What is the Fitz-Barn Ride?

The 2014, 3rd Annual, Fitz-Barn is an unsupported ride/race from Fitzgerald's Bicycles in Victor, Idaho to Red Barn Bicycles in Hamilton, Montana.

Approximately 450 miles of dirt and gravel roads, two track, and rail trail. The terrain is varied and beautiful and will include mountain passes, sage brush highlands and everything in between.

Ride through the heart of the Yellowstone Ecosystem and large sections of the Tour Divide Mountain Bike Route.

You are responsible for your own safety, navigation and food throughout the ride. Riders must have the ability to ride long distances without assistance while carrying their own gear and food.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

2014 Date and Route Announced!

Chad and Fitzy have picked a date and decided on a route for 2014!

Date: Friday August 8th, 2014

This year it will be a Fitz to Barn course meaning that riders will depart from Fitzgerald's Bicycles and finish at Red Barn Bicycles.  The course will follow the new route developed in 2013 but never ridden South to North.  There will be some slight variations to contend with the private land issues around Jackson, MT.  More to come on that...

We do have a .gpx file available from 2013 and please email scott<at>FitzgeraldsBicycles.com to get a copy of it.
Disclaimer:  No GPS file of ANY EVENT is perfect.  We fully expect each rider to be capable of navigating the route WITHOUT the assistance of GPS. Maps, compasses, and a good sense of personal responsibility are stressed in this event.  We provide a GPS file to aid in preparation only and take no responsibility for any inaccuracies in the file.  If you expect to show up and navigate the ride with only your GPS, you will be ill prepared!  'Nough said?

This ride is a highlight of the Summer for all who have ridden it.  We hope you can join us in 2014!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Tracking is Live

The majority of riders left Red Barn Bicycles at 6:43am Friday August 9th with two late comers leaving just after 9am.  Be sure to follow all the action LIVE on Track Leaders.

The Fitz-Barn Facebook page will be the place for updates as the race unfolds.

Good luck everyone!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

.GPX File of the 2013 Route

I have the completed 2013 Fitz/Barn route available but I can't seem to figure out how to post it for download.  So, if you want a copy please email me or Chad directly and we can send you one over.  Thanks!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

2013 Route

The 2013 Fitz:Barn/Barn:Fitz Route
Chad and Fitzy have been putting the final details together for this year's route and it looks awesome!  Gone are the long hot sections of Sand Dunes by St Anthony and in their place a classic section of the Tour Divide Route through Lima and Red Rock Pass.  Look for a full GPS track this week so you can plan your ride accordingly.  So far our numbers are coming in at 430 miles.  Perfect!  How many days will it take you?

Friday, February 15, 2013

2013 Start Date is August 9th

Mark your calendars for the start date for the 2nd Fitz-Barn Ride.  This year we are starting from Red Barn Bicycles in Hamilton, MT and will ride to Fitzgerald's Bicycles in Victor, ID.    Ride begins on August 9th!

Now we just need to decide what we are calling this year's ride.  What do you all think?

  • Barn-Fitz
  • Red- Gerald
  • Or do you have a great name for the 2013 edition?  Let's hear it.

We are working on some changes to this year's route, so it will not be an exact reverse route of last year.   Stay tuned for new route information & we can't wait to ride with you again!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Trackleaders Tracking!

The Trackleaders page for Fitz-Barn became active this morning.  Big thanks to Matthew Lee for getting us set up!

Click here to follow your favorite Fitz-Barners.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Jackson/Big Hole Area Reroute

We have a change to the route because of some access issues.   North of Jackson on the original route there was a problem crossing private property from the Big Swamp Creek Road to the Foothills Road.  It involved not only crossing someone's ranch, but also, according to Jay, some bushwacking.

Fortunately we have a solution!   From Jackson, we'll head north on Hwy 278 to the Twin Lakes Road.  At Twin Lakes turn left (west) and take the 2nd right north toward the Rock Creek Road.  At Rock Creek, we'll head west again through the Highland Ranch to Gibbonsville Road.   I have created a GPX file of that section for you to download.


Thanks to Jay and especially to Ron for figuring out this go around and speaking with the landowner to get permission to cross their property!  

Since we are crossing private property let's be extra careful about picking up all our trash, closing any cattle gates we may go through, and being friendly to any folks & animals we may encounter.

I also have cue sheets by sections for anyone who may want them.  They are in PDF files and include maps.   Please shoot me an email at sarahhamiltoncampisi@gmail.com if you would like me to send them to you electronically.