Video: Highlights from the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

Off-pavement touring and bikepacking is one of the fastest growing passion of cyclists, and the Adventure Cycling Association has responded by releasing the second edition one of the definitive guide books of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route.

Read more after the jump.

divide“Cycling the Great Divide: From Canada to Mexico on North America’s Premier Long-Distance Mountain Bike Route”, by Michael McCoy, is a detailed travel guide for the organization’s popular route. McCoy researched and mapped the route in the 1990s and subsequently wrote the guidebook, first published in 2000.

The second edition of “Cycling the Great Divide” includes updated information for the entire route and covers 254 miles in Canada that have been added to the route since the first edition. Many traveling cyclists use the book in tandem with Adventure Cycling’s cyclist-specific maps for the route.

The longest off-pavement route in the world, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route traces the spine of the Rocky Mountains for 2,774 miles from Canada to Mexico, traversing Alberta and British Columbia and western landscapes through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. Cyclists who tackle it in its entirety face 200,000 feet of elevation from start to finish, akin to summiting Mount Everest seven times. However, shorter tours on the route are very possible. To accommodate trips of varying lengths, Adventure Cycling’s maps for the route are broken into seven map sections, each of which covers between 250 and 500 miles of the route.

For a glimpse of what to expect from the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, check out Adventure Cycling’s new Great Divide route highlights video, produced in partnership with Co-Motion Cycles and Revelate Designs.

For more information, maps, gear suggestions, and more, visit www.adventurecycling.org/ridethegreatdivide.

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