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Deep Woods Racing in Thompson Falls, MT

Spirit of the Backcountry

The Iron Daisy Enduro is a 2-day, partner format enduro race. It’s a backcountry racing experience on raw, undiscovered singletrack in the heart of the Rocky Mountain west, featuring two big days of racing and the best parts of any weekend bike vacation: great food, camping, and exploring new trail with your buds.

This is a partner format enduro race. Over two days, you and a teammate will traverse 50 miles of untamed singletrack in the Montana backcountry.

The course is remote, the consequences are real. In the spirit of a backcountry adventure race you’ll need to look out for your teammate as well as the other racers.


In the spirit of blind racing, the course will be presented at the rider meeting on the evening of July 20th. Each day, expect to see 2-4 timed segments over 20-30 miles, with 5000-7000′ of climbing and 8000-10,000′ of descending. The race will feature untapped singletrack in and around Thompson Falls, Montana. Some of these trails see little use, others haven’t been cleared for years. We’re pretty sure you haven’t ridden these here.


Friday, July 20 Camping Check In: Noon-7:30pm Racer Check In: 6-9pm Mandatory Racer Meeting: 8pm Saturday, July 21 Shuttle Departs: 8am Time Cutoff 1: 2:30pm TBA Time Cutoff 2: 6:30pm TBA Happy Hour(s): 5-8pm Dinner, Awards: 8pm Sunday, July 22 Shuttle Departs: 8am Time Cutoff 1: 1:30pmTBA Time Cutoff 2: 4:30pmTBA Dinner, Awards: 6pm

Race Rules

The Iron Daisy Enduro is a partner format enduro bicycle race. The race is made up of several timed special segments, which are interspersed by un-timed transition segments. The winner will be the rider or team that completes each timed stage with the lowest combined time. Buddy System Racing Each rider is timed and scored separately. However, you may not begin a timed segment before your partner checks in, or begin the transition segment before your partner finises their timed run. Riders who arrive at timed segments separately will be assessed a 5 minute penalty. Required Gear Checks Please review the required gear and ensure that you and your partner are properly equipped. You will need to present your required gear in order to pick up number plates, and random checks will occur throughout the day. Teams who fail to carry required gear will be assessed a 10 minute penalty. Spirit of the Backcountry This is a remote backcountry race. While we feel that the team format will improve camaraderie at the event, it is intended as a safety measure. If you come across another team with an injury, we ask that you stop and assist them, even if you’re racing. If you interrupt a timed segment to assist a rider in need, you will be given the position of your highest placement in a timed stage.


Individual Men Individual Women Team Men Team Women Team Coed Individual categories are just that: fastest rider wins. Team categories are the combined time of both team members. Riders race and are timed separately, and those times are combined for the team score.

Required Gear

In order to ensure participant safety, we ask that individuals and teams carry certain equipment. Individual Gear

  • Helmet – Full face not required
  • Pack (backpack, framebag, etc. – capable of carrying all required gear)
  • 2L water capacity
  • Spare tube
  • Patch kit
  • Wind/Rain jacket
Strongly Recommended
  • Derailleur Hanger
Team Gear
  • Tire pump
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tire boot
  • Chain Tool, spare link
  • Bear Spray


Camping at the Iron Daisy Enduro is hosted by the Wild Coyote Saloon. This little roadhouse bar is nestled against Prospect Creek and offers quiet camp spots and a giant fire pit. Tent, van, and dry RV spots are all included with the event. Power/Water hookups are available for $30 per night, and an on-site cabin can be had for $80 per night. Please reach out with any questions! We’re pumped to offer a top notch meal out on the course to keep your spirits high and bellies full. You can also count on a cocktail hour with snacks back at camp. Breakfast and dinner are available from the kitchen at the Wild Coyote, or around a campfire with your buds.


Join us at The Dram Shop on March 14th for special in-person pricing! Online registration opens March 15th at 8am. Registration Party Special: $375 per rider ($750 per team) Early Online Registration (through May 21): $450 per rider ($900 per team) Late Online Registration (reg. closes June 30): $500 per rider ($1,000 per team)


Interested in the event, but not quite ready to take the plunge? Come on out and volunteer! Whether you're helping out on the course or driving a shuttle rig, you'll be able to get a feel for the race and what it's all about. Volunteers enjoy the same camping, catered meals, and party vibe as racers, and some jobs get you out on the trails to taste the riding. Dip a toe in, the water's fine. We'll see you at the Wild Coyote. Sign up to volunteer here!

Trail Advocacy

This event is built on the same foundation as MTB Missoula itself: the idea that stewardship and responsible use are core values of recreation. We’re proud to partner with the US Forest Service to provide access to trails where eviscerated budgets and maintenance backlogs have closed them. Together, we have opened dozens of miles of singletrack in the Thompson Falls area, and we feel pretty strongly that it’s worth checking out. That’s why we’re here, it’s what we do.

Proceeds from this event go directly toward the stewardship and trailbuilding efforts of the team at MTB Missoula. So whether you’re racing for first, working hard to make the time cutoffs, or just looking forward to a cold beer at the end, you know you’re in it for the right reasons.

In 2017 the good people at Freehub Magazine tagged along on one of our clearing days up in T-Falls, check out the video!