Frequently Asked Questions

Montana Bicycle Celebration Tickets

What is the Montana Bicycle Celebration?

The Montana Bicycle Celebration is a multi-day celebration centered in the Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys and comprised of social events, programs, art, music, film, and bike rides to celebrate cycling in western Montana, the completion of the Bitterroot Trail, and Adventure Cycling’s 40th anniversary.

How much does it cost to participate?

Most of the events are free. Those who want to attend both the Friday reception on July 15 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the UC Theater at the University of Montana must purchase tickets. Tickets to the Friday reception cost $30. Tickets to the Saturday dinner are sold out.

How do I sign up?

Purchase tickets online for the Friday reception. Most of the other events throughout the Montana Bicycle Celebration are free. Please look on the schedule of events and RSVP by emailing or calling the contact person listed next to the event.

Are tickets refundable?

If you purchased a ticket to the Montana Bicycle Celebration Saturday dinner or Friday reception (or both) and can no longer attend, please tell us by July 1 and we will:

1) Offer you a full refund (We previously did not offer this option, but want to make room for anyone wishing to attend);

2) Offer you the opportunity to donate the amount you paid for your tickets to Adventure Cycling.

Please contact Beth Petersen at 406-721-1776 by the end of the business day on Friday, July 1 if you are not able to attend the Montana Bicycle Celebration. We will offer your ticket to the next person on the waiting list. Refunds will not be available after July 1.

Is there a waiting list for the Saturday dinner?

Yes, please contact Beth Petersen at 406-721-1776 to be added to the waiting list for the Saturday dinner.

How do I get my tickets once I have purchased them?

View the ticket pick up times and locations.

Is there a dress code for the Friday reception & Saturday dinner?

There is no dress code. Since Missoula is casual and we all enjoy riding our bikes, we expect there to be a wide range of types of dress from cycling wear to dresses and suits. Wear what you're most comfortable wearing!

Travel & Lodging

When should I arrive in western Montana?

The bulk of the events and activities are scheduled for Friday, July 15, through Sunday, July 17, with additional programs and activities scheduled earlier in the week and options to go on rafting trips and a bike ride on the Hiawatha Trail. Be sure to make your travel arrangements to be in Missoula during July 15 through 17 and consider extending your stay.

I want to extend my vacation in Montana. Any tips on what I should do?

If you want to go on a bike tour, Adventure Cycling is offering several week-long tours that start or end in or near Missoula. For some tours, we’re even offering shuttles to Missoula at the end of the tour.

Other activities, like bike rides and rafting trips, are available for those who want to extend their stay in Missoula.

Rafting Opportunities

  • Montana River Guides is offering special whitewater and scenic raft trips on the rivers near Missoula for people attending the Montana Bicycle Celebration. Half-day or full-day trips are available from $39/person. This offer is available any day before, during, and after the Montana Bicycle Celebration. Reserve your spot by emailing or calling Montana River Guides at 406-722-7238.

Bike Rides


Visit the Montana Widlerness Association's new website featuring hikes of varying distances and levels throughout Montana.

Other Activities and Travel throughout Montana

Check out Destination Missoula, Glacier Country, and Visit Montana for ideas.

How can I find lodging during the Montana Bicycle Celebration?

Visit the Travel & Lodging section for a list of hotel room blocks and other types of lodging, including university housing, Warm Showers, nearby campgrounds, and RV parks.

I would rather camp. Can you recommend a nearby campground?

There is no camping available in downtown Missoula. A good alternative to camping is University of Montana Housing, listed in the Travel & Lodging section of our website, or check out other campgrounds outside of Missoula.

Bicycle Shipping & Rentals

I am riding my bike to the Montana Bicycle Celebration. Will there be a secure place to leave it when I’m not riding?

Free Cycles Missoula will offer valet bike parking during the Friday reception and Saturday dinner for a small fee. Contact your hotel or campground to find out where you can store your bike in the evening. Missoula is a safe community, but we encourage you to bring a secure bike lock to use during the weekend when valet bike parking isn’t available.

I am shipping my bike to Missoula. Do you have any tips on where to ship it and get it assembled?

REI Missoula is providing free boxing and unboxing of bicycles for guests of the Montana Bicycle Celebration on a limited first-come, first-served basis. This offer is valid for REI members only and participants are responsible for the cost of shipping to and from REI Missoula via UPS. Please contact the REI Missoula Bike Shop at (406) 541-1938 to reserve your spot. provides bike shipping and Adventure Cycling members receive 10% off on their bike boxes and cases.

I would like to rent a bike in Missoula. Any suggestions?

Check out the list of businesses and organizations that rent or loan bikes.

Who Will Attend?

How can I find out if someone I know is attending the Montana Bicycle Celebration?

We update a list of attendees, people who have purchased tickets to the Friday reception or Saturday dinner, regularly. 

Sharing Bikecentennial Memories

I did Bikecentennial and would like to bring Bikecentennial memorabilia with me. Will there be opportunities to display it?

There will be opportunities to display Bikecentennial memorabilia in the University of Montana dorms where some guests plan to stay. There are also opportunities to present or share stories about your Bikecentennial trip or other bike tour and display memorabilia on Saturday, July 16, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 17, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Email Steve Powell to propose a presentation.

What else should I bring to the Montana Bicycle Celebration?

In addition to bringing your bike, helmet and secure bike lock (or renting those items), we recommend bringing sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and clothing to accommodate warm and cold temperatures. July in Montana is typically very hot and sunny during the day and cools down during the evening. In July, the average high temperature is 86 degrees Fahrenheit while the average low is 51 degrees Fahrenheit. Be prepared by bringing and wearing layers such as a thin long sleeve shirt for sun protection while it's hot and sunny, a raincoat for wet weather and warmer layers like a fleece jacket for the evening. This is especially important because many of the Montana Bicycle Celebration events like the Bitterroot Trail bike ride and dinner on Saturday evening take place outdoors.

I would like to give a presentation about my Bikecentennial trip or other bike tour. Are there opportunities to present?

Yes, please contact Steve Powell if you are interested in giving a 10-minute presentation about your Bikecentennial trip or other bike tour. There are time slots available on Saturday, July 16, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 17, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Please RSVP to attend these presentations by emailing or calling Beth at 406-721-1776.

I would like to share my story about riding the TranAmerica Trail. Are there opportunities to record my story?

Adventure Cycling is conducting an Oral History project of the TransAmerica Trail during the Montana Bicycle Celebration. If you have a story to share about your most memorable section of the TransAm, please email or call April at 406-721-1776. April will sign you up for a 30-minute recording session on Friday, July 15 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m, Saturday, July 16 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., or Sunday, July 17 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Do you have an additional question? Email us.