A mixture of fire road, double track and singletrack
Judging by the trail description the trip could be done in one day, but where’s the fun in that? We split the adventure into two days by cutting out the shuttle option and leaving mid-day. This also gave us an excuse to test out our bike packing gear and stay overnight in a remote hut. We made it to the Guyon Hut in just over 5 hours and narrowly caught sunset. It was unreal.
On day two we set out in the morning for some serious saddle time: 7 hours and 53 minutes of mountain passes, stream crossings and wild terrain. Our packs were heavy, but the journey was pure magic. The corners of my mouth hurt from smiling so much.
Weather and conditions
Mix of sun and cloud. We marched through a headwind on day one but any hints of a storm circled around and passed us.
Was great, as always. We only encountered one or two other groups over the entire 12+ hours of trail time.
Yeti Sb5c and a Giant Reign
Key pieces of gear
- Any weight we could move from our backs to our bikes made life easier. I used a bar bag, back packing pack and kept my repair kit under my saddle.
- My Suunto GPS watch kept us on track and helped manage our food and rest stops.
How serious the sand fly issue is: Bring bug spray!