Uff da Course Training Rides
Several folks have asked about some JCPR training rides. Since I will get out and pre ride the full length of the route, I will schedule 3 rides breaking the route down into 55-75 mile sections. Anybody is welcome to join.
Few things you should know about the rides –
- Anybody is welcome. If you are curious about the dirt road thing, this would be a great intro. We can talk all things “gravel”. Bikes, tires, gearing, nutrition……. There’s plenty of, “ride the talk” saddle experience to shed the light on the ultra endurance dirt road thing.
- These rides are not difficult in terms of terrain, but you do need to be a fit rider. On a scale of 1-10, I would rate the rides anywhere from a 6-8 for a fit recreational rider. They are all day rides and even at a 10 mph average with stops for water and snacks, the shortest ride will be an 6 hour affair.
- Rides take place rain and/or sun and/or snow…….
- Rides are self supported. You will need to carry enough food to get you through the day, a water purifier (It’s your choice on wether you wan to use it), and a repair kit. Make sure your clothing choice matches the days worst weather outlook.
- These are not “road rides”. Please make sure your bike is adequate to the task on hand. Mountain Bikes and Gravel Bikes are desirable. Tire width at a minimum is suggested at 38c = 1.5”. Bring a couple extra tubes.
- These are NOT a “no drop ride”. Everybody rides at their own pace. For the most part the pace will be moderate with stops for water and snacks. Usually folks will wait at the top of accents and the bottom of decent to regroup.
- Rides will meet at the Whitefish Bike Retreat.
- All rides will require a shuttle, we will utilize the shuttle service the WBR provides. There is a cost associated with the shuttle.
- Bring some snacks and cold beverages to share after the ride.
- Two of the rides will finish at a Bar & Grill. Beer and a burger afterwards if you would like.
- GPX files will be made available for each ride. Great practice in down loading the route files and then uploading them to your cycling computer and or gps device. Cue cards with turn by turn directions with water sources and important points will be made available.
Ride Schedule –
- Ride #1
- July 6, Meet at 8 am at the Whitefish Bike Retreat.
- We will cover miles 124 – 167. Mostly flat and rolling terrain, with one climb the top of Sunday Mountain.
- We will start at the HWY 93 Conoco Station in Fortine.
- We will ride 47 miles of the actual Uff da 167 route, with 10 additional paved miles at the beginning for a total of 57 miles.
- Finish at the Whitefish Bike Retreat. Bring some snacks and cold beverages to share after the ride. We’ll hangout in front of the camp store and chit chat.
- Space is limited per shuttle size. We will shuttle to the start.
- Ride #2
- July 13, Meet at 8:30 at the Trego Bar/Grill.
- We will cover miles 70 – 124. Rolling terrain, with one gradual climb, one longer to the top of Huckleberry Mountain (single track) and then over to Pinkam Mountain. The rest is downhill and rolling.
- We will start at the HWY 93 Conoco in Fortine and finish at the Trego Bar/Grill.
- We will pedal 54 miles of the Uff da 167, with an additional 10 miles of pavement back to the Trego Bar/Grill, for a total of 67 miles. Cold beverages and food.
- We will shuttle between Trego and Fortine. Leaving vehicles at the Trego Bar and continuing on to the HWY 93 Conoco in Fortine.
- Space is dependent on folks that show up and can drive to ride. Self shuttled ride day.
- There is an option of finishing and stating at the Conaco, this would add an additional 4 miles to make it a closed loop ride and alleviating the shuttle.
- Ride #3
- July 20, Meet at 8 am at the Whitefish Bike Retreat.
- We will cover miles 0 – 70 of the Uff da 167. Rolling terrain with a mellow climb over Fitzsimmons Pass. Then a bit of down, a right, then a left, and just shy of a 4k climb up to the top of Mount Marston. Back down and finish at the Conoco for Lay’s Potato Chips and Dr. Pepper.
- 70 miles on paper for this ride.
- Space is dependent on folks that show up and can drive to ride. Self shuttled ride day. Or we can use the WBR to shuttle vehicle up to Fortine and get a ride back.
That should cover it. Any questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give a call at (406) 250-9827.