Montana Gravel Challenge

Fri April 16 - Sun April 18 Huson, MT 59846 US Directions

The Montana Gravel Challenge is back for 2021.  It's a 3 stage, 3 day, 2-person team event.  April 16, 17, and 18.  You can only ride with your team of two through out the event.  Competitive Timing and MTCX are proud to bring a return to in person racing in a safe and responsible manner.  We continue to work with the Nine Mile Ranger District, Missoula County Public Works, and the Missoula County Health Department to bring you a return to riding outside.  This event will occur and very few changes if any would be made to the day of plan.  Thanks for the support during the pandemic.  




Zillastate - Big Sky Brewery - The Cycling House 

Dram Shop - Kent Brothers Automotive - Wally and Buck - Grist - City Center Motel





You may participate in the Montana Gravel Challenge solo or with your team; however, you are only allowed to ride with your teammate. We will produce a list of individual results each day but emphasize the daily team results. 

Team results will be split between male, female, and coed. Cumulative team time will be used to sort the team results. Therefore the team with the lowest combined time will top the results per each days results.

COVID Precautions

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COVID-19 - The event will be run as a two person time trial for all stages so you can ride with someone in your personal COVID bubble.

No drafting other teams. Teams are not allowed to ride within 6 feet of other teams out on the course while passing and must not draft (provide at least 3 bike lengths or 22 ft)  Pass on the left and make your presence known by yelling passing or on your left.

Max number of people at the start/finish is 20 at a time and starting times assigned will control this.  Teams will be assigned a starting time a week before the event for each stage.

Arrive into the starting area no more than 30 minutes prior to your starting time for each stage and please leave within 30 minutes of finishing.

Masks are required in the parking lot, start/finish area, and visiting aid stations (you need to ride with a mask in your pocket). 

Aid stations will have two volunteers serving packaged food with gloves and masks on.  Please wear your mask while entering the aid-station. Riders need to be self contained and self supported.  There is one aid station, but riders need to be prepared to support themselves mechanically and nutritionally.  There will be very little support out on the course.  We'll have moto sweeps to ensure safety, but we are limiting contact

Rider check in and number pick up will be be available all week, from MTCX HQ. Please wear a mask during checkin.

Start lists and times will be emailed and posted the week before the event.

Total number of participants for each day is limited to 98 per Missoula County Health Requirements.  

No podiums or award ceremonies due to COVID. Any awards will be mailed.

We are in contact with the Missoula County Health Department and Public Works and they are on board with our plan per the county update on 2/18/2021.  



All courses will be fully marked with hours and mileage signs.

MGC 2021 - Stage 1 - Friday - April 16th - First team off 4pm - Out and back 9 mile TT - 31.3 miles - 1,321 feet of climbing - MAP LINK

MGC 2021 - Stage 2 - Saturday - April 17th - First team off 9am - Southside Road - 57.2 miles - 2,225 feet of climbing - MAP LINK


MGC 2021 - Stage 3 - Sunday - April 18th - First team off 9am - Roubaix Circuit 4 laps - 45.6 miles - 2,000 feet of climbing - MAP LINK




All finishers get an official Montana Gravel Challenge medal and hat.  All finishers are entered in the raffle for a Ritchey Swiss Cross Disc Frame donated by MTCX.  One stocked aid station per stage, all Skratch products, fully packaged. 

Female Duo Category - top 3 for the omnium get prizes, mailed

Male Duo Category - top 3 for the omnium get prizes, mailed

Coed Duo Category - top 3 for the omnium get prizes, mailed

Scoring - Your team of two riders times are added together for each stage and that is your "team time" and gives you a place within your category.  

Stage Scoring: 1st = 20, 2nd = 18, 3rd = 16, 4th = 14, 5th, 12, 6th = 10, 7th = 8, 8th = 6, 9th = 4, 10th = 2, all finishing teams get 1 point.

For all stages all riders will also be included in an individual list of results.

No individual stage podiums or awards.



In the event a spot becomes available, we will fill it from the waitlist. We will go down the waitlist in order first come, first served by when you signed up for the waitlist. 

18450 Six Mile Road
Huson, MT US 59846
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The Montana Gravel Challenge is hosted by Competitive Timing and MTCX Events.  We could not put this event on without the support and energy of our tremendous sponsors.  Please frequent their businesses and let them know how much you appreciate them supporting local bike events.


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