Ben was always keen on doing fun stuff and what you would always remember about Ben was that he was truly excited about every second of his life, sharing it with others, and every time you ran into Ben he was always smiling.
When scouting routes last summer and I pieced this together out of several rides, I asked Ben what he though a fast time would be?
He got back to me and said 10 hours would be doable. Hmmm, OK…. That’s a Ben time, not really a sandbag, but an honest time throwin’ down on the pedals.
So, we have created the Ben Parson’s Challenge. We have set up a pledge page for the ride based on a per mile donation and the option if your sponsored rider comes in at a time of 10 hours or less they get a bonus donation on top of the actual milage of your choosing.
It would be safe to say that Joe would despise eating waffles as a hardman, saying “waffles are for pansies”, or “friends don’t let friends roll on anything less than a 40c”, “pave, what’s that?” Mountain men eat pigs in a blanket and chase it down with whiskey. Everybody has a bit of a scofflaw in them.
We have created, what we think will take you on an epic journey through the mountains of northwest Montana based out of the idyllic mountain hamlet of Whitefish. 140 miles of forest service dirt roads traversing 2 mountain summits, 4 mountain passes and a stop in Polebridge, a Trappers (Tourist) Outpost on on the western edge of Glacier National Park.
Each year will showcase a new course, exploring the roads and towns less traveled in northwest Montana. Being the inaugural year, we have put together a par course that is off the charts in oh so many ways. It’s centered around the Whitefish Range, with huge amounts of climbing, panoramic mountain top vista and views of The Crown of the Continent, buttery smooth dirt roads and few sections that will shake your gold fillings out of your molarsmolors. Next year may be may be a flatter par coarse, moderate elevation gain/loss and maybe close to 200 miles. Still though, keeping to unpaved surfaces.
The JCPR is meant to prosper a good time by all, develop friendships, talk about bikes, fun times, and bring the local bike community together and welcome those from out of town and showing them some down right bar hopping hospitality. Don’t forget the whiskey!