Targhee Trippin'

Targhee Trippin'

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England, Mike

What Bozemanite doesn't look forward to a Targhee road trip? Whether it's skiing in the winter or a summer music festival, that Saturday-morning drive south just feels right. Throw in some brand-new mountain-biking terrain this summer and you’ve got a weekender's paradise. Here's what’s happening at Grand Targhee this season. (More info on all events at grandtarghee.com; music festival tickets at ticketweb.com.)

[Editor's note: the following dates are for Summer 2009.]

July 4
WYDAHO Cross-Country Bike Race. This single-track circuit race features a cross-country course of different lengths for expert, intermediate, beginner, and kids (6-12) divisions, with a starting elevation of 8,000 feet.

July 17-19
Fifth Annual Targhee Music Festival. Great music by Gov't Mule, Jackie Green, Johnny Lang, the Wallflowers, and more at this three-day event. Food, activities, and a laid-back, fun-loving atmosphere make this a happenin' precursor to the bluegrass festival in August.

August 1
Targhee Downhill MTB Race. Expert and sport divisions race the Buffalo Drop Trail and the new Sticks-N-Stones trail.

August 15
Pierre's Hole 50 & 100 Mile MTB Race. This endurance race follows a 25-mile, single- and double-track loop with over 4,000 feet of climbing on each lap. Solo riders or two-person teams, with a 200-rider limit.

August 21-23
22nd Annual Targhee Bluegrass Festival. A veritable who's-who of fiddle-playin', banjo-pickin' talent, this classic Rocky Mountain event is a permanent part of most Bozemanites' summer calendars. Yonder Mountain String Band, the John Cowan Band, Railroad Earth, the Wilders, and many more pile into the Teton Valley for one of the best musical gatherings of the year.

August 29-30
24 Hours of Grand Targhee MTB Race. Third annual 24-hour mountain-bike race in the heart of the Tetons. Solo or team format. $1,000 cash prize for first place, male/female solo, and male/female two-person team. Mostly single-track, with some double-track and roads in each 7.3-mile loop. With 800 vertical feet of climbing per loop, this race rigorous, challenging race is one your legs and lungs will not soon forget.

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