Garden City Gravel Series

Sat July 9 - Sat September 10, 2022 Huson, MT 59846 US Directions
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Events

GCGS: West 9 Mile 7/9

$75
Events: West 9 Mile (Elite) West 9 Mile (Recreation)

GCGS: Holloman Saddle 9/10

$75
Events: Holloman Saddle (Elite) Holloman Saddle (Recreation)

Season Pass: Garden City Gravel Series, 7/9 & 9/10

$125
Events: West 9 Mile & Holloman (Elite) West 9 Mile & Holloman (Recreation)
Place
18450 Six mile road
Huson, MT US 59846
Schedule

Day Before Race: 

4:30 PM -7:30 PM-- Packet Pick Up, Camping Check In at Ride HQ 18450 Six mile road Huson, MT 59846

Race Day:

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

8:00 AM-- Elite Racers Start

8:05 AM-- Recreation Racers Start

11:00 AM-- Post Ride BBQ & Elite Wave Podiums

Description

 

What's Included:

- Camping

- Long sleeve shirt

- Socks

- 3 meals, dinner, breakfast, lunch

- Vehicle Support

- Fully stocked aid station and brunch on the route

- Recreation division - finishers get the bucket hat

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

- 25 item raffle post ride

- Two KOM's Added - 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?

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. 

 

KOM Competition

Two KOM's on offer.  Both will be Strava Based so you must upload at the conclusion of your ride.  Top 3 male and female for both climbs.  Moose and Bear!

 

MOOSE KOM

BEAR KOM

Courses

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

 

 

9/10 - Garden City Gravel - Holloman Saddle - 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

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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