THE GRASSROOTS RIDE SERIES

The Grassroots Ride Series is a movement toward creating a stronger, more connected WTF Bikexploring community. We are seeking ride leaders to organize multi-day self-supported adventure rides in their local communities and to register their 2019 rides with us.



BECOME A BIKEXPLORER

Want to host a ride? If you are a W/T/F/GNC person who is interested in hosting a ride, please fill out this form by June 31st, 2019.

REGISTER YOUR RIDE



SEE THE RIDES

Connect with WTF Bikexplorers on multi-day adventures around the world. Find a ride happening near you by exploring the map below.



MEET THE BIKEXPLORERS

Meet the community of WTF Bikexplorers and learn about each ride.


MAYBELL, CO

Dates: June 13th – 17th
Organizer: Emily Waldron (she/her)
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29606593
Contact: em.waldron@gmail.com

I’ve been dreaming of this ride for years as I learned the roads and terrain here while inspecting oil and gas activities in the area. This ride is designed to expose the rider to the incredible sedimentary geology of NW Colorado while also exposing them to the many ways we use, develop, and extract in this wild land. The final 10 miles are on the famous Great Divide Route and our final night will be at Brush Mountain Lodge. Mostly on maintained county roads, with the longest day being 43 miles, and the only hike-a-bike happening on the first day, this ride is designed for beginning-advanced bike packers and those who are curious about NW Colorado and the history of extraction and exploration here. There will be transportation back to Hayden, CO available from Brush Mountain Lodge after night 4.

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BURLINGTON, VT

Dates: July 26th – 29th
Organizer: Christine Hill (she/her)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/296065956
Contact: christine.tyler@gmail.com

We depart Burlington after work on Friday and ride 27 miles on mostly paved and unfortunately well-trafficked roads to Underhill State Park (largely mellow with the exception of 900ft of climbing packed dirt in the last 2 miles to camp). Saturday consists of 55 miles of rolling gravel and backroads with 14 miles of flat rail trail in the middle of the day. Saturday offers endless swimming opportunities, general stores for snacks and water, and a final stop at the famed Hill Farmstead Brewery before riding to a nearby primitive campsite on Long Pond. On Sunday we’ll arrive in the crunchy hamlet of Glover mid-morning, and the group will split: those who want to attend Bread & Puppet’s Sunday pageant at 3pm will have either arranged for rides home in the evening (shuttle maybe? TBD) or have plans to ride back on Monday, while advanced riders who wish to get back to Burlington that evening will embark on their 88 mile journey — after a fresh donut at Red Sky Trading post, of course.

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SAVORY, WY

Dates: September 19th – 21st
Organizer: Jillian Betterly (she/her)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/trips/33579397
Contact: betterlyphotography@gmail.com

We will be riding among aspens (hopefully turning yellow!) on gravel roads thru the plains and plateaus of Savory WY. There will be climbing but on top of the ridge lines are fantastic views. I will prepare a water drop, in case our smaller streams dry up. Each person is to carry enough for the 3 days and 2 nights. Days will warm and 60’s maybe wind (it is Wyoming..) and cooler nights around the 40’s. Fall is ideal because this landscape is very open.
We will start and end at a guest ranch, Boyer YL. There will be camping available for early arrivers and anyone who like to stay longer. Guest cabins are available as well. At the guest ranch, there will be a camping fee or cabin fee and a shower fee. Tent + Shower $10 (tent only $5 per night), Cabin $25/night/person includes shower.

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TERLINGUA, TX

Dates: October 11th – 14th
Organizer: Nikita (she/her)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29606596
Contact: wtfbikepackingtexas@gmail.com

Big Bend Ranch State Park is in the southwest of Texas in the Chihuahuan Desert. The Fresno-Saucedo Loop is an IMBA EPIC route through the heart of the park. The route is sixty miles of single track, creek beds and 4×4 roads, with terrain ranging from hard-packed dirt to soft sand and rocky technical sections. There is 4,000 feet of ascent, so riders should be prepared for steep climbs and descents through a breathtaking desert landscape. Riders will enjoy views of the high desert grasslands and surrounding mountain ranges. The first day will consist of 25-30 miles, ending near the Papalote Encino campground. The second day is a “free day” and will include an optional (unweighted) ride on the El Solitario Loop (35-40 miles and ~3000 feet of elevation gain). The third day will consist of 30-35 miles back to the trailhead. There are year-round water sources and a ranger’s station near the middle of the route.

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ARIVACA, AZ

Dates: November 1st-3rd
Organizer: Brenda Croell (she/her), Monique Laraway (she/her/they/them)
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30248768
Contact: brendacroell@gmail.com, outcycle@gmail.com

This 60-70 mile route with around 5800 feet of elevation gain goes through Tohono O’odham land and will begin in Arivaca, Arizona. We recommend organizing carpool options from Tucson, Arizona, which is about an hour drive. For this ride, we recommend bringing a tent as there are a limited amount of trees for hammock setups. We also recommend carrying around 3-4 liters of water. The first day will consist of a 20 mile ride beginning on a paved road out of Arivaca and quickly transition to rugged unmaintained dirt roads through the Coronado National Forest. We will bike up and over hills dotted with various cacti species and cattle. The second day will be approximately 20 miles with a long break at Pena Blanca Lake. This day will include a steep climb with rewarding views of high desert valleys. We will stop at the lake for water refills and swimming before back tracking to our campsite with views of beautiful rockscapes. The third day we will return to Arivaca Lake (20ish miles) for our final camping destination and/or optional return to Arivaca for folks who need to head home early.

Must Know: This route passes through an area with high amounts of border crossings by those seeking asylum and refuge. There will be border patrol along the route. In lieu of a camping fee, please consider donating to No More Deaths/No Más Muertes.

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CHATTANOOGA, TN

Dates: November 2nd-3rd
Organizer: Alea Coble (she/her), Jen Clemmer (she/her/they/them)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30111421
Contact: rtr555@mocs.utc.edu

“Lookout, It Gets Better” is a ride for folks who are into a sweet coasty fun time reward after a climb up Lookout Mountain. Loop from Whole Foods parking lot in downtown Chattanooga to Cloudland Canyon State Park and back. It is 81 miles (Day 1: 37, Day 2: 44). Features: mostly road, some gravel, and about a 1.5 miles of single track. 2 big climbs the first day. First one gains 1200 ft over 7 miles of gravel. The second, 500 ft over 4 miles of paved road. First day: gravel and road climbs. Single track leads into the park. Options along the way for snacks, food, and water (local pizza, burritos, cafes). Camping at scenic state park with amenities. Second day: 5 mile descent on paved road. Route rolls through the Chickamauga Battlefield National Military Park and back to Whole Foods. Expect autumnal deciduous forests, mountain views, and rolling pastoral landscape.

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FAQ


When is the deadline to register rides for 2019?

June 31, 2019 at 11:59pm (PT).


Do I have to host my ride before June 31st?

No, you can host the ride any time during 2019, however you must register your ride with us by June 31, 2019.


How do I register a ride?

Fill out this form.


How do I sign-up to do a ride?

View the Bikexplorer Around the World Map, click on the ride you wish to do, click on the website for the ride, and follow the sign-up instructions given by the ride host.


If I register a ride, how long does my ride have to be?

Multi-day.


Can my rides be on pavement?

Host whatever kinda ride you’d like!
From gravel, pavement, single-track, or bike trails – it’s up to you.


More Questions?

Visit our contact us page to get in touch.


PAST RIDES

BRISTOL, U.K.

Dates: June 1st – 2nd
Organizer: Katherine Moore (she/her)
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29700940
Contact: katherinemoore44@hotmail.co.uk

The Mendips Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is just a stone’s throw away from the bustling city of Bristol, yet it offers some of the most spectacular and diverse riding in the South West of England, from quiet back lanes to flowy dirt singletrack, sheltered pine forests to exposed and beautiful purple moorlands. The route heads out from Business As Usual, a cycling hub in central Bristol, on lanes and bridleways to this remote gem where we’ll wild camp overnight in ancient woodlands, before returning to the big city the following afternoon. The second day will take us to the incredible Cheddar Gorge, a must for cycling routes in the area, with an alternative climb up this wild landscape. The off road sectors will be mellow to medium difficulty, with the occasional steep incline ( we do love a bit of hike a bike) which is perfect for inexperienced off-road riders.

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REDFERN, NSW, AUSTRALIA

Dates: May 11th – 12th
Organizer: Rachel Hayden (she/her)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29700896
Contact: contact@omafiets.com.au

Women & gender diverse folk are welcome to join this overnight bikepacking trip from Wentworth Falls Station to , and the out to Woodford the following day (or on to Glenbrook if you’re feeling adventurous!).

Distance: 20km per day
Terrain: 100% fire trail

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MICHAUX STATE FOREST, PA

Dates: April 5th – 8th
Organizer: WTF MId-Atlantic Bikepacking
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28916790

This is a three day ‘beginner plus’ route on fire roads through Michaux State Forest roads in south central Pennsylvania: we’ll be on Haudenosauneega Confederacy and Susquehanna lands. The route consists of long, gradual climbs and fast, fun descents. We’ll ride through the northern terminus of the Blue Ridge Mountains through oak-pine and oak-hickory forest and across many streams that drain into the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. Camping occurs at primitive backcountry sites that’ll likely offer privacy but will have no running water, toilets, or trash disposal. We’ll be riding through the mountains, so there’ll be a fair amount of elevation, but climbs will be gradual (mostly <10% grade). We recommend tires at least 45mm in width for comfort and safety on the gravel, which is mostly smooth but very potholed in some areas. *Due to low temperatures in the mountains, this ride will be cancelled if the forecast calls for long periods of rain.


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WASHINGTON D.C.

Dates: April 13th – 14th
Organizer: WTF MId-Atlantic Bikepacking
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29606592
Contact: dgparnes@gmail.com

Come explore the C&O towpath on a W/T/F overnighter specifically designed for beginners and first timers! We’ll bike together alongside the canal, eat and share allll the snacks, and camp with a beautiful view of the Potomac.

Saturday we’ll ride 4 miles from D.C.’s Union Station to the C&O trailhead, then 11.5 miles on the dirt and crushed gravel trail to our campsite. Sunday we’ll turn around and ride the same route back. The route is almost entirely on bike lanes from the station to the trailhead, then completely car-free on the trail. The elevation gain is minimal, making this a great route for first timers! While close to D.C., the forested route and secluded campground provide an escape into nature.

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SIDNEY, B.C. CANADA

Dates: April 19th – 21st
Organizer: Kai Conradi (he/him)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29613071
Contact: kaiivor@shaw.ca

This three-day ride will take us from Victoria to two of BC’s largest Gulf Islands: Galiano and Saltspring. We will be riding and camping on the lands of the Songhees, Esquimalt, WSÁNEĆ, Tsawwassen, Stz’uminus and the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group peoples. The total distance is 175km with an elevation gain of 1820 metres. Because we’ll be on a different island each night, it’s easy to join just for one night if you can’t make it for both.

The Gulf Islands are notoriously hilly, but the hills, for the most part, are rolling, with lots of nice descents. The ride will be almost entirely on paved roads (with a few brief gravel/dirt sections near our camp spots), through lush forest and along stunning coastlines. Traffic on the islands is minimal (except on the main road on Saltspring around ferry times). We will be camping in two provincial parks, both of which border on the ocean with great swimming and stargazing. The trip involves three ferry rides. On day three, there is the option to do a longer ride back (about 100km), which would involve taking an additional ferry.

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HOBART, TAS, AUSTRALIA

Dates: April 19th – 29th
Organizer: Tyla Bickley & Suzie Mukasaus(she/her)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29613071
Contact: tyla.bickley@hotmail.com

The Tasmanian Trail is a long-distance multi-use trail in Tasmania. It links small villages by trails and country roads. The island state is known for its natural beauty, wildlife and awesome fresh produce. This route aims to take in the best of these aspects. Our ride will leave from Hobart, and pick up the Trail in Judbury (due to southern sections being closed for fire damage). While daily distances are very manageable (~50km), on many days there will be some tough elevation gains (+1000m). It passes through dense forest and open plateaus, heading north through the Central Highlands to finish in Devonport. There are bush campsites along the way, and we will be passing through many small villages to restock and refuel along the way.

Learn more about the trail on Bikepacking.com

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