Ferrying bikes, riders

Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2003

I would like to thank Capt. Jack Meyers and the Alaska Marine Highway System for all their efforts to make sure the revised ferry schedule took all SE Alaska participants to the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay. All teams made the race and had proper pre-race instructions. The event was a success as reported in Sunday's Juneau Empire.

One group particularly thankful for this year's ferry schedule was the Sitka teams' over 20 riders, including two teams in the top 20 finishers. They were able to make a direct ferry connection from Sitka to Haines that doubled that town's participation and greatly eased their logistics.

This bike relay traditionally happens on the third Saturday of June. I appreciate all the efforts the schedule planners have done to assist our event. In two of the last three years, early season problems with ferry breakdowns had the potential to affect our event. In both cases, extraordinary efforts by the Alaska Marine Highway system assured that all participants could make it to the bike relay, an event with a major economic benefit for the communities along the Haines Highway.

I hope we can continue to have a beneficial relationship with AMHS in the future as there are a growing number of cycling events where riders travel to and from northern Lynn Canal to participate.

Dave Ringle

Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay board member


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