Garden City Gravel

Sat July 9 - Sat September 10 Missoula, MT 59802 US Directions
Events
Place
5250 Marshall Canyon Road
Missoula, MT US 59802
Schedule

 

RIDE UPDATES 9/6/22

Hello Riders!

Garden City Gravel - Holloman Saddle is this Saturday September 10th from Marshall Mountain, 5250 Marshall Canyon Road.

*Friday
Number and shirt pickup 4:30-7:30pm
*Saturday
Number and shirt pick up 7-8am
Elite & Recreation start 8am

COURSE AND FINISH
It's a unique twist on a Missoula Classic gravel route.  We will start with 13 miles of neutral, escorted, ride through Missoula.  Grab breakfast, catch up with old friends.  Near Linda Vista golf course the ride is live.  You head up Miller Creek and climb to Holloman Saddle.  There you are greeted by the R1K aid station and that is the top of the KOM/QOM.  The best views come next, with rolling to descending terrain.  Then comes the hand crushing descent.  High consequence corners and really rough terrain down to Aid Station #3 on the river.  Frontage road to Turah, and then visit Aid Station #4. Followed by the Crystal Creek gravel section which is punchy and rough.  Turn on to Deer Creek and then some busy streets up the final ciimb to finish at the base area in Marshall (next to the lodge).

SUPPORT AND AID STATIONS
There will be 3 support vehicles on course.  We can provide assistant and medical support.  They are stocked with pre filled bottles, other water, skratch products, stinger waffles, hammer gels, and a variety of bars.  There will also be a floor pump and extra tubes at these stations.
AID 1 - Mile 21
AID 2 - Mile 32.6
AID 3 - Mile 43
AID 4 - Mile 54.7

FUN STUFF AND PODIUMS
- All riders get a summer fishing shirt or t-shirt
- All finishers receive the custom High Above medical kits
- Top 3 overall and age groups in the elite heats will be honored.
- One KOM/QOM on offer via strava (also signed on course, enduro style) top 3 in each honored.
- Post race party with free Big Sky Brewery Beer and grill out with Wally and Buck proteins
- Pre race Black Coffee and Grist treats
- Prize money for elite heat handed out after Holloman Saddle 9/10 event.

Let me know what questions you have, I'm happy to answer.  Thank you for attending.  Next update will be Friday AM.

Best,
Shaun
406-544-5270

 

 

Day Before Race: 

4:30 PM -7:30 PM-- Packet Pick Up Ride HQ 5250 Marshall Canyon Road

Race Day:

7:00 AM-- Packet Pick & On-Site Registration, GRIST treats and Black Coffee

8:00 AM-- Mass start elite and recreation divisions

12:00 PM-- Post Ride BBQ & Podium

2:00pm - Estimated Podium time

Description

 

What's Included:

- Long sleeve shirt

- Post race meal

- Vehicle Support

- Fully stocked aid stations

- All Finishers receive a High Above custom pouch

- Elite division - top 3 age group medals, 18 and under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79

- One KOM's/QOM's per event - Strava Based - top 3 male and top 3 female

In Montana, we're lucky to have thousands of miles of gravel roads, winding through forests, around lakes, and up mountains. In fact, 76% of roads in the state are unpaved, which means, when in Montana, you ride gravel. This inaugural series takes riders on two off-the-beaten-path roads, over passes, through elk and moose habitat, in forests laden with huckleberries and the kind of gravel you dream about-- not too smooth, to make it road-like, not too rocky, to make it more apt for mountain bikes, but just the right mixture of dirt, rock, and adventure.

Our first of the two rides, July 9, 2022, takes riders up scenic 9 Mile Road in Huson, past fields with wide views of the surrounding mountains. This part of the road is a familiar ride to locals, but returning on West 9 Mile Road is a new experience for out-of-towners and locals alike.

The second ride, September 10, 2022, leads up and over Holloman Saddle; it's one of those rides where you know the riders who have done it, because they can't help but bring it up when you're having that conversation of "what epic rides have you done in Missoula?"  The ride starts and finishes at Marshall Mountain.  In the morning we'll  complete 13 miles of neutral group riding through the city of Missoula.

We have two categories for these rides, to offer something for every gravel adventurer out there. Our Elite category is for those looking for all-out effort and pace-- pro's and local racers who want to give it their all and see where they stand. Recreation is for those who want to ride for the experience of a supported gravel ride on beautiful roads in Montana. 

Missoula is a really special place. With a population under 100k, we live and recreate in the land of wolverines, bears, wolves, and moose. In the winter, we often have elk, moose, and mountain lions traveling within city limits. In the summer, we are one of the most popular destinations for fishing, backpacking, and all-around adventuring. MTCX lives for adventuring, specifically by skis and by bikes. Our trail systems and roads offer countless adventures, and after each we come back to the welcoming community of Missoula to enjoy great food, drinks, and music, most likely with a "hello" with the establishment's owners who also partake in adventuring of some kind. We pride ourselves in being a welcoming and inclusive community, two of the values we hold close to our heart at MTCX. If you're a Missoulian, you know what we're talking about, and if you're not, we would love for you to visit and experience it for yourselves. 

 

Courses

9/10 - Garden City Gravel - Holloman Saddle - INTERACTIVE MAP LINK

NOTE - First 13 miles of this event are neutral, with and escort.

- Start - equals Marshall Mountain Parking lot
- Mile 0 - 13 - neutral riding through downtown Missoula as a group
- Mile 21 - Aid Station - Five Valleys Land Trust
- Mile 27.3 - Start of KOM
- Mile 32.6 - Aid Station - Top of KOM - Party Stop
- Mile 43 - Aid Station - Van by the River
- Mile 54 - Aid Station - Last Chance Dance
- Finish - Marshall Mountain

 

 

7/9 - Garden City Gravel - Westside 9 Mile - INTERACTIVE MAP LINK

 

 

 

Missoula

If you're looking for a place to stay, our friends Keyvin and Jackie own the City Center Motel, the perfect place for cyclists to stay 1. because of the fabulous accommodations and 2. along with the fact that you'll likely see Keyvin at our races-- he's a wealth of knowledge about local roads and trails. City Center Motel is right in Downtown Missoula, where you'll want to be when you're not on your bike or in the mountains. Check out our "Where to Stay" tab for info on how to get discounted rates for the days of the events. 

Missoula is a really special place. With a population under 100k, we live and recreate in the land of wolverines, bears, wolves, and moose. In the winter, we often have elk, moose, and mountain lions within city limits. In the summer, we are one of the most popular destinations for fishing, backpacking, and adventuring. MTCX lives for adventuring, specifically by skis and by bikes. Our trail systems and roads offer countless adventures, and after each we come back to the great community of Missoula to enjoy great food, drinks, and music, most likely with a "hello" with the establishment's owners who also partake in adventuring of some kind. If you're a Missolian, you know what we're talking about, and if you're not, we would love for you to visit and see for yourselves. 

Wally & Bucks is the go-to Montana Burger stop; their burgers are made with Local Oxbow Cattle Co. beef and keep their other ingredients as local as possible. Black Coffee and Grist Milling & Bakery is our morning stop on race-day, Dram Shop is our go-to post-race hang out, and Downtown Missoula and the Hip Strip have a myriad of shops and cafes to interest all. The carousel is always fun for all ages, and watching surfers on Brennan's Wave on the Higgins Bridge is a great way to pass the time as you work on your ice cream from Big Dipper. Missoula's a great vacation spot, and an even better spot to get in some amazing miles on the bike. Welcome!

“It seems to me Montana is a great splash of grandeur. The scale is huge but not overpowering. The land is rich with grass and color, and the mountains are the kind I would create if mountains were ever put on my agenda.” – John Steinbeck

KOM/QOM Competition

One KOM/QOM,  Strava Based so you must upload at the conclusion of your ride.  Top 3 male and female for both climbs.  

 

9/10 HOLLOMAN

HOLLOMAN CLIMB TO SADDLE - Strava link

 

7/9 NINE MILE

MOOSE KOM - Strava link

BEAR KOM - Strava link

Prizes/Results

Series Scoring for Elite Riders Category:

We will be scoring both events for a series top-five podium. Total prize purse for top 5 Women and Men Elite racers is $1,000 cash, thanks to Big Sky Brewing.  Series Payout: 1st = $450, 2nd = $250, 3rd = $150, 4th = $100, 5th = $50

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

Tie breaker is who finished higher at the 9/10 Holloman Event

All riders will also be included in an individual list of results for each stage.

Podiums and prizes for top 5 women and men post-race.  Age group categories for individual elite events, top 3.

18 and under 

19-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

60-69

70-79

 

Where to Stay

City Center Motel, one of our beloved sponsors, has graciously blocked off rooms for Garden City Gravel Participants. If you’re looking for an indoor place to stay, the City Center Motel, the perfect place for cyclists 1. because of the fabulous accommodations and 2. along with the fact that you’ll likely see Keyvin at our races– he’s a wealth of knowledge about local roads and trails. City Center Motel is right in Downtown Missoula, where you’ll want to be when you’re not on your bike or in the mountains. You can call and ask to book one of the rooms for MTCX’s Garden City Gravel, or you can reserve online here and use the access code MTCX for one our special rate rooms.

We’ll also have rooms blocked off at the Motel 6 in Downtown Missoula, as well. Details to come.

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

COURSE PHOTOS
Sponsors
GCGS Training Series

Montana Gravel Training Series

Six free training rides, one per month, from March through August, presented by MTCX. Each ride is a different, iconic Montana route. These will be no-drop rides, with a lead and sweep to keep everyone safe and make sure the ride is enjoyed by all! This training series will have you in prime shape for the Garden City Gravel Series, and will get you out to new places, making new connections with other gravel cyclists in Western Montana. Each ride will meet in the morning, and will return late afternoon. Plan on bringing your own food and water; groups will stop at gas stations if they're available. Participate in all 6 rides and get a free entry to the Holloman Saddle Garden City Gravel Race. All routes are subject to change at leader's discretion. 

Missoula to Roubaix Loop
March 13, 2022.
9AM Meet @ MTCX HQ, 837 Woody Street
Lead: Shaun
Sweep: Meghann
72 miles, 1,848' gain

Petty Creek Loop
April 10, 2022.
9AM Meet @ MTCX HQ, 837 Woody Street
Lead: Brian
Sweep: Jenna
82 miles, 2,549' gain

Garnet Ghost Town Trip
May 22, 2022. 
9AM Meet @ MTCX HQ, 837 Woody Street
Lead: Shaun
Sweep: Jenna
90 miles, 4,183' gain

Elk Meadows Loop
June 19, 2022.
9AM Meet @ MTCX HQ, 837 Woody Street
Lead: Meghann & Jenna
Sweep: Brian
55 miles, 4,380' gain

8-Mile Saddle
July 17, 2022.
Lead: Shaun
Sweep: Meghann
75 miles, 4,293' gain

Missoula to Seeley, Point to Point
August 21, 2022.
9AM Meet @ MTCX HQ, 837 Woody Street
Lead: Shaun
Sweep: Jenna
58 miles, 4,971' gain

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