In this episode, we chat with Jonathan Hayward about the evolution of the Alberta Rockies 700, just one of a handful of Canadian Bikepacking events. Now a loop, the AR starts in Canmore Alberta taking riders south through the Rockies and into the Flathead before looping back. Listen in as we chat about the challenges involved in completely rerouting his event to make things logistically easier for participants.
In this episode we sit down with Janie Hayes. On this years Tour Divide, Janie found some unexpected challenges and after a couple of weeks on the trail, and decided to call it. We dive deep into mindset and try to discover the “why?” of her journey.
The Lost Elephant, previously known as the Kootenay Gravel Grinder, explores the bikepacking paradise of the Rocky Mountain Trench here in the East Kootenays. Not for the faint of heart, this route of just over 500km and 10,300m of ascent will test your mettle. In this episode, we chat with the organizers of this beast of a route to get some background and hear the stories of the evolution of this event which starts in Cranbrook.
In this episode, we connect with Sofiane Sehili. Sofi was one of the many elite riders held up by Mother Nature at Brush Mountain Lodge. After being turned back by heavy snow and technical issues, he and other riders sat in armistice at BML. He later scratched. Sofi is a passionate, driven guy with very definitive goals. Enjoy, while he shares some of the lessons learned and just how much the Tour Divide inspires him.
We thought we would continue the BC Epic 1000 stoke with another fantastic conversation with BC Epic Organizer, Lennard Pretorious. Lennard was inspired to create the BC Epic 1000 after riding the Oregon Outback. Lennard's passion for the sport has created one of the more iconic Bikapacking routes in Canada, traversing South Central BC from Merrit to Fernie. For those of you participating in the BC Epic this summer, this is one you won't want to miss.
In this episode, we sit down to chat with Evan Deutsch, Trans Am record holder and winner of the 2018 BC Epic 1000 (2.19.46). One of Evan’s strengths is his positive attitude and mindset. If you’re riding the Epic this year, and need some motivation or inspiration, this episode is a must listen.
Today, May 13th, is the official release of the Wild West Route. Here’s an excerpt from bikepackingroots.org: “The 2,700-mile Wild West Route is designed to offer bikepackers a non-technical, expeditionary-scale riding experience that immerses one in the vast expanses of wild and public lands in the Intermountain West. Nearly 70% of the route is on public lands – 18 National Forests, 6 National Parks and Monuments, and 4 areas with Bureau of Land Management National Conservation Lands designation. Riders will experience the incredibly remote mountains of western Montana and central Idaho, the desolate beauty of southern Idaho’s Snake River Plain, endless vistas from Utah’s high plateaus at 10,000 feet elevation, the canyon country of Navajo Nation and Grand Canyon region, and the towering Sky Islands and low Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona.”
Seasoned bikepacker, Matthew Kadey likes to share. After some time exploring southern Ontario, and all the route options, Matthew decided to put together a route and make it available to everyone to explore. The BT 700 is a 700ish kilometre bikepacking route traversing some of the most interesting and less trodden terrain in southwestern Ontario. Matthew talks to us about the route and as a registered dietician schools us on nutrition and butter tarts.
Winter adventure is a family affair when it comes to the Dunlop Family. In this episode, we sit down with Doug Dunlop, aka @coldbike, to get the lowdown on winter adventure. In this marathon conversation we chat about technology, sleep systems, shelters, winter ultra racing, ticks…. the list goes on and on. We really enjoyed hanging out with this hardcore family of winter adventurers and hope you enjoy listening in. We recommend popping the buds in and heading out for a ride for this one.
Welcome, to Sarah's Island.
When Ryan and Sarah founded Bikepack Canada they probably had no idea the kind of impact they were going to have on the community. By creating a place where fellow bikepackers could share their experiences, they have not only connected people from around the globe, they have made this great sport more accessible. In this episode, I sit down with Sarah Hornby to talk about the evolution of Bikepack Canada and the importance of carrying on its legacy. We also talk about this years Bikepack Canada Summit and her upcoming film project in honour of Ryan's guide book, Bikepacking the Canadian Rockies.