Ride the last best place. Glacier National Park.
Our Glacier Loop ride is getting revamped for 2019, and we are very excited about the changes. The rides are fantastic, offering the best that the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park have to offer! Going to the Sun will still be the queen stage, but we have added a few other local favorites. We run 2 trips; June 25-30th and July 8-13th. Montana is our home state and we love to show it off and share the experience. Each summer we look forward to spending time in the state that we know and love. Glacier National Park is a place that you can visit every year and the breathtaking beauty is special and unique for each visit.
We use two home bases for the June 25-30th dates (West Glacier & Whitefish), and one home base for the July 8-13th dates (Whitefish). Our first 2 nights of the June trip are spent at the Glacier Outdoor Center in West Glacier, a great location to start our journey. We stay in their West Glacier Lodge rooms and cabins and our Cycling House chef prepares breakfast, lunch, and dinner out of their kitchen. One of the best parts of camp is returning after a good day’s ride and sitting down to a healthy, hearty meal. The Glacier Outdoor Center is also a great location to spend an extra night or two before camp starts or after camp finishes. Their lodge is only 2 miles from the West Glacier entrance to Glacier National Park, which has some of the best hiking trails in the world. If you decide to spend a couple of days in the area either before or after the trip we are happy to provide ideas and options for your visit and Visit Montana is a great resource too. After our 2 nights in West Glacier, we spend 3 nights in Whitefish. We pedal the backroads from West Glacier to Whitefish while TCH vans carry all the gear. Whitefish, Montana is tucked in the south end of Whitefish Lake, and Whitefish Mountain Resort looms over the lake. The quaint downtown will be a fun place to explore in the afternoons – but it might be hard to pull you off of Whitefish Lake. We stay in a large rental house on Whitefish Lake that is an amazing place to relax. (This is our lodging for all 5 nights for the July trip.) The Cycling House chef will be doing the majority of the cooking, with the exception of lunch or two out on the town. The lodging and itinerary allowed us to showcase the food that our Cycling House chef passionately creates. There really is nothing better than sharing a meal in a relaxed environment after a great day on the bike.
Going-to-the-Sun Road is a must-do ride in itself, with breathtaking views of u-shaped valleys, mountain lakes, rivers, glaciers, and one of the most intact ecosystems in the world. Experiencing Glacier National Park from the saddle allows you to be a part of the surrounding landscapes –one of the most beautiful in the world! The Flathead Valley is also home to a host of amazing road routes and we explore these finer points of Northwest Montana. Off the bike, we have plenty of time to explore charming downtown Whitefish. You can check out the menus at the diverse array of restaurants, enjoy a locally crafted beer at one of the many breweries or tap houses, and leisurely browse the local artisan shops. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a stroll at Whitefish Lake, hike on the Whitefish Trail, or take a gondola ride up Whitefish Mountain Resort.
You can read more about our Glacier road trip here.
One of our goals is to support the Whitefish community, which means working directly with the folks who source local and regional ingredients. You can count on clean, healthy, and exquisite food on any of our Montana camps. This takes a little more time and preparation on our end, but it’s worth it when you’re enjoying a superb meal after a superb ride in the mountains. We prepare food specifically for endurance athletes; which means we focus on healthy, lean proteins, lots of leafy greens and root veggies, and plenty of flavorful side dishes. Our chefs make dishes from around the world that they’ve been inspired by; so each meal is diverse, interesting, and, above all else, delicious. We eat family-style, together at one big table. We’ve always enjoyed our meals this way and it’s had a profound impact on our camps. You can count on us to take care of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and we accommodate all dietary preferences and restrictions.