This Friday at 6:00am the third annual Fitz-Barn Ride will take off from Fitzgerald’s Bicycles in Victor, Idaho and head to Red Barn Bicycles in Hamilton, Montana. Each year the route has changed in direction which has kept it interesting.  The race is completely self-supported and unsanctioned, similar to the Colorado, Arizona, and Tour Divide races. The 450 mile route is reminiscent of the Tour Divide in terrain – dirt roads and doubletrack. Starting in Victor this year, the route will head north through the Targhee National Forest, paralleling the Teton mountains. Once racers hit highway 20 they will connect to the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route for about 145 miles. About 250 miles into the route, racers will split off the GDMBR and heads east, eventually making their way to Jackson, MT. The route continues north after several mountain passes finally makes its way down to Hamilton, MT. 2014 Fitz Barn The terrain is rough, so most riders, if not all, will be rocking a standard 29er mountain bike.  However, there is word that Jay Petervary will be riding some 40c Nanos, a neat new gravel specific tire from WTB. Others may show up with a fargo type setup, maybe even a few 29er+ bikes, which have proved to be very efficient on a course like this. Jay Petervary currently holds the record of just over 2 days in 2012, however, the course is now longer and a bit more difficult. The word is Jay P. is planning on going sleepless to attempt to break the  2 day mark. It should be really fun to watch him suffer on Trackleaders.com. The majority of folks usually finish in 3 days, with some taking 4 or 5 days to finish. If your looking for a good suffer fest as well as a good introduction to Tour Divide riding, look no further then The Fitz Barn Ride. For more on the event check out their website and Facebook page. Trackleaders.com is once again offering their services for us Spot watchers.  

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