The BT 700 is eastern Canada’s first official bikepacking event, come sample the dirt, gravel, and butter tarts of Southwestern Ontario…

When

Date: July 14

Time: 8:00 am

Details

Cost: Free

Event Website

Organizer: Matthew Kadey

Email: mattkadey@gmail.com

Where

The village of St. Jacobs

St. Jacobs, Ontario N0B2N0 Canada

The BT 700 (actually 713 km) is a big loop in southwestern Ontario that uses a combination of gravel roads, rail trail, two-track, forest singletrack, rugged unserviced roads and just a whisper of pavement only when necessary. In an attempt to minimize the amount of time riders spend on paved roads, the route utilizes roughly 85% unpaved surfaces. From the sunny shores of Lake Huron to verdant escarpment country, there are many aesthetic treasures along the route.

There is a scattering of challenging sections (especially during wet conditions) that may require some riders to take part in the sport of hike-a-bike. With that said, none of these are designed to be very long in order to maximize the amount of time riders can spend on the saddle. Just make sure you come prepared for an adventure and don’t underestimate how long the total route will take to ride. Only total speed demons who relish in a sufferfest will get around the loop in a couple days. Not everyone should view the BT 700 as an individual time trial. As a rough estimate, it will probably take most riders 4 to 6 days to complete the route. But please know your cycling abilities and prepare yourself, bike and kit accordingly. The route can also be hacked for whatever size of adventure you’re able to fit into your schedule.

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