The Tour of Montana Announces Partnership and Begins it’s Summer of Cycling and Celebration
May 20, 2015
The Tour of Montana and the Montana Department of Commerce are pleased to announce a financial partnership that will allow the Tour of Montana to kick off its inaugural event this July in Missoula, Montana.
“We are so excited to have the financial support and commitment from the state of Montana. This partnership not only provides us with the financial investment we need to put on the event this year, but to grow the event moving forward in 2016. Our goal from the beginning was to create an event for Montana citizens that allowed every community in Montana ownership of this event, having the support of the state in this way solidifies our mission and allows us to make that happen,” says Nicole Adamson, Executive Director, Tour of Montana.
“Montana offers incredible cycling opportunities set amidst spectacular unspoiled nature,” says Meg O’Leary, Director, Montana Department of Commerce. “We recognize the Tour of Montana’s potential to grow the economy, especially through tourism, and applaud this effort to promote Montana to the world’s cycling enthusiasts. We believe it’s going to be a great event, and we’re pleased to be supporting it.”
Missoula will join the ranks of U.S. cities hosting professional cycling events in 2015 with the inaugural Tour of Montana. What makes the Tour of Montana different from other multi-day events is that it will provide women and men from the professional peloton an equal purse prize, equal sponsored media coverage, and the opportunity to race on the same courses. This will also be the first Women’s Cycling Association branded event, "One of the goals the WCA had from its inception was to develop a series of events in which men and women were competing equally, much the way professional tennis tournaments are structured," says WCA president Robin Farina. “The Tour of Montana is an event created from scratch with this goal in mind and that we can use in creating future events."
The 2015 Tour of Montana takes place July 16-19, placed on the calendar before the Boise Twilight Criterium (Boise, ID) and BC Superweek (Vancouver, BC, Canada) and after the Cascade Cycling Classic (Bend, OR), just over two weeks prior to the Tour of Utah. The format features a professional team time trial & circuit road race, a full day of criterium racing for multiple categories, and a mass-start, gran fondo style ride on the final day of the event called The BIG Ride.
Race Director and Event Director Kurt Stockton noted: “We looked at a number of cities and towns throughout Montana, and while each presented something unique geographically and culturally, Missoula really stood out and will make a great hub for this event. We’re looking forward to the future when the Tour of Montana grows to become a multi-day stage race across the state of Montana highlighting all those great communities.”
Home to Adventure Cycling’s headquarters in Missoula, MT, with a network of communities throughout the state that welcome the many cycling tourists who pedal through Montana each season, and cities and towns proactively building bicycle infrastructure, Montana is fast becoming recognized as a great place to bicycle. With two National Parks: Yellowstone and Glacier, sixteen state parks, world-class trout rivers, and vibrant cities, tourists from around the world come here each year to experience the natural wonders of Montana’s breathtaking landscape, discover a bit of the Western hospitality and charm, and to participate in the many outdoor recreation options available to them.
More information about the Tour of Montana can be found at www.tourofmontana.org, @TourofMontana (Twitter), Facebook: Tour of Montana, Instagram (tourofmont).