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KruzofBikeImage001Sitka Trail Works Inc. and Allen Marine are teaming up to offer a bike and hike adventure on Kruzof Island this Sunday, Aug. 11.

An Allen Marine catamaran will take cyclists and their mountain bikes from Sitka to Mud Bay on Kruzof Island, with the plan to ride five miles along the Kruzof Island logging roads and then hike another 1 1/2 miles from the Shelikof Bay Trailhead to Iris Meadows (total round-trip distance is 10 miles biking, 3 miles hiking). The boat leaves Sitka at 8:30 a.m. (load at 8 a.m. at Crescent Harbor) and returns from Mud Bay about 4 p.m.

Sitka Trail Works board members Charles Horan and Roslyn Dailey will lead the group. Participants should bring their own bikes, or rent one for the day. Kruzof Island is located about 10-15 miles from downtown Sitka, and the island is dominated by Mount Edgecumbe, the dormant volcano that is a major feature in Sitka’s landscape.

Sitka Trail Works is the non-profit organization that builds and maintains a variety of trails in Sitka, along with hosting several hiking and biking events throughout the year. Sitka Trail Works requests a $100 donation to cover costs, and people can call the Sitka Trail Works office at 747-7244 to reserve their space. There is limited space on the boat for this trip, and it usually fills up fast.

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Sitka Trail Works Inc. and Allen Marine are teaming up to offer a bike and hike adventure on Kruzof Island this Saturday, June 24.

An Allen Marine catamaran will take cyclists and their mountain bikes from Sitka to Mud Bay on Kruzof Island, with the plan to ride five miles along the Kruzof Island logging roads and then hike another 1 1/2 miles from the Shelikof Bay Trailhead to Iris Meadows (total round-trip distance is 10 miles biking, 3 miles hiking). The boat leaves Sitka at 7 a.m. (load at 6:30 a.m. at Crescent Harbor) and returns at 5 p.m.

“It should be really fun, and I am sure the 24 spaces will go quickly,” said Deborah Lyons, Sitka Trail Works executive director. Sitka Trail Works is requesting a $100 donation to cover costs, and people can call the Sitka Trail Works office at 747-7244 to reserve their space.

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Logan Evans of Sitka competes for the University of North Dakota Cycling Club

Logan Evans of Sitka competes for the University of North Dakota Cycling Club

When Sitka cyclist Logan Evans headed to the University of North Dakota, he took his touring bike thinking it would help him get around campus. He soon met up with members of the school’s cycling club, who convinced him to attend a few meetings, train and then compete with them. Now a senior commercial aviation major, Logan is the president of the club and last year represented the team at the U.S. Collegiate Cycling Championships.

“I was not involved in any other sports, so it was a great way to exercise throughout the winter,” said Logan, who ran track and cross country for Sitka High School. “I didn’t plan on racing, but in the spring of 2009 I figured I’d put my skills to the test. I was addicted instantly.”

The college cycling season starts in March and runs through June. But Logan said the University of North Dakota cycling club trains all winter long, usually starting in November. Since North Dakota isn’t the best place to cycle during the winter, the team trains indoors, about 3-4 days a week and 1-1.5 hours a day. As they get closer to the season, they up the practice days to six times a week and the training time to 1.5-3 hours a day.

Logan Evans of Sitka leads cyclists around the corner while competing for the University of North Dakota Cycling Club

Logan Evans of Sitka leads cyclists around the corner while competing for the University of North Dakota Cycling Club

“At this point we focus on building specific skills (sprinting, endurance, climbing),” Logan said. “As far as competition, there are four categories to race in — A, B, C and D. Each category has a different level of cyclist with experience and ability. You start out riding in Category D, and as your skills and experience progress you eventually upgrade to C, followed by B and finally A. I started out in Category D and I upgraded to Category A by my junior year.”

Logan got a bittersweet taste of the national championships last year in Madison, Wis., when he qualified as a junior. He was competing in the road race event when his rear derailleur shattered and he couldn’t finish the race. He finished 41st in the criterium event (a short-course event with many laps), finishing just eight seconds behind the winner. His goal is a repeat trip to the 2012 U.S. Collegiate Cycling Championships on May 4-6 in Ogden, Utah, and much better finishes. North Dakota competes as a Division II team in the North Central Collegiate Cycling Conference.

Logan Evans of Sitka, far right, and other members of the University of North Dakota Cycling Club

Logan Evans of Sitka, far right, and other members of the University of North Dakota Cycling Club

Growing up in Sitka with its 15 miles of road from one end of town to the other, Logan never figured he’d compete on a national level as a cyclist. He still remembers being 5-6 years old when his father (photographer Dan Evans) taught him to ride. Logan considers Sitka a Bicycle Friendly Community and a great bike commuting town, but does think there could be improvements. For one, he thinks there are too many cars on the roads and there should be more bikes.

“I love the friendliness of the locals,” Logan said. “I have never had issues with drivers and they always give a wide berth. The scenery is amazing. I think there should be a criterium race series, and eventually some single-track mountainbike trails. Vancouver, B.C., has one of the most extensive mountainbike single tracks in the world, and it is a similar climate to us in Sitka. The more bicycle-centered events the more people we can get out riding.”

Logan Evans rides his unicycle on Mount Edgecumbe on Kruzof Island

Logan Evans rides his unicycle on Mount Edgecumbe on Kruzof Island

When he’s in Sitka, Logan said he likes to go out to Shotgun Alley to do hill repeats on his road bike. But for scenic rides he likes going over to Mud Bay (on Kruzof Island) and riding to Shelikoff. He also likes to ride his unicycle.

“There are a lot of good road opportunities for cycling, especially using all of the old logging roads,” Logan said. “The only race in Southeast I have done was the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay last June. It is a 150-mile race from Haines Junction (Yukon Territory) to Haines (Alaska). It is by far the most beautiful race I’ve ever ridden, but also the hardest. It can be done with a team as large as eight people or as a solo rider.”

Logan is studying to be a commercial airline pilot, and he hopes to one day after school have a job with Alaska or Horizon Airlines, so he can live and bike in Sitka.

“Sitka is a great town to live in and I know I will be coming back,” Logan said. “Once Sitka gets in your blood, it never leaves. I love the nature, the mountains, our oceans; it’s a perfect blend and there is always something to do. I believe the bike community in Sitka is growing, and will continue to do so.”

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