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

2022 Muddy Masher Downcountry MTB Race

Need an excuse to ride the NEW TRAILS at Mirror Lake? Check out Ben’s Bike Playground? Join us for the MUDDY MASHER mountain bike race!

About this event

* Registration ends Sat 09-10-22 11:59 pm. There is NO IN-PERSON registration*

We are pleased to announce Trek Bicycle Store of Anchorage as the sponsor for the first annual Mirror Lake MUDDY Masher DOWNCOUNTRY bike race!

What does downcountry mean? Welp, it’s your standard multi-lap XC MTB race with the new downhill lines in the loop. These are all rollable, but should put a little excitement into your flow! (as well as some climbs to get your heart racing.)

This is not a cyclocross race. 2.2″ width tires minimum to protect the trails.

The race course is dependent on conditions, but expect a short course (6+ miles) and a long course (12+ mile) options that can be finished within the 2-hour time limit. There will be a youth single-lap race starting at the same time.

This event fundraiser for Chugach Mountain Bike Riders and proceeds will go to support the improvement of the Mirror Lake Singletrack.

When: Sunday, Sept 11th. Bib Pick-Up 2pm. Race Start 3pm.

Where: Mirror Lake Park, Mile 24 Glenn Hwy, Chugiak, Alaska.

Cost: $35 adults/$15 youth


Please send an email in support to the Anchorage Assembly at for CMBR’s $1.5M ARPA request for “Rebuilding, re-establishing, and expanding the Chugiak Eagle River Trail System”

The Muni reconvenes at a work session to discuss ARPA funding on Thurs July 7th.

We especially could use support from Assembly members from the Anchorage Bowl!

You can find your assembly person at:

ARPA PROJECT TITLE: Rebuilding, re-establishing, and expanding the Chugiak Eagle River Trail System

SHORT DESCRIPTION: Progress with the Anchorage Trails Plan with an emphasis on the Northern Extension of the Coastal Trail.

ORGANIZATION NAME: Chugach Mountain Bike Riders, 501(C)3


Dear Assembly Members, 

I encourage you to fund trails in Chugiak-Eagle River. In addition to repairing existing mushing, xc skiing, mountain biking, and hiking trails, CMBR will START CONSTRUCTION on the muni-approved FIRE CREEK TRAIL connecting Eagle River to the Coast (Coastal Trail Plan and Areawide Trails Plan). This trail will follow the Historic Iditarod Trail and be part of the Alaska Long Trail system connecting Eagle River to Eklutna. 

The Muni owns a trail easement along Fire Creek as a part of ANCSA/ANILCA, and much of this trail section would be within the Muni-owned Beach Lake Park, and is included in the Beach Lake Park master plan.

Thank You!

Mirror Lake MTB Update June 2022

Come out and enjoy the pump track, balance features, and jump lines. We have beginner, intermediate and expert options, so please walk the trails with your kiddos before you send them off!

Professional trail builders Happy Trails has just finished building two new trails off Hot Tamale/Overlook Trail. These beginner-intermediate gravity trails are a step up from Ben’s Bike Playground and include Ben’s Jump Line, “the BEE-Line,” (a nod to the Hillside and her workers) and a flowy pump-trail in the woods “Lazy-G,” named after Ben’s dog Georgie, whose ashes are spread with Ben’s on top of Bear Mountain.

We have installed a chicane/gate on Hot Tamale where it crosses the new trails. Be aware of the new traffic flow and slow down by the new construction.

We expect to open these new gravity trails in early August, and need YOUR HELP to clear hazards, lop roots, stack logs, install sign posts and prep the trails for muni inspection in late July.Meet on the back road (CAMP GORSUCH RD.) and head up the multiuse trail to the OVERLOOK.
Weds June 29th, 2022 6:30-8:30pm
Weds July 6th, 2022 6:30-8:30pm


We still have a few spots left for our youth MTB club, and a FULL week of skill building options scheduled for our volunteers! We are certifying our lead coaches through the nationally recognized Bike Instructor Certification Program (BICP).

Register your kiddos at:

Tues June 28th CMBR Kids Coach Meeting at OMR
Tues July 5th CMBR Kids First Session
Weds July 6th CMBR Kids Coach training with BICP Instructor Sofia Petroni
Thurs July 7th CMBR Kids Night #2
Fri July 8th – Sun July 10th CMBR Kids Coach BICP Instructor Certification (FULL)

We are still looking for sponsors for the new jump lines. Individual family sponsorship starts at $500, we suggest $5000 for corporate sponsorship.

Stop by Alaska Cycle Chic on Northern Lights (across from the Bicycle Shop) or the Trek Store of Anchorage on Benson (behind REI) to pick yours up and support the trails!

The Eagle River Greenbelt

The 𝗘𝗔𝗚𝗟𝗘 𝗥𝗜𝗩𝗘𝗥 𝗚𝗥𝗘𝗘𝗡𝗕𝗘𝗟𝗧 would create a hiking and biking path from the Eagle River Nature Center to the Glenn Hwy inside Chugach State Park.

It would help connect the 𝗔𝗟𝗔𝗦𝗞𝗔 𝗟𝗢𝗡𝗚 𝗧𝗥𝗔𝗜𝗟 by following the Historic Iditarod Trail and link the Crow Pass Trail to downtown Eagle River.

Please let your Alaska state legislator know your opinion on the Eagle River Greenbelt and the Alaska Long Trail, as both projects have been submitted for funding in this year’s capital budget.

#ConnectMirrorLake with

Hi folks! We need your help identifying dangerous locations for cyclists! Feb 14, 2022 is the AMATS/DOT deadline for bike path project nominations for the next 3 years. Any problem locations you can identify on will help us in our efforts.

You can also submit your own bike path nominations at: