Montana

Montana Gravel Camp

An off-the-beaten-path mountain adventure
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  • From $3395
  • Location Ovando, MT
  • Duration 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Rider Level 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

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

Ready for an epic backcountry gravel adventure? Join us in Montana, where we’ll show you our favorite routes based on 20 years of pedaling around Big Sky Country. Our home base for the week is the Cliff Ranch in Ovando, just 45 minutes away from downtown Missoula. 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. This camp includes riding sections of the Great Divide, an over-3,000-mile route that stretches from Canada to Mexico. 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 charming 3,500 acre Cliff Ranch on the edge of the Blackfoot River.
  • Chef-prepared, daily meals featuring local Montana produce 
  • Variety of off-pavement routes, including rides on the Great Divide mountain bike route
  • Idyllic early fall riding conditions on quiet, scenic roads
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Food

We prepare delicious 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.

Montana Gravel Accommodations

Accommodations

Nestled in the heart of the Blackfoot River Valley just 1 hour away from Missoula, the historic Cliff Ranch is the home base for our adventure on two wheels. Enjoy waking up to picturesque mountain and forest views as we take off on our daily rides.

ITINERARY

Riders arrive in Montana, and we’ll shuttle to our home base for the week: the Cliff Ranch. 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: 20 miles, 700 feet of climbing

Longer: 31 miles, 2,000 feet of climbing

Our goal is to find that perfect champagne gravel, and riding in Ovando is our go-to spot for these adventures. Today we’ll tackle a loop route to Ovando (population: 50), a remote historical site on the Lewis and Clark Trail. It’s also home to the scenic Blackfoot River, the inspiration for the movie A River Runs Through It.

Today’s Ride:

Ovando Loop: 41 miles, 2,900 feet of climbing

Shorter Option: 36 miles, 1,700 feet of climbing

Leaving the Cliff Ranch, we’ll head out on a point-to-point ride and end at Holland Lake. The ride traverses the Seeley Swan Valley on the Great Divide bike route offering spectacular views of the Mission and Swan Mountains. The ride will finish at beautiful Holland Lake with a picnic lunch and cold beverages.  

Today’s Ride:

Ride the Divide: 71 miles, 5,100 feet of climbing

Ride the Divide Shorter Option: 44 miles, 3,600 feet of climbing

After a short shuttle, we will start the ride on the edge of the Blackfoot River in Ovando.  The ride will take us into the Blackfoot Valley and meander on beautiful gravel roads

Today’s Ride:

Big Sky Country Loop: 53 miles, 1,700 feet of climbing

Big Sky Country Loop Shorter Option: 30 miles, 1,200 feet of climbing

Our final day takes us on a beautiful point to point ride on the Great Divide Bike route.  We start in Lincoln, Montana after a 45-minute shuttle and ride the divide back to the Cliff Ranch. 

Today’s Ride:

Ride the Divide (South): 42 miles, 2,500 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 back to Missoula after breaking down and packing bikes.

Today’s Plan:

Checkout and shuttle back to Missoula.

DATES & PRICES

DETAILS

What’s Included

  • 5 nights/6 days accommodations
  • Transfers to/from Missoula, MT
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Bike build and breakdown
  • Professional cycling guides
  • Vehicle sag support
  • Ride nutrition products
  • Tools available to use
  • High-quality ride photos
  • Question about COVID-19 and what we’re doing to keep our guides and guests healthy and travel responsibly? Check out this article or contact us.

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Single occupancy rate
  • Bike rentals
  • Café stops
  • Gratuity for guides
  • Personal shopping

Optional Activities

  • Core/stretching sessions
  • Trail runs or hikes
  • Fly Fishing
  • Swimming in the rivers and lakes

Questions?

Have more questions? View our FAQ page or call us at 406-312-5770.
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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 Aspero 2021-Tucson Rental Bike
Cervelo Aspero Road/Gravel Bike
Manufacturer: Cervelo
Type: Gravel Bike
Cost: $300 / 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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Andy G., Nashville, TN
December 8, 2019
The Cycling House is top-notch. I’ve taken two trips with them (Mallorca and Montana Gravel) and plan to make a TCH trip an annual retreat. Their staff is fantastic. I’d go on a trip with TCH just to hang out with them for a week. Great folks. The routes, food, accommodations, vibe, and attention to detail are what I’d expect at a Five-Star resort. I’d rank my trips with TCH among the best weeks of my life. I’m looking forward to many more.
Tom H., Syracuse, NY
September 17, 2019
I had a wonderful time and I was sorry I had to leave. For my first gravel ride, I enjoyed it immensely. I have already suggested it to several people that I know, so hopefully, they will sign up in the future. Great trip and the staff ALWAYS makes the camps a joy to be part of. I would rate all the camps I have been to a 10++. My wife and I will probably be signing up for the Glacier Yellowstone trip next year!
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Andy G., Nashville, TN
December 8, 2019
The Cycling House is top-notch. I’ve taken two trips with them (Mallorca and Montana Gravel) and plan to make a TCH trip an annual retreat. Their staff is fantastic. I’d go on a trip with TCH just to hang out with them for a week. Great folks. The routes, food, accommodations, vibe, and attention to detail are what I’d expect at a Five-Star resort. I’d rank my trips with TCH among the best weeks of my life. I’m looking forward to many more.
Tom H., Syracuse, NY
September 17, 2019
I had a wonderful time and I was sorry I had to leave. For my first gravel ride, I enjoyed it immensely. I have already suggested it to several people that I know, so hopefully, they will sign up in the future. Great trip and the staff ALWAYS makes the camps a joy to be part of. I would rate all the camps I have been to a 10++. My wife and I will probably be signing up for the Glacier Yellowstone trip next year!
John, Salt Lake City, UT
September 30, 2019
The trip met the expectations from people that recommended the company to me.
Barbara B., Atlanta, GA
October 9, 2019
As always, the Cycling House is simply the best. Great organization, great rides, great food, fun guests and the best support. This is my 3rd Cycling House tour and each has been outstanding!