2017 TOSRV WEST RIDER INSTRUCTIONS

CHECK-IN: All riders are required to check in. Check-in will be Friday, June 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Miller Hall on the University of Montana Campus. Miller Hall is located between McLeod Ave and Keith Ave on Arthur Ave. Check-in will continue on Saturday, June 3, from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. at Miller Hall. You will receive in a packet, a luggage tag, a route map, a food stop schedule, and as always, a cool TOSRV West premium.

TOSRV WEST 2017 Route:

Saturday, June 3 (126 Miles) Begin with a mass start in Missoula from Miller Hall at 7 a.m. Ride out of Missoula on E. Broadway and continue on to Highway 200 at East Missoula. Stay on 200 through Milltown and Bonner to breakfast at Potomac. At Clearwater Junction (with the big plastic Hereford) turn north on Highway 83 and ride to lunch at Seeley Lake. Continue on 83, with snack stops at Condon and Swan Lake. Turn west on Highway 209 for the last few miles to dinner and your overnight destination at Bigfork.

Sunday, June 4 (100 miles) After breakfast, ride south on Highway 35 to Polson. Pick up the bike path in Polson heading south along Highway 93. Stop for lunch at the Ronan Community Center. Continue south on 93 through St. Ignatius and Ravalli and stop for homemade pies served to you by the local Girl Scout troup at the Arlee Community Hall. Climb Evaro hill, cruise down toward Missoula, cross I 90 and head east on Highway 10 into Missoula. Return to Miller Hall at the University of Montana to check-in and pick up baggage.

RIDERS MUST CARRY IDENTIFICATION ON THEIR PERSON AT ALL TIMES

BAGGAGE SHUTTLE Baggage transport from Miller Hall to Bigfork, and return, is provided. Bags can be dropped off at the University Friday evening or Saturday morning. Baggage will be available at Bigfork Elementary School after 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Baggage must be dropped off at the school by 8:00 a.m. on Sunday for the return shuttle. Color coded luggage tags will be provided at check-in and must be attached to your bag. Make sure baggage is clearly labeled with your name. Please observe the limit of one bag per rider. Tents and sleeping bags should be inside or firmly attached to baggage. TOSRV West is not responsible for lost or stolen personal property.

AVAILABLE AGAIN FOR 2017: A bus shuttle will run from Bigfork to Missoula on Saturday, June 3. The bus will leave Bigfork at 7:30PM and arrive at the University of Montana campus at approximately 10:00PM. The bus shuttle provides a one-day ride option for those with time constraints or competing obligations and will haul bikes and luggage as well. In addition to transporting those with reservations, seats may be available for riders with mechanical/physical challenges on Saturday evening on a first-come, first served basis. The shuttle will run only if we have a minimum of 10 riders signed up in advance. Cost for the shuttle is $30.00, payable in advance on your TOSRV registration form.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Bigfork: Camping will be allowed on the grounds at Bigfork Elementary School or you can roll out your sleeping bag in the gym. Showers will be available. If you prefer motel accommodations in Bigfork, inquire at www.bigfork.org or call the Chamber of Commerce, (406) 837-5888.

Missoula: Economical and convenient overnight facilities will be available at University of Montana's Miller Hall. Please check back for further details, and to sign up for Miller Hall accommodations. Also check www.missoulachamber.com or call (406) 543-6623 for motel listings.

HELMETS REQUIRED TOSRV West requires that all riders wear an ANSI, SNELL or ASTM/SEI-approved helmet. Cyclists in Montana are considered vehicles and have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles. Pass carefully, check behind you, and alert the riders you are overtaking with a courteous "On your left!" For your safety, we ask the county to provide extra patrols along our route during our tour weekend.

PREPARE YOURSELF All cyclists should be certain to be in shape and capable of riding the full distance. You should cycle 500 to 700 miles with at least one 75-mile and one 100-mile ride in the two months prior to TOSRV West. MOBI organizes a number of preparation rides. Check the website for weekly ride listing. Come prepared for unpredictable weather conditions with adequate protective clothing.

PREPARE YOUR BIKE  Make sure your bicycle is in ideal mechanical condition.  Assemble a tool kit (spokes, tire pump, patch kit and spare tubes) and know how to use it. Limited mechanical support will be provided by area bike shop mechanics.

PERSONAL SAGS  Personal support vehicles or sag wagons are strongly discouraged. Personal vehicles expose all riders to the dangers of increased traffic volume.  TOSRV West is intended for the experienced cyclist.

AFTER RIDE CHECK-IN AND BAGGAGE PICK-UP  TOSRV West riders must check in Sunday afternoon at the Miller Hall and present a TOSRV West number when claiming baggage. Baggage claim will close at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS: If you have questions or problems please refer them to TOSRV West Director Tim Marchant, (406) 250 7228, e-mail at bike@tosrvwest.org or in writing to TOSRV West c/o MOBI, P.O. Box 8903, Missoula, MT 59807-8903.

FOOD STOP SCHEDULE:
Your registration fee includes meals and snacks on both days. 

Saturday: Breakfast (Potomac) 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  Lunch (Seeley Lake) 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  Snack (Condon) 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  Snack (Swan Lake) 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Dinner (Bigfork) 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
     
Sunday: Breakfast (Bigfork) 6:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
  Lunch (Ronan) 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  Pie Stop (Arlee) 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.