This is Happening
Updated: Aug 7, 2020
We two women of Wheel Sport Bicycles will jump on our bicycles and ride a 695-mile section of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR). Planning began in January 2020 and the time has arrived! Come along with us as an armchair traveler and feed your cycling dreams!
A bit about the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR)
“An expedition on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route is no mean feat, either to plan or to execute.”- from the guide book “Cycling the Great Divide,” Michael McCoy and the Adventure Cycling Association.
Indeed, it is not. But people come from all over the world to ride the longest mapped off-pavement mountain bike route with only their basic needs packed on their bike. The GDMBR route runs 2,774 miles, between Banff, Alberta and Antelope Wells, NM. Most people ride north to south on mostly remote dirt roads, with some paved roads and single-track thrown in. The route crosses the Continental Divide 32 times with the highest pass 11,910 ft.
You may begin to wonder what self-punishing person travelled 2,774 miles to place “you are here” trail signs on the GDMBR. Hah, no. But it did take some effort to map this world renown trail, and you and I have the Adventure Cycling Association to thank. Thank you Adventure cycling.
Covid-19 note: Adventure Cycling Association currently recommends not traveling by bicycle on any of their routes as to avoid spreading Covid-19 to rural areas. Since we will be outdoors most of the time, have limited our trip to two people, and will mask-up anytime we are near others or indoors, we are going ahead with the trip. What is one more thing to worry about!