Alyeska at a Glance
By Bayne Salmon
If you’re a fan of two-wheeled fun and excitement, then you’re probably familiar with the Alyeska Bike Park. We are carrying a ton of momentum into July after having an incredible June and four weekends of stellar weather. The first round of the Alyeska Cup race series is complete and the turnout was all-time. This race drew 55 riders from all over the state to test their skills and enjoy a bit of friendly competition.
Our next race, the Alyeska Enduro will be July 20. While the Alyeska Cup is a gravity-fueled race, the Enduro is aimed at cyclists who prefer to pedal their way to the podium. Enduro racing has been around for decades in Europe and is gaining popularity in the U.S. Riders are only timed on downhill sections, the catch is you have to ride up to the starting gate.
Riders can take however long they need for this stage but as soon as the front tire leaves the downhill gate it’s on- and the fastest combined stage time wins the day. All races in the Alyeska Bike are free with a lift ticket or season pass. Riders must sign up by 2 p.m. day of and racing starts at 3 p.m. This is a great event for riders who enjoy the up just as much as the down!
Lessons and tours are available at the Daylodge Bike Hub for all ages and ability levels and are recommended for new riders. The mountain learning center will be hosting a kid’s skill camp on July 12-13. This camp is for little shredders who have mountain biking or downhill biking experience.
If they’re not quite there, sign up for Bike Park 101. Kids ages 10-16 will spend the day with like-minded riders while being guided by Alyeska Resort’s professionally certified and trained mountain bike coaches. Our coaches will teach your kids how to make the most of the Alyeska Resort Bike Park. Groups will be created based on ability, so whether they are learning the basics, improving cornering, maneuvers, or learning and improving their jumping, we’ll have them covered.
For the ladies and bike divas out there, there’s a Women’s Bike Clinic scheduled for July 21. This one-day clinic is geared towards XC bikers who want to improve their downhill techniques and conquer Alaska’s challenging terrain. Bring your own bike or rent one of our Kona DH bikes.