Angus Young’s European Divide Packlist

Starting tomorrow, Angus Young has plans to set off on an individual time trial on the European Divide Trail, a 7,600-kilometer mixed surface route from Norway to Portugal. Find a video breakdown of his pack list and a preamble from Angus here…

Words and photos by Angus Young (@angusyoung139)

When I stumbled across The European Divide trail on Instagram three years ago, I was blown away by the ambition of the project that Andy had embarked on. At that time, the route was still in its formative stages. Over the course of the next year or so, I was occasionally treated to a glimpse of some forest doubletrack or a twisting alpine meadow. The excitement only grew, and when the full route was finally released last year, it jumped straight onto the top of my list.

After staring yearnfully at the komoot files for the route, it seemed clear that Andy had created something special and immensely valuable to the community. It seemed like it was Europe’s answer to the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR). The route covers 7,600 kilometres from Kirkenes in Norway to Cabo San Vincente in Portugal, crossing eight countries in the process. From what I can tell, it covers every type of terrain with about two-thirds of it off-road. Naturally, I started wondering, “Just how fast could it be done?” This idea wormed its way deeper and deeper into my head until I eventually decided that I would give it a crack and committed to it last October.

  • Angus Young wins stage 3 of GBduro
  • Angus Young wins stage 3 of GBduro
Portrait by Breakaway Digital (@breakawaydigital) from 2021 GBDURO

My logic for setting a goal time was questionable. In reality, I knew that I had a window of around 40 days between finishing teaching for the summer and my brother getting married. With some time on either side, I set myself 35 days as the goal. I figured that its about 1.7 times the length of the Tour Divide, so 2.5 times the FKT wouldn’t be an unreasonable goal. Only time will tell if I’m overestimating my ability, but that’s part of the magic of trying something new.

As the months passed and I got closer to the date of departure, my prep ramped up considerably. I was feeling fairly fit, but after a rough HT550, I took a few weeks off the bike and focussed on the mental prep, hoping that I would ride into fitness once I started. So, I started trawling through the route on Komoot and marked down key resupply locations and big climbs. If anything, this will function as a way of setting micro-goals. Just focussing on arriving at the next town is much easier than constantly reminding myself that I have another month of hard riding.

The beauty of self-sufficient bikepacking is that you leave with your bike and bags loaded up and have everything you need to reach your destination (barring some resupply along the way). Naturally, that leads to a lot of planning needed to make sure that your bike and kit is up to scratch. The video below outlines some of my key choices:

Bike Details

Frame: Mason InSearchOf size L
Wheels: HUNT Search Dynamo 29
Groupset: Shimano Ultegra/XT Di2 mix 36t chainring, 11-46 cassette
Bars: Ritchey Venturemax carbon 46cm
Saddle: Specialized Phenom mimic
Tyres: Vittoria Mezcal 29×2.6
Bags: Straight Cut Designs
Profile Design aerobars

Sleep Kit

Outdoor research Helium bivvy
Sea to Summit Spark SP1 sleeping bag
Rab silk liner
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Uberlight
Sea to summit Aeros pillow

Tool Kit

Muc-off hydrodynamic lube
Small square of microfibre towel
2x inner tubes
Patch kit
Stans dart tool + plugs
Sewing kit
Super glue
Fibrefix spare spoke
Mini pliers
Topeak multi-tool
60ml Stans race sealant
Spare brake pads
Spare mech hanger
Mattress patch kit
Cuben fibre tape
Mini pump
Spare tubeless valve

Angus Young European Divide
  • Angus Young European Divide
  • Angus Young European Divide
  • Angus Young European Divide


Dhb aeron ultra jersey
Dhb aeron ulrea shorts
Dhb polartech sleeveless baselayer
Dhb aeron arm warmers
Dhb rain defence leg warmers
Dhb equinox softshell
Dhb trail waterproof jacket
Dhb aeron mitts
Dhb aeron polartech gloves
Dhb packable gilet
Dhb buff
Dhb aeron run tights
Dhb merino socks
Hunt cycling cap
Arcteryx Cerium LT down jacket
Rab merino cap
Oakley Flightjacket with photochromic lenses
Kask protone helmet.
Quoc gran tourer II shoes


Garmin inreach mini 2
2X Garmin edge 530
iPhone 10 pro
2X Anker 20000mAh battery pack
Sinewave reactor usb charger
Exposure Revo front light
Exposure TraceR rear light
Assorted cables
Di2 Charger
Gopro + batteries and SD cards
Petzl tikka core + spare batteries


BRS stove with 600ml pot
Mosquito spray
Toothbrush + paste
6x firepot dehydrated meals
16x Rawvelo bars
Sea to Summit packable rucksack
Titanium long-handled spoon
Bank cards

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