York 38 Special Bike Rides

6042 Nelson Road
Helena, MT 59602

Cycling > Mountain Biking

Event Description

We're BACK!  Your favorite ride is back in person this year, with a virtual option as well!  

Thirty-eight miles along spectacular scenery, through the Big Belt Mountains, beautiful canyons and three creeks!  This amazing ride includes varied terrain on gravel, asphalt road, and single track.  Challenge yourself or take it easy and enjoy the views!

Bear Trap and Trout Creek routes  - A challenging and exciting mountain bike ride covering 38 or 76 miles of breathtaking scenery. On the York 38 Special or the Spirit of 76, you will gain 3,000 vertical feet from lowest point of the ride (Nelson), traveling mainly on dirt roads and single track.  Six Aid stations with our famous homemade goodies & porta potties are spread throughout the course.

Lucky 13 Family Ride - The Lucky 13 route is 13 miles, approximately 6.5 miles along York Road, from York to Vigilante Campground, around the campground loop, and back to York. About half of the route is paved.   An Aid station & porta potty available on this route also!

VIRTUAL RIDE!  Can't make race day but still want to participate?  Ride (or run or walk!) the York 38 route or any 38 mile route between June 12th and August 15th and submit your time for special prize categories!  All activities must be recorded and verified using your choice of GPS tracking app or software (Strava, Garmin Connect, Suunto, etc). Riders must submit their times via the Results Tab by 11:59pm on August 16, 2021 to be considered eligible for awards (details to follow).   

The York 38 Special is more than a great ride - it is the major fundraiser for York Fire Rescue Inc for the benefit of York Volunteer Fire Department.  Your registrations and donations go to helping us fund our department and procure essential equipment.


Y38S Rider fees include a commemorative t-shirt, York Burger Coupon, Aid Station refreshments & Swag Bag!

Lucky 13 Rider fees include the swag bag WITHOUT the t-shirt, and a sheet of vintage York 38 Special decals!

Go to website for current fees.


 Y38S biking Awards may be given out for the following:

  • Fastest time, male/female, Bear Trap route
  • Fastest time, male/female, Trout Creek route
  • Fastest time, Cyclocross (Trout Creek)
  • Fastest time, any 38 mile route
  • 38 miles with the most elevation gain
  • 38 mile ride furthest away from the York Volunteer Fire Department (out of state, out of country, etc.)
  • Most 38 mile rides during the 2 month window (any location, each at least 38 miles in length)

     for all riders..walkers...runners...Best photo on your        ride...walk...run (must be wearing your York 38 Special Bib)

  • Additional awards may be added!

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