Author Archives: Will Taygan

About Will Taygan

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

Beginner Fat Bike Ride at Mirror Lake

Interested in checking out FAT BIKING at Mirror Lake?

Come out Sunday November 28th, 2021, meet at the main parking lot at 1pm and we will ride a mile loop around Mirror Lake, then head out for 2 more miles of rolling trails through the woods.

Most of the trails have been snowshoe packed, or groomed with our SnowDog, but there may be some sections of fluffy goodness for us to push our bikes through.

If you haven’t already filled out at 2021 CMBR waiver, please sign one online before arriving. Thanks!

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Merry Masher Winter Bike Race 2021

We’re going AFTER DARK for the 5th annual Mirror Lake Merry Masher winter bike race, a fundraiser for the Mirror Lake Singletrack.

About this event

* Registration ends Tues 12-28-21 11:59 pm. There is NO IN-PERSON registration*

We are pleased to announce Trek Bicycle Store of Anchorage as the sponsor for the fifth annual Mirror Lake Merry Masher winter bike race!

It’s gonna be a PARTY! Light up your rides, as we’re going after dark on a mix of flowy singletrack, a bit of nice wide doubletrack, a couple of great hill climbs, and some beautiful lake riding in the shadow of Bear Mountain in Chugiak.

PRIZES FOR THE BEST ON-BIKE LIGHT SHOWS (costume, decorations, you decide.)

Race course is dependent on conditions, but expect short course (usually about 5k) and a long course (10-15k) options that can be finished in the 2-hour time limit.

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

When: Wednesday, December 29th. Bibs Pick-Up 6pm. Race Start 7pm.

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

Cost: This is a member-only race. FREE to members, though we appreciate any additional donations!

(CMBR Membership $50 Individual/$100 Family)

Free Training: Building Berms and Repairing Rollers.

Join CMBR and Happy Trails on Tuesday, August 31st, 2021 from 5-6:30pm for a professional trail-building session on berm and roller shaping and repair.

Ben’s Bike Playground is nearly complete, and CMBR is here to teach YOU how to BUILD, RIDE and MAINTAIN the new jump lines and pump track.

We realize this may be an awkward time for folks, but we are trying to catch the Happy Trails builders before they move on to their next project.

We expect Ben’s Bike Playground construction to be complete by mid to late September. After that we will wait for a couple weeks of dry weather for the trails to harden before opening.

Recreational Trails Grant Application Public Notice March 30, 2021

Chugach Mountain Bike Riders is providing a 30-day public notice of its intent to apply for an Alaska Recreational Trail Program grant for the rehabilitation and realignment of the existing 2.5k multiuse trail at Mirror Lake Park. Trail improvements will be focused nearest the main trailhead and picnic area. Public Comment or Opposition can be submitted at the methods listed above. The deadline for public comment is April 20, 2021.

Ben’s Bike Playground Needs Your Help!

We have raised $185k out of our $215k goal to build a trailhead bike park at Mirror Lake. We need to order the skills features and prefabricated jumps by MID-MARCH, so they will arrive in time for our July-August build window.

Please renew your CMBR membership, choose Chugach Mountain Bike Riders as a recipient of your Pick-Click-Give, see if your employer can make a matching donation, or just become a playground sponsor!

Until MARCH 10th, 2021 we are running a special fundraiser with the OUTRIDE FUND for up to $15k of MATCHING DONATIONS! Check it out!

Our final concept design is truly world-class. A sweet pump track, upgrades to the multiuse trail near the lake, and a full spectrum of skills and jump lines.

Major donors include the Municipality of Anchorage, Matanuska Electric Association, the Pressman Family Foundation and CMBR members.