How Beartooth Challenge Supports Our Riders
Training and Fundraising
If you’re a cyclist then you know what it means to have to get used to the seat you’re riding on for a few hours at a time. If you’re new to the cycling sport then you definitely want to get some miles in to get the legs and rear-end ready. You will want to explore opportunities to train before the Beartooth Challenge ride. Organized events that include substantial climbing will be very helpful. Search your area of the country for such events and sign up to ride them which will help with your personal training effort.
Part of what we do at The Beartooth Challenge is raise money to support our troops. If you’re new to the fundraising effort and want to get some tips and tricks on how best to approach your potential donors, be sure to jump over to the fundraising link. There you’ll find good ideas that will help guide you towards a successful fundraising effort!
SAG, Mechanical, & Food
SAG Check-In Process
Rider safety is a major priority for our ride. To ensure everyone is accounted for and nobody gets left behind, we have a rider check-in process implemented. It will be your responsibility to ensure that you check in with the SAG Support personnel at each and every stop. Notify them by Rider Number which is located on your bag and bike tags (given to you prior to the ride). This includes morning departure, all rest stops, lunch and arrival. There will be a SAG Support representative conveniently located at each of these stops and it is critical that you check in with them. If someone doesn’t check in it may be necessary to double back and look for them. So even if you don’t plan to spend time at a particular location you will need to stop and check in.
There is no mechanical support during the ride, so riders are expected to have their bikes prepared and “ready-to-ride”, and to be capable of repairing their own flat tires, oiling their own chains, and inflating their own tires; but there is always the chance of a broken chain, broken spokes, broken cables, and other mechanical issues that require a mechanic and special tools to repair.
You are encouraged to put a bag on your bike to carry a spare tube or two, tire ‘irons’, chain oil, and a small pump for yourself. Check out the gear guide link to find other possible gear.
Rest assured, you are never alone. Other riders are always ready and willing to help with minor maintenance and flat tires.
You can expect that every time you stop along the ride (if only to enjoy the view), every rider that passes will ask if “you’re good?” or if you need any help.
There is a bike shop in Red Lodge that can provide the supplies and repair services if needed. The Spoke Wrench, 412 North Broadway Avenue Suite Five, Red Lodge, MT 59068
Phone: (406) 446-0336.
Just when you thought you were going to have to squish a few bananas and sandwiches in your jersey pocket, rest assured there will be plenty of snacks available at each rest stop! There will be one rest stop on each day, approximately half way along the route. Of course, if you are into prepping with electrolyte supplements, snack bars, goo or other types of ride snacks, go for it! But each day as we ride, there will be lunch stops and check points that provide meals and snack opportunities along the way.
Lodging and Meals Options
Red Lodge Hotels
- Quality Inn (now Comfort Inn)
612 North Broadway
Red Lodge, MT 59068
Rate = $96 (single), $115 (double) – before July 1, 2020
25 room block
“The Beartooth Challenge”
- Holiday Inn Cody at Buffalo Bill Village
1701 Sheridan Ave
Cody, WY 82414
1 307 587-5555
- Comfort Inn at Buffalo Bill Village Resort
1601 Sheridan Ave
Cody, WY, 82414-382
Cooke City Hotels
- Cooke City Alpine
105 East Main Street, PO Box 1085
Cooke City, MT 59020
- Soda Butte Lodge
210 East Main Street – P.O Box 1119
Cooke City, MT 59020
Registration Fee Breakdown
$95 REGISTRATION FEE
1. PRE-RIDE DINNER FOR 3 DAY RIDE.
2. OFFICIAL COMMEMORATIVE BEARTOOTH CHALLENGE JERSEY.
3. OFFICIAL BEARTOOTH CHALLENGE FINISHER MEDAL.
4. BAG TRANSPORT FOR 3 DAY RIDE.
5. REST STOPS AND SAG SUPPORT FOR 3 DAY RIDE.
6. END OF RIDE CELEBRATION DINNER.
Shipping Your Bike to Red Lodge, MT
You will need to input some basic information to determine the cost for shipping. Below is an example of the shipping cost from Maryland to Montana. The web site also has information on how to disassemble parts of your bike and pack it for shipping.
We suggest you obtain a bike shipping box from your local bike retailer and use that to pack your bike. You may also want your local bike shop to pack your bike for you, and they may be willing to have it picked up for shipping, which is an additional charge. Your bike can then be shipped to your hotel in Red Lodge:
Quality Inn, now Comfort Inn, 612 North Broadway, Red Lodge, MT 59068 406 446-4469;
OR, it can be shipped to the local bike shop in Red Lodge:
The Spoke Wrench, 412 North Broadway Avenue Suite Five, Red Lodge, MT 59068 (406) 446-0336.
Either way, you should call the hotel or the bike shop to notify them that your bike is being shipped to them.
If you ship to The Spoke Wrench, you can make arrangements with them to re-assemble your bike so it is ready to ride when you arrive in Red Lodge. Obviously, this comes with a charge and you will need to make a payment in advance or when you arrive to get your bike. It might be wise to have your bike arrive a few days in advance of the ride so you know it will be there when the ride starts on Friday, September 6th.
Shipping Cost Example
FROM: Germantown, MD
TO: Red Lodge, MT
DELIVERY BY: Drop off at Carrier (FedEx)
DROP OFF DATE: August 29, 2019
TYPE OF CONTAINER: Bike Shipping Box from Retailer
DIMENSIONS: L = 52”, W=9”, H = 29”, Weight = 44 LBs
DELIVERY TIME: 4 days, so arrival on September 4, 2019
COST: approximately $100 to Red Lodge, MT
RETURN COST: approximately $100 one way to Germantown, MD
Taking Your Bike On The Plane
If you choose to pack your bike and take it on the plane, you need to read this infor-mation from Delta Airlines. They have eliminated the added baggage fee for sports equipment as long as the bag or bike box meets their limitations.
Here is a link to the Sports Equipment baggage limitations on Delta Airlines.
Essentially, if your bike is packed in a Bike Shipping box, and weighs less than 50 pounds, and the box has a linear total of less than 115 inches (length+width+height) then standard baggage fees apply.