The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) starts 240 miles (385 kilometers) north of Montana in Banff, Alberta, Canada and ends in Antelope Wells, New Mexico, on the Mexican border for a total of 2,745 miles (4,418 kilometers). This bike route was developed and mapped in 1997 by the Adventure Cycling Association. The route follows the Continental Divide and is 95% off-pavement using dirt roads, gravel roads, trails, and a few short, unmaintained sections while crossing the Continental Divide 30 times for a total of 200,000 feet (60,960 meters) of elevation gain. The highest point on the route is Colorado's Indiana Pass, at 11,913 feet (3630 meters). See detailed map
Most riders ride the route from north to south. Logistical issues complicate riding the GDMBR. Reliable food and water sources on some portions of the route are over 100 miles (160 km) apart. Unpredictable mountain and desert weather can bring rain, snow, high winds, and temperature extremes at any day of the year. It is also common to encounter grizzly and black bears, moose, wild horses, antelope, mountain lions, elk, eagles, osprey, sandhill cranes, and other birds and animals. Riders should be self-sufficient and carry camping equipment, as commercial lodging is not available for long stretches of the route. Medical help is often a long distance off of the route, so riders must ride within their abilities and be aware of dangers.
The route is best known for the Tour Divide, an annual self-supported race. The race clock runs 24 hours a day and riders are allowed no outside support other than access to public facilities such as stores, motels, and bike shops. The race, which has neither entry fees nor prizes, starts on the second Friday of June at 8am Mountain Time. The start is called the Grand Depart. The current men’s record, set by Mike Hall in 2016, is 13 days 22 hours 51 mins minutes (~200 miles per day).
On July 8th, I will leave for Butte, Montana and continue where I left off last year. My goal is to ride as far south as I can ride until I can no longer turn the pedals for a minimum of two weeks. I will be camping along the route, stopping only for food and water when available.
During my trip, I will be carrying a satellite tracker. Garmin's inReach Explorer is a satellite communicator that uses 100% global Iridium satellite coverage for 2-way messaging anywhere in the world. In case of emergency, the interactive SOS allows me to communicate back and forth and receive confirmation that help is on the way. I will be able to receive weather forecasts directly on mydevice, so I can make educated decisions based on local conditions or the destination ahead. The tracker will upload my current location every 10 mins.
My bike: Pivot LES 29 Carbon Team XTR 1x
Bike with bags
You can follow my adventure on:
I will post pictures taken during the day.
- Garmin Tracker
You can see my current GPS location on a map. After opening the link, press the down button next to text "Tracks" in the red box as shown in the picture. The top-most track will be my current tracking information.
You can see my videos on my YouTube channel.
- Detailed list of POI
- Profile of GDMBR
- Detailed Map