Sat., Oct. 05 | Griffith ON - HWY 41

Introduction to Bikepacking

Come learn about bikepacking on this one night / two day mellow ride leaving from Griffith. Spots are limited so sign up soon!
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Introduction to Bikepacking

Time & Location

Oct. 05, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – Oct. 06, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Griffith ON - HWY 41, ON-41, Ontario, Canada

About the Event

Some 87% of the province of Ontario and 92% of the province of Quebec consists of Crown Land.  The region surrounding Ottawa-Gatineau is no exception, where abundant public land crisscrossed with ATV trails and forest roads, and littered with hidden lakes, rivers and campsites, can often be found no more than an hour’s drive from the city.  This makes Ontario counties like Lanark, Renfrew, and Haliburton, as well as the various Zones d'Exploitation Contrôlée (ZECs) that dot south-western Quebec, a haven for potential bikepacking adventures.     http://www.gisapplication.lrc.gov.on.ca/CLUPA/Index.html?site=CLUPA&viewer=CLUPA&locale=en-US In that spirit, Grant Burke (administrator of the Ottawa Valley Bikepacking Society and the Ottawa area Gravel Atlas, bike adventurer extraordinaire, and runner-up on last season’s Great British Bake Off) and I, in cooperation with Panorama Cycles, will be hosting an “Introduction to Bikepacking” event the weekend of October 5th.  This mellow two day/one night trip is inspired by the Griffith Highland Bikepacking loop I rode earlier this spring https://www.facebook.com/groups/184803891886666/permalink/834541003579615/.  However, it has been updated to avoid the overgrown singletrack and water crossings, in an effort to make it accessible to the widest assortment of bikes.       The route is 70k in total, of which approximately 95% consists of single lane forest service roads located on Crown Land approx. an hour and a half outside of Ottawa.  While these roads are technically what I would describe as “unmaintained” (i.e. they receive no winter maintenance), there is absolutely nothing technical about them whatsoever and can be easily ridden on a bike with 38mm or wider tires.  That means touring, gravel or mountain bikes are all welcome and should be more than capable.  Worried that you might not have the appropriate bikepacking bags?  Use panniers!  Or a backpack!  Heck, I will also have few frame, seatpost, and handlebar bar bags available for folks to borrow on a first-come; first served basis. The goal of this ride isn’t to test one’s mettle against the elements, push past the pain or to set any land speed records.  Rather, it’s designed primarily to explore the social side of bikepacking - where beer, whiskey, campfires and camaraderie combine to remind us all of why we love being out in the woods.  As such, this will be an open, inclusive and chill event, welcome to anyone with the good humour, a sense of adventure and the appropriate gear.  Speaking of gear, we will be posting a suggested gear list, as well as a proposed itinerary and other details, in the days to come.  Finally, given the nature of the event, Grant and I have decided to limit the number of attendees approximately 15 people.  In the meantime, a link to the route can be found here:     https://www.gaiagps.com/public/5xOnas3t8eXQ3ovNTORuvZxY Shoot me a message if you have any questions!

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