Arctic Bicycle Club 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. These divisions offer racing opportunities for all experience levels.
To learn more about the entire Arctic Bicycle Club, visit www.arcticbikeclub.org
Note to parents
If you’re planning on signing your child up for a membership and races, please make sure to sign out before purchasing another membership. Each member, regardless of age, needs their own account. This helps staff keep track of race signups, automates race results, and is necessary for club insurance purposes.
RFID tags will need to be attached to your bike for races. Learn where and how to attach them here:
Online registration saves you time and makes our jobs way easier!
DAY OF REGISTRATION
Day of registration will be available for most events but we encourage everyone to sign up in advance online. Time trials and events requiring base access are the two exceptions where day-of registration is not available.
- Novice – Less than 2 years of experience racing or those riding less than 3 days per week.
- Intermediate – More than 2 years of experience racing or those riding 3-5 days per week.
- Open – Experienced racers or those riding 5-7 days per week.
- Master 45+ – Those over the age of 45; this division tends to be fairly competitive.
- Master 60+ – Those over the age of 60; this division tends to have racers with varying experience levels.
- Note: all racers are free to self-select their division (i.e., if a racer is 47 years old they do not have to race in the master 45+ division).
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.
KIDS RACE FREE!
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!
TYPES OF EVENTS
Race bibles will tell you all you need to know about a race series.
Racers are separated by 30 second intervals and drafting is not allowed. Most people start their road racing career at a time trial. Time trials tend to be the best introduction to road racing as pack riding is not involved, it’s just the individual racers against the clock.
Referring to surface rather than format, gravel races take place on unpaved roads. Gravel is a catch-all term for unpaved surfaces, which may include gravel, dirt, mud, and packed sand. Riders can also expect short(er) stretches of pavement connecting long(er) stretches of gravel. Most gravel events are medium to long distance (40-100 miles, sometimes more) group-start races. Drafting is allowed as in road racing, but average speeds tend to fall below 20 mph owing to the rough surface. Any bike is allowed, but most racers will prefer a cyclocross or gravel-specific bike with clearance for treaded tires in the 33mm-44mm range. Tire choice will depend on the nature and mixture of surfaces encountered.
Racers leave as a group (known in cycling as a peloton) by division and complete a set number of laps or distance. Road races tend to be longer in nature (1-3 hours) and require racers to work together in order to break away from the peloton. Drafting is allowed.
Racers leave in a group, but gravity is your true competition. Drafting is allowed.
Medium distance, timed races similar to a road race. Think of a circuit race as somewhere in between a crit and a road race. Drafting is allowed.
A criterium, or “crit” is a super fun pack event based around tactics, strategy, and skill. The pack races for a set amount of time and the first racer to cross the line on the final “bell” lap wins. Drafting is allowed. Crits are typically very high intensity from the start.