Helena IR - 08/02/02
The annual Helena Bicycle Club Double Divide Ride is scheduled for Aug. 17 and 18.
Nearly 100 cyclists of all sizes shapes and ages will attempt to cross the Continental Divide twice. The two days feature 140 miles of bicycling through rolling hills, tranquil valleys and over challenging mountain passes.
During day 1, cyclists conquer MacDonald Pass. Snacks are offered at the summit prior to the rapid descent to Avon and lunch at Nevada Lake. The final leg of the first day winds toward Lincoln along the Blackfoot River. In Lincoln, bicyclists spend the night where both Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast are served. On Sunday, cyclists head out over Flesher Pass and the second crossing of the Continental Divide. A quick, curvy downhill takes the riders to the Birdseye area and on to the finish and a ride ending BBQ.
Registration for the fully supported ride is $70 for Helena Bicycle Club members and $80 for non-members. This includes all of the food and snacks on the ride, a T-shirt and full support that guarantees the ride even if the bike or body breaks down. Included is indoor or outdoor camping at the Lincoln School and hot showers at the end of both days. Use of the Broadwater Athletic Club Pool is included at the end of the ride.
Registration blanks are available at www.helenabicycleclub.org or at local bicycle shops and health clubs. For more information, contact Jerry Grimes, ride coordinator at 443-9216.