Below are the 3 different ways you can get your bike to Alaska.
Choice #1 - CYCLE CHAUFFEUR - Their bike transport professionals will bring your bike to Seward, Alaska (event start area) for you. All you have to do is pick it up. They will also take it from you at the TriTats® T2 Area and load it up to go back.
Cycle Chauffeur's service area is basically from Houston, Texas to Seward, Alaska, following the straightest drive route possible. If you fall within this area (details on their website) and the service is not yet sold out, it is the most affordable, most convenient solution in bike transport we offer.
Choice #2 - CHAIN REACTION CYCLES (Anchorage) - Take your bike to your local bike shop and have them prepare and pack your bike for shipment to Chain Reaction Cycles, in Anchorage, Alaska.
Be sure to time this right and give their mechanics 5-7 days between when they get your bike and when you arrive, as they may be busy with other bikes. It's normal, when you ship your bike, to ship it out 10-14 days before you will arrive to pick it up. Be sure you have an extra bike at home to ride during that time if you chose this option. If planned properly this option is affordable and convenient knowing qualified mechanics have received and assembled your bike prior to the event. The same process (in reverse) would have to be performed after the event. Keep in mind you will have to pickup your bike when you get into Anchorage before your make your way down to Seward.
Choice #3 - FLY WITH YOUR BIKE - Book Alaska Airlines for the cheapest rates for yourself, and your bike. For this option to be viable you will need your own bike bag (we recommend getting a good one, probably hardshell), the ability to at least take your pedals and headset off (most models require this) and put them back on when you get to Alaska. You can certainly go to a local shop where you live and have them prep the bike and put it in the bike bag and do the same to assemble it when you get to Alaska. This option usually costs $100-$300 each way in addition to your normal airline ticket (cost depends on airline, could be more) depending on which airline and flight you take. We have been told that Alaska Airlines charges $50 each way to fly with your bike (call to confirm). There's also risk of damaging your bike during the flight. It's not common but it does happen so we recommend taking out some type of bike insurance before you travel to be safe.
Event MechanicS & SAG SupporT WARNING
It is each athlete's individual responsibility to get their bike to and from Alaskaman™ in working and safe order and maintain/fix it while on the bike course. We will not transport or be responsible for bikes in any way, at any time. We will be inspecting each bike in the morning as they enter transition and securing them until the swim cutoff at 7am (or whenever you claim it to start your ride). Beyond that your bike is in your hands, and the hands of your support crew. Upon entering T1, If your bike is deemed to be unsafe and cannot be easily fixed, you will not be able to compete. We "may" have limited bike support onsite but do not count on it. Seward is a remote location and getting qualified mechanics to drive over 100 miles to work on bikes is not always easy. We will do what we can but remember that that is just another part of what makes this an "extreme" triathlon. Each athlete and their support must be responsible for themselves and reaching that finish line.