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Opus Horizon: Long-term Review

Having ridden road bikes since 2003, I decided it was time to change things up. In 2020 I traded in my road bike for something more modern and a little bit more versatile. With a more relaxed geometry than a traditional road bike, the ability to fit wider tires and plenty of braze-ons for mounting...

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The Ultra-Distance Bikepacking Kit List

In the summer of 2020 I rode 5521km from Vancouver, British Columbia to Whitehorse, Yukon and then onwards east all the way to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Covering a distance of 5500km (3400 miles) over 29 days of riding, averaging 190km per day across 6 different major Canadian highways, packing the bike in an efficient and organized...

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PART 5: The Alaska Highway

The Alaska Highway Built by the Americans during WWII, the Alaska Highway was constructed to connect the Lower 48 to the state of Alaska. Beginning at the junction of several highways in Dawson Creek, it stretches 2,232km northwards until Delta Junction, Alaska. Originally 2,700km long, it has since been improved upon and straightened out. The...

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PART 6: Eastern Yellowhead Highway

Eastern Yellowhead Highway Originally constructed in 1970, the Yellowhead Highway stretches across the four Western Provinces, starting just outside Winnipeg, Manitoba and going all the way to Prince Rupert, B.C. The highway is named after the Yellowhead Pass, which gets its name from the french explorer Pierre Bostonais, who just so happened to have yellow...

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PART 4: The Cassiar Highway

The Stewart-Cassiar Highway The Stewart-Cassiar Highway, first built in 1975, is the northern-most and most remote part of British Colombia. Stretching from Kitimat in the south to the Alaska Highway 22km west of Watson Lake in the north, the Cassiar Highway is 874km long, with 722km between Kitwanga and the Alaska Highway. Day 12 Day...

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PART 3: The Yellowhead Highway

The Yellowhead Highway Originally constructed in 1970, the Yellowhead Highway stretches across the four Western Provinces, starting just outside Winnipeg, Manitoba and going all the way to Prince Rupert, B.C. The highway is named after the Yellowhead Pass, which gets its name from the french explorer Pierre Bostonais, who just so happened to have yellow...

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Bikepacking Canada Adventure

In the summer of 2020, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, I was forced to cancel my plans to take part in two ultra-endurance races in Europe. In lieu of this, I decided to use this opportunity of closed borders and social distancing to make the most of summer and explore my beautiful country. After a short...

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PART 2: The Cariboo Highway

The Cariboo Highway The Cariboo Highway runs from Cache Creek to Prince George and is named after the region through which it runs. A lot of the highway follows the route of the Cariboo Wagon Road, which was the main trade route up until the construction of the railways to northern B.C. With a total...

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PART 1: The Sea to Sky Highway

The Sea to Sky Highway starts at the U.S. border just south of Vancouver and extends northwards for 409km to just outside Cache Creek where it joins up with Hwy 97. Considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world, this section of my tour made for some real challenges and a lot of excellent views during the...

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Choosing A Bike Bag Setup

Handlebar Setup When deciding on how you will setup the cockpit of your bike, it’s important to choose the right bag for the job. Depending on the type of riding you are doing, the handlebar bag setup can differ greatly. Handlebar bag The benefit of using a handlebar bag is that you have quick access...

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