KoreaEpicRide is a self-support bikepacking event.
As a group ride, not a race, you start the first day of the event at the same time, but you decide where to eat and where to sleep. Accommodation is not available, wild camping or commercial campsites are available. You can use the restaurant or buy groceries on the course. No one watches whether you follow these rules or not. We leave it to your conscience.
It’s not a race!
This route is called “Pacific Terrace”.
You can enjoy riding this route along the eastern rim of the Korean Peninsula while looking at the Pacific Ocean, with a length of 527km and an elevation of 21,000m.
This route consists of a forest road that crosses the dense subtropical forest while ascending and descending along the mountain range that forms the backbone of the Korean Peninsula, and a paved road in the countryside where vehicles are rare, or small roads that pass through villages and farmland. Forest roads are sometimes steep (15% and more), but overall they are in good condition, most of which are managed by the local Forest Service. The longest single-track is 57 km long and starts at 198 km from the starting point. (Imgye-myeon, Jeongseon-gun)
Since there are many brench in the forest road, you need to be careful to find the right route, and it is recommended to refer to the GPS track log as much as possible. Most roads lead to villages at the foot of the mountain, so they don’t pose a serious problem, but you need a adequate food and water. You can even build your own route along the many nearby forest roads that connect to this route to intentionally enjoy longer rides.
At the bottom of the mountain, you can meet a water stream to cool off your body from the heat. You will pass many villages along the way. Even short conversations with local residents you meet by chance are part of the joy of riding. You may also be able to get water or anything else you need.