Named for the numerous seed potato operations that dot the route, this must-do loop connects the tiny towns of Churchill, Amsterdam, and Manhattan and mimics the same-named ride hosted by the Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club. Start at Lewis and Clark Park in Belgrade and cruise south out of town. After 11.7 miles, turn it up a notch by powering up a series of hills along Norris Road and Churchill Road before dropping into the hamlets of Churchill and Amsterdam.
After passing through Amsterdam, the route continues north into Manhattan where cyclists can refuel and refill their water bottles—you'll encounter another short stretch of rollers on Dyk Road. The final 15 miles of the ride trace the relatively flat and lightly traveled Dry Creek Road back to the start point in Belgrade. Post ride, park your bike on Belgrade's Main Street and grab a bite to eat at the Railway Sub Station.
Location: 45.851088, -111.338089
Manhattan's big annual community event, the Potato Festival, takes place in August.
Thriftway Convenience Store
Location: 45.853524, -111.337080
Cyclists can stop at the Thriftway convenience store when the Amsterdam Store is closed.
Location: 45.856065, -111.333132
A lot of potato farmers hang out here...when they're not in the field.
Location: 45.860309, -111.291128
Cross the Gallatin River and continue east. Watch for whitetail deer in the surrounding fields.
Dry Creek Road
Location: 45.874981, -111.195888
This stretch of highway between Belgrade and Manhattan is relatively flat, has light traffic, and usually serves as the state time trial course. Follow Dry Creek Road back to Lewis and Clark Park in Belgrade.
Railway Sub Station
Location: 45.778179, -111.180396
Post ride: There are lots of food and drink options in Belgrade. Swing by the Railway Sub Station on Main Street for a sandwich or ice cream.
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