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We are happy to bring back the three-day, three-stage event, with mass starts and categories for all ages and abilities.
New this year is the team competition! Teams of four with cumulative time over the three days determining the MGC Cup. Female, Male, and Coed (2 male and 2 female).
Day 1: Ninemile Time Trial -- this route takes you on an out and back up Ninemile road, ~10-15 miles total. Start-finish TBD.
Day 2: Southside Road -- A classic Montana ride, the Southside Road loop-- Flat Mullan Road takes you out to the rolling gravel of Southside Road along the river, and back to our start in Huson. 57 miles, 2,200' of gain. We are working on exploring on options that may add a little bit extra before south side road to help spread the group before we hit the narrow road. If that's the case, we will let you know with ample time and will be in your wheelhouse. Maybe ~10ish extra miles.
Day 3: Rocky Mountain Roubaix Circuit -- Montana's famed RMR is the final stage of this 3-day race. These loops total 45.5 miles, gaining around 2k' of climbing.
*Finishline is a four mile cool-down cruise back to the venue in order to have a safe and fair finish line.
*Beverages and Food provided Sat and Sun post race.
@MTCX HQ, 517 S Orange St 59802
All courses will be fully marked with turns and mileage signs.
MGC 2022 - Stage 1: Time Trial - Friday - TBD Out and back 9 mile TT - 10-15 miles - 859 feet of climbing - MAP LINK. (This was 2022's course. 2023 start/finish is still TBD but likely will be around 10-15 miles and around the same elevation. It won't be more challenging terrain)
MGC 2022 - Stage 2: Southside Road - Saturday - - Southside Road - 52.9 miles - 2,027 feet of climbing - MAP LINK. (We are tinkering with adding a little bit more before South Side Road where the road narrow to help spread out the peloton. We may add 10ish or so miles but will be in your wheelhouse if so and give you ample notice).
MGC 2022 - Stage 3: Rocky Mountain Roubaix - Sunday - - Roubaix Circuit 4 laps - 41.7 miles - 1711 feet of climbing - MAP LINK
The name of of the game is finish all three stages. All finishers of all three stages get an official Montana Gravel Challenge medal and hat. Recreational corral will be combined in the results and eligible for awards. There will be one stocked aid station per stage with water and nutrition.
Omnium Scoring Per Stage: 1st = 20, 2nd = 18, 3rd = 16, 4th = 14, 5th, 12, 6th = 10, 7th = 8, 8th = 6, 9th = 4, 10th = 2, all finishers get 1 point.
New this year is the team team competition! Create or join a team at registration or register and come back and create or modify your team. Three types of teams: female, male, and coed. Each team can have up to four members. Coed is two male and two females. Fastest team cumulative time at the end of the third stage on Sunday is the winner. Create a team even if you don't have four members for fun. There may be prizes for most festive!
If you’re looking for an indoor place to stay, the City Center Motel, the perfect place for cyclists 1. because of the fabulous accommodations and 2. along with the fact that you’ll likely see Keyvin at our races– he’s a wealth of knowledge about local roads and trails. City Center Motel is right in Downtown Missoula, where you’ll want to be when you’re not on your bike or in the mountains.
Not only is Bjorn, owner of Big Sky Brewery, hosting us on his property for the ride venue, onsite camping and trailer camping is also allowed. Please signup during registration. There will be portapotties and some running potable water but no RV hookups.
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