Fat Bike Tour of Anchorage

March 8, 2020

 

This the second year of the Fat Bike Tour of Anchorage, making the Tour of Anchorage the first Alaska ski marathon to include the increasingly popular activity of winter biking!

There will be separate 50-kilometer and 40-kilometer bike events that follow the same courses as the ski races and traverse Anchorage on ski and multi-use trails. The 50K is appropriate for experienced bike racers while the 40K is suitable for riders of all abilities.

The 50K mass-start will start behind Service High School at 2 p.m. It includes the challenging Spencer Loop near the start and part of the Sisson Loop near the finish. Both of these trails, along with short sections of the Hillside Lighted Loop and Mize Trail, are open to fat bike racers only on March 3 during the race and otherwise closed to bikes. The race ends outside the Kincaid Park Chalet.

The 40K mass-start will start behind Service High School at 3 p.m. It skips the Spencer Loop but includes part of the Sisson Loop near the finish. The Sisson Loop, along with short sections of the Hillside Lighted Loop and Mize Trail, are open to fat bike racers only on March 3 during the race and otherwise closed to bikes. The race ends outside the Kincaid Park Chalet.

The start times are designed to limit overlap with skiers while giving bikers adequate time to finish before dark. We anticipate minimal overlap between bikers and skiers. In 2018, only 15 skiers, almost all from the 25k freestyle race, remained on course at 3:45 p.m. This is when the first bikers are expected on the final stages of the course.

All bikers finish at Kincaid Park on the westernmost side of the city near the coastline of Cook Inlet. Bikers are responsible for their own transportation from the finish.

Come for the race and stay for the party. Enjoy the scenic beer garden, hot food and refreshments at the finish line!

Register

Event registration will open on October 1, 2019.

Registration may be transferred between ski and bike races up until bib pick up. To change disciplines, contact NSAA via email at admin@anchoragenordicski.com.

Click here for Fat Bike Tour of Anchorage Frequently Asked Questions.

Divisions

Choose one of the following divisions at registration:

Open (Competitive)

Sport (Recreational)

Masters (Age 45+)

 

Tour Double

Finish any of the ski races AND either of the bike races back-to-back and receive a special award — plus a reduced entry fee!

Doublers will pay full price for the first race and just $50 for the second. Select the Tour Double option at online registration. If you decide to double after having signed up for just one event, simply contact the NSAA at admin@anchoragenordicski.com to add the second event. You may also add the second event at bib pickup.

Before signing up, Doublers should make sure they are physically capable of finishing both events and have enough time (and their own transportation) to get from Kincaid back to Service HS for their bike start.

Fees

Registration Deadlines
Adult Pricing:  NSAA Member Non-Member
By 1/13/19 @11:59pm $75 $85
By 2/27/2019 @10pm $85 $95

At Bib Pickup @ APU

March 1, 2019 from 3-7pm

Sat, March 2, 2019 from 10am-12pm

$100 $110
Youth Pricing:  0-12 years old $35 $35
Tour Double: Ski and Bike First Race: full price as shown above Second Race: $50

No refunds will be given for any reason, including race cancellation. All of the funds from the race go to NSAA for all of their community work, including trail work, grooming, and a variety of other activities that benefit trail users and skiers. Putting on the race involves many costs, many of which are not recovered if the race is canceled.

Race Bib Pick Up 

When: Friday, March 1, 2019, 3-7 pm and Saturday, March 2, 2019, 10 am-12 pm
Where: APU Moseley Center

Everyone should pick up their bib (or have someone get it for you) BEFORE race day.

If that is not possible, 50K and 40K bibs can be picked up on race day beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Service High School small gymnasium behind the east side of the school.

Rules

  • Helmets are required.
  • A minimum tire width of 3.7 inches is required (unless officials notify bikers otherwise due to extenuating circumstances). There is no maximum or minimum tire pressure. Adjust PSI appropriate for the trail conditions.
  • A noisemaker such as a bell to alert other trail users of your approach is strongly recommended.
  • Pass skiers and other trail users in single file whenever possible.
  • Avoid riding in the classic ski tracks.
  • The winner is determined by the first front wheel to cross the finish line

FAQ

Click here for Fat Bike Tour of Anchorage Frequently Asked Questions.

Start and Finish Information

REGISTRATION LIST FAT BIKERS -pdf

Mass start for 40k (3pm) and 50k (2pm) bike racers. Bikers should seed themselves according to ability, with the fastest riders toward the front.

  • 40k & 50k Start at Service High School – 5577 Abbott Road
    • Service Parking: There will be parking at the High School
    • Service Warmup area, bathrooms: Porta-pottys and the Small Gym will be available
    • The Start will be in the Service field by the Small Gym
  • Finish at Kincaid Park Google Map
    • Hot food, refreshments and beverages including a beer garden will be available at the finish Chalet.

Course Maps

Race Officials reserve the right to alter the course based on safety concerns or weather conditions.

40K & 50K Start – Service High School 

Course Sections – Detailed

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download Fat Bike Tour of Anchorage Overview Bike Map – PDF

Logistics

Clothing Bag Support

There will be a vehicle at the start of 50k & 40k to transport a bag with dry clothing to the end of the race at Kincaid Park. We encourage you to bring a backpack or duffle bag with your name on it so it is easier to spot at Kincaid.

Transportation

Bike racers are responsible for their personal belongings and bike transportation from Kincaid Park.

Feed Stations 

There will be 2 aid stations for bikers in both the 50K and 40K. The first aid station will be located near Ambassador Drive (23K for the 50K race and 14K for the 40K). The second aid station will be located at Postmark Drive/W. Northern Lights (37K for the 50K race and 28K for the 40K). The aid stations will provide a variety of food, water, Skratch Lab Orange sports drink, as well as a mechanic.

Merchandise

Merchandise on sale at Bib Pickup Friday & Saturday and on race day at the Kincaid Chalet. We have lots of colors, styles and sizes to choose from, but keep in mind that it all goes FAST! Come to bib pick-up early on the first day for the best selection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awards & Post Race Party 

There will be a Post Race & Awards party, Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 from 6-8pm at 49th State Brewing Co in Anchorage, AK.

If you’re unable to attend the awards party, Division awards (top 3) can be picked up after your finish on race day at the merchandise table or at the NSAA Office beginning Wednesday March 6th.

Awards in each division (Open, Sport, Masters) for Top 3 for each gender.

Additional 50K Open Division Awards for each gender: 1st: $250, 2nd: $125, 3rd: Free Entry for 2020

Door Prizes! Must be present to win!

Sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor?
2019 Tour of Anchorage Sponsorship Packet -pdf

Thank you to our generous 2019 Sponsors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contacts

Questions or comments about the Tour of Anchorage?
Registration: 907-276-7609 or admin@anchoragenordicski.com

Race Director: Matias Saari tourofanchorage@gmail.com 907-529-4178