2017 MBC How it Was


Montana Bicycle Celebration

Those who rode the Bitterroot Trail in beautiful Western Montana on

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Enjoyed a hot but pleasant ride from either Hamilton or Missoula to a gracious and exciting Stevensville, Montana for an afternoon of swimming, music, beer, food, and comeraderie.

In spite of the aftrenoon storm some participants elected to stay overnight in Stevensville at the Lewis and Clark Park while others returned home or continued on to other adventures along the trail. 

You can still view the Missoula to Stevensville ride map here approximately 28 miles. Also the Hamilton to Stevensville ride map here approximately 21 miles.

Take a look at the follow-up article that appeared in the Ravalli Republic newspaper.

If you rode in this year's celebration, leave a comment below to let us know what you liked or didn't like. We look forward to seeing you next year when our host city will be __?___.

 Registrered riders with wristbands enjoyed the following privileges

  • Trail Support (Technicians and pumps at check-in and on the trail):
  • Snack and rest stops from 8 am till 12 noon:
    • Missoula to Stevensville:
      • Travelers’ Rest in Lolo;
      • Florence - Carlton Creek Picnic Tables & Porta-Potty
      • Florence - Ace Hardware - water and COOKIE stop
      • Stevensville - Stevi Stop & Go - water, restrooms
    • Hamilton to Stevensville:
      • Victor restrooms and Water stop
  • Camping at Lewis & Clark Park in Stevensville
    • Tent camping with small tents
    • Restrooms and portable sink
    • No fires except in established park stoves
    • No alcoholic beverages
    • Overnight parking will be permitted
  • Wristband Business Bonuses - the following businesses will be offering discounts to riders with wristbands, see details on the handout provided during check-in.
    • Sweets Barn - Lolo - 10% discount on purchases
    • Lolo Peak Brewery - Lolo - 10% discount on purchases
    • Stevi Stop & Go - Stevensville - Free ice cream cone
    • St. Mary's Mission - $2 off regular tour price, 11am - 3pm -  West end of 4th Street - Stevensville
    • The Catered Table - $10 off one meal per table, 5 PM-9 PM - 205 Main Street - Stevensville
    • The Mystic Owl - Free beverages and 10% off purchases - 309 Main Street - Stevensville
    • Mission Bistro - 1 free beer with food purchase - 225 Main Street - Stevensville
    • Mission Bistro - Free coffee with Sunday brunch- 225 Main Street - Stevensville
    • River's Mist Gallery & Gifts - 10% off selected artists' work - 317 Main Street - Stevensville
    • Romeo's Italian Kitchen - 
    • Free non-alcoholic drink with a meal - 755 Main Street - Stevensville
    • Valley Drug - Buy 1, get 1 free ice cream cone - 301 Main Street - Stevensville
    • Great Burn Brewing - $1 off first drink - 2230 McDonald Ave. - Missoula - Just over the Reserve St. bridge coming into Missoula
  • Activities in and around Stevensville
    • Free swimming at the Stevensville municipal swimming pool from 12 PM - 6 PM.

Bike & Brew Fest activities in Stevensville

  • Ride through the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge
  • Farmers Market on 3rd Street: 10 AM - 1 PM
  • Shops and galleries open all day
  • Creamery Antique Mall
  • Stevensville Museum - 517 Main Street
  • Exhibit of Fort Missoula 25th Infantry Bicycle Soldiers from 10 AM - 2 PM at the Stevensville Main Street Association by the History Museum at Fort Missoula
  • Live Music "Bluegrass on the Grass" at Veterans' Park 12 noon - 6 PM
  • More live music Bill Price at Blacksmith Brewing - 114 Main Street 6 PM - 8 PM
  • Explore St. Mary’s Mission
  • Delicious Montana Craft Brews & Food: 12 PM - 6 PM

Other Related Events

All proceeds will benefit the Bitterroot Trail Preservation Alliance to help maintain and improve this trail. Additional donations will be accepted. Link to our donation page to make additional donations.

Thanks to all of the partners who helped organize the Montana Bicycle Celebration 2017:

Bitterroot Trail Preservation Alliance (BTPA), Adventure Cycling AssociationBike Walk Alliance for MissoulaBike Walk BitterrootFree CyclesRed Barn BicyclesMissoula Bicycle Pedestrian OfficeMissoula Parks and RecreationStevensville Main Street AssociationTravelers’ Rest State ParkWindfallStevi Cafe

2017 MBC Sponsors: 

Sponsor levels have been designated with names of prominent peaks visible from the trail.

St. Mary’s Peak Sponsor:

You could be the first at this level!

St. Joseph Peak Sponsor:

You could be the first at this level!

Sky Pilot Sponsor: 

Farmers State Bank logo

The Totems Sponsors:

Missoula Anesthesiology Logo

Stevi Stop & Go, 3909 US Hwy 93, Stevensville, MT


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