Guy Jennings, South Africa, 2013
"What a week of wonder, learning and making (no doubt) lifelong friends and contacts. Thank you to you both for an amazing time, full of learning, but also lots of laughs.."
Fornaro Renzo, Italy, 2013
"Beautiful! Kathi I neverwinter forgot You, Bill, Alaska, Thank You, Thank You for This big experience....."
Will Muecke, Costa Rica, 2013
FANTASTIC SCHOOL!!! Thank you, Kathi and Bill! An all-time great for outdoor experiences. Highly, highly recommended. Best regards, Will (2013 attendee).
Team Core Co Cycling endorsement
Kelly Boyd, Canada, 2013
“Hey everyone, this is one of the most memorable trips I have ever been on. Thanks Bill and Kathi for going above and beyond to give us all your knowledge, set in such a great place like Flathorn Lake. It would be near impossible to get all the things we learned this week in a lifetime of biking on the snow.”
Article in Grand Rapids Press, Michigan about the 2013 training camp
Our training camps are designed for those wanting to enter the Iditarod Trail Invitational 150 mile OR 350 mile race to McGrath by bike or run or anyone who would like to learn about winter biking and human powered winter travel in the extremes of the Alaskan winter. These camps are not about physical training, but to learn about winter back country travel, winter camping and biking in the snow in extreme cold temperatures as well as camping in the rain. We cannot predict the Alaskan weather. From the first time winter camper to the more experienced winter traveler ready to shed gear in favor of speed without compromising safety our camps are for cyclists looking to expand their horizons and remote back country travel in remote areas of Alaska.
Winter biking is a growing sport here in Alaska and becoming more popular in the Lower States with several winter races held here in Alaska and other western and northern states.
For those contemplating entering one of the human-powered winter ultra races, our camps are a great place to start. We often have race veterans from the Iditarod Trail race come to the camps and share their knowledge and experience giving the students a wider view of gear and techniques and riding a snowbike on snowmobile and mushing trails.
The purpose of the camp is to pass on the skills, acquired after thousands of miles of trial and error on the trail, necessary to stay comfortable and enjoy human powered winter travel.
Having all the right gear is nice but knowing the little tricks to make it all work is priceless.
It may safe your fingers, nose and toes!
These camps are taught by Kathi Merchant and Kyle Durand, co race directors of the ITI.
Kathi is a three time finisher in the 350 mile race and became the first female cyclist to finish the 1000 mile race in 2008.
Kyle has competed in the ITI 3 times by bike and run in the 350 and 1000 mile distance.
Our passion is multi-day winter cycling expeditions and races.
The 5 day camp will be spent in the Alaskan wilderness with a base camp at Flathorn Lake.
Time will be spent with equipment testing, gear selection, setting up bivies in the snow, melting water from snow and rides on the Iditarod Trail.
We recommend the Westmark Hotel in Anchorage for lodging before and after the camp. The hotel is centrally located near restaurants, REI, 6th Ave Outfitters and you can take your bike into the rooms. We will have a snowmobile with a trailer to haul one extra bag per student for extra gear and food.
group discount code: IDIN2019
article about the November winter bike camp in BIKE magic UK by Aidan Harding
New York Times article including video from December 24, 2008
Images training camp February 2009
Images training camp November 2008
Cost: $950.00 per person
Transportation from and back to Anchorage to Point MacKenzie, 4 evening meals prepared by your instructors, professional instruction.
Iditarod Trail Invitational.
rental bikes, camping gear, you need to bring your own gear, clothing,breakfast, lunch and snacks.
Specialized snow bike rentals are available in Anchorage at:
The Trek Store
Trek Bicycle Store Anchorage
We will send you a recommended gear list after we receive payment by check or credit card.
or call (907) 715 5336.