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Extraordinary Alaskan Ride

Summary

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Annual Ride around the many wonders of Alaska. A fully supported camping cycling tour, cycling Alaska's finest roads. Enjoy unparalleled landscapes, great food and the camaraderie of the far north. Experience Alaska!

Recreational, Road bike
13 days
1040 km / 646 mi
$ 3,475.-
  • 5 Nights in motels.
  • 7 Nights in campgrounds.
  • Meals included (7 x breakfast , 8 x lunch, 7 x diner).
  • Guides and full van support.
  • Including ferry ticket Valdez to Whittier.
  • Camping gear included.

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Details

Type
Recreational, Road bike
Duration
13 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Challenging
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
100-120 km / 62-75 mi
Total distance
1040 km / 646 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Camping, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
09 Jul 2018 - 21 Jul 2018
Next tour in 2020
Start
Anchorage (10.00)
Finish
Anchorage (19.00)
Transfer
Anchorage airport
Airport at start
Ted Stevens Anchorage Int. Airport (ANC)
Airport at finish
Ted Stevens Anchorage Int. Airport (ANC)

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 3,475.-
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 650.-

Itinerary

Day 1:

Your group will gather in Anchorage, then shuttle by van to Talkeetna. Enroute enjoy vast views of Kink Arm and Alaska's bush country. Upon arrival, we will have orientation and bike prep, then you have the balance of the day to stroll through "downtown". This historic Alaskan frontier town was the inspiration for the TV series Northern Exposure.

Day 2:

Cycling: 63 mi / 101 km, Terrain: small hills
We start the day with a fun 14 miles of paved bike path following the Talkeetna Spur Road out to the Parks Highway. The Parks Highway will be our avenue for the first half of this tour and while many people assume it was named thus because of the National and State Parks along its course, it was actually named for George Parks one of Alaska's first governors. The ride rolls through lush forests, enroute to our goal for today of Byers Lake in Denali State Park.

Day 3:

Cycling: 91 mi / 146 km, Terrain: small hills plus long gradual climb
Today we cycle through the Alaska Mountain Range, crossing over at Broad Pass. The ride slowly gains altitude, as the towering mountains rise into view, with the their patchwork shrouds of snow. The scenery is spectacular and the riding enjoyable. Riders expecting a dramatic pass crossing a la the Alps will be disappointed, as Broad Pass is aptly named, a long relatively flat pass stretching for miles. If it weren't for the maps, you would never know you crossed the pass. We roll downhill a bit to Denali Village, just outside the National Park and our home for two nights.

Day 4:

The day is yours to do as you please. There are a variety of bus tours (website) that explore inside the park, or you can hop a shuttle deep into the park then ride back out. Or perhaps some whitewater rafting or hiking or shopping.

Day 5:

Cycling: 67 mi / 108 km, Terrain: flat & small hills
We ride north from Denali Village this morning, rolling through the Nenana Gorge and out into vast areas of tundra and forests. Today's route is relatively simple and flat taking us through typical scenery of Alaska's central region. Your goal is the historic river port town of Nenana, another tiny outpost of rugged Alaska. Nenana is best known for the "Ice Classic" a big cash pool for the best guess as to when the ice melts on the Nenana River.

Day 6:

Cycling: 55 mi / 88 km, Terrain: moderate to large hills
Your last ride of the first leg tackles the scenic Nenana Hills. You will be treated to some spectacular overlooks as you roll through the hills, before descending into Fairbanks. Along the way, several roadhouses provide diversions from the cycling, including the notorious Skinny Dicks, whose colorful character might not be suitable for the more modest amongst our group.

Day 7:

Your bike gets a day off, as we layover in Fairbanks. A chance to catch up on your laundry, email and postcards and a chance to explore this far northern city. There is a great museum on the University campus and Pioneer Park, featuring historic houses that have been moved there for preservation and a delicious "all you can eat" Salmon Bake.

Day 8:

Cycling: 100 mi / 161 km, Terrain: flat & small hills
Century Day today. We set off on a winding ride through the suburbs of Fairbanks and North Pole, avoiding the morning traffic, then hook up with the Richardson Highway, the first road pioneered in Alaska. Our route follows the Tanana River, with a few hills and fantastic views of the Alaska Range paralleling our bike tour to the south. In a few days you will be crossing that range. Our goal is Delta Junction, the upper terminus of the notorious Al-Can Highway.

Day 9:

Cycling: 78 mi / 125 km, Terrain: hills and long gradual climb,
We leave the traffic behind today, as we head further south along the Richardson Highway. We'll cross Fort Greely, which serves as a training & testing ground for the Army during the harsh winter months. Other then the occasional view of the Alaska Pipeline, there is not much civilization along this road. We will be cycling into the Alaska Range today, with numerous photo opportunities and tonight we bed down on the south end of Summit Lake, tucked in at the highest point on the highway. (pass: Issac Pass - 3280 ft)

Day 10:

Cycling: 65 mi / 104 km, Terrain: small hills descending,
Today we roll down out of the Alaska Range and start getting some glimpses of the majestic Wrangell Mountains, as well as the Chugach. The ride is another day of forests, mountains and rolling highways. Our goal is the tiny community of Gakona and its beautifully restored Gakona Roadhouse. We camp on the banks of the Copper River, as it starts it long journey to the sea.

Day 11:

Cycling: 76 mi / 122 km, Terrain: small & moderate hills
You will pass through one of the few towns along the Richardson today, Glenallen. We will also visit historic Copper Center, site of the first agricultural experiment station in Alaska and the Copper Center Roadhouse. The displays of the Wrangell National Park's visitor center also highlights today's ride. We'll camp tonight at a historic roadhouse, Tiekel River Lodge, tonight.

Day 12:

Cycling: 53 mi / 85 km, Terrain: small hills and short alpine climb
Our last day of riding is spectacular, most folks consider this part of the Richardson to have the most dramatic scenery along any road in Alaska. Towering mountains, thick forests, rushing rivers flank our bike tour today as we head south towards Valdez and the Prince William Sound. We will pedal up and over Thompson Pass, then enjoy a thrilling finale, swooping downhill off the pass and through the beautiful Keystone Canyon into the tiny fishing port of Valdez.

Day 13:

A day off the bikes, as we enjoy a trip across Prince William Sound on the Alaska Ferry System. Perhaps we will be blessed with views of the glaciers calving into the bay, seals and other sea life enjoying the ocean waves and more. After arriving in Whittier, we will shuttle you to Anchorage Airport or the Long House Hotel, where we all bid a fond farewell to our fellow Alaskan Adventurers.

Map & Routes

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Bicycle

alaska-rental-bike Merida T3 Speeder flatbar road bike, equiped with Shimano Ultegra derailleurs, sturdy V-brakes and comfortable saddle.

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