Trail Gran Fondo Information
Here’s a chance to give a nod to all the work that groups like MTB Missoula are doing all over the state. We’re working on a big, fun, non-competitive ride on a trail you’ve never ridden before. We’ll have beer, we’ll have food, and MTB Missoula’s clearing the trail. Come on out for the first trail gran fondo event we’ve ever heard of!
Thursday, August 11 – No Raceday Check-In Available!
|4:00pm-7:00pm||Rider Check-In at Zillastate Office (140 S. 4th St. W #3)|
Friday, August 12 – No Raceday Check-In Available!
|4:00pm-9:00pm||Rider Check-In at Muchwater Campground|
Saturday, August 13 – No Raceday Check-In Available!
|6:00am||Begin loading bikes at Muchwater Campground|
|6:30am||Rider meeting at Muchwater Campground|
|7:00am||Shuttles depart Muchwater Campground|
|12:00pm||Josephine Peak Time Cutoff|
|4:00pm||Burnt Fork Pinnacle Time Cutoff|
|6:00pm||Siegel Pass Time Cutoff|
Free event camping is available at the Muchwater Campground on the Clark Fork River between St. Regis and Plains, MT, on MT Hwy 135. Riders will be shuttled from the campground to the start of the ride. The ride finishes back at Muchwater Campground. Riders who do not make time cutoffs will be shuttled back to the campground.
Like all Western Montana Trail Series events, the Missoula Parks and Rec MORE program will be providing childcare all day! They’ll be posted up at the Muchwater Campground starting first thing Saturday morning.
You’ve Been Warned
This ride is a significant undertaking. There are a few bail out points, but the course is remote, exposed and committing. The 33 mile course features 8,000 feet of climbing, technical riding, and may include an occasional hike-a-bike. In the interest of safety, cutoff times will be enforced at Josephine Peak, Burnt Fork Pinnacle, and Siegel Pass. Cutoff times may be shortened due to weather!
Each rider is required to carry:
- 3+ liters of water
- Patch kit
- Spare tube
- Chain tool
- Basic repair tools
- Space blanket or emergency shelter
- Waterproof jacket
Weather/Fire CaveatsRiding mountain bikes means, well, riding in the mountains, where the weather doesn’t always cooperate. This route exposes riders to the possibility of sudden storms, lightning, and fire. Courses may change to accommodate unsafe weather or trail conditions, or nearby fire activity. We’ll do our best to keep the website updated with any changes to the course or start times, but reserve the right to make changes without warning.