The French Divide is one of over a dozen feature-length stories and essays in the forthcoming first edition of The Bikepacking Journal. Read on for a preview of this story and to learn more about what else will be inside October’s Issue 01…

In The French Divide, ultra-endurance athlete Lael Wilcox recaps the highs and lows of her experience in the event of the same name, a 1,415-mile self-supported mountain bike race from Flanders to the southern French Pyrenees. It’s a wonderful story written in her own dynamic and sincere style, full of camaraderie and speed, with a great selection of photos by Rue Kaladyte.

Bikepacking Journal Lael Wilcox

“Rounding a neighborhood street, the track deviates right onto singletrack and into the woods. I hit the brakes so as not to miss the turn. Crack! Alexandre rams straight into my rear wheel. Both bikes stop dead and Alexandre goes over the bars…

Bikepacking Journal 01, Lael Wilcox

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Bikepacking Journal 01, Lael Wilcox



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