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Grande Traversée L’Alpes-Provence
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Ride Gallery: Cass Gilbert on the Grande Traversee L’Alpes-Provence

By Cass Gilbert on October 18, 2018

10 Discussion

Hot on the heels – or should we say, the tire tracks – of posting our Grande Traversée L’Alpes-Provence route guide, Cass Gilbert and amigo Mike Howarth head out to the south of France, before the season comes to an end. Check out the gallery, and if you’re planning on riding the route, read on for extra hints and tips on deciphering the logistics of the ride…

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Cass Gilbert on the Trans Ecuador Route

By Cass Gilbert on May 22, 2018

20 Discussion

We’re always striving to improve the routes we publish on the site. As such, Cass Gilbert headed out to re-ride a section of the Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route (TEMBR) at the end of last season to work on some improvements. In preparation for this year’s season, here’s a collection of images from the journey and thoughts on what bike suits it best…

Baja Divide Missions Section
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Cass Gilbert on the Baja Divide Missions section

By Cass Gilbert on May 9, 2018

24 Discussion

To wrap up the Baja Divide season, Cass Gilbert heads off to tackle the 555-mile Missions section of the route, considered to be its highlight. He returns with a tan, a ride gallery, and advice on the ride itself, including some logistical details for zoning in on this glorious, easily accessed part of the 1,700 mile route. If you’ve two weeks to spare next winter, start dreaming now…

Jones SWB Tailfin Buckhorn
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Cass’ Jones SWB and Weekend Packlist

By Cass Gilbert on July 7, 2021

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Cass Gilbert gives us a rundown of the only bike he’s ridden for the last 18 months, a dreamy Jones SWB. Find out what parts have worn out and what he’d do differently next time. Also, check out his complete lightweight gear list for relaxing weekend trips into the nearby mountains and exploring his new home. Read on for more…

cjell mone rider rig bikepacking
Bikepacking BikesRider & Rig

Cjell Mone and his La Roca

By Cass Gilbert on July 19, 2021

21 Discussion

After a two-week tour through the Oaxacan mountains, Cass Gilbert gets the lowdown on Cjell Moné and his custom 5-speed La Roca, complete with an attention-grabbing Lefty fork. We ask him where he and his distinctive brand, Mone Bikes, are headed next. And we talk bread trucks, coaster brake hop-up kits, ’80s mountain bikes, and getting more people on bikes…

Kids Bikepacking Atlantic Coast France
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A Velodyssey to Pilat

By Cass Gilbert on July 2, 2021

23 Discussion

Cass Gilbert sets out to repeat a bicycle trip he tackled early in his touring career… a journey to the highest sand dune in Europe. More than 20 years on, he hopes his son Sage will enjoy riding to France’s towering Dune de Pilat as much as he did. Also, find Sage’s full packlist from the trip and a reflection on the Argos technical tartan rug from back in the day…

bikepacking oaxaca ixtepeji
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Route Report: La Magia de Ixtepeji

By Cass Gilbert on June 24, 2021

17 Discussion

It had been a long time coming: After relocating to Oaxaca, Mexico, Cass Gilbert shares a favorite local route with visiting friends, savoring the time-honored tradition of revealing treasured trails to visitors… and sharing the best tlayudas and tortas in town. Find his route report and a vibrant selection of photos here…

Bikepacking Ile de Re France
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Bikepacking and Bikepaths: The Beach is Our Destiny

By Cass Gilbert on June 4, 2021

31 Discussion

Cass Gilbert spends a near perfect holiday touring with his son Sage around France’s delightful Île de Ré, pondering the merits of traffic-free riding for family adventures, whatever the surfaces may be. If kite flying, beachcombing, oyster sampling, and ice cream eating sound like your idea of an appealing summer escape, you’ll likely enjoy yourself there as much as he and his son did, too…

Burrally Bikepacking Route Spain
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The Burrally and Spain’s Remarkable Rights of Way

By Cass Gilbert on May 26, 2021

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Spain is nothing less than a dirt-touring utopia, especially in Valencia, where the Burrally showcases the country’s abundant beauty, the richness of its culture, and its extensive network of gravel roads. Cass Gilbert reports in from his time along the route and celebrates Europe’s remarkable rights of way…

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A Bikepacker’s Take on Preventative Health and Immunity Maintenance

By Cass Gilbert on August 6, 2020

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COVID-19 has reminded us of the importance of keeping our bodies healthy and our immune systems as robust as possible. Cass Gilbert looks at a variety of foods we can eat and simple lifestyle choices we can make to help stay healthy both at home and on the road…

Roval SL Team Edition
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First Ride: New Roval Control SL Team LTD Wheels

By Cass Gilbert on May 27, 2020

3 Discussion

Clearly of more interest to competitive, long-distance racers rather than budget bikepackers, Roval has just launched a $2650, featherweight cross country wheelset that’s claimed to be their lightest ever: the Control SL Team LTD. Not that its minimal weight – just 1248g – comes at the expense of strength, width, or pinch-flat resistance, as Cass Gilbert finds out on the dusty trails of Baja California.

Slow Fare
Feature Stories

Slow Fare: An Edible Journey

By Cass Gilbert on December 31, 2019

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In this feature story, originally published in the first issue of our printed publication, The Bikepacking Journal, Cass Gilbert reflects on how slowing down and thinking about the foods he eats has given him a deeper connection to the people and places he encounters while traveling…