When in Bozeman: Come Together on the Alter Cycles Supper Club Shred Group Ride!

We interrupt what would be more bike galleries from the Builder’s Camp in Bozeman, with an interjection of stoke. Stoke for the ride we did last night and the community at large, with emphasis on that word, large.

Every Tuesday night in Bozeman – during the warmer months – Alter Cycles throws an event they call the Supper Club Shred. It’s an open invite, all-are-welcomed ride, which ping-pongs around the various trails surrounding this quaint lil’ mountain town. Since meeting Mason and Steve from Alter, I’ve been following them on Instagram, checking out the local scene through their lenses and I must say, the internet doesn’t do it justice.

For one, the riding community here is as superb as the riding. Last night, over 50 people showed up for the party ride up to Emerald Lake via one of the chillest and most stunning singletrack climbs we’ve taken on thus far. As a self-described desert rat, I don’t often find myself deep in forests, or lush thickets such as this. With this form of riding comes a summoning of throwback skills from learning to mountain bike in the hills and mountains of North Carolina. Steep, slick, rocks and roots await!

I didn’t know what to expect as the riders began to roll into the shop. With already 20 people at the bike shop, we packed up our vehicles and headed up to the Emerald Lake trailhead, where to my surprise, a whole caravan of riders was awaiting our arrival. What followed was a party train up through the drainage, while the sun-kissed the towering mountains above.

Taking this all in on the climb up was of the utmost importance, since this ride is an out-and-back, allowing me to preview the terrain for photo ops before descending back down. At the summit, we took a big group photo, kitted up with jackets and pads and began to boogie back down where a cooler full of sausages, veggies, and cold beverages awaited our return. One by one, people began unpacking their camp grills and furniture as conversation went on well into the night.

The whole experience was one that really resonated with me, even as I’m typing this the following morning, I’m trying to remember a more fun ride in recent memory. Aside from a few spills, we all had a great time. Hell, even the people who took a digger probably can’t complain!

If you find yourself in Bozeman, Montana with a mountain bike on a Tuesday, do not pass this up!

Check out the route at my Strava.

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Follow Alter on Instagram and follow along with the #SupperClubShred hashtag.

  • Nick Wenn

    Last July, I was fortunate to be in Bozeman with my bike for a Supper Club Shred. As a nobody from Nebraska, the Alter Cycles and Sklar crew welcomed me and treated me like a local. Our ride at Grassy Mountain had 25 riders, on cross bikes, fully rigid single speeds, plus hardtails and Enduro bikes. Bozeman left quite an impression on me.
    Can’t wait to go back!

  • In the last couple years a lot of the friends I used to ride with have stopped or moved away. My riding has fallen off because of it. It makes me realize just how important the community really is to enjoying the sport. Also, is the big green Suburban the Dirt Church Bus? Great photos, looks like an awesome ride.

    • It’s an old Forest Service fleet vehicle. So rad.

      • I thought that was Forest Service Green. They always ordered the coolest versions of trucks.

  • I’ve had the privilege of being on one of those Tuesday night rides and I concur that there is something real good going on up there. Cheers!

  • Terry Dean Cain

    reminds me of old school point83 thursday night rides in seattle. i miss my bike crew!

  • Zian

    I’ve always wondered about these kind of photoshoots you do. Do you stop to take photos, and then bust your ass back to the front so you’ll have riders in the next photo?

  • woodensmile

    haven’t had campfires in CO for a long time now

    • That’s how California was last year and will probably be that way all summer. Bummer.

  • Piet Smuss

    I can feel the stoke sitting on my couch :D

  • Justin Scoltock

    Alter/Sklar’s IG keeps me so stoked on bikes. Gotta make the trek out there soon!

    • I’ll meet you!

      • thestreakpodcast

        Me too!

      • Justin Scoltock

        So down! Hardtail in tow!

  • So many hardtails!

  • Dario

    Thomas has cool pants

  • Sathya

    More of this—everywhere. Well done, Alter, on building community. It looks completely awesome.

  • The Streak Podcast

    Man. I need to start one of these.

  • Forrest Guy

    So sick.