SUMMIT SESSIONS

With the popularity of adventure cycling it is important to have safe spaces for W/T/F/N-B cyclists that facilitates growth, encourages exploration and supports new challenges. This is why we have scouted fellow WTF Bikexplorers from a wide range of backgrounds, riding styles and demographics to lead us through engaging educational workshops that focus on central issues unique to us and promote greater inclusivity within the cycling community.

A USER'S GUIDE TO PUBLIC LANDS

In this workshop, we’ll discuss the complex concept that is public lands. Bikepackers depend on public land – many major established routes (and likely the overnighter closest to your home) utilize forest roads, trails and paths through national forests, grasslands and other protected areas. We’ll discuss the history of and threats to public lands, as well as what opportunities there are for YOU to care and advocate for public lands. Come ready to take notes and be inspired to action.

SPEAKER
Jocelyn Gaudi Quarrell @joceygq
Katlyn Boyle @kait.boyle

ANTI-OPPRESSION 101

Why is something like this WTF summit needed? Because we live in a world with structural and societal inequalities built on a bedrock of male, hetero, and white supremacy. This workshop will explore theory and practice of how and why oppression happens and what to do about it.

SPEAKER
Tenzin Namdol @goodolenam

ABC MECHANICS

Get your hands dirty with essential repairs for bike tour. We will diagnose and fix common issues with brakes, drivetrain and tires while going over bicycle anatomy and repair kits.

SPEAKERS
Monique Laraway @revolta_art
Sofia Torres @flynnsaw

BACKCOUNTRY MECHANICS

Bikepacking is hard on your bike. Having a few basic repair skills can make the difference between hiking out with your head down or riding on into the sunset. This class will offer both demonstration and hands-on skills practice for attendees on their own bikes and will cover the most common trailside repairs and basic maintenance including chain repair, brake maintenance, tire troubles and a tool kit review.

SPEAKER
Tori Bortman @gracieswrench

BAGS & GEAR

We’ve all got baggage, why not carry it in style? Learn more about bike bags from the people who make ’em! Join the good folks of Swift Industries and Oveja Negra for a download on packing, bag design, and more.

SPEAKERS
Martina Brimmer @swiftindustries
Lane Wilson @ovejanegrabikepacking

CAMP CHEF COOK-OFF

Prepare your most flavorful camp meal or ride snack that hits the spot on those long bike treks. Come with your spork and vote for your favorites. Please be courteous and provide a list of ingredients for those with allergies and dietary choices.

FACILITATOR
Mary Lytle @maryroselytleart

CYCLOTHERAPY

We don’t just ride bikes to ride bikes. Some of us use the it as a tool to manage our mental health and spiritual well-being. Join us in a discussion on how cycling helps alleviate modern stressors and builds self-confidence.

SPEAKERS
Tenzin Namdol @goodolenam
Whitney Ford-Terry @whitneyft

DIY BIKEPACKING HACKS

“DIY Gear Hacks & Touring on a Budget” is all about eliminating cost as a barrier to recreation, and empowering participants to craft and personalize their own gear on any budget. Get outside while freeing yourself from materialism’s icy grip! We’ll share resources for prepping meals, clever ways of carrying gear, planning and budgeting for a vacation by bike, and much more.

SPEAKER
Becky Newman @makeshifter

FRIENDS ON BIKES

Friends on Bikes is a cycling group for women of color and trans and gender non-conforming people of color in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. Learn more about FOB, the hurdles and diversity problems in cycling, tips on organizing rides and groups, and how to facilitate change in your community.

SPEAKERS
Molly Sugar @friends.on.bikes
SJ Brooks @fob_sea

FUN-DAMENTAL SKILLS FOR OFF-ROAD RIDING

In this clinic, we’ll cover the skills to help you ride more confidently over a wide range of road and trail conditions. We’ll discuss body positioning, how to read the trail, turning/cornering, proper braking techniques and other tips and tricks to make off road cycling more comfortable and FUN!

FACILITATOR
Jocelyn Gaudi Quarrell @joceygq

GOING SOLO

“Wait you rode all that way, by yourself?” Yes and no. Join us for a conversation on the peaks and valleys of solo bike touring. Hear stories from the Great Divide and find out more about prepping for your next solo adventure.

SPEAKERS
Whitney Ford-Terry @whitneyft
Monica Gallagher @moniemoez

HISTORY OF WTFs IN ADVENTURE TRAVEL

WTF’s have been using bicycles as tools for social liberation for well over a century, but their stories are largely missing from the record. Using a combination of historical photographs and hand-drawn illustrations, this presentation will delve into the feminist history of cycling and shine a light on little-known WTF adventurers from the early 1900’s.

SPEAKER
Tessa Hulls @tessahulls

PERSONAL CARE: HYGIENE

Life on the road doesn’t have to have to be rough and rugged. It can be beautiful and fragrant in a pleasant way. Find out tried and true techniques for menstruating, keeping clean, and smelling good in the wild.

SPEAKER
Tenzin Namdol @goodolenam

QPoC PANEL

Travel Journals from the Intersections of Race and Gender. A moderated panel from experienced bikepackers sharing their experiences being queer and/or non-white.

PANEL
Mary Ann Thomas @postcardsfrommat
SJ Brooks @fob_sea
Serena Rio @rad_rio

RECIPES FOR THE ROAD

Find new ways to construct healthy, filing meals while bike packing. Then, we’ll encourage folks to make a meal that can be entered in the Cook-off (friendly competition) the next day!

SPEAKERS
Tanesha Hartnagle
Mary Lytle @maryroselytleart

REGIONAL BREAKOUT GROUPS

Get together with riders from your geographical region to plan how to keep the bikepacking stoke high (or continue to grow it) in your community after the Summit.

RIDE'N READY ROUTE REVIEW

Pick a route, any route! There are thousands of miles of bikepacking routes to choose from. From high alpine lakes to deep desert single track, this session will review routes and resources to help you pick your next adventure.

SPEAKER
Whitney Ford-Terry @whitneyft

RIDE YER BIKE

Stretch your legs and lungs on the trails at the Whitefish Bike Retreat! Each of the WTF Bikexplorers co-founders will lead a 90 minute ride along the singletrack trails and unpaved roads from basecamp. Expect these rides to be beginner friendly and no drop on green circle rated trails.

RIDE SERIES REPORTBACKS

What happens when you bring groups of W/T/F/N-B bikexploring strangers together over rugged multi-day adventures? Magical things. Some of the best experiences and connections are made on the bike and around the campfire. That is why, in preparation for the summit, WTF Bikexplorers hosted a series of five bikepacking trips nationwide. These rides were grassroots opportunities to build a greater connection within our community of WTF Bikexplorers while actually exploring by bike. Let’s take a look at what we learned from these experiences.

ROUTEMAKING & NAVIGATING

Making routes and having the knowledge to navigate and be familiar with where you are gives you tremendous confidence and independence. This clinic will be a step-by-step introduction on how to make your own route, upload it onto your GPS device, download base-maps and how to use your GPS device as a handy tool for navigating in the backcountry. Bring a map, a GPS device of your choice, pen and paper to take notes, or just come by to listen!

SPEAKERS
Sarah Jean Swallow @sarahjswallow
Molly Sugar @molly.sugar

WHO ARTED: CYCLING AS YOUR ART PRACTICE

Feeling inspired? Have a coffee, beer, or snack and bring out your favorite mobile medium, art kit, or crafts. Let’s gather as creatives and draw inspiration from the experiences of all things bikes. We can explore different artists that draw visual inspiration from cycling and we will share tools and resources to make the artistic lifestyle work on the bike.

SPEAKERS
Christine Hill @christinetylerhill
Mary Lytle @maryroselytleart

WTF BIKE FILMS

What happens when you bring groups of W/T/F/N-B bikexploring strangers together over rugged multi-day adventures? Magical things. Some of the best experiences and connections are made on the bike and around the campfire. That is why, in preparation for the summit, WTF Bikexplorers hosted a series of five bikepacking trips nationwide. These rides were grassroots opportunities to build a greater connection within our community of WTF Bikexplorers while actually exploring by bike. Let’s take a look at what we learned from these experiences.