WHAT IS MONTANA BIKE ODYSSEY?
Montana Bike Odyssey is a self supported bicycle race spanning 1,700 miles and over 100,000’ of climbing around Montana (82 miles are in Wyoming)
The route has 755 miles of paved roads. Some sections will have moderate traffic, others are rarely traveled single lane mountain roads.
There are 970 miles of gravel and dirt roads. These roads range from well maintained "hero gravel" to unmaintained dirt roads that could become P.R.E.M (Potentially Race Ending Mud) during long periods of rain or melting snow.
Lastly, there is around 65 miles of paved dedicated bike path, mostly in the Bitterroot Valley between Hamilton and Lolo and 5 miles of single track high up in the Swan Range along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route.
WHY IS IT CALLED AN ODYSSEY
A long series of wanderings or adventures, especially when filled with notable experiences, hardships, etc.
An intellectual or spiritual quest: an odyssey of discovery
By definition an odyssey is an extended adventurous voyage or trip. The MBO is certainly that but there is also a component of discovery, intellectual, physical and spiritual that only days in the saddle immersed in the grandeur of the Montana landscape can provide.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Pair- $250 per rider
$100 for SPOT tracker rental and tracking services
$40 for tracking service (If you already have a SPOT tracker)
WHAT DO I GET FOR THE FEE?
Administrative and Registration costs
Pre-race briefing and safety meeting
GPX file of the Montana Bike Odyssey route
Bear Spray rental
Storage of one small bag and bike box per rider during the race
Montana Bike Odyssey Cap
Montana Bike Odyssey Water Bottle
Special Finishers Gift
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE 2020 MONTANA BIKE ODYSSEY?
If you are interested in riding, please fill out the inquiry form on the HOME page. Once we receive your inquiry, we will email you the race manual, rider agreement, release waiver and a link to Register. Please read all of the information carefully and understand the race procedures before registering.
DO YOU HAVE A REFUND POLICY?
Full refund will be given within 30 days of receiving payment. This gives you time to reflect and determine if you are truly in for this exciting and extremely challenging odyssey.
$175 refunded after 30 days and before August 15th 2020
No refund will be given after August 15th 2020 unless the race needs be to cancelled due State of Montana restrictions related to Covid-19.
WHAT ARE THE RULES?
Borrowing for the majority of self supported bicycle races these 7 simple rules will govern the Montana Bike Odyssey.
Riders must ride from the start to finish following the Montana Bicycle Odyssey GPX route.
No drafting. (Not applicable for paired riders)
All forward travel must be self powered
All riders must maintain evidence of their ride
All riders must know, understand and obey local traffic laws
Ride in the spirit of self reliance and equal opportunity.
BE NICE, you are an ambassador for the sport/lifestyle of bicycling.
WHO ENFORCES THE RULES?
The race directors have the final say if there are major rules infractions. In general, it is your responsibility to follow the rules, be respectful and have fun.
WHAT IS THE RIDER AGREEMENT?
The Rider agreement is a document that each racer must read, understand and sign to take part in this event. It sets out the terms and conditions of entry. A copy of this will be sent to all riders that submit an inquiry. A copy along with the race manual will also be sent to your next of kin.
DO I NEED TO HAVE RACE INSURANCE?
YES. Details regarding the type and limits of required insurance will be available in the Racer Manual. You must provide proof of insurance before you will be allowed to ride
WHY DO I HAVE TO PROVIDE NEXT OF KIN CONTACT INFORMATION?
Riders must submit a next of kin emergency contact. Montana Bike Odyssey will send all next of kin a copy of the rider agreement and the race manual. This is to make sure they understand what an undertaking the rider has signed up for.
DO I NEED ANY QUALIFICATIONS TO ENTER?
NO. There are no formal qualifications required but experience with long distance cycling is beneficial. Do not underestimate the length, terrain and remoteness of the route or Montana’s varied weather conditions. Be prepared and always stay acutely aware of your own limitations
WHAT TYPE OF BIKE AND SIZE TIRES DO YOU RECOMMEND?
Any gravel/adventure bike or hard tail mountain bike running tires with a minimum width of 38 mm, preferably set up tubeless would be our recommendation. In the end, the best bike is the one you have!
For reference, I'll be riding my Niner RLT Steel with 43mm wide Panaracer gravel king tires set up tubeless.
CAN I HAVE A FILM CREW/SPONSOR FOLLOW ME DURING THE RACE?
All media requests must be approved in writing by the Race Directors
IS THERE A TIME LIMIT?
YES. The race officially closes at midnight on September 27th. After that time, riders may continue on their own accord to the finish line. Riders crossing the finish line after the cut-off time will be shown as "Finisher" without a time on the Official results page. Please note that the Beartooth Pass typically closes due to snow by the beginning of November and there is not an alternate route to the finish.
THERE IS A BEAR ON THE LOGO, WILL I ENCOUNTER BEARS DURING THE RIDE?
MAYBE. Both Grizzly and Black bears inhabit large portions of the landscape that the race crosses.
Be aware, familiarize yourself with protocols for travelling and camping in bear country and carry bear spray. Please read the information regarding biking in bear country on the Resources page