In our third issue, we wanted to continue pushing beyond simply sharing inspiring stories and photography. As much as we love reading about life-altering trips to dream destinations, our goal was to broaden the scope of themes and diversity of voices we published in print. And we hoped to engage our audience in a way that provided opportunities for learning and reflecting.

How does understanding a place’s past enrich the experience of travel and travelers themselves? What’s the real value of a long-term bike trip, and is it possible to extract that same value from something much shorter? How does the way we interact with places as bikepackers differ from the way other communities experience those same spaces? We examined these questions and more in issue three of The Bikepacking Journal.

In November 2019, we shipped copies of The Bikepacking Journal to our Bikepacking Collective members all across the globe. Spanning 160 color pages, it was our biggest issue to date. We also included a hand-illustrated map of the Tour Divide route and a members-only patch as a thank you to our supporters, without whom we wouldn’t be able to share information and inspiration in print and here on the web.

Stories in Issue 03


Reflections on immigration by Hannah Mae Miller and Logan Watts.
Southwestern U.S.


Stopping to listen and learn by Neza Peterca.

Chronicles of Aralar

A father-son adventure by Cass Gilbert.

Coffee Dates

An interview with photographer Stefan Haehnel.

Cold Arrival

The long road south by Martijn Doolaard.


From reservation to racing by Alexandera Houchuin and Alex Hotchin.

Decade on the Divide

Following the world’s biggest bikepacking race by Eddie Clark.
Great Divide

Holiday in Transylvania

A small trip with big rewards by Ben Page.


Pushing pedals and boundaries by Tomas Slavik.

Smiles and Crocodiles

Close encounters in paradise by Dave Taylor.

White Rope

Memories of the mountains by Sophie Edmondson and Donalrey Nieva.

Bikepacking Journal Issue 03

Interested in more stories like this one? Enjoy inspiring writing and breathtaking photographs, all in the full glory of print!

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The Bikepacking Journal is reader supported, with additional funding for the current issue provided by:
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  • PEdAL ED
  • Revelate
  • PAUL
  • Salsa
  • Swift
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