ITI Training Camp January 28-February 1,2019

 ITI camp participants Flathorn Lake with Mount Susitna in the background, camp takes place on the race course

ITI camp participants Flathorn Lake with Mount Susitna in the background, camp takes place on the race course

Bike, run or ski on the iditarod trail

2019 ITI TRAINING CAMP Flathorn Lake Alaska
January 28-February 1, 2019

What are the topics?

  • gear choice
  • proper clothing & layering
  • protecting face, hands, feet in the cold
  • moisture management in the cold
  • cold weather training
  • hydration & nutrition in cold weather conditions
  • preparation for the ITI:navigation, safey, check points, drop bags
  • bike set up & bike maintenance
  • proper tire pressure for varying riding conditions on snow
  • packing the bike
  • setting up a bivi site
  • use of stove and making water efficiently

Instruction by  Kathi Merchant & Kyle Durand, organizers of the Iditarod Trail Invitational. We have been offering these training camps in Alaska on the Iditarod Trail since 2000. Parcticipants get to learn to ride on winter trails, bivi outside, melt water from snow, trail navigation and we often ride to the first check point on the course from Flathorn Lake to Yentna Station, mile 59 on the race route. Meals are served indoors at our base camp are 4 dinners are included in the package.

Upon registration we will email every participant a recommended gear list.
We use specific gear made for winter cycling such as 45 North boots, Neos overboots, poagies, frame bags, seat post bags and use mountaineering gear for multi day winter bike packing and racing: sleeping bags, down parks, puffy jackets and over pants, stoves.
Here are some brands you might want to check out: 
Fatback,45 North, Walk On, Honey Stinger, Kind bars,Princton Tec, Outdoor Research, Hydroflask,Revelate Designs, Becker Gear, Dogwood Designs, Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, Mammut, North Face, Patagonia, MSR, Black Diamond, Feathered Friends, Big Agnes, Western Mountaineering, Neos boots,Smart wool,Arc Teryx, Cold Avenger, Princton Tec, Garmin, DeLorme,Apidura, Baryak, Bikebag Dude,Wildcat Gear,Blackburn, Cascade Designs, Mountain House,Camelbak, Darn Tough Socks, Hot hands, Grabber hand warmers,

Rental Bikes available in Anchorage

Fatback/Speedway Cycles


Chain Reaction Cycles

Trek Store

The Bike Shop

Completing the  ITI fat bike training camp in Alaska will pre qualify participants for a guaranteed spot in the 350 mile race the following year. 

The 5 day school 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. We get a discounted rat of $85.00 +12% tax for our racers and students. 
 Book a reservation online at using
Group Code:   IDIN2019

Transportation from/to Anchorage to Point MacKenzie, 4 evening meals prepared by your instructors, professional instruction by Kathi Merchant & Kyle Durand, race organizers and racers of the 350 mile and 1000 mile Iditarod Trail Invitational.
Not included
rental bikes, camping gear, you need to bring your own gear, clothing,breakfast, lunch and snacks.

 Photo:  Pavel Richtr

Photo: Pavel Richtr

A call to adventure

For most participants, the ITI 350 is not a race but an adventure. For those people, exploring one of the most remote places on the planet isn't important because of what it immediately accomplishes; rather, it is important because of what it facilitates within them. This is their testing ground. A time and place carved out to challenge themselves, tolerate adversity, cope with uncertainty, and learn from failure.

 Photo: Kyle Durand

Photo: Kyle Durand


To be eligible to apply for the ITI 350, athletes must have 2 finishes in designated qualifying events, and the 2 finishes cannot be in the same event.


Applications for the 2019 ITI 350 are closed

Lottery applications will open on September 1, 2018