This weekend was the Tour de Bozeman stage race. There was three stages each run by a different local team. Loretta and I helped the Bozeman Masters Velo team put on their stage, the time trial. My good friend Phil Rotherham www.rotherhamconstruction.com headed up the organization and it went off really smoothly. Phil even had his shop foreman Jerry fabricate a full blow starting ramp complete with railings and stairs.
The TT was run Sat morning followed by Sprints that evening. The Sprints were run downtown on Main street which was closed for the race and it was a really fun and exciting atmosphere. I’d never seen Sprints done before. In my experience it would usually be a Criterium but the sprints were fun and different and easy for the casual spectator to understand. On Sunday was the road race. It was a 70 mile out and back with a leg off the main course for the Pro 1,2’s and the 3’s. There is a lot of climbing and a really nice and pretty technical decent down from the main pass, Battle Ridge.
All in all everything went very well. Bozeman has a great history of bicycle racing. Back in the 70’s and 80’s we had the Sweet Pea stage race which was associated with our Sweet Pea summer art festival. The Sweet Pea stage race attracted hundreds of competitors from all over the region and around the country. In the 90’s the Sweet Pea race died during the MTB boom. Hopefully Tour de Bozeman marks the beginning of a new era of stage racing in Bozeman. Next year plans to have more stages and a bigger field. If you race and travel be sure to consider coming to Bozeman for the Tour de Bozeman.
PS Strong Frames donated a frame that was raffled off to all racers that pre-registered. Congratulations to Laura Landon the winner of the frame.