Montana

Glacier Gravel Camp

An off-the-beaten-path mountain adventure
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  • From $2895
  • Location Whitefish, MT
  • Duration 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Rider Level 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Discover the less-traveled, scenic roads of Big Sky Country.

Discover the less-traveled, scenic roads of Big Sky Country.  Ready for an epic backcountry gravel adventure? Join us in Whitefish, Montana, where we’ll show you our favorite routes based on 15 years of pedaling around Big Sky Country. Our home base for the week will be in the quaint little mountain ski town of Whitefish. We’ll ride on mostly smooth, double-track dirt roads in search of that famous champagne gravel. We’ll plunge down fun mountain descents and muscle up challenging climbs along the way.  Expect stunning scenery, serene roads, and perfectly cool riding conditions. To top it all off, a Cycling House chef will prepare you a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Highlights

  • Five days of guided, supported gravel rides in Montana’s backcountry
  • Accommodations at the Viking homes at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake 
  • Chef-prepared, daily meals featuring local Montana produce 
  • Variety of off-pavement routes, including rides on the Great Divide mountain bike route
  • Idyllic early summer or fall riding conditions on quiet, scenic roads
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Food

We prepare family-style meals specifically for endurance athletes, with an emphasis on lean proteins, leafy greens, root veggies and plenty of flavorful side dishes. We work directly with the local community to source regional ingredients whenever possible, which our chefs use to create diverse, interesting dishes inspired from around the world. You can count on us to take care of breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are sure to accommodate all dietary preferences and restrictions.

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Accommodations

Wake up to stunning views of pristine Whitefish Lake and the surrounding mountains at Whitefish Lake Lodge in Northwestern Montana. We rent 2-3 luxury homes within close proximity of one another and use one home for all of our meals. The homes are a short walk from the lake and the main Whitefish Lake Lodge, where you’ll find a coffee dock, tiki bar, pool and hot tub.

ITINERARY

Riders arrive in Montana, and we’ll shuttle to our home base for the week: the Double Arrow Lodge. Our pro mechanics will get to work on fitting riders to rental bikes or building riders’ personal bikes, then we’ll head out on a welcome spin before the trip briefing and dinner.

Today’s Ride:

Arrival day ride: Shorter: 21 miles, 1,100 feet of climbing

Longer: 31 miles, 2,000 feet of climbing

A quick couple of miles on pavement will lead us to the head of Whitefish Lake, which is where the riding gets good! The pavement gives way to gravel, and we continue North to upper Whitefish Lake. The road gradually climbs, and the views of the mountains become more dramatic.  Our turnaround point is Red Meadow Lake, a high alpine mountain lake.

Today’s Ride:

Upper Whitefish & Red Meadow Lake: Out & Back: 52 miles, 3,000 feet of climbing

 

Glacier National Park is one of the most incredible places in the entire world. The park is best known to cyclists for the Going-to-the-Sun Road, but the Outside North Fork Road is the area’s best-kept secret. We will start our ride at the North Fork of the Flathead River and head north towards the Canadian border. Our route passes Polebridge and offers some of the best views of Glacier National Park.

Today’s Ride:

Glacier National Park: Out & Back: 55 miles, 2,600 feet of climbing

 

Today is all about options.  If your legs are feeling tired and ready for an easy day on the bike we will offer a relaxing recovery ride.  For those guests looking for a little more, we will continue into the Whitefish Range drainage of Haskill Basin, and some more gravel adventures. Ultimately everyone will end up back at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake where our Chef will have another delicious lunch prepared for our return.

Today’s Ride:

Valley Ride: Shorter: 38 miles, 2,400 feet of climbing

Recovery Ride: 20 miles, 1,500 feet of climbing

We cap off an amazing week of gravel cycling in Montana with a great point-to-point ride. The route meanders through old-growth forests on pristine gravel roads. We end up near Upper Whitefish Lake, which will be familiar territory. If you feel content, Upper Whitefish Lake will be a great ending point. If you are looking for more, the rest of the ride has a net loss and will take us back to The Lodge at Whitefish Lake.

Today’s Ride:

Whitefish Point to Point: Shorter: 54 miles, 5,600 feet of climbing

Whitefish Point to Point: Long: 77 miles, 6,600 feet of climbing

After breakfast and morning coffee, you can enjoy a travel/rest day to absorb an amazing week of epic gravel riding. We’ll shuttle guests to the Glacier International Airport or local hotels.

Today’s Plan:

Shuttle to Glacier International Airport and local hotels.

DATES & PRICES

DETAILS

What’s Included

  • 5 nights/6 days accommodations at Whitefish Lake Lodge
  • Airport transfers to/from Glacier Park International Airport 
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for 6 days
  • Mechanical support (including bike build and breakdown)
  • Professional trip guides
  • Daily sag support
  • Ride nutrition products
  • High-quality ride photos

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Bike rentals
  • Café stops
  • Gratuity for guides
  • Personal shopping 
  • +$ for single room supplement (depending on availability)

Optional Activities

  • Core/stretching sessions
  • Trail runs or hikes
  • Explore and enjoy the town of Whitefish

Questions?

Have more questions? View our FAQ page or call us at 406-219-1318.
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BIKE OPTIONS

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Rent A Bike

Traveling through the airport with a bike—and paying for it to fly—is not everyone’s idea of a fun way to start a vacation. Fortunately, we offer high-quality, full carbon bikes on all of our trips across the United States and Europe. Want to just show up and ride? Just bring your shoes, pedals, helmet, and saddle (if you want), and rent one of ours.

Available this trip:
cervelo c3 cycling house bike rental
C3 Ultegra
Manufacturer: Cervelo
Type: Road
Cost: $250 / trip
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Bring Your Own

Your bike is yours—we get it. Bringing your own bike has obvious advantages in terms of individual comfort. Before your trip, we suggest getting a tune-up at your local bike shop so it’s ready to roll for your week of riding. Once you arrive, we’ll be sure to have our mechanics build it and help with any necessary tweaks. Check out some helpful resources here:

Shipping your bike

Flying with your bike.

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Skip The Bike

If you or your travel partner want to enjoy the trip and explore a new destination without a bike, drop us a line and we’ll discuss options. Some trips are better suited for non-rider participants than others.

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