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bikepacking.com

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1 year ago

The Kora (film)

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“High in the Himalayan hinterlands of Sichuan province, three massive mountains soar above sprawling floodplains and bamboo forests below. For Tibetans, a successful pilgrimage around the base of these sacred giants—known as the “Yading Kora”–is believed to purify a lifetime of negative karma.” Inspired by this idea, Brice Minnigh, Joey Schusler, and Sam Seward set out by bike on a 10-day self-supported bikepacking journey to complete this kora.

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bikepacking.com

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1 year ago

Jenny Graham Sets Women’s Around-the-World Cycling Record

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Jenny Graham is a 38-year-old endurance cyclist from the Scottish Highlands. On the 16th of June, Jenny left from Berlin, Germany, riding east. Last Thursday, she pedaled back into Berlin from the west. Within the 125 days this mission took to complete, Jenny rode some 29,657 kilometers across four continents to become the fastest woman to ride around the world unsupported. The old record of 144 days was nearly three weeks longer, set by Paola Gianotti in 2014.

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cyclingtips.com

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1 year ago

Photo Gallery: A Turbulent Journey of Self-Discovery at the Race to the Rock

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n September 1, I set out to ride my bicycle from the south of Tasmania to Uluru — a 3,500km, off-road, unsupported adventure, as part of Race to the Rock. Why? Well, I’m not totally sure. I guess it was to set a huge challenge for myself, face fears of isolation, and to try what seemed almost impossible.

Just getting to the start line was hard enough. Cockles Creek in Tasmania is home to Australia’s southernmost road. There’s not much there — the closest accommodation or basic service is 20 kilometres away. If you’ve forgotten something, there’s no popping down to the local Coles. Being unsupported, you’ve got to pack your bike and ready yourself to be self-sufficient for the whole journey. No support cars, no food drops, and in the spirit of the race, no external help from friends, families or followers of the race.

While the race officially started at 6.23am on September 1 2018, prep for the task was long and mind-boggling. It’s the first time I’ve done anything like this – I’m no bikepacker or hard-out adventurer. Most people who tackle these events are either very bearded or very experienced, or both, so who was I to do this? I was stupid enough to announce my intentions publicly, so that was it — I had seven months to work it out.

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bikepacking.com

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1 year ago

Jay Petervary on the Silk Road Mountain Race

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At 5:15 pm local time on August 26th, 2018, the inaugural PEdALED Silk Road Mountain Race had a winner. After 1,721 kilometers in 8 days, 8 hours, and 15 minutes, Jay Petervary was the first to arrive at the finish line in Chong Kemin. “This was the hardest race I have done. But that is not why I took part. It’s about pioneering and racing bikes where no one did before. That is the real beauty of this race for me,” stated Jay on the SRMR blog. Jay led the race from the start, but it was never a sure thing. Several other riders, including second place finisher Levente Bagoly, were always pushing on close behind him.

The Silk Road Mountain Race was the first of its kind and followed a route through Kyrgyzstan based closely on our Tian Shan Traverse. Only about a third of the nearly 100 starters made it to the finish, owing to extreme weather, illness, and the sheer difficulty of the terrain. We caught up with Jay to ask him a few questions about his time pedaling across Kyrgyzstan.

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bikepacking.com

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1 year ago

A Journey Beyond II: Bikepacking The Pamir Highway

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The first Journey Beyond film followed German cyclist Marc Maurer from Istanbul, Turkey, to Tehran, Iran. Marc’s original plan was to begin each trip where the last left off, eventually crossing the entire globe. However, in A Journey Beyond II, instead of picking up up in Tehran, we find Marc in a more dramatic locale, traveling through the high Tian Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan before joining the Pamir Highway in Osh and continuing on to Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Watch the film below, find a collection of photos from the trip, and read on to see a map of the Pamir Highway with a little bit of background on the route…

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bikepacking.com

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1 year ago

Bikerafting Scotland’s Great Wilderness

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We’d been out there paddling for hours. I was all too aware that my hands were covered in blisters, but denial seemed like the best way to keep on pushing forwards. As the wind suddenly picked up, it was clear that making any forward progress was going to be nearly impossible, as if the conditions weren’t challenging enough already. I accepted that getting blown backwards was the only likely outcome and turned to Cat to suggest that we pull in for a bit. She was nowhere to be seen. Scanning around the vast loch, the only thing that caught my eye was a harras of white horses near the shore.

 

The old adage says that “life begins outside your comfort zone,” and if that’s the case I’d certainly been doing some extreme living that weekend. Egged on by an equally enthusiastic mate, the idea to paddle the length of a six-mile loch with no escape routes on either side for our first packrafting trip might have been slightly ambitious, bordering on insane. But what do you really learn from something you can do comfortably? “In at the deep end” seems to have become my motto!

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bikepacking.com

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2 years ago

Ultralight Bikepacking Kit for Armenia + Six New Favorites

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Year over year, trip after trip, I strive to hone my kit and make it smaller, lighter, and more efficient. After all, there’s nothing better than riding a mountain bike that feels the way a mountain bike should—nimble, playful, and fun. On our recent excursion through Armenia, boasting almost 70,000 feet of climbing in less than 400 miles, weight and efficiency were paramount, to say the least. Not to mention, Armenia is chock full of steep and rugged terrain. Daily hike-a-bikes give way to rutted and chunky descents.

 

Being my first major trip back on the bike following surgery and ten months of therapy and recovery, it probably wasn’t the wisest decision to tackle this place. Another reason for a smart and ultralight kit. To this end, I believe I had the most dialed bikepacking setup I’ve used to date. Here is the full packlist plus how it was organized by location on the bike, followed by six new pieces of gear that I very well may never leave home without.

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bikepacking.com

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2 years ago

Watch: Bikepacking Might Kill You

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Bikepacking Might Kill You is a new short film that tells the story of a group of 14 riders who converged in the small town of Stanley, Idaho, for a bikepacking trip in celebration of the 2018 Swift Solstice Campout. We caught up with Todd Gillman, the organizer of the trip, at the film’s launch party in Denver last week to ask him some questions about how the ride came to be and what they experienced while they were out there. Watch the full film below, and continue on to see still images from the trip and to read Todd’s perspective.