Sunday July 19, 2015 Tour of the Bitterroot
Have you been waiting all year long for one of the best scenic bike rides in the country? Well now's your chance! Nowhere in Montana can you bike on dirt or pavement with your friends and family, meet them back at Red Barn Bicycles for a fun, family-friendly party complete with a delicious barbeque lunch in the shade, listen or dance to an awesome live band, win prizes AND know that your participation helps keep the Bitterroot open and beautiful by supporting the Bitter Root Land Trust. Thank you to all the supporters and participants for making it possible to put on this highly anticipated event!
Whether a sponsor, volunteer or participant, the Tour of the Bitterroot could not be a success year after year without you! Check out the event pictures and contact us if interested in prints!
Why Do We Ride?
We ride to protect working farms and ranches of the Bitterroot Valley so they may stay working. We ride to keep the Bitterroot River flowing cold and clean--so that it may stay abundant with fish for catching. We ride so that the diverse wildlife of the Bitterroot Valley have open space to thrive alongside their human counterparts. We ride so that our water, wildlife, and working lands are here for generations to come.
Rides for All Ages and Abilities
Skalkaho Mountain Tour: Get your heart pounding and overlook the Bitterroot Valley on a 48 mile non-competitive ride through the Bitterroot National Forest. This ride tests your mountain-biking ability, but rewards your efforts with stunning views of the Sapphire and the Bitterroot mountain ranges. Riders range in age from 15-75 years old. The Skalkaho Mountain Tour starts promptly at 7:00am.
Sleeping Child Ride: This is a great ride for the whole family, or a group of friends out for a more leisurely speed. Take a scenic road ride at a Sunday-pace up and back Sleeping Child Road, about 18-20 miles, and pedal by open agricultural lands, the Bitterroot River, and the Como Peaks. The fun with this ride is it's an out and back, so you can ride for as long or short as you like! Rolling Start from 9-11AM.
Kids' Dirt Road Derby: The youngsters can engage in friendly competition in the afternoon with a race around McCarthy Loop (about a mile) and a straight quarter mile race in front of Red Barn Bicycles. Excitement, laughter, and prizes are all part of the fun! Derby starts at 1:30pm. No need to register for the Derby! Come for the BBQ lunch and let the kids do all the peddling. A side note: Not registering for either the Skalkaho Mountain Tour of the Sleeping Child Ride, but still want to enjoy the fun? We ask that you make a donation when you come down to the party
BBQ Lunch at Noon
All that riding is bound to work up some healthy appetites. We'll be serving up pulled pork sandwiches and tasty sides for hungry riders and volunteers. Vegetarian option available. Quench your thirst with refreshing lemonade or relax with a micro-brew from Bitterroot Brewing.
Registration Opens April 13, 2015
Registration is OPEN! Don't miss your chance to participate. You can register through the Bitter Root Land Trust website donation page by choosing "Skalkaho Tour $35". You can download a registration form here. Ride packet pick-up will be at Bitter Root Land Trust (170 S 2nd Street, Suite B in Hamilton across from Mountain Music) on Saturday July 19, 2014 from 9 AM to 12 PM, you can also register there. Ride day registration discouraged. Help us make the day by acting in advance.
Train for the Tour of the Bitterroot
To find out more information about group training rides, call the Bitter Root Land Trust 406.375.0956