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!
On the Ride
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
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.
After the Ride
Post Ride Celebrations
Post Ride Dinner is in Cody, WY – location TBD
Taking Bike on Plane
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.
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.