an endurance
adventure bike ride

The Race

Below is a brief rundown of what to expect

Every year, there is a new route.

So, each year there will be a new riders packet withy route information and what to expect.

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.

For the most part the rides are of a mixed surface affair.  Route mainly follow Forest Service, State, BLM roads, with editions seeing some sections of single track.  You may see a few cars, but for the most part you’ll have the roads to yourselves.

Check back periodically for a route release of the next edition.

There is no on course mechanical support. You are responsible for your own mental  and physical well being, along with any mechanical mishaps that may occur. You need to be equipped for any inclement weather and or mechanical problems. Routes offer plenty of  natural watering opportunities, there are dozens of creeks, streams and springs along the way to help you stay hydrated. I’d filter the water, but ultimately it’s up to you.

What type of bike should I ride?

You can ride what ever you want as long as it doesn’t have a motor.  If you are riding for keeps and want to earn the title of Montana State Gravel Champion, You’ll need to be on a drop bar style “Gravel Bike” though.  You will also need to be a resident of Montana for minimum of one year and hold a valid Montana Library Card.

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

W

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 for the past three years. 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.

Even though we are moving out to the Trego Pub and General Store as of 2020, if you need a place to stay, the WBR is the bestest!

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