April 13 – 15 | Missoula, Montana

The Cycling House and Competitive Timing are joining forces and presenting a multi-day gran fondo style gravel event inspired by the Spring Classics: The Montana Gravel Challenge.

The Montana Gravel Challenge is a coming together of The Cycling House and Competitive Timing.  We think what’s best for the Montana Hell Ride and Rocky Mountain Roubaix is to have them be on one big gravel weekend.  Stage 2 will be the Montana Hell Ride with a new format and course. Stage 3 will be the Rocky Mountain Roubaix with a new longer course. We’ve added a stage 1 time trial as an extra piece to offer a zero barrier event for beginners and recreational riders, while also offering racers an early separation before stage 2 and 3.  We’d like riders of all abilities to try the challenge.  It’s setup in a grand fondo style format, so everyone gets a time and folks can go for racing the event, riding the event, or just going for a completion.  Stage 2 and 3 will have a recreation wave that starts 1 minute later then the first wave perfect for those riding with friends or trying to stay out of a larger group.  The hardest part about this event will be finishing all three stages, not being fast at all three stages.  Best of all we will be offering a separate Junior Race option for 10-18 yr olds on Stage 1 and 2.

The Montana Gravel Challenge is a USA Cycling Gravel Event.  You do not need a license to participate, but we are using USA Cycling Insurance. 

Stage 1 six time trial is all dirt roads.  It’s climbs just over 600 feet in 4 miles.  It’s more gentle terrain then straight uphill.  First 1.5 miles is low 1% grade offering a great warmup for the last 2.5 miles. You get in to really pretty forests and some super small/cool dirt roads that don’t see much life.

Stage 2 is the Montana Hell Ride.  It’s actually three 15 miles laps on a new circuit in the 9 mile area.  Each lap is a tale of two sides.  Half the lap is wide, smooth, and fast dirt roads.  The other half is hilly, rough, narrow, and adventurous.  Race or ride with your buds, should be a memorable day.  There will also be a Strava KOM every time of the climb.

Stage 3 is the Rocky Mountain Roubaix.  Longer than last year with new course for 2018 but with all the beloved Roubaix aspects still about equal parts road and dirt, moderate climbing, and a whole lotta grit.  It’s straight up your favorite Petty Creek Road and then out the 9 mile drainage with a lollipop loop and then back the way you came.

Full Maps Below

REGISTRATION

Click HERE

Between Jan 18th and April 12th – register for all three rides at once and receive a $10 discount.

Earn some $$ Register early and share your registration referral link on social media AND get 12 registrations you will receive an automatic $20 refund. That’s only four friends registering for the whole challenge!

Early Bird Flash Sale Three Days Only! Jan 15th – 17th

  • Montana Gravel Challenge All 3 Stages – $55  $60
  • Stage 1 – 6 Mile TT only – $5 $10 online registration
  • Stage 2 – Montana Hell Ride only – $25  $30 online registration
  • Stage 3 – Rocky Mountain Roubaix only – $25 $30 online registration

Phase 1  Jan 18th – March 18th

  • Montana Gravel Challenge All 3 Stages – $60 $75 (save $10 reg all three at once)
  • Stage 1 – 6 Mile TT only – $10 $15 online registration
  • Stage 2 – Montana Hell Ride only – $30  $35 online registration
  • Stage 3 – Rocky Mountain Roubaix only – $30  $35 online registration

Phase 2 March 19th – April 12th

  • Montana Gravel Challenge All 3 Stages – $75 $100 (save $10 reg all three at once)
  • Stage 1 – 6 Mile TT only – $15 $20 online registration
  • Stage 2 – Montana Hell Ride only – $35 $40 online registration
  • Stage 3 – Rocky Mountain Roubaix only – $35 $40 online registration

Race Weekend April 13 – 15th

  • Montana Gravel Challenge All 3 Stages – $100
  • Stage 1 – 6 Mile TT only – $20 online registration
  • Stage 2 – Montana Hell Ride only – $40 online registration
  • Stage 3 – Rocky Mountain Roubaix only – $40 online registration

You can ride only one stage if you’d like.  Lot’s of folks will just ride one of the stages.  We encourage you to push yourself and finish the challenge but it’s ok to just ride one stage.

LOCATION – all stages and check in

18450 Six Mile Road
Huson, MT 59846

CATEGORIES

Male and Female in all below categories. Recreational start will be included in categories with everyone else

Each Stage

  • Top 3 Overall
  • 18 & Under
  • 19-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70+

Montana Gravel Challenge

  • Top 3 Overall

 

THE RIDES

 

GIVING BACK

All proceeds from the Montana Gravel Challenge will be split 50/50 between MTB Missoula and Zootown Derailleurs.  Our goal is raise $2000.

PROMOTERS

The Cycling House is a bicycle travel company based out of Missoula, MT.  Our mission is to provide guests with an unforgettable experience that they can’t get any where else in the world. We do this by providing over-the-top customer service, extensive knowledge of endurance sports and most importantly an environment that fosters relationships through riding bikes, enjoying great food and exploring new places. Our goal is to push the boundaries of what most riders think of when they think of a “typical cycling trip” and WOW our guests. We’re passionate about what we do. Visit www.thecyclinghouse.com for more information.

Competitive Timing is a race timing company based out of Whitefish, MT.  Cory Kaufman and Matthew Smeltzer are the two partners and lead timers.  They time all sports in Western Montana and beyond.  Their passion for hard work, getting outside, and delivering a top notch product make them the best.  Visit www.competitivetiming.com for more information.

SPONSORS

  • Zillastate and Zillastate.com for all your real estate needs
  • Big Sky Brewery, keeping ups hydrated and supporting the cycling community from day 1

PRIZES

Anyone who finishes all three stages gets a commemorative prize.  Top 3 overall male and female for the whole challenge will receive prize and/or medal and/or cash if turnout allows.  Top 3 in all age categories for stages and the overall top three will be recognized and receive a prize and/or medal.

CAMPING

Tent, RV, and trailer camping is available at the race venue.  Please let us know your coming if you’d like to reserve a camp spot.  If you don’t reserve it’s first come first serve.  There will be bathrooms and water on site, but nothing else.  Cell service is very poor in that specific area.

CHALLENGE SCORING

  • 1st – 20th score.  (20, 19, 18, 17, ect)
  • Have to complete all three stages to qualify for overall in age group and overall.

JUNIOR EVENTS

We are excited to offer two junior tailored events to the Montana Gravel Challenge!

Juniors age 10-18 may ride in Stage 1 – 6 Mile TT and also a single lap of the of 15 mile Hell Ride Circuit. Jrs will receive a time and place. Experienced juniors may particpant and register in the adult events according to experience level.

Categories will be 10-12, 13/14, 15/16, 17/18. Top three in each category (gender separated) will be recognized and receive a prize and/or medal.

Price – $10 for each stage

Parent may ride alongside their junior.

Stage 1 – Juniors may complete the TT ride between 4 and 5 PM. Checkin will be available starting at 2:45PM. Parents may then complete their portion of the TT with the rest of the adults after the Junior event.

Stage 2- Juniors will complete 1 lap of the Hell Ride circuit. Junior event will be at 3 PM.

CONTACT US

Questions, comments, suggestions? Email us at shaun@thecyclinghouse.com or cory@competitivetiming.com