The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) is a 2,700 off-pavement trail crisscrossing the Continental Divide north to south. It follows the actual Continental Divide as closely as possible, and crosses the actual divide about 3o times. In total, it has over 200,000 feet of elevation gain.
This is not the same trail as the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) which a lot of my wonderful thru-hiker friends are on right now. The CDT is a 3,100 mile hiking trail that is much more gnarly and remote than what I’m doing. Hikers often end up in the same towns that the GDMBR riders end up in. I’m hoping to see a lot of my hiker friends in town!
The northern terminus is in Banff, Alberta, Canada, and the southern terminus is at the USA/Mexico border crossing in Antelope Wells, NM. The entire route is basically dirt-road and mountain-pass riding every day. It is about 80% jeep and dirt forest service trails, 10% singletrack, and 10% pavement riding.
The GDMBR is routed through a variety of terrain and geographic features. On route, riders will encounter isolated river valleys, mountain forests, wide open grasslands, high desert, and, the end of the ride, a section of the Chihuahuan Desert.
I will be starting my ride on July 12th (I leave Hawaii on the 10th, arrive in Calgary on the 11th, and will start in Banff on the 12th), and will finish by early October at the latest. Unlike my 2012 PCT Thru-hike, I’m not too focused on logistics, mainly because this trail passes by/through towns a lot more often than the hiking trail did, and so food will be a lot easier to come by. I will not be sending myself food packages this time; instead I will just purchase items as needed.
For more info about this trail check out Adventure Cycling Association’s page: http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/great-divide-mountain-bike-route/