Author Archives: Will Taygan

About Will Taygan

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

A Bike Park at Mirror Lake!

We are happy to announce Ben’s Bike Playground, a bike park for Mirror Lake! Construction is scheduled for Summer 2021!

Ben’s Bike Playground will include a pump track, skills loop and jump lines to create a terrific spot for beginner and intermediate riders to hone their mountain bike skills!

As of November 2020, CMBR has raised over $160k with a goal of $215k to fully build this bike park. Donations are being accepted through GiveLively.

A pump track teaches riders to gain free speed by weighting and unweighting, or “pumping” their bike over rollers and berms instead of pedaling. Take a look at this great new wooded pump track at Cope Park in Juneau!

A skills loop on the other hand is a series of balance features, teaching riders to stay on their line. We envision building our through the woods, and not in the field, but here’s a good example from Costa Rica.

And jump lines? Well, here’s a cool jump line from Seward’s Bike Park!

Become a part of Ben’s Bike Playground and donate at GiveLively!

CMBRkids August Sessions Suspended.

A Message from Chugach Mountain Bike Riders:

Hi folks, we’re bummed about the rise of COVID cases in our community and the new Muni COVID “4-week reset” order, but we understand the need, and have been requested to limit outings to our households and “small chosen group of other individuals.”

At the mayor’s request, we have decided to suspend the rest of the CMBRkids season.  CMBRkids will not be meeting in August.

We apologize for the disruption to what has been such a fun and well attended season, but know that you, as well as we, value the safety of our community.

We look forward to working again with you next summer and please, now that you–or at least your kids, are familiar with the Mirror Lake trails, get out and enjoy this great outdoor resource in Chugiak.

Remember, your CMBR membership is good for the rest of the year.  If this “reset” is successful, we are open to sponsoring a mountain bike program for the kids in September.  Let us know if any of you would like to help organize a fall CMBR kids session, it will only run if we have enough volunteers to safely manage the kids.

Thanks, and remember to get out and ride!

Women’s Bike Skills. Mondays at Mirror Lake.


Monday nights are ladies nights at the Mirror Lake Singletrack.

Each week a little different. Come out and be socially distant with us!

Clincs will be woman-led by a certified Professional Mountain Bike Instructor.

WHO: Women of all skill levels! We’d especially love to have the moms of our CMBRkids riders join us!

WHERE: @ the Mirror Lake Singletrack Trails, Chugiak (Mirror Lake exit off the Glenn Hwy)

WHEN: Mondays in July and August! (Sign up for ONE NIGHT at a time, you do not need to attend all the sessions.) Session #1 is Monday, July 13th.

TIME: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

COST: By donation. All donations will go to Chugach Mountain Bike Riders 501(c)3 with special emphasis on raising funds for a BIKE PLAYGROUND (pump track, skills loop, and jump lines) at Mirror Lake Park.


COVID NOTE: In accordance with our permit from Chugiak-Eagle River Parks and Recreation, a health screening and contact tracing is required for every session. Women are required to wear masks when arriving. Six feet distancing is required whenever possible. Masks must be carried while riding, but are not required when riding more than ten feet apart.

CMBR Kids Loops

CMBRkids Loops

Hi CMBR kids and coaches!  Here are the suggested loops for the first night of bike club 2020!  They are listed in order of difficulty.  We will be riding counter-clockwise. (Turn right on Easy Peasy/Green to start.)

2020 Midsummer Masher MTB Time Trial Race

Sign up now for the Mirror Lake Midsummer Masher MTB Time Trial Race on Sunday, June 28. Online entry is open now!

Our 2020 race is sponsored by the Trek Store of Anchorage. This will be a short and steep, approximately 4-mile race, one racer at a time against the clock.

This is a race for all abilities and an especially great event for newer riders wanting to do their first mountain bike race. Riders leave at 30-second intervals and ride the course as fast as they can.

Who: Mountain bikers!
What: A four-mile time trial race against the clock.
When: Sunday, June 28. Check-in starts at 12pm. Race starts at 1pm.
Where: Mirror Lake Park, Chugiak
Cost: $15.00 online, $20 onsite, free for juniors age 12 and under.
Course: Check out the proposed course on Trailforks.

COVID PRECAUTIONS – Our permit requires masks for check-in and spectating. Masks are not required during the race. Thanks!

CMBRkids Loop

CMBR Intro Loop

Are you bringing the kiddos out to ride singletrack for the first time?  Or maybe you’re looking for a little taste yourself?  This is a 1/2 mile loop that starts from the main parking lot trailhead.  It’s real singletrack with lots of ups and downs, twists and turns, but it’s not as technically challenging as the trails on the back side of the park.

Be sure to go 50 yards to the RIGHT of the main map, back towards the picnic area to find the multiuse trailhead.

You can find a GPS map of this loop for your phone on Trailforks at: