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Cycling in Montana?

Old 06-11-16, 02:00 PM
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Cycling in Montana?

I just found out I have to go to Helena for work for 2 weeks (leaving June 20) and know nothing about the cycling there. I'd be grateful if someone here could give me the 411 about good routes, local attitudes and even a place where I could rent a decent road bike (I'll bring my helmet, pedals and cleats). And if you're willing to let me tag along on any daily rides (and wait for my slow ass to catch up), that would be even better. I have looked up some things online but there's nothing like a locals perspective. Thank you and sorry I've been gone for so long. Family issues kept my online activities truncated lately.
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Hey, I'd like to hear a few ride suggestions too. I'll be in the same area (from Great Falls to Butte) in the near future; I've never been there before.
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Might help: https://labs.strava.com/heatmap/
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Nifty!
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dying to ride going to the sun road through glacier national park. someday.
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A couple of our members just recently moved out there. I'll pass the message along.
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dying to ride going to the sun road through glacier national park. someday.
Been there. Done that. Three times up the west slope and once down the east slope.
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Helena Bicycle Club :: Home

Heading to Missoula on Tuesday to start a tour, but I won't betting close to Helena.

However, this is linked to on the Helena Bike Club site:

https://www.ratpod.org

I have ridden some of the route and will doing so again next week. The Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway is sweet! (So is MT 43 from Divide to Wise River.) But they are going to hard way. The climb from Wise River up the summit at nearly 8,000' is close to 30 miles long. I will be going in the opposite direction on Friday, starting in Jackson:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13950787

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Old 06-12-16, 08:46 PM
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Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
dying to ride going to the sun road through glacier national park. someday.
I try to get out there at least once each summer. I have to admit that the west side of that road after Logan Pass scares the crap out of me sometimes. One of the few roads I've ever experienced that invoke my fear of heights. I'd love to ride the whole route but I'm not sure if I can do more than the east side, LOL!





I would love a whole summer off to ride all over the park.
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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
I would love a whole summer off to ride all over the park.
Logan Pass crossing the country in '99. The visitor center was still buried in snow. The pass opened that day and we were the first bikes across.



Two Medicine Area seen from Looking Glass Hill (MT 49) in '09:




You have to do the west side. It's the best side.

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