Previously known as the Kootenay Gravel Grinder, The Lost Elephant explores the bikepacking paradise of the East Kootenay region. Our original intention wasn’t to make it harder, but we did.


Date: July 21, 2018

Time: 7:00 am


Cost: Free

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This is a damn tough course (previously named the Kootenay Gravel Grinder). It’s likely the toughest 500+ km route that you’ll find while still being called gravel grinding or bike packing… both names being used loosely in this case. And we’re proud of that.

Two different options that explore the Kootenay Rockies and Purcells of the East Kootenay region of BC. These courses offer it all, from monster alpine passes, to a descent that leads you right through a lift accessed bike park. Over 10,000m of climbing and even a couple natural hot springs to help the recovery.

Re-supply stops are fairly frequent, but the climbing never stops.

Follow the event along below:

Lost Elephant Jumbo Edition
507km total length
10311m total ascent
2457m high point
84% unpaved
9% singletrack
90% rideable time
3-7 days
9/10 suffer score

Lost Elephant Dumbo Edition
287km total length
4010m total ascent
1941m high point
82% unpaved
6% singletrack
98% rideable time
1-3 days
5/10 suffer score