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Do you think you can handle riding your bike 50 miles? The Sitka Cycling Club will host its inaugural Sitka Half-Century Ride on Saturday, Aug. 24, and you’re welcome to join in the fun. Don’t think you’re up for riding 50 miles? We also have some shorter rides that day.

Meet at 9 a.m. by the traffic light at Lincoln and Lake streets to register and to attend a dedication ribbon-cutting for our new public Fixit bike repair station at the corner. The Fixit station is being donated to Sitka cyclists by CRW Engineering Group of Anchorage. Brian Looney will be in town representing CRW.

Charlie Lowell and Scott Menzies of the Susitna Bicycle Institute in Anchorage, who will be in town that week teaching bike maintenance classes and helping Sitka start a bike co-op, will demonstrate how to use the tools at the new Fixit station from 9:10-9:25 a.m., and the Fixit station dedication ceremony takes place at 9:25 a.m.

The rides start at 9:30 a.m., and they include a family ride to Whale Park and back to town (about seven miles), a ride to Blue Lake and back (about 15 miles), a ride to Green Lake and back (about 30 miles), and the whole ride of 50 miles (which includes a ride to Starrigavan after the ride to Green Lake). A map of the ride is shown on the event flier. The ride is free, but we do ask all participants to sign a liability waiver and to wear bike helmets.

For more information, contact Doug Osborne at douglaso@searhc.org or 738-8734.


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Bill Hughes demonstrates his climbing technique during the 2007 Sitka Fun Fair.

Bill Hughes demonstrates his climbing technique during the 2007 Sitka Fun Fair.

Sitka cyclist Bill Hughes first started going to Utah several years ago for some recreational mountain biking. Since then, he started competing in the Huntsman World Senior Games in Zion National Park, Utah, and he now holds the overall title in mountain biking for the age 70-74 division.

The owner of Sitka’s Yellow Jersey Bicycle Shop, Bill competed in both the mountain and road bike competitions in October. He won all three events in the mountain biking competition, which gave him the overall title. In the four road cycling events, he added a couple of bronze medals in the hill climb and time trial.

“I won the mountain bike this year, but I didn’t do much road biking,” Bill said. “I’ve won the mountain biking (overall title) before a couple of times.”

In the mountain biking hill climb, Bill posted a time of 18 minutes, 45 seconds to beat Rex Farnsworth of Redondo Beach, Calif., by three seconds. In the downhill, Bill posted a time of 7:15 to beat Ron Near of Toronto by five seconds. He also posted a time of 1 hour, 20 minutes, 46.0 seconds to win the 25-mile cross country event featuring single-track trails through canyon country by nearly four minutes over Farnsworth’s time of 1:24:40.0.

Bill Hughes adjusts the spokes on a bike tire at his Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop.

Bill Hughes adjusts the spokes on a bike tire at his Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop.

“I started going down there just to mountain bike, and then I started going to race,” Bill said. “Now I go down for recreation and competing.”

In addition to his exploits at the Huntsman World Senior Games, Bill also has competed as a solo racer in the 148-mile Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay from Haines Junction, Yukon Territory, to Haines, Alaska. And about 7-8 years ago Bill did a solo bike ride across the United States.

When he trains, Bill said he rides out to Green Lake to climb the hill. He also trains with Dean Orbison and other cyclists on the Thimbleberry to Heart Lake Trail then to Blue Lake and then Green Lake, a distance of about 30 miles, about 40 of the 52 weeks each year.

“The training’s not so bad on the mountain bike, but with the road bike the boredom sets in,” Bill said, referring to Sitka’s 15 miles of road from one end of town to the other. “But you can go to Juneau for some higher endurance.”

Even though there aren’t a lot of places to train on a road bike in Sitka, Bill said he does feel Sitka is a Bicycle Friendly Community. “I like how compact the community is. You can ride anywhere on the bike and it’s fairly safe.”


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