Author Archives: Will Taygan

About Will Taygan

Running biodiesel, building singletrack, teaching Nordic Skiing, raising girls, and exploring the north.

Forming the Alaska Mountain Bike Alliance (AMBA).

Chugach Mountain Bike Riders (CMBR) 501(c)3 is donating staff time and resources to keep the enthusiasm from the 2nd Alaska MTB Summit going strong.

Four statewide ad-hoc committees are forming to continue the conversation:

  • AMBA Organizing Committee
  • AMBA Youth MTB Committee
  • AMBA MTB Trail Builders Discussion
  • AMBA Legislation and Advocacy

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Or just download Microsoft Teams and join us at our first virtual meetings:

Monday Nov 6th, 2023 7-8:30pm AMBA Organizing Committee

Wednesday Nov 8th, 2023 7-8:30pm AMBA Youth MTB Committee

Thursday Nov 9th, 2023 7-8:30pm AMBA Trail Builders Discussion

More New Trails Work Parties – Tues Evenings 6:45pm.


We need everyone out to lop roots, haul logs and drag off branches and root balls before we can open!

Waivers are on-line. You only need to sign once for the year.…/6088f0f7ccb8b000196265c6…

WHAT: Volunteer Trail Work.

WHEN: 6:45-8pm Tuesdays Aug 22, 29, Sep 5, 12, 2023.

WHERE: Meet at the first road crossing on CAMP GORSUCH RD in Mirror Lake Park.

Bring gloves and loppers if you have them, but we will provide tools if you need them. Youth are welcome, but will need a parent signature and a responsible adult with them.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all out there!

2023 CMBR Free Youth Bike Checks

Free youth bike checks Tuesday, June 20th 2023, 7-8:30pm at Mirror Lake Park.

Bring your kids, helmets and bikes! We will have a line of coach volunteers to safety check bikes and helmets, as well as mechanics from the Trek Bicycle Store of Anchorage and Off the Chain Bicycle Collective to make simple adjustments.

Youth participating in CMBR kids are required to have their bikes safety checked before riding with the club. If you are unable to bring your child, their bike and their helmet to this Tuesday’s free safety checks you will need to bring it to a shop for a safety check, this usually runs $50-$100.

Youth from the community are also invited to bring their bikes for a free safety check.

THIS IS NOT A DROP-OFF EVENT. A responsible adult must supervise your child(ren) for the entire evening.

  1. CHECK IN: First, check in and pick up your Bike Safety Checklist.
  2. SAFETY CHECKS: Next, your youth will work with a volunteer coach to check helmet fit as well as bike size, tires, wheels, brakes, headset, chain, and derailleur/shifting. If they pass all the checks they will receive a safety check medallion for their bike and you’re done!
  3. SAFETY ADJUSTMENTS: If your child’s bike needs brake or derailleur adjustments they will proceed to a second station where a volunteer mechanic will assess and adjust their bike so it shifts and brakes properly.
  4. BIKE REPAIRS: If your child’s bike needs repairs, and not just adjustments, you will need to bring it to a bike shop before riding with the club. Most shops are booked out one to two weeks for repairs.

We always recommend bringing your youth and their bike to the nonprofit Off the Chain Bicycle Collective. Off the Chain is not a drop-off bike shop, but rather a volunteer run bike collective that will help you and your child to repair their own bike. Off the Chain runs by donation, so this is an affordable option for families that cannot make the Tuesday bike checks.

The Trek Bicycle Store of Anchorage (907-743-6000), is a sponsor of our 2023 CMBR Kids program. They are open 7 days a week, located at 530 East Benson Boulevard, STE 9C Anchorage AK, 99503. A safety check or tune-up at Trek or any other local bike shop will fulfill the CMBR kids safety check requirements.

Bikes that have already had 2023 tune-ups, or were purchased in 2023 do not need an additional safety check.

2nd Alaska MTB Summit Oct 14-15, 2023


The 1st Alaska MTB Summit happened in 2017. Alaska Trails brought IMBA and the BLM up to highlight their newest publication, the GQTE. “Guidelines for a Quality Trail Experience.”

It’s been six years since we all got together!

Save the date! Alaska Trails, the BLM, Chugach Mountain Biker Riders, Singletrack Advocates, Arctic MTB, Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers, Mighty Bikes, Hilltop Ski Area and Bike Park, and other Alaskan MTB clubs are banding together once again for the 2nd Alaska MTB Summit at the Government Peak Chalet in Palmer.

The Alaska Mountain Bike Summit seeks to bring together nonprofits, clubs, and mountain biking advocates from across the state to share information and plan a way to maximize the knowledge and expertise in the state to build, maintain, and ride more mountain biking trails.

At a glance:

  • What: Alaska Mountain Bike Summit
  • Where: Government Peak Chalet, 10690 North Mountain Trails Drive, Palmer, Alaska
  • When: 9am – 4pm Saturday, 14 October and Sunday 15 October
  • Why: to build a strong statewide mountain bike coalition
  • Cost: (includes meals, facility, swag)


*Scholarships available

*Individuals $125 (includes lunch both days)

*Club table $1000 (up to 5 participants)

More information including registration, agenda, and other pertinent news at

Mirror Lake Singletrack Trails are Open for 2023!

Mirror Lake Singletrack Trails are OPEN!

Thanks to the 22 people who showed up last night to get them tuned up for your riding pleasure! Early conditions exist, so pre-ride, re-ride, and free-ride. We will have volunteers out working again today, so be aware. (Donating to CMBR is a great way to say thank you!) Enjoy!

Special shout out to the #AdoboMTB crew for bringing the families to trail work parties!

#MirrorLakeSingletrack #BensBikePlayground #ChugachMTB

To clarify: ALL of the singletrack trails are open. Some of the multiuse trails are still pretty wet. Just turn around and use an alternate path if possible. Load up for a map. There’s almost always 2 or more ways to get to the top!

2023 CMBR PRIDE RIDE – Weds June 28th 6pm

New Date! Weds June 28th.

Please come join us in celebrating love, diversity and equality and the powerful history of the LGBTQA+ community with a CMBR BBQ and tour around the Mirror Lake Trails to celebrate Pride month! This Pride Ride is designed to be fun and inclusive for cyclists of all stripes.

We will have 2, well marked, self paced, routes set up for your enjoyment and of course Ben’s Playground!

1. Single Rainbow Route: This 1 mile route will take you around a wider, multiuse trail route that is great for beginner bike riders and kids or anyone just after a relaxed roll in the woods.

2. Double Rainbow Route: This 3.5 mile will take you through some of our favorite single track in a route that is great for the more adventurous riders looking to get familiar with the awesome trails around Mirror Lake

Take your time exploring the trails and bike park, enjoy the amazing lake, company and tasty BBQ prepared by CMBR. We will have trail volunteers riding the trails periodically to check in with all the riders and are happy to offer additional route suggestions and information if you are interested in exploring beyond the marked routes.

Bring the kids, the partners and the friends!

This event does not require registration and is a free event aimed to bring awareness and show support to our LGBTQA+ community but CMBR does request you complete a waiver to participate ( and if you are able to, we would love you to become a CMBR member! 

Mirror Lake Spring Trail Work Thurs May 25th, 2023.


WHAT: We need everyone out to clear hazards and fix tread before we can open!

WHEN: Thursday May 25th 6:30-8:30pm.

WHERE: Meet at the main trailhead just off the Glenn Hwy at 6:30pm next to Ben’s Bike Playground.


Waivers are on-line. You only need to sign once for the year.

We will be opening drains, repairing trail tread, clearing sight lines, lopping hazards and prepping the trails for summer opening.

Bring rakes, flat shovels and loppers if you have them, but we will provide tools if you need them.

Youth are welcome, but will need a parent signature and a responsible adult with them.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all out there!

Remember, Ben’s Bike Playground and Pump Track are already open, so bring your bikes and ENJOY!