Cycle Touring and Mountain Biking
There are plenty of opportunities for touring and mountain biking, from Glacier Park to the Pryor Mountains. Missoula is home to the Adventure Cycling Association (150 E. Pine, 800/755-2453, www.adventurecycling.org), a touring organization and advocacy group for cyclists. They lead rides across the state and the nation, and can answer questions regarding routes and conditions. Bozeman is another center for biking, especially mountain biking.
Leading local bike shops are usually noted in the text, and their staff members can offer plenty of good advice and route ideas. Many shops carry route maps showing local trails. Most National Forests have developed information and maps for mountain bikers, and ranger stations are another good place to seek advice.
In general, cyclists need to remember two things: Montana is a very big place, and it’s a long way between towns, especially in eastern and central Montana. Weather is another consideration. Summer can be a short season, and inclement weather can blow in quickly. Also, much of Montana is windy.
The state Department of Transportation (406/444-9273, www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/bikeped) offers information for cyclists. It can provide information on the suitability of specific roads and on road-repair schedules.
© W.C. McRae & Judy Jewell from Moon Montana, 7th Edition