The Philipsburg 46 has something for everyone. This is a mass start, point-to-point, backcountry adventure race. It boasts extraordinary views of the Flint Creek Valley and the Pintler Wilderness, and combines a rugged riding experience with the western hospitality of Philipsburg, Montana. As far as we know, it’s the only 50 mile mountain bike race in the world without a single switchback.
The race starts at the mouth of Willow Creek on private property and through a partnership with Five Valleys Land Trust. Riders of every skill level start together and wind along Lower Willow Creek before a creek crossing and steep climb separate the field. A few more miles of scenic dirt roads give way to extraordinary alpine singletrack. Hold on tight through fast descents and lung busting climbs before you cruise back toward Philipsburg for the big finale.
The race is just shy of 50 miles, with 5,000 feet of climbing. A few technical descents might have new riders on the edge of their seats, but there’s nothing an adventurous novice can’t handle.
|FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2017|
|4pm-9pm||Rider Check-In/Registration||Philipsburg Town Park|
|SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2017|
|7am-8am||Rider Check-In/Registration||Philipsburg Town Park|
|8am||Shuttle to Race Start||Philipsburg Town Park|
|9am||Race Start||Lower Willow Cr.|
|12pm-4pm||Pizza, Relax||Philipsburg, MT|
Tent and RV camping is available at every Western Montana Trail Series event, and the Philipsburg 46 is no different. Primitive camping is available at the Philipsburg Town Park in downtown Philipsburg. Pit toilets are on site. Please plan on bringing your own water, and haul out your trash! You can reach out to Ben (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Showers are available a few blocks from camping at Friday Night Pizza. $5 gets you six and a half minutes!
Be sure to stick around after the race. We’re teaming up with Friday Night Pizza to get you a couple slices as soon as you cross the line, and awards will be held at TommyKnockers, right downtown.
That’s right. Every Western Montana Trail Series event offers supervised children’s programming so that mom and dad can both race. No excuses here! The programming is run through our friends at Missoula Parks and Recreation. You can reach out to Meg (email@example.com) for more information.