Just try to keep your eyes on the trail at Pierre’s Hole 50/100, one of the best MTB events in the Rockies, as the racecourse is located at the base of the stunning Tetons near Grand Targhee Resort and offers many breathtaking views. The event is part of the prestigious National Ultra Endurance Series (NUE) and although the course is not super technical, it doesn’t give you many areas to relax, including one new section of trail called “38 special” because it has 38 bermed turns. There are two course options with limited registration available for each, only 250 spots for the 100k, and 300 spots for the 50k.
Event & Course Info
The racecourse singletrack is longer and better than ever, and the rugged terrain will test you. The course will have the start/ finish just off the main plaza at Grand Targhee Resort. The 100k and 50k routes utilize a similar loop with a few variations spanning 25-31 miles and 3,600-3,800 feet of elevation gain. Naturally, the 100k event requires two loops with a total elevation gain reaching over 7,000 feet. There is a fully stocked aid station about half way, as well as one just after the start/finish, in addition to a bike wash for after the event. Check out the detailed course maps below for all of the details. After the event, refuel with food, drink and camaraderie at Wild Bill’s.
Pierre’s Hole, once known for the fur trade in the Northern Rockies, has always been a test of endurance, fortitude, and strength.
Area Accommodations & Things to Do
Grand Targhee Resort offers ample lodging and amenities that await Pierre’s Hole 50/100 racers and their families. Camping is available for participants in the lower parking area with a reservation, while Reunion Flat and Teton Canyon are two other nearby campgrounds. For those looking to stay outside of the resort, there are vacation rental options to explore such as this large home that would be great for a family or group, this quaint cabin , or nature lodge.
There is an abundance of hiking at Grand Targhee for racers and families to enjoy during their weekend. The Bannock Trail is a favorite among many visitors, offering a moderate hike that takes you through wildflower-filled meadows and dense forests. The highlight of the Bannock Trail is the picturesque views of the Grand Teton and the surrounding mountains. It’s a great option for hikers of various skill levels, and the scenery makes it a rewarding experience. If you’re looking for a more challenging hike, the Targhee Ridge Trail is a fantastic choice. This trail leads you along the mountain ridge, providing breathtaking vistas of the Teton Range and the valleys below. Be prepared for some elevation gain, but the sweeping panoramas make it well worth the effort. If you’re up for a longer hike, the Snooze Lake Trail is a rewarding choice. The trail leads to a serene alpine lake nestled in the mountains. The hike involves a moderate ascent, but the tranquil lake surrounded by rugged peaks makes for a memorable destination.
If you’re an outdoor athlete who enjoys fishing, the resort’s proximity to world-class rivers and streams makes it a fly-fishing paradise. The nearby Teton River and the South Fork of the Snake River are renowned for their trout fishing. Guided fly-fishing trips are available for both beginners and experienced anglers, allowing you to explore the best fishing spots and hone your fly-casting skills. The serene and picturesque setting adds to the allure of the experience, creating a perfect day of relaxation and adventure.
It can’t be forgotten that Jackson Hole is under 1.5 hrs drive which offers endless options for activities, restaurants, lodging and access to National Parks.
Pierre’s Hole 50/100 is part of the National Ultra Endurance Series (NUE). The National Ultra Endurance Series (NUE) is a race series that has some of the best endurance mountain bike races in the United States. NUE comprises an Epic Series, 100-mile or 100-kilometer events, and a Marathon series, which includes 50-mile and 75k length events. You can see Strambecco reviews of each event here:
- True Grit 100/50
- Cohutta 100 – Big Frog 65
- Mohican MTB 100
- Wilderness 101k
- Telluride 100/50
- Shenandoah 100
- Marji Gesick 100/50
- Ring of Fire 100
- Big Grizzly 100/75
- Carrabassett 100