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Old 06-22-18, 11:50 AM
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GDMBR Jasper extension

Adventure Cycling has published new maps for the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, which include a brand new section from Jasper Alberta to Banff. The route goes north from Jasper to Hinton then follows Highway 40 mostly, the old Forestry Trunk Road, along the foothills to the Bow Valley West of Cochrane, where it heads west to Canmore and Banff.


This route is a long way from the Great Divide, along the foothills and front ranges of the Canadian Rockies.

This section of Highway 40 is unpaved. Routefinding shouldn't be a problem as it sticks to one road. I have driven part of it, but not the whole thing.I don.t know what it would be like to cycle. It is part of the Alberta Rockies 700 race, which goes from Coleman to Hinton.


I think this would be about a week or ten days of riding for old guys like me.


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A week or ten days of cycling for an old guy like you? I don't know if I'm like you, but I've been called old before. About how many miles does this extension add to the route? Or, how many miles per day do you anticipate riding? Have you ridden the GDMBR before? I would guess 50 miles a day on gravel/dirt, carrying minimal luggage, would be pretty exhausting for an old guy like me. I sure would love to do it, though.
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Originally Posted by DeadGrandpa
A week or ten days of cycling for an old guy like you? I don't know if I'm like you, but I've been called old before. About how many miles does this extension add to the route? Or, how many miles per day do you anticipate riding? Have you ridden the GDMBR before? I would guess 50 miles a day on gravel/dirt, carrying minimal luggage, would be pretty exhausting for an old guy like me. I sure would love to do it, though.
Good point Grandpa, I neglected to mention the mileage. Its about 600 km from Jasper to Canmore via this route .So if you average 80km per day, about a week of riding.
Its mostly gravel but not a ton of big hills so 80 km per day should be reasonable. There are no big passes but lots of smaller hills, according to the elevation profile.

Yes, I have done the Divide, but now I will have to do this section to be able to say I've ridden the whole thing. Maybe in September.
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Originally Posted by skookum
Good point Grandpa, I neglected to mention the mileage. Its about 600 km from Jasper to Canmore via this route .So if you average 80km per day, about a week of riding.
Its mostly gravel but not a ton of big hills so 80 km per day should be reasonable. There are no big passes but lots of smaller hills, according to the elevation profile.

Yes, I have done the Divide, but now I will have to do this section to be able to say I've ridden the whole thing. Maybe in September.
I'm sorry, but I think you'll need to start at the beginning and do the whole thing over again. We're not putting the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle together here.
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I'm sorry, but I think you'll need to start at the beginning and do the whole thing over again. We're not putting the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle together here.
Adventure cycling have a Great Divide jersey. They will have to recall them unless the owners can prove they have completed the extension .
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Originally Posted by skookum
Adventure cycling have a Great Divide jersey. They will have to recall them unless the owners can prove they have completed the extension .
Maybe they can just issue an "asterisk" that can be attached to the older GD jersey. Or modify future versions of the Jersey to indicate "100% complete".
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