This year’s Smoke ‘n’ Fire 400 bikepacking race took off from downtown Boise, Idaho, at 6:00 am today. The grand depart offered a showcase of the underground nature of bikepacking events like this that are growing in popularity every year, attracting riders from all over the country. No one really knows where to stand, most riders don’t know what to expect, and a 6:00 am start made for a zoo-like gathering under the stars. Despite the somewhat chaotic nature of an early morning mass start, there was a undeniable sense of community and excitement shared by both riders and supporters. You can follow the along with the event live here, and learn more about the Idaho Smoke ‘n’ Fire 400 bikepacking route here.
Since taking riders portraits wasn’t quite in the cards, Miles put together a little grand depart video to show how it all went down:
This year’s race is in honour of Jason Delgadillo, “a veteran of the SnF and reconnaissance expert, who was tragically taken from us on May 12th doing what he loved, mountain biking.” Please consider donating to the GoFundMe page set up by his friend and partner in the Boise Trails Project, Kirk.
Good luck riders!
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