an endurance
adventure bike ride

The Race

Below is a brief rundown of what to expect

We have kept it simple to save space, please download the PARTICIPANT PACKET – Uff da-2019-RIDERS PACKET for a detailed outline, each year features a different route and the participant packet is specific to each version.

Final route for the JCPR UFF da 167. I’ve ridden the entire route over the course of several exploratory rides.  This would be the greatest distance pedaled, there may be a revision by time the ride happens, but in any instance it would decrease the total distance.  There will also be a couple shortcuts noted, for those that may feel the need to head back to the barn early for what ever reason.  Please realize this is a semi self supported ride and you are responsible for getting yourself back to the Whitefish Bike Retreat if you are unable to finish the ride.

It’s only a race if you want it to be. To be honest it’s an adventure/ endurance race on a bike, but again you don’t have to race, you could team up with a couple friends and treat it as a gentleman’s ride.

The entire long loop is 167+ miles with 15,000’± of climbing and descending. All climbs and descents average grades are around 4-6% with some short sections up to 8%.

There will be two aid stations available on loop. You will have an aid station at mile 40, 100, and a  re supply (store) at mile 60 .  You need to be able to carry enough water and food for a minimum of 60+ miles.

You may see a few cars, but for the most part you’ll have the roads to yourselves.

There is no on course aid or roaming mechanical support. You are responsible for your own well being and any mechanical mishaps that may occur. You need to be equipped for any inclement weather and or mechanical problems. You will also need to carry enough food and water to pedal up to 75 miles. You will need to carry some type of water purification device, we recommend a Steripen. There are dozens of creeks, streams and springs along the route to stop and refill from.

For the most part the roads are graded and improved forest service and state dirt roads, Paved sections are chip sealed but you should still pay attention for some broken pavement.

What type of bike should I ride? If you start and finish on a fully qualifying Cino Bike, we will give you an free entry for the rest of your life. More on this in the PARTICIPANT PACKET and FAQ.

Please consider the remoteness and difficulty of the ride and your ability in fitness level, mental capacity and mechanical prowess if something on your bike should break. There is minimal cell reception while on course and if you break down, you could be in for a long walk.

Please the FAQ page for more details.

Wildlife preparedness.

Venue Information


e would have to say that The Joe Cosley Pancake Classic, is super lucky to have Cricket Butler, owner of the Whitefish Bike Retreat as the host. The WBR is a full service cycling oriented lodge, located on the outskirts of Whitefish along the the Tour Divide route. The WBR offers lodging, car glamping, tent camping, airport shuttles if you are coming from out of town, general store with eats and bike accessories, showers and much more. For more information, visit the Whitefish Bike Retreat.

Everything Joe Cosley related will take place at the WBR. This means that registration/check in, pre race briefing, the ride will start and finish at the WBR, consumption of pancakes and pork products, beer, whiskey, awards ceremony and goodbyes.