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.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

What is the Fitz-Barn Ride?

The Fitz-Barn Ride is an unsupported, group ride from Fitzgerald's Bicycles in Victor, Idaho to Red Barn Bicycles in Hamilton, Montana starting on August 17.

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.

Coming soon:

  • 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.

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