bikepacking

October 11, 2019

Alexandera Houchin is the People’s Champion of Bikepacking

On September 16, 2017, Alexandera Houchin woke up from a fitful sleep cocooned in a sleeping bag and a blue tarp on the side of the road. Her body felt sluggish, numb from the sub-freezing Idaho air. She fumbled with her watch to check the time: 1:30am It was her 28th birthday. It was also […]

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October 11, 2019

Alexandera Houchin is the People’s Champion of Bikepacking

On September 16, 2017, Alexandera Houchin woke up from a fitful sleep cocooned in a sleeping bag and a blue tarp on the side of the road. Her body felt sluggish, numb from the sub-freezing Idaho air. She fumbled with her watch to check the time: 1:30am It was her 28th birthday. It was also […]

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August 13, 2019

Roll Your Backpacking Gear Into Bikepacking

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Calling all bike-curious backpackers: This one’s for you. With a few small additions and some packing know-how, you can push your backpacking setup into bicycle service. Follow these tips to get started.  Gear and Storage When you hit the trail on foot, you carry your stuff on your back. Not so when you do the […]

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August 8, 2019

Bikepacking 3,560 Miles to Ski Denali

A person stands next to two bicycles packed full of gear on a dirt road and points to Denali in the distance

For most climbers and ski mountaineers, a trip to the top of Denali takes about a month, door to door. Typically, the travel to Anchorage is the easy part—one final moment of relaxation on an airplane before the real work begins to climb the 20,320-foot peak. That wasn’t the case for Cody Hughes, 28, and […]

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August 1, 2019

The Wild West Route Is the Country’s Newest Bikepacking Epic

Part of the Wild West Route weaves across a lush hillside in Arizona.

Kurt Refsnider has ridden through the night as much anyone in the sport of ultra-endurance mountain bike racing. He has pushed himself for days on end: six straight in 2018 to set a new course record on the 750-mile Arizona Trail Race and just under 16 in 2011 when he won the 2,745-mile Tour Divide. […]

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July 19, 2019

Shifting Focus

Heading up the bike trail.

he barn where Amanda Seigle and Devon Beam live is tucked behind several fenced-in properties at the edge of a secluded neighborhood in Flagstaff, Arizona, near the base of Mount Humphries. Ponderosa pines line the dirt driveway, and the high desert sun sneaks through the towering trees to warm the clearing. It’s a little over […]

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June 14, 2019

The Racers of the Longest Off-Road Cycling Race in the World

On the second Friday in June, cyclists from around the world will gather at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, for the 12th annual Grand Départ of the Tour Divide. Considered one of the original and most important races in ultra-endurance bikepacking, the Tour Divide is a competition for the […]

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May 21, 2019

Unfinished Business on the TransVirginia Bike Route

Huddling beneath an overpass, sopping wet from the rain and freezing, a thought crosses my mind that day one of the TransVirginia Bike Route—a 550-mile, mostly gravel bikepacking route from Washington, D.C., to Damascus, Virginia—is perhaps a little harder than I was expecting. The first 63 miles are mostly flat, I’d assured my companions. The […]

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August 30, 2018

Bikepackers Chase Adventure First, Glory Last

On September 14, a dozen mountain bikers will assemble before dawn at Waterfront Park in Northville, New York, a village of 1,000 people in the Adirondack Mountain foothills. Michael Intrabartola, a carpenter who lives in the High Peaks region 90 miles north, will check in with each rider as they secure soft-sided bags to their […]

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