margaret Cunningham: our rockstar course team
    • Emily Henderson, Alycia Beiergrohslein, Sara Rottman, Martha Piersma, Chet Fehrmann: the group of patient people that got you registered for each race & time the race
    • all the other people that have volunteered some time here and there - there are many of you! Please know that I appreciate the help of each and every one of you.We honestly couldn't do it without ALL of you!
  • Check out Brian Looney's pictures of Kincaid XC#5!

Congratulations to everyone! 
Top THREE racers in each category:
Expert Men - Carey Grumelot, John Lackey, Tim Berntson
Expert Women - Jessie Donahue, Danelle Winn, Sheryl Loan
Master Men - Bruce Ross, Darin Marin, Bob Cox
Master Women - Margaret Cunningham, Judy Kanady, Melinda Greig-Walker
Sport Men - David Ayers, Clinton Hodges III, Simon Lynn
Sport Women - Kara Oney, Jill Simek, Laura Gardner
Beginner Men - John Lynn, Anthony Stong, Scott Medlin
Beginner Women - Kristy Despars, Lori Sivits, Erica White
Junior Men - Max Beiergrohslein, Hunter Eid, Ethan Lynn
Junior Women - Ana Jager, Irene Bembenek, Erin Sivits
Short Course Men - Jackson Evans, Tasman Duenow, Tom Corbin
Short Course Women - Tara Kulin, Cathy Coon, Ursula Volz

If you see your name above, it means you will be awarded at the Awards BBQ this Sunday, August 26! All the info on the Awards BBQ can be found by clicking on the State Champs tab at the top of this blog. PLEASE COME!!! Better yet, please come and RACE in the state champs! 4 awesome races in 4 days! Check out all the details. 


Friday, August 17, 2012


Check out the Champs tab above. Please note that there will inevitably be some small changes to the info. I'll update things throughout the week...


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kincaid XC #6 Results

Last Tuesday night race for the season! It's gone by so fast! A relatively good turn-out for the last XC... 71 racers tonight. A huge thank you to everyone that came out and burned some calories, lost some sweat (and possibly blood or bike parts) and had a great time!

Since it's getting pretty dang late and my eyelids are starting to droop, I'm going to post the results and follow up with the rest of the details later (tomorrow, hopefully). So, FINAL POINTS TALLY, Top Three Winners info, Champs info, awards info, season recap, etc... is coming soon. 


(email me if you see an error)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Kincaid XC #5 Results

Again, what a gorgeous night to have a bike race! We are really lucking out on the weather so far this season... knock on wood.  AND another terrific turn-out! 79 racers! 

A few things:

1) Kincaid XC #6 is NEXT Tuesday and we'll be back in the stadium for our final Tuesday night race. I hope to see ALL of you there! I'll post the updated points tally before next Tuesday.

2) Alaska State Mountain Bike Championships are August 23-26. Thursday-Sunday, four races plus an awards BBQ on Sunday night. Don't let the name scare you away... these races are for EVERYONE! So even if you are a beginner or even if you've been racing the short course, we encourage you to come out and try your hand at a series. Each race is different, so you'll get to experience something new every time you come out. Plus the BBQ at the end is a blast - lots of food, friends, prizes and awards. I'll post all the info on the Champs within the next week. 

(please shoot me an email if you see an error in the results... I'm still human, after all)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Kincaid XC #4 Results

Another glorious evening for a bike race! Great turn-out with 83 racers (not 93 as previously stated...sorry!). Lots of new-to-the-scene racers tonight, which is super awesome. Our beginner categories are steadily growing, which we REALLY like to see! We hope you all had a really good time and enjoyed the course. 

Just a few things before the results...

1) next race: XC #5, August 7, based out of Little Campbell Lake parking lot, more info soon!

2) ALASKA STATE MOUNTAIN BIKING CHAMPIONSHIPS are coming up August 23-26. Do not let the name intimidate you! It's for ALL levels, abilities and ages. It's a series of 4 races, all different sorts, but all super fun. It's a Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday morning, Sunday morning racing extravaganza! Sunday night we will have the awards BBQ, which is for both the Kincaid Tuesday Night XC Series AND the Championships. One BBQ for everything! You must all come! Put August 23-26 on your calendars! More info as it magically manifests.  

3) Please, please, please remember to check in with the race officials (cute timing ladies) if you decide to quit racing or "DNF" due to a mechanical or crash. We won't leave the area until everyone is accounted for... so rest assured that we won't leave you lying in a ditch somewhere with a concussion!

Okay, okay... here they are:

*shoot me an email if your results need a-tweaking!
**we did have several (read: LOTS) of folks miss course, take wrong turns, add some trail, skip some trail, etc... so we are just calling it a wash... anyone not okay with that can track down everyone that didn't do the course exactly as it was meant to be, then adjust the results. :)
***we have TWO small hoodies left... get them at the next race for $35.  Plus SOCKS! $10/pair

Friday, July 20, 2012

Kincaid XC #4

Details and map have been posted under the "Kincaid Race Series" tab above. I will have the points tally at the race on Tuesday so that you can all see where you are placing.

Registration, race start/finish area will be based out of the Jodhpur parking lot!

See you all on Tuesday!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Kincaid XC #3 Results

Tuesday, July 17

Thanks for coming out, everyone! 73 racers, sunshine and a whole lotta rooty singletrack!

(updated 7.22.12)

Please send me an email if you see an error with your results.

See you all next Tuesday for Kincaid XC #4. More details will be posted this coming week.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Kincaid Short Track Results

Thanks for coming out everyone! It was a great turn-out for a super fun race, and we finished right before the rain starting coming down! 

Next race: 
Tuesday, July 17, Kincaid XC #3... this race will be staged out of the WORLD CUP area.  More details very soon! 

See you all next Tuesday!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Kincaid Short Track

Tuesday, July 10, 7pm, JODHPUR PARKING LOT, Kincaid Park
  • Registration: 6-6:45pm
  • Race start: 7pm
 Depending on how many folks show up, we will either have one group (mass start) or we will break you up into two groups. Everyone will race for 30 minutes, plus one lap. So if there are two groups, the first group will go out at 7pm and end around 7:35pm, the second group will head out at 7:40pm and race until 8:15 or so. The second group will get to cheer on the first group and the first group will get to cheer on the second group! This is a GREAT race for spectators, because we see the racers every couple of minutes! Also a great race for beginners because the course is relatively mild.


Directions: head west on Raspberry Road (like you are heading to the main Kincaid Park entrance) and take a left (south) on Sand Lake Road. Take the first major right (west) onto Kincaid Road. Follow Kincaid Road to the 90 degree left-hand turn (this is where Jodhpur Road begins), follow Jodhpur until about a mile down. The parking lot entrance will be on your right, marked by a big red gate and signs. The entrance is somewhat obscured by trees, so just keep your eyes peeled. It is the same entrance for the Motocross area. Drive down the dirt road and park in the big lot on your right. 
  • You must be a member of the Arctic Bike Club to race. Join HERE.
  • Helmets are required.
  • Bear bells are not required for this race.
  • This race does not count for points in the Kincaid Race Series.
  • $15 adults, juniors (under 18) race free!
No race map because it will take you just a few minutes to pre-ride the course.  So it's a surprise until you get there! 

If you have questions, email Megan!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

24 Hours of MS&G: RESULTS

What an incredible weekend!
A great turn-out (80 racers total), perfect weather (needed sunscreen), and a whole lotta bike riding (5,475 miles and 438 laps)!

I hope everyone had a great time (regardless of how much you suffered)...  :)

*please send me an email if you feel like your results are incorrect.

A very large thanks to our generous sponsors:
Speedway Cycles, Greg Matyas
Backcountry Bikes, Tony Berberich
The Bike Shop Dimond, Jamon
Chain Reaction Cycles, Bill Fleming and James & Amber Stull
Paramount Cycles, John
Anchorage Yoga, Josh Love & Katey Inman
FSA, Jeff Dusenbury

And let's not forget those that put in a ton of time making sure this race went smoothly:
Megan Piersma, Race Director & Organizer
Chet Fehrmann, Course Designer & Megan's go-to guy
Bob & Meg Stehn, Timers Extraordinaire
John Lackey, course set-up & take-down, course design
Tim Berntson, course set-up & take-down, course design
Carey Grumelot, course set-up & take-down
Alicia Beiergrohslein & Emily Henderson, race registration
Jeff Ellis, Alex Wilson, Kara Oney, Rachel Steer, course set-up & take-down
and all the other folks that lent a hand before, during and after the race...

What an incredible community of people we have here!!!
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Kincaid XC #2 Results

We had 104 racers out tonight! That's a club record! Thank you to each and every one of you that came out tonight! What a perfect way to spend a beautiful evening. Great job, everyone. 

*updated 6.24.12
***quick note concerning the beginner and junior categories: if you are racing one lap and are under the age of 18, you are automatically put into the junior category. If over 18 and racing one lap, then you are in the beginner category. 

We would like to have around the same numbers for the 24 Hours of Mud, Sweat and Gears, which is 10 days from today! June 30-July 1, Kincaid Park, lots of race category and team options. Check out all the details by clicking on the 24 Hours tab at the top of this blog. Final details are being worked out as I type this blog entry, so check back often!!!

Everyone have a wonderful week, and enjoy your hoodies! 
Sincerely, Megan & Emily

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Kincaid XC #2

Tuesday, June 19 - TONIGHT!

And what beautiful weather we are having!!!
Register between 5:15 and 6:30, race starts at 7pm. Don't forget your bear bell, your race number, and $ for a club hoodie! We have limited quantities, so get one while you can... only $35.

Please note that you MUST be a member of the Arctic Bike Club to race - do this BEFORE THE RACE! Go here and do it online! Piece of cake!

Parking & registration, as well as the start/finish area will all be out of the lower stadium lot (behind the giant scoreboard) out at Kincaid Park. We will once again have the longer, more advanced course and a shorter beginners course, so it's a great opportunity to try mountain bike racing if you are new to the sport.

ALL RACERS ARE REQUIRED TO STRAP A BEAR BELL ON THEIR BIKE - this is for the safety of other trail users and for yourself. 

Check out the "Kincaid Race Series" tab at the top of this blog.
See you all out there!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Club Hoodies!

We will have our official MTB bike club hoodies available for sale at every race! These ain't no cheap sweatshirts - these are premium sueded cotton hoodies, meaning DURABLE, THICK and uber soft.  WAZZUP!!!  A steal of a deal for $35 (cash or check only).

Saturday, June 9, 2012

24 Hours race info posted

Please check out the updated 24 hours tab at the top of this blog!

Race fees, registration/bib pick ups, sponsors, details galore! YAHOO!

We're working on a GREAT course and we hope to see you all out there! This is a great race for ALL ages and abilities, so don't let the long time length freak you out! Just take it one lap at a time!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Kincaid XC #1 Results

What a glorious evening we had out there tonight! Despite the slightly late start, the broken bikes (and broken teeth), the angry momma moose, and the occasional lost racer, it was the perfect start to a season of great mountain bike racing! Thank you to all 83 racers that came out tonight - it truly was a fantastic turn-out. 

(updated 6/9/12)

Please email me if you feel like your time is off.  The new timing system worked great, but as with all new stuff, there tends to be somewhat of a learning curve, so please keep that in mind when emailing me.

Thank you to everyone that volunteered time setting up the course, taking down the course and helping with timing/registration! These races happen because of YOU!

Kincaid XC #2, Tuesday, June 19
Parking & Registration at the Lower Stadium Lot (same place as tonight's race)
We will again offer a LONG and SHORT course!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Kincaid XC #1

Tuesday, June 5 - TONIGHT!

And what beautiful weather we are having!!!
Register between 5:15 and 6:30, race starts at 7pm.

Please note that you MUST be a member of the Arctic Bike Club to race - do this BEFORE THE RACE! Go here and do it online! Piece of cake!

Parking & registration, as well as the start/finish area will all be out of the lower stadium lot (behind the giant scoreboard) out at Kincaid Park.

ALL RACERS ARE REQUIRED TO STRAP A BEAR BELL ON THEIR BIKE - this is for the safety of other trail users and for yourself. 

Check out the "Kincaid Race Series" tab at the top of this blog.
See you all out tomorrow!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Kincaid XC Series

Check out all the new info on the Kincaid XC Series under the "Kincaid XC Series" tab at the top of this blog. 

Kincaid XC #1 map has been posted! 

Any questions, call 440-9928 or email megpiersma@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing you all out at Kincaid on Tuesday, June 5. 

***Please note that the June 2nd Downhill Dome race has been postponed until later this summer due to the large amounts on snowfall we received this winter!***

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Arctic Valley Hill Climb Results

Thanks to the 17 tough bikers that came out to conquer the grueling 7-mile hill climb!
Everyone did a fantastic job! I hope to see you all out again at the first Kincaid XC of the year - Tuesday, June 5. More details and a course map to come!

Please note that the Downhill Dome scheduled for Saturday, June 2 has been cancelled due to the huge amount of snow still on the ground higher up. But don't worry!  We're hoping to do an entire DOWNHILL weekend later in the summer.  Stay tuned for more information. If you have specific interest in the downhill races and would like to volunteer, please shoot me an email at megpiersma@gmail.com.  Thanks!

Sunday, May 20, 2012


Arctic Valley Hill Climb - Tuesday, May 22, 7pm

Race registration is 6:00-6:45pm.
Pre-race meeting at 6:45pm.
Race will start at 7pm sharp.

Parking and registration will be in a dirt parking lot on the right side of the Arctic Valley Road about 1.5 miles up from the Moose Run driving range. To get there, take the Glenn HWY out towards Eagle River. Take the Arctic Valley exit. Go straight towards mountains, past the golf course and driving range. The paved road will turn to dirt- keep going. You will eventually see a large parking lot on the right. Look for a red Subaru wagon with a table set up next to it. Register here.

Please note that this year we have a brand new registration and timing system, so please plan on arriving EARLY so that we can get you into the new system - but once you're in, you're in! Future race registration will be a piece of cake! Please don't plan on getting to the parking lot at 6:45 to register...

The race will start back down at the driving range, but you'll all get there via bike.

The Arctic Valley hill climb is about 7 miles, all up hill, to the Alpenglow Chalet parking lot. It's great for getting your hill work in! Bring a warm layer to wear on the way down, because it tends to be pretty chilly up there this time of year - you can stick it in my car for the ride up. We always provide drinks and snacks at the finish line! YAHOO!


It's $15 for adults, under 18 race free.

To become a member, go here.

Any questions, call 440-9928 or email megpiersma@gmail.com.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Arctic Valley Hill Climb May 22nd

Please note that our first event/race of the year isn't until MAY 22. Not tomorrow! So if you show up at the base of the Arctic Valley climb, you'll be climbing up on your own!

See you all on May 22nd!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring Bike Swap

Arctic Bike Club Bike Swap

Buy, sell, trade bikes & bike-related gear!

The Arctic Bike Club hosts this event as a community service, so it is 100% Free & Open to all individuals and businesses; the club takes No fees and NO Commissions on Sales.
When: Saturday March 31st; 12:30pm to ~3:00pm

Where: AT&T Sports Pavillion Complex, 11051 O’Malley Ctr Drive, Anchorage, AK 99507

(Behind the Alaska Club South at the corner of Omalley & Old Seward Highways; this is the Soccer & Volleyball & Backetball Building; NOT the Hockey Building)
Map Link: www.a8c.us/ABDLrm

Thursday, March 8, 2012


We are now on Facebook!

Come on over for a visit! www.facebook.com/ABCMTB

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Icy River Rampage

Come on out and join us this weekend for the FIRST EVER bike race on Eagle River! Great course, beautiful views, awesome awards, food & fun! Visit www.ernc.org for details.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

24 Hour Race needs your help!

24 Hour Race
Kincaid Park
June 30-July 1

We are looking for a new name for the race! Instead of naming it after wherever the race is located that particular year (24 Hours of Hillside, 24 Hours of Kincaid, 24 Hours of Matanuska.... etc...) we'd like to settle on ONE name that will follow it wherever it may go.

If you've got an awesome, witty, clever or just plain funny name for our race, please leave a comment under this posting. If we pick your race name, you'll race in the 2012 24 Hour race (any category) for free! WOOHOO!!!