The bikepacking community is small, and because of that, many of us know one another. Recently one of our own, JD Pauls was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. Blackburn put together a great film that exemplifies JD’s spirit and attitude as he finished the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route prior to being diagnosed. Maybe one of the best feelings he has ever had, that is until he beats cancer. Support JD if you can by contributing to his efforts in paying for and fighting this horrible disease. We wish you and your family only the best, JD.

Update: 5/10/17 – It is with great sadness that we update this article after JD passed away after a long fight with cancer. JD was one of us, he was apart of the tribe. He was also a family man, and father. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Pauls family. Pedal in peace JD, you will be missed.


  1. mikeetheviking

    Thanks for sharing JD! Stay strong brother!

    • Thanks man! It’s been a year! Still no bike but love watching that. Next step in treatment should be to get back on my bike! Maybe I’ll try to ride a mile again. Thanks for all the support from the bikepacking tribe.

    • Spelt my own name wrong. Lol. Must be the chemo fog.

  2. Scott Jones

    I wanted to let everyone know that JD passed away two nights ago. He fought and fought, but in the end this terrible wasting disease got the best of him.
    Although there is nothing posted yet, I am sure there eventually will be at The Hamilton Spectator (I believe its the
    Please keep his family in your prayers.

  3. Rich Drogpa

    R.I.P. Brother:( Keep on riding on the eternal tailwinds in the afterlife… R.

  4. tim payner

    I am sorry to hear about J.D. You have to be pretty tough to manage the GDMBR. R.I.P. J.D. and best to your family and friends.

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