Up since the break of dawn, all day we’d been rolling on washboard roads. Yet it was hard to complain. We’d just spent a few days hiking around Ikara/Flinders Ranges National Park and it felt good to be headin’ north again. As the sun dropped toward the horizon I stopped for a bit of a feed. Dan rolled up beside me and we began to look for somewhere to camp. It was dead flat aside from the occasional patch of scrub. You could’ve pitched in anywhere but for some reason, it still felt good to choose a spot. It was then, with bikes stationary and no wind to speak of, that we were struck by the immense silence of our surroundings. This was our first proper encounter with the vastness of the Australian desert. The endless horizon. We had made it to the edge of the outback, and thousands of kilometers of dusty track lay in wait.
The Salton Sea first appeared to me back in 2016, a couple of days into the Stagecoach 400 bike packing trip with the Borrachos. It appeared to me then as it appeared on this passage, an out of place body of water in the desert landscape, planar and mirage inducing. It could have been the heat exhaustion the first time I saw it, but the sea seemed to bend the horizon. We only saw it in the distance at that time, as our Stagecoach route took us up and away into Anza Borrego. This time around though, we’d pedal straight for it.
This animated short features Kona Ambassador Gretchen Leggitt and friend Robin Kodner, as they embark on a 900km bike tour, with their bikes jammed packed with climbing gear. They rode from Bellingham, Washington to climb in the Bugaboo mountains.
It’s not every day you’re presented with an opportunity to step out of the routines of daily life and to reconnect with a couple of old friends in a beautiful, fairly isolated environment; and to get to fully experience that place from the saddle of your bicycle. When a couple of my oldest friends, Josh and Alex, invited me on a bikepacking adventure – and asked me to assist with a video they planned to produce about the trip – help with logistics, carry some gear, etc. – I gave an enthusiastic and immediate, “I’m all in.” Josh and Alex had secured a generous grant from Kitsbow to capture our time on camera, in hopes that our experience would inspire and motivate others to get outside, unplug from life a bit, reconnect with old friends, and explore an exciting and accessible environment within a reasonable window of time. What cyclist wouldn’t want to throw their bike in a travel bag, fly down to Los Angeles for a 3 day weekend, and spend the bulk of that time pedaling around on Santa Catalina Island with a duo of old friends?
Here’s the latest from the 36 Hours in Kitsbow series, as a group of friends escapes to Catalina Island. Be on the lookout tomorrow for photos from this trip!
A group of friends tour Vietnam from Dien Bien Phu to Muong Te to Son la to Nghia Lo and finally, Tram Tau. They share the beauty and hardships of a tour like this.
Everyone likes to boast about those bike tours where it was so cold for night after night, but how many end with frostbite?
Last summer a group of friends went on a bike tour in Italy. Shortly into their journey, they discovered their bikes were not quite all-terrain and the terrain was totally all-terrain. This video is compiled from all their trip photos.
Our friends from Seattle depart on a bicycle tour to Bend on what looks to be a perfect weekend getaway!
The Bicycle Quarterly team took on the beautiful Sawtooth Mountains with a Masi Speciale Randonneur and the Frances Farfarer trailer for issue 65. Here’s a preview video of what to expect in the latest issue.
This beautifully shot video focuses on Belén and Tristan’s tour on the ‘Pamir Highway’, through Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, highlighting why they cycle.
David shared his video from touring Adventure Cycling’s Idaho Hot Springs route:
“In August 2017, I decided to ride my bike on a portion of the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route with my tent and my fly-fishing rod. 6 days on a solo trip with as best memory: the total solar eclipse. A unique experience in which doubts and fatigue mixed with happiness, joy, and pride of having done something I dreamed about.”
“A two-month, two-thousand-mile book tour by bike to save 1.1 million acres of wilderness…”
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Rugile Kaladyte took all the photos from Lael’s 1000 mile ride and made this video slideshow from the RAW files.