GREAT FALLS — This Friday, the Montana Cycling Project’s Montana Bike Tour completed the final leg of their five-day, 385-mile trek. The ride took them from Great Falls to King’s Hill Pass, Harlowtown, Lewistown, Fort Benton, and then back up to Great Falls.
The race brought together 106 runners from across the United States, including Utah, Oregon, Texas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and more.
“I’m grateful that they want to come out here and ride with us and that they want to ride in Montana and that they want to be part of this ride,” said Jennifer Drinkwalter, Montana Bike tour event director.
With the race in its tenth year, the tour is revered by the diversity of riders and for Drinkwalter, this past week has gone as well as it could have with the cooperation of the ever-suspect weather in central Montana.
“Phenomenal. It was just wonderful that we had such great involvement with the riders, volunteers and staff.
For the runners, they got their money’s worth while experiencing the Montana landscape.
“The hills and the scenery…it’s just great organization that Jennifer put together and I told her if it was flat here we wouldn’t be here,” said Iowa native Mike Lidd , excited.
Overall it was memorable for the riders and crew and for Roadman it keeps bringing her back who has been doing the Montana Bike Tour since 2014.
“It was an incredible experience that I will remember all my life. I hope to be able to continue until I am 100 years old.
Next year’s race will be in southeastern Montana.