the rules

Rule #1

Have fun!

frequently asked questions

What is the Joe Cosley Pancake Ride?

Read the Riders Packet for a description of the current edition of the JCPR.

Pay special attention to the part that describes the ride as being self supported/sufficient , you are responsible for yourself, the ride for the most part is off the “grid”, meaning no cell service, you are for the most part traveling through unpopulated national forest and state lands.  You are responsible for yourself.

The JCPR is a 100+ mile solo, self-supported, endurance & adventure bicycle ride/race.  The ride will utilize less traveled dirt roads, singletrack and some pavement in the northwest corner of Montana. Based out of the Whitefish Bike Retreat in Whitefish.  This is a self supported, self sufficient bike ride traveling the back roads of north west Montana.  You are responsible for yourself. 

Can I use a GPS?

Yes, you should. The course is unmarked. We will provide you with a gpx file, as well as a link for cue cards to download and print. 

Do I need a map?

That’s up to you, but I would recommend you carry maps that cover the ride area.  Maps that cover the ride route will be noted along with where you can purchase them.

Should I use a GPS unit, phone with a GPS program, or something similar?

Yes.  You will be given a gpx. tcx. file to upload to your gps device that has the entire rout track.  Having the route preloaded and the track to follow will give you the best chance of staying on route, not getting lost and finishing.  It is also suggested that you carry a paper map as a back up. Also note question #3.

When is the riders meeting/registration packet pick up?

The ride is different every year, so please take a lookout the Participant’s Packet for this years version.

Are there any aid stations along the course?

The ride is different every year, so please take a lookout the Participant’s Packet for this years version.

Drop Bags?

The ride is different every year, so please take a lookout the Participant’s Packet for this years version.

Will the the course be marked?


Will there be beer at the Joe Cosley Pancake Ride?

Joe Cosley Seasonal Inda Pale Lager by Kalispell Brewing Company at the finish.

Will there be food at the finish Joe Cosley Pancake Ride?

Pancakes, snacks and drinks at the finish.  Special Edition, Seasonal, Joe Cosley India Pale Lager.

Are entries refundable or transferable?

No. $50.00 is pretty cheap, and we are looking to cover events cost that include, food and beverages, website and hosting fees, federal/state/local insurance fees, USAC club cost, etc.


Currently no, but working on it.  So, that could turn into a yes.

Will I see any wildlife while on the ride?

Yes, I’m sure you will see a Chipmunk or two. However, there are a few mammals that reside in the forest and rural areas of northwest Montana. These would include moose, mountain lions, black bears, elk and grizzly bears. For more information visit Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.

Is the JCPR a race?

No, not necessarily. You can race it and win some accolades from your peers. Or you can take your time and make it an adventure ride. Or you can make it a Gents ride with your friends. Ultimately, you can ride in whatever style you choose, it’s up to you, just know it’s an individual preference on how you look at it.

What’s the course like?

It will be different each year. It could be a 140 mile loop with 15k of climbing, It could be a 250 mile loop with 20k of climbing, it could be 180 miles of rollers…each year there will be a specific course description.

What’s the best tire choice?

That is dependent on the course. Minimum recommendation would be nothing less than a 38c. Tire size is matched to the worst section on any given course. The narrower you go, the more of a chance you have of flatting or damaging your ride. So, it’s really up to you on what you think you can get away with, and how many extra tubes you want to carry.

What kind of bike should I pedal?

That’s another “up to you” choice. What are you the most comfortable on? All courses will predominately take place on dirt roads, perhaps a bit of singletrack (mellow) and some pavement (depending on the course, but expect a bit in all cases). So, a dirt road, road, cyclocross, mountain…I’d say a drop bar type of bike would be the best choice and all routes are designed on this bike type.

The JC Pancake Ride looks to be a challenge for me. Is there a shorter version?

Each version is different.  See the current route description(s) on the website and in the Riders Packet.

Why do only the overall 1st place female and male receive recognition?

Pretty simple:

Open Men’s

Open Women’s

Fixed Gear/Single Speed

Is there a time limit on finishing the ride?

Each version is different.  See the current route descriptions and Riders Packet.

Now get registered.