First off, what is a Skiathlon???
It’s a historic event in nordic skiing that combines classic and skate skiing in one event. You switch skis with a running clock (like triathlon). Skiers keep there skate skis in a coral next to their respective bib number.
For the Badger Skiathlon we will offer a U18 race start and a separate adult race start.
You must switch skis. You can ski any ski you want, but you must switch
Classic then skate (two slightly different courses)
Classic will include the tee box climb and stegasauras
2:00pm – Check in opens (open all day)
3:00pm – 7km U18 Race (3.5km classic, 3.5km skate) – Age groups: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, U18
– Podiums, dinner begins
4:30pm – 14km Adult Race (7km classic 2 laps, 7km skate) – Age groups: U20, 20-35, 36-45, 46-64, 65+
– Podiums, dinner begins
6pm – Valentines Loop – skis with your mystery Valentine
We are excited release beginner skate sessions with Ruby. Learn how to skate ski. Head Coach Ruby Zitzer, will start with the basics. Each session will have a theme. The December mini camp will be a bit jammed, but should be great. Max 10 skiers per session, unless demand increases. Reserve your spot asap!
We are offering three session options:
– December 6th and 13th – 12pm – 1pm
– January 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th, 30th – 12pm – 1pm
– February 1st, 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th – 12pm – 1pm
WHERE: UM Golf Course (Missoula), main area in front of the Iron Griz and Club House.
WHO: These sessions will be for beginner or new skate skiers. Ruby will start with the basics and have a theme for each session. Intermediate or experienced skiers can sign up, but it will start with the basics.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Ice Badgers Nordic Ski team is our new youth team focused on skate and classic skiing in the Missoula area. Being an Ice Badger includes a weekly small group practice with our experienced coaches, games and hot cocoa, and an optional opportunity to use learned skills at three races throughout the season. We are full for the season this year; check back next year to join the team, or watch what we’re doing on Instagram!
The 7th season of BadWax is on the horizon and we have never been more excited to see our ski buds on the trails! We are still pumped from watching so many of you lunge for the 500k finish line last year.
Fire up the spreadsheet 2023 BadWax500
Double check your nickname. Hell change your nickname. It’s a whole new season.
Get reacquainted with the rules 2023 Rules/Dates
Let us know on the strava club where you are skiing early season
And get ready because in 22 days BadWax begins, Friday November 25th until Sunday March 5th.
Shaun and Joe
Our first ski race named after Missoula’s Junior Nordic Ski Race Team, the Ice Badgers! Although Loppets are usually long races, we are offering different distances for all ages, and all Nordic Skiing abilities. Come out for a fun day of skiing around UM Golf Course, graciously taken care of my MNSC, and put a time down for this inaugural event.
The Nordic Dance Invitational Ski Race consists of a 1k, 5k, 10k skate or 25k classic ski race for all ages and abilities, held at Lubrecht Experimental Forest in Greenough, MT. This race is for all ages; all are encouraged to cheer on local junior racers as they dip their toes in Nordic ski competitions, and fun, silly dances!
1/10 – Temples and Towers – 20.3 miles, 919 feet of climbing
1/17 – Figure 8 – 18.5 miles, 768 feet of climbing
1/24 – Triple Loops – 25.4 miles, 1785 feet of climbing
1/31 – Dust in the Wind – 32.4 miles, 1736 feet of climbing
2/7 – Muir and the Mountain – 21.1 miles, 2516 feet of climbing 2/14 – Neokyo All Nighter – 15.1 miles, 548 feet of climbing
Our next MTCX Zwift Series will focus on a variety of disciplines within Zwift. Results will be posted on Zwift Companion and also on the spreadsheet, but we’ll offer a variety of categories. If you are Zwift MTCX veteran please help a beginner or new rider and show them the light. We will use the Zwift Clubs feature on the Companion App. This should provide more accurate results
A 3-Day Gravel event around the Missoula area. Mud, rain, snow…who knows what to expect this early in the season in Montana, other than adventure and friendly competition. We’ll travel around Nine Mile for a Time Trial, a race around Southside Road and back, and some loops around Huson that are half paved and half gravel.
A Montana tradition–riding up the scenic Bearmouth Pass! Ride it as a race or a fondo, either way you’ll get amazing views, one good climb (which also means one fun descent), and the Montana State Road Race Championship, all in one. It’s a great opportunity to get USAC points or just ride road bike with a group.
Six weeks of mountain biking in the evenings. Two weeks at Tower and Spurgin. Two weeks at Mount Jumbo. Two weeks at Marshall Mountain. Circuit style events with two starts times; Party & Competitive
Your chance to learn from the pros! Elite athletes in town for the Missoula XC will be coaching clinics for local athletes at Marshall Mountain–you’ll learn skills and get tips while riding our favorite trails in town, and will have the opportunity to ask professional athletes questions you may have about obstacles you’ve encountered during your training, or about their experience in the pro cycling world. Wednesday : co-ed. Thursday : Women’s only
We are re-vamping the schedule a little bit! 4 days of XCO racing. 3 UCI, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. 1 day of amateur. All from Marshall Mountain.
One of the greatest gravel states around, Montana’s gravel is wonderfully unpredictable, with smooth-as-butter sections mixed in with some cow-trodden-rock-&-puddle-goodness. This is the first event in a 2-part series. West Nine Mile takes you over some scenic Montana double track, just outside of Missoula around Huson. This inaugural event has us jumping at the bit for gravel riding season.
2023 Merckx Road Series:
7/9 – Time Trial (location TBD)
7/23 – Big Sky Brewery Criterium #1
7/30 – Big Sky Brewery Criterium #2
8/13 – Bearmouth Chalet Road Race
The Merckx Road Series is back for 2023 with a little bit of something for every style of rider. Throw down your fastest time in the “race of truth”, a Merckx style time trial. Channel your inner sprinter during two criteriums around Big Sky Brewery, and save your legs for the beautifully rolling course at the Bearmouth Chalet road race.
The Merckx Road Series is intended to provide local road racing opportunities for all ability levels – from first time racers to seasoned roadies. As in 2022, we will hold racing clinics for beginners learning the sport, and experienced riders looking to sharpen their craft before both criterium races. Clinics will be led by a cadre of the most elite level road racers in Western Montana.
The second ride, August, 19, 2023, takes you on a classic. We call is MslaSeelyMsla. It’s actually Gold Creek proper to Seeley Lake and then back. No vehicles, just you and the woods. It’s been one of the more popular gravel routes to ride and we are proud to bring this new route to the event format.
A chance to get the pre-race nerves out of your system, and work on some CX skills before the series kicks off! Choose either the skills clinic, practice race, or both to get ready for the CX series. This is a great event for those who are curious about trying CX, or for seasoned riders who want to get in some focused practice and expert tips.
Montana’s cyclocross event of the year. Twists and turns, thunder mountain, and community; a true cyclocross classic for over 15 years. Multiple events for all ages and abilities, including strider bikes/kids and juniors. Also a men’s and women’s open race and elite race in the dark, under the lights–equally fun racing and spectating!
Missoula Cyclocross: A Fall Tradition like no other. Our Wednesday night series has become a scene for cyclists and spectators alike. Different courses offer different features–you’ll see barriers, run ups, sand pits, corners galore, varying week to week depending on location. This series offers races for all ages and abilities– even if you’ve never tried a CX race before but want to see what they’re about, this series is for you.