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Ovando, Montana takes a lesson from Twin Bridges, embraces bicycle tourism

January 28, 2018View for printing

Leigh Ann Valiton watched a customer meander the aisles of the Blackfoot Commercial Co. in Ovando. Valiton's store, and attached Inn, is open until 7 every evening, but it was 10 p.m. and she showed no sign of leaving.

The customer, Faye Cunningham from New Zealand, filled her basket with frozen burritos, energy bars, chips and a Mountain Dew.

Cunningham was competing in the Tour Divide Race, a 2,735-mile long mountain bike race that stretches from Banff, Alberta, Canada, to the Mexican border. The route enters Montana in Glacier National Park and meanders south, paralleling the Continental Divide.

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