Nat Rainbow is all about spreading positivity. When she decided to tackle the Tour Divide this year, she had no idea she’d be riding the Lanterne Rouge and was blown away by the Bikepacking community’s support. Nat shares what she did to prepare for her epic journey and some of the tools she harnessed to maintain a positive mindset through all the challenges she faced to get to Antelope Wells.
Aaron came to British Columbia to tour the Lost Elephant Ultra as well as the Flathead in Alberta before heading back to his home in Salida Colorado. With over 500km and 11,000m of ascent, he got a taste of the East Kootenay’s. Aaron lives the life of a Bikepacker, stitching bags for Oveja Negra and riding his bike… a lot. We caught up with Aaron at the Invermere Hostel while he was resting after an unexpected effort.
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.