Top Ten Epic Bike Rides

Great Divide Route

Some people never take the low, paved road. Especially not if there is a remote, mountain-ridge, single-track trail that takes twice the amount of time, requires three times the expense of energy, and guarantees four times as much fun. So it is with the Great Divide Mountain Biking Route, a 2,470-mile off-road adventure that runs along or near America's craggy cleft dividing the watersheds east and west. From Roosville, Montana, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, this beast climbs a total of 200,000 feet and passes through the natural, frontier-land America that is steadily disappearing. It's a challenging, equipment-battering skirmish with the elements that has been described as nothing short of spiritual. Sounds like reason enough to get away.

Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 5 Feb 2013
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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