Alice Drobna – Triple CrownAlice Drobna was not only the first female to complete the triple crown challenge of bikepacking, but she did it with one gear. She completed the Arizona Trail Race, Tour Divide (ss record) and Colorado Trail during the summer of 2015. I’ve recorded this adventure on the Fastest Known Time website and hope that others might want to take on this self-supported ADK 46er challenge. I know that it could be done faster and if/when somebody does it in a faster time I might take another go at it myself. In the meantime I’ll be looking for other self-supported challenges. Adam Gianforte graduated College from Cornell University and set his eyes on a big adventure, something as big as graduating from a top tear University like Cornell. He looked into riding the Appalachian Trail, but he soon realized that two wheels were not allowed on the trail, not even one. So he decided to bring his idea back west. He grew up in Montana backpacking and being in the outdoors, and once he heard about the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, the rest was history.
Originally from Minnesota, Mossengren was about to become the first person to unicycle the entire length of the Colorado Trail. After twenty days in the backcountry, it took little to convince Jamey to join our group for dinner and drinks. A street performer who now calls Boulder, Colorado home, Mossengren spent the evening entertaining our group with stories of CT challenge and misadventure.Smoke n’ Fire 400 – she took 2nd place in a close match and endured her first true bikepacking event.
Markus is a German born adventurer that was living in New Zealand for some time. Once he left NZ in 2009 he had the idea of cycling around the world. After riding a lot in Scotland, Markus decided that he would finally make that thought a reality – single speeding the world starting in September. Markus has always enjoyed riding bicycles long distances, whether it is on pavement or dirt. He endured his first bike trip in 2006 where he carried everything on his back which he said was “quite possibly the toughest journey I have ever done.”Lina Rice, 16 years old, was the youngest female to compete in this year’s Tour Divide. She completed the race in 30 days on a tandem with her father, who is no stranger to the route. After spending a month in the saddle behind her dad, we were able to catch up with Lina and get her thoughts on their experience. Ben Weaver departed on a cycling adventure where he circumnavigated Lake Superior in 16 days. The 1,300 mile self-supported journey raised awareness in the towns and cities that he passed through, he presented his poetry, music and advocacy in partnership with many local environmental non-profits such as Save the Wild UP, Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, and the Sierra Club.