Bike Nome

There’s no place like Nome.

 

Nome is an incredible mix of indigenous culture, colorful history, dramatic scenery, and 300 miles of rarely used gravel roads!

Date: August 14th – 21st, 2021

Riding: 20-55 miles per day on gravel roads

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Bike in a remote region of Alaska which is only accessible to visitors by air. Experience the beauty of the tundra as the red and yellow hues of autumn spread across the land, thousands of migrating birds fly overhead, and muskox traverse the landscape.

Known for the Iditarod sled dog race, and a recent history of gold mining and dredging, Nome is a jewel waiting to be discovered by cyclists and adventurers. After a short hour and a half flight by jet from Anchorage, you’re deposited in a historic and culturally vibrant region. Be one of the few fortunate enough to see this magnificent country on a bicycle! You cycle along clear rivers teaming with salmon and through tundra without a tree in sight.

Despite not being connected to the road system across the rest of Alaska, Nome has over 350 miles of gravel roads traversing the Seward Peninsula in multiple directions. The Northern route takes you to Teller, a small village located at the end of the road on a large lagoon. Northwest is the Kougarok Road, heading out toward Pilgrim Hot Springs. The the East is the road to Council which runs along the Southern cost of the Bering Peninsula and makes up the final stretch of the famous Iditarod race.

Itinerary

Note that the itinerary is subject to change due to changing road conditions, weather, lodging options, and other considerations in the remote area. Below is a an example that will be similar to the final itinerary.

Day 1 – You arrive in Anchorage Alaska then connect to your flight to Nome. Upon arrival you check into the hotel, have a bike fitting and go for a ride around town. The rustic frontier charm of Nome will surprise you!

Day 2 – Our first riding day heads north towards the village of Teller on a sand spit at the mouth of a large lagoon. We shuttle part way out in the morning, and riding options range from 30-50 miles. We return to Nome for the night after a visit to Teller.

Days 3 & 4 – We ride out the Kougarok Road, covering the 65 miles over 2 days, shuttling back to town overnight. We visit the historic hot springs, once the site of a church orphanage and an oasis in the tundra. After an optional soak in the very hot mineral water you’ll be ready to relax for the evening.

Day 5 – We leave town along the southern cost of the Seward Peninsula, along floating gold dredges and unique beach cabins. We follow the coast through marshlands with thousands of migrating birds to the Salomon B & B, approximately 34 miles. You can make stops along the way for a beach walk or a beer at the Safety Road House, the last checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail.

Day 6 – This days ride takes you to Council and the forested end of the Southern route, distance 40 miles. You return by van to the B&B for the night.

Day 7 – Your last day in Nome has the option for a little additional riding, sightseeing, shopping, gold panning or fishing. You catch the afternoon flight back to Anchorage where you can spend the night or connect to a flight home.

Lodging

We use a few local lodging options while in Nome and the surrounding area. There is no camping on this tour.
 
The Dredge 7 Inn pays homage to Nome’s mining history and is a comfortable lodging option for our nights in Nome.
 
The Solomon B&B is a unique lodging option. An old schoolhouse that has been converted to a Bed and Breakfast, it sits along the Council Road near the coast and marshland that hosts thousands or migratory birds in all directions.