2021 Routes

Your safety and the safety of the communities we ride through is our number one priority. Routes will take you through the picturesque Palmer, Butte, and Sutton areas.

Times and start procedures will be shared closer to the event as we continue to monitor Covid-19 safety guidelines and procedures. Below are the proposed routes for the 25, 55, and 100 mile rides. If you haven’t already, sign up today for the route that suits you best! Please keep in mind, routes are subject to change. Final route details will be available closer to the day of the event.

Want to choose your own route? Sign up for Cycle Your Way and create your own cycling experience whenever and wherever you are.

For your safety during this pandemic, we will have a staggered start to prevent crowding and will require the wearing of masks and social distancing at all rest stops, the start and finish line.

Start & Finish Line Location

All three route lengths will start and finish in the Purple Parking Lot at the Alaska State Fairgrounds.

Start Times

We will release riders in waves at designated start times to ensure social distancing at the start line and along the course. Riders will have the opportunity to indicate their desired start time. The form to select your start time preference will be shared the week of May 10 on this webpage and sent out in an email.

100 Mile Route

Start Time: 8:00-8:30 am
Riders will have 10 hours to complete this route, which includes generous breaks.

The 100 mile ride is comprised of two sections of out and back. Head through beautiful downtown Palmer to cross the mighty Matanuska River and head south on the Old Glenn Highway. Dip off for a trip around Bodenburg Loop before continuing south to Knik River Road. Enjoy amazing views until the turnaround at the Knik River Lodge rest stop. You will return to Palmer via the Old Glenn Highway. Once you cross the Matanuska River, head north on the Glenn Highway and enjoy the open road and endless view until the King River rest stop and turnaround. Once turned around, head back towards Palmer. With a quick trip around Farm Loop, you’ll be headed back into downtown and on to the finish line!

55 Mile Route

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Start Time: 9:00-9:30 am
Riders will have 9 hours to complete this route, which includes generous breaks.

The 55 mile ride is an out and back route. Enjoy a friendly trip through downtown Palmer, head south on the Old Glenn Highway to zip around Bodenburg Loop, head south and enjoy endless mountain views along the Knik River Road. Turn around at the Knik River Lodge rest stop and return to the Old Glenn and back the Fairgrounds parking lot.

25 Mile Route

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Start Time: 10:00-10:30 am
Riders will have 8 hours to complete this route, which includes generous breaks.

The 25 mile ride is an out and back route. You will leave the Fairgrounds to enjoy a nice ride through downtown Palmer, across the beautiful Matanuska River, and down the Old Glenn Highway to Bodenburg Loop. Complete Bodenburg Loop and return to the Fairgrounds via the Old Glenn Highway.


Safety

The safety of our riders, volunteers, staff, and the communities we ride through is our top priority. Cycle For Air riders are reminded to obey all traffic regulations and posted signage. Should you need any assistance, there will be a contact number posted for Rider Support.

Cyclists on the route often share narrow roads with vehicular traffic. We request that you practice safe cycling. Ride single file and always remain alert. Please extend courtesy to drivers, course marshals, law enforcement officials, residents of communities along the route, and fellow riders. We strongly advise that all riders wear bike helmets. State and local rules or recommendations for safety related to COVID-19 will also apply. Please do not draft unless riding with someone from your home.


New safety procedures*:

  • Requiring all riders complete health check prior to event
  • Practicing social distancing
  • Assigning start times to ensure adequate spacing at the start line and along the course
  • Asking riders to only draft with people from their household
  • Absolutely no day-of-event bib pickup or day-of-event registration.
  • Wearing masks in all gathering places
  • Providing pre-packaged snacks and hydration at rest stops
  • Hosting grab-and-go Finish Line experience
  • Suppling additional handwashing and sanitization stations

Rest Stops

Rest stops will have snacks and hydration and bathroom facilities, and will be located every 12 to 25 miles along the route depending on climbing and road conditions. Masks and social distancing will be required at all rest stops. Check back for rest stop locations and any additional route updates.


Assistance on the Route

Cycle For Air will provide SAG and medical support along the route. There will not be mechanical support this year, so please be prepared to provide your own tire repair and basic bike maintenance. SAG vehicles will have supplies for flats and other minor mechanical issues or be able to transport you to a rest stop. Please be aware that some stretches of road are narrow so stopping a vehicle will create an unsafe situation for other cyclists and drivers, so do not request that family members pick you up from the route. Please have our experienced SAG drivers pick you up and take you to a rest stop where you can meet with your family member.


At the Finish Line

We would truly like to celebrate with you at the Finish line and thank you for riding and fundraising in support of lung health, but for everyone’s safety, once you have collected your swag bag and boxed lunch, please return to your car and exit the parking lot, taking care to be on the lookout for other returning cyclists.

Thank you for your understanding as we make these changes and follow safety procedures so we can ride this year.

*All-inclusive list of all safety procedures will be sent in an email and posted to this webpage closer to the event.

Thank You to Our Local Sponsors

Dr. Yordy GCI Matson

Alyeska Pipeline The Bicycle Shop Foundation Health Partners Matsu Health Providence Health Doyon