A fundraising bicycle event June 18 for CASA in the Bitterroot consisted of a 40 mile backroads route to Lake Como and back, along with a fun kid's Root Beer Float Ride on Hamilton streets (with root beer floats for the participants after the ride).

This summer will bring back some favorite events involving bicycles along with some new developments.

The returning events:

  • Tour of the Bitterroot for the Bitter Root Land Trust. Sunday, July 17, riders will either ride a loop route up Skalkaho Highway to the Rye road turnoff, continue on U.S. Forest Service roads until they end up back on Sleeping Child Road, with the start and finish at Red Barn Bicycles. The easier route is simple as far as you'd like to go on Sleeping Child Road and back. The loop ride starts at 7 a.m. and the more leisurely ride has rolling starts between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Music and barbeque follow. Check tourofthebitterroot.org
  • The Lake Como Triathlon is Saturday, July 23, and includes running 7.7 miles around Lake Commo southwest of Hamilton, a 1,500-yard swim on Lake Como and riding a 12.6-mile mountain bike trail in the Bitterroot National Forest. Check the Lake Como Triathlon website for registration.
  • The Bitterroot Classic Triathlon stays in the Hamilton area August 27 with start and finish at the Bitterroot Aquatic Center. The contest includes a 750-yard swim in the pool, a 20-k bike ride and a 5-k run. The event raises money for Emma's House and includes a couple of kids' races, too. Click over to the Bitterroot Classic Triathlon website.
  • Head to the south end of the valley September 9-11 for the Lost Trail Bike Fest and Shuttle Extravaganza. The mountain biking event features rides on trails from Lost Trail Ski Area, along with a shuttle to take you up to other trails. The fun starts Friday night with registration and a mountain biking movie at the ski lodge. Saturday, the shuttle will be busy with riders trying out 21 miles of trails. Live music is planned Saturday night and the campers leave Sunday morning. Everything you need to know is at their website.
  • But there's more!

    The Montana Bicycle Celebration in Missoula July 15-17 coincides with the ribbon-cutting in Lolo of the Missoula to Lolo Trail, which completes the Bitterroot Trail from Missoula to Hamilton. There are quite a few events, with the ribbon-cutting on Saturday, July 16 and a Bike and Brew that same afternoon in Stevensville from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at 7 a.m. is a Tour of the Bitterroot with advance registration required. The Missoula Streets and Bikeapalooza for the whole family starts at noon on Higgins Avenue. There will be live music, museum presentations and more activities scattered throughout the festival. A full schedule is on the Bitterroot Trail website.


    Of course, you can just put on your helmet and ride any day you want here in the Bitterroot Valley. It's all good.