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.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
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 email@example.com if you would like me to send them to you electronically.
Friday, August 10, 2012
There are two options:
- You can rent a spot for $50 or
- If you have your own spot, tracking is $20
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
- Any sort of Bike but the 29er hardtails handle the rough roads best while loaded down.
- A custom frame bag from Hamilton Threadworks
- A Viscacha seat bag from Revelate Designs
- Sleeping Bag (I’m using a light weight 40 degree bag right now)
- Lightweight Bivy sack (I skipped this knowing the skies were clear)
- Sleeping Pad
- Long under wear top and bottom for sleeping (nice to get the clammy chamois off)
- Hat and gloves
- Thin down jacket
- Headlamp and Bearspray
- PBR and Donuts
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
I am going to share links to the GPX files on MapMyRide. Once you click on the link for each section, you should be able to download the GPX file on the right side of the page under Map Info. In order to download the file, you'll need to Log In and/or Register. It is free to register (although they have paid memberships that allow you to print maps if you want). I am working on cue sheets this week.
Section 1: Victor to France
Section 2: France to St. Anthony
Section 3: St. Anthony to Dubois
Section 4: Dubois to Montana Border
Section 5: Montana Border to Bloody Dick Road (yup, that's what's it's called!)
Section 6: Bloody Dick to Foothills Road
Section 6.2: Jackson to Foothills Road Reroute
Section 7: Foothills to SH 472
Section 8: SH 472 to Skalkaho Rd
Please note this section was ridden by JayP and I tried to create this route from the large GPS file of his ride. It therefore may not be exact, but Jay says the cue sheet for this section works just fine. Unfortunately neither MapMyRide nor Google Maps have this fire road on their system. I will get all the cue sheets up shortly.
Section 9: Skalkaho Rd to Hamilton
Sections 8 and 9 may not match up perfectly at their respective ending and starting points.
The Whole Thing:
This is the whole route except the section from SH 472 to Skalkaho Road has a straight line section (that's Section 8).
Enjoy! We can't wait to see all you folks at the start!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
In addition, he rode some of the sections which we hadn't quite worked out the correct route, namely the section between St. Anthony and Dubois. As a result of this second trip into the sand dunes north of St. Anthony we have figured out a simpler route (with fewer gates to open and close) to Dubois.
Brandon said the route was incredibly beautiful and very isolated. There are very long stretches between towns and resupply points. While there are streams along the route, many have active cattle grazing, so be prepared either with lots of water or a water purification filter system you trust to handle streams with cows in them. And smaller towns like Jackson, Montana have quite limited services and stores. You'll need to plan appropriately.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
- The route is an amazing diverse set of roads. Flat open terrain, rolling desert feel, mountain forests, dry and arid sections, as well as running water ways make up the landscape equally.
- Little pavement and lots of gravel road.
- There seems to be plenty of water on route but not pubic faucets; bring filter of sorts or plan to hump a lot from source to source. The main supply areas will be Dubois, ID and Jackson MT.
- The first and second half of the route are 2 different animals in resupply as well as terrain challenges. First half being that open flatter type terrain and the second half being that mountain terrain.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Scott told me there are a few straight line sections because the software didn't have the trails and roads on their system - this will make these sections a bit longer than the simple connect the dots Scott did. He thinks the ride will be about 384 miles total.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Thanks for the link and the photos Chad! The northern part of the Fitz-Barn is going to be beautiful! And challenging with all the climbing!
Monday, May 14, 2012
|Trestle Bridge on Tetonia-Ashton Rail Trail|
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The suggested route covers approximately 350 miles of rail trails, country roads, gravel back roads, two-tracks and singletrack. The terrain is incredibly varied and beautiful starting in the rolling hills in the heart of potato growing country in eastern Idaho, forges through a sand dune/sage brush desert north of Saint Anthony, climbs over the 7684 foot high Bannock Pass in the beautiful Beaverhead Mountains and descends into the Bitterroot Valley and into Hamilton, Montana.
Riders are responsible for their own safety and navigation as well as providing everything they need during the ride including food, water, spare clothing and mechanical support. No overnight hotels or tents are provided - riders will need to bring their own sleep systems and be prepared to bivy along the route. There are some towns along the route that will have provisions, but much of the suggested route is in remote and/or rural areas of Idaho and Montana where there is little traffic or availability of assistance. Solid navigation skills will be required.
- A full suggested route with a full GPS track and cue sheet;
- Information about a gathering to be held Thursday, August 16 before the ride in Victor;
- Post ride party in Hamilton;
- Photos of the route.