The fourth Grand Depart for the BC Epic 1000. The BC Epic is actually 1066km long, with 11,600m of climbing. It traverses across South Central BC, from Merritt to Fernie (or vice versa if you choose) mostly along the Trans Canada Trail. The route is about 80% off road on mostly old decommissioned railgrades (Kettle Valley Railroad from Brookmere to Midway, Columbia Western from Midway to Castlegar and Great Northern from Salmo to Nelson), with a few sections of challenging singletrack and the rest mostly rough gravel forest service road and about 100km of paved road.
There’s a new kid on the block! The first bikepacking event in eastern Canada kicks off in south-western Ontario this year. It’s a big loop on a combination of gravel roads, rail trail, two-track, forest singletrack, rugged unserviced roads and a little pavement. Oh, and the best bit? BT stands for butter tart - apparently there are plenty to be found along the way - that alone is reason enough to go and ride the route!
See http://www.bt700.ca/ for more information.
16 July - Catch up for beers in the Bow Valley (location TBD)
17 July - Catch the Whitefish Bike Retreat Shuttle from Banff to Whitefish.
18 July - Ride back to Banff and beyond via the GDMBR at your preferred pace.
Book your own accommodations and shuttle seat with the Whitefish Bike Retreat. Shuttle seats are limited to seven.
A 700 km self-supported bikepacking event/race, now with a 500 km version AND a new loop format. The routes now start and finish in Canmore, AB, travelling south down the front range of the Rocky Mountains towards Fernie, and into the Flathead. There are plenty of gruelling climbs and epic downhills (the shorter 500 km loop includes 8100m of climbing, whereas the 700 km has 11,600m or so). You will pass through small towns with a history of coal mining, ride beside glacier fed creeks, and experience some amazing panoramas.
Learn more at www.albertarockies700.com
Named to commemorate the short lived production of the Cannon Ball bicycle manufactured in Thorold, Ontario from 1895 to 1898, the Cannon Ball 300 route was created as an introductory 300km bikepacking route that allows riders to gain experience bikepacking without having to choose between weeks away from life's responsibilities and a multi-day adventure.
The route connects some of Ontario's most under-utilized rail trail, waterfront trail and greenbelt routes for all skills and adventuring cycling disciplines.
There will be a Grand Depart style, self supported race informally starting in Dundas, Ontario on August 24th 2019. Sign up and more info at Cannonball300.com and follow along for updates at @cannonball300route on Instagram.
The Lower Lake Group Campsite in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park has been booked for the 2019 Bikepack Summit overnighter! More details of the September Summit coming soon... but for now we’re just daydreaming a bit about bikes + tents + good people + good times ✌️ it’s going to be another fun one, you should come.
For 2019 the event will be expanded to two days with events for two types of riders, endurance bikepackers and gravel enthusiats. Bike-packers will have the opportunity to do two days of riding plus an overnight campout. This is the perfect opportunity for long, fully loaded, rides to confirm your kit and test your legs for future events such as the BC Epic, Alberta Rockies 700, or even the Divide.
Gravel enthusiasts can come out on Sunday to ride (or race) their choice of two routes (150km and 80km) that will offer plenty of challenge for unloaded skinny tire grinding of the gravel.
Join us for a 2 hour clinic led by experienced bikepacker and certified bike fitter Ryan Draper (@ryan.cycling101 on Instagram) that will cover the following topics and more:
+ Body position
+ Pedalling dynamics
+ Clipped in vs flat shoes and pedals
+ Bar ends, grips, jones/drop/flat/aero bars
+ Individual assessments
+ Physiological anomalies that impact fit
+ Self assessing fit on the bike
+ How to help a friend achieve a better fit
+ On-trail changes in the case of sore or irritated areas
Big thanks to Ryan for stepping up to offer this valuable session. Come get your set up dialled in with us!
Purchase your ticket at http://tiny.cc/fitclinic
Join us for our third annual Canada Bikepack Summit 2018 in the Rockies! Festivities include a Friday night social at Canmore Brewing Co., morning group rides through the Bow Valley, guest speakers and gear demos. Last year’s summit was sold out early! Featured guests included ‘Ride the Divide’ filmmaker, Mike Dion, and Tour Divide Winner, Josh Kato.
Learn more here.
Long weekend exploratory mission. 280km loop route that I have put together, it would be 27% singletrack/trails, 43% forest service roads and 30% paved. 2 towns, 2 breweries, 3120 meters of climbing and a spectacular backcountry waterfall. Meet at the Hinton Campground Friday evening, and ride out Saturday morning.
RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/136040280442042/
A 500 km bikepacking event/race around the East Kootenays. It's a tough route with approximately 30,000 feet of climbing. Our course is primarily made up of backcountry roads. There's not really any single track to speak of and just a small amount of paved road at the beginning, middle and end.
Learn more at www.lostelephant.ca
A 700 km self-supported bikepacking event/race. The route follows the front range of the Rocky Mountains and includes plenty of gruelling climbs and epic downhills. You will pass through small towns with a history of coal mining, ride beside glacier fed creeks, and experience some amazing panoramas.
Learn more at www.albertarockies700.com
A 1,000 km self-supported bikepacking event/race across South Central BC, starting in Merritt and ending in Fernie. The route mostly follows the Trans Canada Trail, 80% off-road, with roughly 10,000 m of elevation on rail grade climbs, including the famous Kettle Valley.
Learn more at www.bcepic1000.com
Hosted by Katrina Rosen
Are you up for an overnight on Lake Minnwanka! We had so much fun last year, let's do it again! There are many options.
Pre option - Healthy heart breakfast at 8am Kat and Mikes house
Option 1 to begin at 9am in Canmore.
Option 2 to meet at Wildflour in Banff at 11:30.
Option 3 to start at Minnewanka parking lot for the shortest 8 km ride. (Timing to be determined.) Camp at LM8 on Saturday night. Book it off, find some babysitters, let's go ride! Let me know if you are in and I will book the campsites.
Fatbike ride on mostly gravel from St. Albert to Elk Island Park where we will camp for the night. We will ride back to St. Albert the next day. If we are feeling ambitious, we can ride some trails in the park and try to spot some bison. Relaxed pace riding for lovers of bikepacking to test gear, enjoy the outdoors, and chat about bikes!