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Alberta Rockies 700

Alberta Rockies 700

July 07 2018
Coleman, Alberta, Canada

The 2018 Grand Depart has been timed to allow the average rider to start with the Grand Depart of the BC Epic 1000 starting on June 30th, and then be able to join the Grand Depart of the Alberta Rockies 700 a week later.  Please visit https://www.bcepic1000.com/ for more information on that event.

This is a fully self supported bike packing event. The route is over 80% gravel. It will be run similar to events such as the Tour Divide and other long distance self supported rides. The grand depart for 2018 will take place in Coleman Alberta and the route will end in Hinton Alberta. The route follows the first range of the Rocky Mountains with grueling climbs and epic downhills all along the route. Along the way you will pass through small towns with a history of coal mining, ride beside glacier fed creeks and see some amazing mountains all around you.

This event is fully self supported, no outside help other than what you can find or buy along the way. Services are extremely limited on this route, so you will need to pack accordingly. Water crossings are plentiful.

Spot trackers are recommended.

Remember that this route goes through people's property and near their homes, please respect the land owners and leave the route as you found it or better.

Ride with GPS route link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17489131

Setup:  A 29er hardtail or even a fatbike would likely be your choice of ride for this route as it is 80% gravel with occasional connecting paved sections. Be prepared for long stretches between services, so a full bikepacking setup would be recommended.

Alberta Rockies 700

 
Routes: 700 km
Difficulty of Greatest Route: F - Ultra Distance and Climbing for events well over 100 miles
 
Start Address: Coleman, Alberta
 
 
 
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