Cover photo by Rugile Kaladyte
Jan Heine—best known as the founder and mastermind of Rene Herse Cycles—just set a new FKT on the Oregon Outback bikepacking route. Riding unsupported and alone, Jan covered the mostly gravel 585 kilometers (363 miles) in 26 hours and 13 minutes (1d:2h:13m), taking more than an hour off the previous FKT. Jan averaged 13.8 mph (22.3 km/h), including stops.
“It was a beautiful ride, traversing some of the country’s most spectacular scenery. It was also a great test for the concept of the all-road bike – a bike that can travel on rough gravel with road bike speed and road bike fun,” said Jan after the ride.
Jan was riding a custom-built Rene Herse steel bike, equipped with 26 x 2.3” Rene Herse Rat Trap Pass Extralight tires. “Flexible fork blades helped with comfort and speed on the notoriously rough surfaces. Wind tunnel-tested aero fenders helped tackle the infamous winds on the approach to the Columbia Gorge,” Jan added, “the gravel roads of eastern Oregon will always be rough, but this is as good as it gets. It was fun!”
A full track of the FKT ride is at trackleaders.com/oregonoutbackautumn21f
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