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Road Cycling Around Missoula, MT

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Road Cycling Around Missoula, MT

What is the road cycling like around Missoula. We have visited Bozeman and ridden around there and it was great but we are wondering if we should try Missoula or go back to Bozeman. Please advise. Thanks
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Try talking to the guys at The Cycling House shop in Missoula.
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Originally Posted by chaadster
Try talking to the guys at The Cycling House shop in Missoula.
Or contact ... Contact Us | Adventure Cycling Association

FYI ... https://www.fortmissoulamuseum.org/do...7-03.15.11.pdf
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I could be wrong, but I don't think it would be as nice as the Bozeman area due to the surrounding terrain and development in the area. I have done a few tours out of Missoula. The U.S. 93 corridor heading south from Missoula is particularly busy, although there is a nice trail you can pick up starting in Lolo that pretty much takes you all the way to Hamilton.

Are you limited to those two places? Dillon might be a good alternative. You could climb Badger Pass, then head up the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway, have lunch in Wise River, cruise through the Big Hole Canyon and loop back around through Divide for an awesome 200K:

DILLON 200K - Dillon, MT

Ennis is another option. You can climb up to the historic town of Virginia City. A ride to Earthquake Lake is another possibility.
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