If you’ve spent time at The Cycling House over the past few years then you’ve probably heard about Rolling Thunder. The cyclocross race that happens under the cover of darkness in Missoula, MT, where fans are crazy and the course gives riders goosebumps. For the folks that take part in the event, whether they are spectators, volunteers or racers, Rolling Thunder is an annual highlight. And for some, it’s the best weekend of the year.
Shaun Radley and Friends
One of the best things about this race is how Shaun Radley, founder and promoter of Rolling Thunder, gets his friends, local businesses and the whole cycling community involved. One example of this is during the race course design and building process. The course changes every year and one of Shaun’s go-to guys since day one is Doug Schryock of Wild Rockies Landscaping. Doug lives in his Bobcat tractor all year doing high-end landscaping so when it comes to moving dirt, building berms and mowing down the weeds, he’s all over it.
The Cycling House Beer Tent
Last year The Cycling House wanted to find a unique way to sponsor Rolling Thunder so we came up with what is now known as The Cycling House Beer Tent. We provide a great spot to view the race, handout beer from Big Sky Brewing, add some tiki torches, a heat lamp, one couch and Christmas lights and we’re in business. The beer is free but we take donations and every penny that we raise during this race goes to the men’s final podium. last year we raised nearly $800. This year the goal is $1000.
The Crow’s Nest
One of the most exciting additions to our sponsorship is the Crow’s Nest. Perched on top of the big white van, the crows nest give spectators a unobscured 360 degree view of the race. It’s like stopping for a glance at one of the vistas on Mount Lemmon… beautiful.
If you find yourself in Missoula, MT this weekend, come check it out. Racing starts at 11am on Saturday. The Grand Finale starts at 8pm. Here are all the details.