613 mi. / 987 km20 days
Tian Shan Traverse, Kyrgyzstan38 Nov 29 joe-cruz AsiaKyrgyzstan soars to every superlative and defies you to invent new ones. It’s beautiful, culturally compelling, and physically challenging: Grass carpet single and double track for days through rolling river valleys between 5,000 meter snow covered peaks, delirious mountain passes with the clack and rattle of scree under tires, and friendly and outgoing nomadic horsemen herding sheep and cattle. This central asian country will race your heart and is a dreamscape for adventurous cyclists.
248 mi. / 399 km5 days
Green Mountain Gravel Growler, Vermont60 Oct 19 joe-cruz The United StatesThis extraordinary loop weaves a selection of storybook-farm dirt roads, flowy New England singletrack, and rugged historic woodland paths to create a circuit of some of the world’s best and most coveted craft beers.
Norway: Grey and Glittering7 May 4 joe-cruz / video
A heady first film by Joe Cruz capturing a summer bikepacking trip from Sweden through Norway to Oslo… plus, background details on its making.
Surly Ice Cream Truck Ops Review: Five Fun Days38 Dec 1 joe-cruz / bikes
When loaded with standard bags and modest bikepacking weight, Surly’s Ice Cream Truck is a pleasure to pedal: easy to steer on loose ascents, confident and quick handling down technical chutes, and predictable through twisting treelined singletrack. It’s a capable and flat out fun bike.
302 mi. / 486 km7 days
Bikepacking Slovenia: The West Loop27 Aug 6 joe-cruz EuropeSlovenia—east of Italy’s Dolomites, south of Austria and sharing borders with Croatia and Hungary—has everything an intrepid cycle tourist could want. This loop includes remote dirt roads through rolling hills, picturesque towns, steep climbs, and bits of single track to keep you grinning. It’s a great introduction to this wonderful country.
166 mi. / 267 km4 days
Bike Touring Jordan: Petra to Aquaba via Wadi Rum3 Oct 7 joe-cruz The Middle EastA route packed with desert sands, olive trees, mind-bending landscapes, and rock cut architecture dating from the 3rd century B.C.E...
285 mi. / 459 km6 days
Dirt Road Touring Peru: Cajamarca to Caraz6 Oct 3 joe-cruz Latin America3000 meter climbs out of deep valleys, hypoxic high altitude passes, glinting sapphire lakes, tiny villages bright with laughter and ice cream, cobbled and dirt roads, ancient civilizations and a politically energetic present...
55 mi. / 89 km3 days
Bikepacking Ecuador: The Inca Trail3 Oct 2 joe-cruz Latin AmericaThe famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is only the slightest fragment of the full network of roads used during pre-Colombian times to link parts of the Incan empire.