We’re off to California, Germany, and Utah for today’s edition of Weekend Snapshot. You can take a quick peek at how three members of our worldwide bikepacking community spent their recent time away on the bikes and use the short form to share a scene from one of your rides here…

Today’s installment of Weekend Snaphost brings together a group of first-time and experienced bikepackers on two continents, showcasing pedal-powered trips through California’s Los Padres National Forest, across Germany’s Harz Mountains, and along the Colorado River in Utah. Let the photos below transport you to all three places, then keep scrolling to find a quick form you can use to upload a photo and a few words from one of your recent bikepacking adventures.

Los Padres National Forest, California

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By Jeff Kerkove (@jeffkerkove)

The setting for this snapshot was the Los Padres National Forest between Santa Barbara and Santa Monica, CA, for the 390-mile Rapha Yomp Rally. More than 100 passionate bikepackers from all over the world immersed themselves on a route full of washed-out USFS roads, singletrack connectors, and some of SoCal’s most iconic road climbs and descents. Both lifelong friendships and memories were made!

Colorado River, Utah

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By Ann Driggers (@anndriggers)

Like many other western US states, it has been a long, cold, and snowy winter in Colorado. For my first bikepacking trip of the year, I headed down to the deserts of Utah and a camp along the Colorado River where spring was slowly arriving. Even though the trees had yet to leaf out and blue hour brought a chill to the air, it felt so good to spend a night outside next to my bike, falling asleep to the sounds of the river swollen with snow melt rushing by and the hoot of owls and the gobble of turkeys in the mighty cottonwoods above.

Harz Mountains, Germany

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By Chris Woodcock

I introduced a friend to bikepacking by taking him on the Harz is Hard overnighter route. I’d ridden this alone last autumn and it thought it was a perfect route for a first-timer. We decided to alter the route a little by descending the Brocken via the Gelber Brink, a wonderful fast gravel descent. Whilst it was a little cold for May, we had lovely weather and beautiful trails a wonderful introduction that left him yearning for more.

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