September 5th 2023
103,000'+ of climbing
ABOUT MONTANA BIKE ODYSSEY
Montana Bike Odyssey is a fixed route, self-supported, single stage, mixed surface cycling race that starts and finishes in Bozeman Montana. The route covers approximately 1,065 miles of gravel and just under 700 miles of remote paved county roads and bicycle paths. With over 100,000 feet of climbing and descending, this route incorporates many of the mountain passes worth peddling in Montana. The first 1,000 miles are spent west of the Continental Divide, with forests of conifers, sustained climbs, and long descents. The second half the route drops east of it, where it becomes stark and vast, entering an area of wide-open skies with rolling climbs, heading down the plains toward the canyons of the Missouri River. Towns are scattered along the route, mostly welcoming ranching and farming communities. Everything from one-street, one-bar towns to the seemingly big cities of Missoula and Great Falls. Many times, it’s remote, passing through lonely and isolated stretches of national forest, offering access to endless wildlife and solitude. A true Odyssey.
The route shares 395 miles with the Tour Divide race route along two separate sections, including a push UP the infamous Fleecer Ridge track.
Expect to experience all that the vast and diverse landscapes of the "Big Sky State" has to offer on this epic and challenging route.
“I am in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection, but with Montana it is love, and it's difficult to analyze love when you're in it.” John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America
Race Start- September 5, 2023
Registration Opens Jan. 3rd 2023
50 Riders Max.
Starts and Finishes in Bozeman Montana
"Big Sky Country"
"The Last Best Place"
1,746 Miles, Mixed Surface
Over 103,000' of climbing
Fixed route - Single stage