Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 5:21 PM on Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Enthusiasm powers first fat bike fest

Homer Cycling Clubs first annual Big Fat Bike Festival was an immensely fun success. Fat bikers flocked to Homer from all across the Kenai Peninsula and Anchorage, and from as far away as Palmer. There is a good chance that next years event will see people traveling here from Outside.

Organizing any inaugural event is a huge challenge, add to that a team of novice event planners and it would seem a recipe for disaster. In reality, sheer enthusiasm and determination were enough to realize our hopes.

We could not have pulled this off without an immense outpouring of support and encouragement from two different communities.

The state and national fat biking community were extremely generous in helping to spread word of the festival, and with auction items. In particular Chain Reaction Cycles, Salsa and Surly went above and beyond.

Our local community came through big time as well. Cook Inletkeepers willingness to listen to our proposal and then to support the festival enabled us to highlight an important link between non-motorized enjoyment of the wilderness and beaches and the need to actively work to protect their pristine qualities.

The logistics of transporting 40 bikes to Anchor Point was becoming a nightmare until Homer Brewing Company stepped up to volunteer their van, complete with Steve McAsland as driver. Nomad Shelter Yurts provided the perfect space for the bicycle art show.

Many, many more Homer area businesses and individuals gave willingly of their time, services and inventory. We appreciate all your generosity, but are not able to recognize you all individually here.

Funds raised will be used to further our mission of promoting cycling as environmentally friendly, healthy and enjoyable. If you would like to be involved, Homer Cycling Club meets in Room B103 at Homer High at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.

Catriona Lowe

Homer Cycling Club