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Offline Nicolai Michel

GDMBR South to North June 2014, anyone else riding?
« on: March 26, 2014, 08:22:00 pm »
I'm planning to start the GDMBR from the South in early June. I'm guessing I'll average around 75+ km / day. I'd like to make a few detours to see some sights. Planning to continue from Banff to Jasper or maybe Grande Cache (because I have friends there.) Mostly camping and cooking my own food. Anyone else have a similar plan?

Offline Cyclesafe

Re: GDMBR South to North June 2014, anyone else riding?
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2014, 10:39:53 pm »
I'd be concerned about snow in Colorado that early.  In early July expect some hike-a-bike at higher elevations.  Have fun.
Hoping to do the North Star with ACA in 2014.

Offline Nicolai Michel

Re: GDMBR South to North June 2014, anyone else riding?
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2014, 05:59:55 am »
Thanks Cyclesafe,
  my dates are flexible, so I can start a bit later.

Offline mathieu

Re: GDMBR South to North June 2014, anyone else riding?
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2014, 07:03:27 am »
I contest that a start in the South in early June is too early. Of course snow levels vary from year to year, but the statistics over the past years show that the passes in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado have generally cleared by mid-June.
In 2010 I myself started in the south at end of May and entering Colorado on June-10 found no snow on the route.
In 2011, 2012 and 2013  the Tour Divide Race had a group starting from Antelope Wells on the second Friday of June. These guys go very fast and enter southern Colorado between 14-21 June. They didn't report snow either.
In contrast, the TD racers starting on the same date from Banff often meet snow in BC and Montana.
« Last Edit: March 27, 2014, 11:45:30 am by mathieu »

Offline Nicolai Michel

Re: GDMBR South to North June 2014, anyone else riding?
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2014, 08:01:36 am »
Mathieu, your info on crazyguyonabike is what convinced me to ride in the "wrong" direction. Thanks!

I'd much rather arrive in beautiful Banff/Jasper/Grande Cache where I have friends, than in the desolate AW. It's unfortunate that the ACA doesn't publish the directions for S-to-N riding.