Posted by Logan Watts
WTF Bikexplorers has organized a free nationwide ride series of multi-day adventures to connect the community of Women, Transgender, Femme and Non-binary cyclists in the backcountry, on bicycles, and around the campfire.
These self-supported rides will take place April through August in Arizona, California, Oregon, Vermont, and Montana. Each ride is limited to 13 participants who identify as women/trans/femme/non-binary.
Registration is now open for the April ride in Patagonia, Arizona. Registration for the remainder of the rides will open one month prior to each ride. Follow @wtfbikexplorers and sign up for their newsletter to be the first to know when the registration opens.
Check out the schedule below and mark your calendars with the ride for you. We are excited to see a couple of our original routes in the itinerary!
April 12-15: Patagonia, Arizona
A 4-day bikexploring adventure through the beautiful Sky Islands setting of Southern Arizona
following 125 miles and 8,356 ft of climbing along dirt roads ranging from groomed gravel, washboard, double track, sand and rocks. More info and RSVP here.
June 1-3: California Coast Redwoods Ramble
A three-day ramble through California’s coastal redwood forests, connecting four of the Bay Area’s most iconic State Parks. Starting in Big Basin, this 75-mile loop follows the skyline of the Sequoia Sempervirens along scenic byways, fire roads, and singletrack. This route includes ~ 8,800 ft of elevation change, so bring your climbing legs and prepare for maximum chill. If you plan on riding to (or from) the ride, you’re in luck! This start/end point is just a day’s ride from San Francisco AND Santa Cruz with plenty of options to extend your adventure.
June: 15-17: Bend, Oregon
This three-day, 82 mile loop through Bend’s backyard will showcase the best of central Oregon: flowy singletrack, stunning vistas of volcanic peaks and beautiful Cascade lakes. This will be an intermediate level ride with 7,167 ft of climbing and descending, occasionally on rocky, technical terrain. We’ll start and end in Bend to enjoy the excellent food and drink culture of the high desert town.
July 20-23: Vermont: Green Mountain Shortie Gravel Growler
A shortened version of the Green Mountain Gravel Growler Route that includes plenty of bucolic farm roads and microbrewery stops along the way. Set to the backdrop of New England high-Summer charm, this route will loop n swoop through forested singletrack, dirt, and gravel. Look forward to abundant maple syrup treats and a visit to the Ben and Jerrys Ice Creamery.
August 13-15: Whitefish, Montana
A 3-day backcountry tour along the Red Meadow Pass Loop following quiet dirt roads in and around Glacier National Park. Enjoy wildlife sightings, eat ripe berries off the trail, hop in a lake, and visit the infamous Polebridge Bakery on this ride but don’t forget your bear spray!
“There’s nothing better than looking around the campfire at the end of a long day in the saddle to see the happily exhausted and accomplished faces of new and old friends gathered together through a love of bikes, an appreciation of natural landscapes and a desire to be a part of this incredible community” -Co-Founder, Jocelyn Gaudi Quarrell