Wheel in the Sky

Wheel in the Sky

Orem, Tina
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Nothing says summertime like a bike ride, although your road rash, saddle butt, and helmet hair may say otherwise. Regardless, bust out the lycra and participate in some of these bike-centered events. Your butt will hate you by September.

Get ready to kick it this season with Team Luna Chix Montana's mountain bike clinic on Saturday, June 27. The group's Wednesday night mountain bike rides will also help you train, and because they're from 6 to 8 pm, they'll help take the edge off of work, too. Check out lunachixmt.com for more. The Bozeman Bike Kitchen's weekly maintenance clinics are also a great help if you don't know how to change out parts or take care of your bike. Go to Bozemanbikekitchen.org for the schedule.

One of the first big rides of the season is the Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club's Willow Creek Wanderer, which is a 65+-mile ride from Jackrabbit Lane out to Churchill, Manhattan, Three Forks, and back on June 21. GVBC also sponsors another 60-mile ride along highway 294 on July 11. For more information or visit gallatinvalleybicycleclub.org.

July 12 hosts the Bohart Bash, one of the area's biggest mountain bike races, at Bohart Ranch. The challenging singletrack course is hilly but a blast. Five categories fit all kinds of riders, including beginners and kids. Call 580-6576 for more information.

Another popular annual ride is Blazing Saddles, now in its eighth year. On July 18, hundreds of riders will start in Livingston, go over Bozeman Pass, through Wilsall and Clyde Park, and back to Livingston. Do the century, the 65-miler, the 45-miler, or the 30-mile family ride. All levels are welcome, and there is a sag wagon. The ride is GVBC's big fund-raising event for kids with cancer. Visit payden.org for more info.

If you like a little water with your ride, add a swim (and a run) to it with the Xterra Wild Horse Creek Triathlon on July 26 in Hyalite Canyon. There's also a short course, and you might think about camping there while you're at it. Visit bigskytri.com for more info.

Tour de Bozeman ("The Last Best Bike Race") is also a hot ticket, with its $5,000 cash prize. This two-day, three-stage omnium is July 25-26 and is for road riders who like to ride hard. The course blows through Spring Hill, Battle Ridge, and downtown. Visit tourdebozeman.com for all the details. Tour de Chico is a less intense 40+-mile ride on August 2 with an optional lunch at Chico Grill. Visit gallatinvalleybicycleclub.org for more.

Hundred-milers look forward to the annual 3 Rivers Century, which is on August 22 this year. The race actually offers three options: a full century, a metric century, or a one-third century. Visit gallatinvalleybicycleclub.org for more.

August 29 is the big Eagle Mount Biking with the Eagles fund-raiser. The 10-mile, 45-mile, or 60-mile loop is a bike-a-thon that raises money for Eagle Mount and its special-needs recreation programs.

If those rides haven't kicked your butt by the end of August, then make sure your butt is extra padded for the annual Park-2-Park Montana ride September 7-11. Cyclists pedal about 400 miles is a cross-state trek from St. Mary to Gardiner. Profits support CASA Montana. Visit park2parkmontana.org for more info.

This is just a sampling of the rides out there. There's pretty much at least one ride going on every week all summer, so be sure to check the Outside Bozeman online calendar (outsidebozeman.com/calendar.php) for the full list.
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