Looking for an epic adventure? Check out the First Great Ride in the Last Best Place bicycle tour, a 465-mile ride organized by the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.
Tackle this adventure and you’ll summit five mountain passes, leave nearly 20,000 feet of elevation in your wake and see plenty of wildlife. Riders shouldn’t expect it to be a simple ride through the park. The organizers warn, “You must be able to do the miles and the climbing and you must be able to comfortably ride at least six days out of seven, including the first four days in a row.” Prepare for 90-mile days and lots (and lots) of climbing.
But get in shape and you’re in for some fun. The fully supported seven-day non-profit ride begins August 17, 2014 in Teton Village. For $1,195 per person, riders are privy to three catered meals per day, fully stocked rest stops, great camping locations, hot showers, baggage service, safety support and live entertainment. Overnight stops include Victor, Id., Hoback Junction, Pinedale, two nights in Lander and Dubois, Wyo. Riders finish at Moran Junction in Grand Teton National Park.
Cycle Greater Yellowstone expects more than 800 riders and 100 volunteers to participate, a jump from last year’s 660 riders and 80 volunteers.
“Our riders were so enchanted by the lands, waters, wildlife and people of this incomparable region,” GYC communications director Jeff Welsch said, “and we have no doubt they’ll be equally enamored with not only the spectacular landscapes on this year’s route but also the uniquely western personalities of each community along the way.”
Ready to sign on the dotted line?
Visit the Cycle Greater Yellowstone website to register.