2023 Bozeman Race Season Preview


Are you ready to start planning for your 2023 Bozeman race season? We have the expert you need to give you all the info: Colton, an Owenhouse Cycling team member and passionate local cyclist.

Colton knows his stuff, whether mountain biking, cyclocross racing or road/gravel grinder events! In this blog post previewing the upcoming race season, he breaks down some of his favorite events (and why they should be on your radar), shares must-do tips for preparing and more!

So if you’re looking to get psyched up for another year of awesome trails and tantalizing competitive races around town – let Colton guide your way!

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Mountain Bike & Gravel Series Races:

Why race just once when you can race all summer?

Gallatin Valley Trail Series in Bozeman:

Taking place on Wednesday nights throughout the summer, the Gallatin Valley Trail Series begins its 3rd season of racing this year! You can expect 4 XC Mountain Bike Races and 3 running races taking place at Crosscut Mountain Sports Center and Highland Glen. For more information, visit their website!

picture of sofie racing in the mountain enduro series helenduro race

Montana Enduro Series

Three Enduro races over the summer in Helena, Whitefish and Jackson Hole. Test your skills in all three races or just race one! With lots of different categories, you’ll find one that works for your skill level.

Big Mountain Enduro Series

The Big Mountain Enduro Series is the premier Enduro tour in North America. This year the series heads to Mt. Nebo, Arkansas, Sunrise Park Resort in Arizona, Purgatory Resort in Durango, Brian Head, Utah and the finals are here in Big Sky, Montana! We can’t wait! Psst: Sofie is racing in Durango! Go, Sofie!

Garden City Gravel Series

If gravel is more your style, there’s a series for you! These are well-supported races with fun folks! There are two different races: West Nine Mile and MslaSeeleyMsla. Check out their website for more information!

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Mountain Bike Races near Bozeman

Big Sky Biggie

XC race in late August at Big Sky on flowy, really well-built singletrack. It’s a course for climbers with over 8k ft of climbing on the 60-mile course!

An Owenhouse Cycling favorite, we have team members racing across various distances! I’m doing the 60 miler, and fellow shop employees Michael, Luuk and Axel are doing the 30. Last year Luuk came in 3rd, and I came in 4th – it was an exciting race! Click here to learn more.

Two things to watch out for: BEARS! And the weather! Last year the 60 milers got poured on, and the final tracks turned into a sprint finish mud-fest.

Butte 100/50/25 miler

This race is known as the “Hardest 100 mile in the country,” and we are there for it! Test yourself atop the Continental Divide in late July. Pro tip! It can get super hot that time of year – be sure to maximize the aid stations and stay hydrated!

Missoula XC

A staple of the state, Missoula XC has invited riders from all over the country to join in 4 days of racing since 2010! Some of the top racers in the country come to race this UCI-sanctioned race. It’s one of my favorites – for the past 5 years, I’ve either raced or gone to watch and cheer.

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Gravel Bike Races near Bozeman

The Dead Swede takes place in Sheridan, Wyoming, in the Bighorn Mountains. One of our favorite gravel races!

The Last Best Ride in Whitefish, Montana

A shop favorite. You’ll find at least one of us racing and the rest heckling!

Morganzo 55 Bellgrade, Montana. A self-supported ride on an unmarked course. Check out all the reasons the locals love it in their race reports!

A few more of our favorites!

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Cyclocross Bike Races near Bozeman

Rolling Thunder

An awesome event with great promoters. We love watching the pros race under the lights at night. You can be sure to find Luuk and me racing this one!

Stay Up-To-Date With Bozeman’s Bike Racing!

We hope this blog post provided insight into the awesome events in Bozeman for 2023! There will be many great opportunities to get out there and enjoy the outdoors. Whether mountain biking, gravel or cyclocross racing, Colton and the Owenhouse team have plenty of helpful resources available for anyone interested in getting involved. Don’t forget that if you have any questions or need a helping hand during prep time, feel free to reach out to us – we’ve got your back!

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