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This is a Bikin’ town – Events to choose from

Seems like there is lots to offer if you enjoy cycling in Great Falls.
MTB Race – Sunday, August 23rd
USA Cycling sanctioned event.  Part of the Montana Off-Road Series (MORS)

Race Location:  Lewis and Clark Overlook parking lot (East most end of Giant Springs Road)
Race Start: Cat 3 (beginners) starts at 8:00 am. Cat 2 (intermediate) & Cat 1(Advanced) to follow.
Race day registration allowed: Adults $40, Youth/Juniors, $35.  Sign up before race day and save $10.
    Cat 1 (Advanced), Cat 2 (intermediate), Cat 3 (beginner).   Also:  Youth/Juniors Event after adult races (<18 yrs old)
**Cat 1 racers require an annual USAC license.   All other racers need an annual license or a 1 day pass from USAC.
Expo – Saturday, August 22nd
    Time:  10 am – 1 pm    

    Location:  Heritage Picnic Area (4600 Giant Springs Road)
Scheels, Knickerbiker, and Big Horn Outdoor Specialists will have Road and Mountain bikes to trial / Demo.  There will be gear to review and check out, a Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic and free Bike Fit Evaluations – Mountain and Road Bikes. There will ALSO be guided tours of the North and South Shore Trails!! Tours will leave between 7 & 7:30 AM prior to the Expo. Plus snacks, beverages, give-aways, and more!

This event only happens a couple times a year; ride, run, walk across Cochrane Dam!  The Dam will be open for the public to cross from 8 am to 4 pm on Saturday, August 22nd.  There are multiple ways to enjoy this event. You can access the Dam from Rainbow Trailhead at the end of Rainbow Dam Rd and take a leisurely bike ride to the Dam, about 2.5 miles to the Dam. At that point you can relax on the Dam and take in the views and head back to your vehicle. If you are a little more adventurous you can take the single track from Rainbow Trailhead, medium difficulty and about 4 miles.  


If you are wanting a full day adventure, park your vehicle on the South Shore trailhead, Lewis and Clark Overlook and take one of the many trails along the South Shore to Cochrane Dam, cross it and then head to Rainbow Trailhead on the North Shore. Remember to set up a shuttle!


This event made possible through Montana State Parks, Giant Springs State Park, NorthWestern Energy, Recreational Trails Inc, City of Great Falls Parks & Recreation, Race Montana, Great Falls Bicycle Club and the Central Montana Trails Group.

Every Wednesday MTB Ride6:30 pm, Lewis and Clark Overlook.  No one gets left behind.  Thanks Jared and Henry!

Thursday Road Ride – Meet at 6:00 pm at Knicker Biker.  This moderate to easy paced ride is for anyone who enjoys road biking.  Destination and distance determined by consensus of participants.

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