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Yellowstone’s Cycling Life: Brett French Radio Show Preview
By angelamontana


The first cyclists pedaled into Yellowstone National Park in 1883, cruising through a group of American Indians at high speed along the route out of fear of a confrontation. “We dashed into their midst at a speed which I dare not even conjecture, and, with the most unearthly yells that ever reached human ears, squaws, chiefs, horses and innumerable dogs scattered in as many directions as there are points to the mariner’s compass,” wrote W.O. Owen, a member of the Laramie, Wyo., Bicycle Club who took part in the ride. Ever since, cycling has accounted for only a fraction of the visitation to Yellowstone, but still draws a few hardy souls each year. In the spring the park opens for a short period of time to cycling only, prior to opening to vehicles and after the snowmobile and snowcoach season ends. Now, though, instead of groups of natives cyclists are more likely to encounter wildly dressed fellow bikers wearing tutus, costumes and capes. To read more about Yellowstone’s cycling history, check out my story in The Billings Gazette at http://bgz.tt/p4a8p.
(Written by Brett French – Outdoors Editor for the Billings Gazette)