Iohan on The Trans Ecuador (See The World #21)
The 21st episode in a video series called ‘See The World’ follows Iohan’s journey on the incredible Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route. Watch the video here and learn more about the TEMBR and Iohan’s wanderings…
After Iohan’s first bike trip across Canada, he became obsessed with capturing and sharing the essence of traveling by bicycle and what makes it special. So in April 2014 when he took off to cycle around the world he decided to film the journey — from Alaska to Argentina and beyond — in a video series titled “SEE THE WORLD”. Now in its 21st episode, this installment of See The World takes place in Ecuador following the Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route (TEMBR) created by Cass Gilbert and the Dammer brothers along Ecuador´s volcanic corridor and high Andes. Watch the video — or add to your playlist; it’s a long one — and find more insight on the TEMBR below. The time-lapse at 38:12 is pretty amazing.
The Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route
The TEMBR is a remote, backcountry ride that runs the length of Ecuador’s volcanic corridor. There are two versions of the route. One knits together predominantly non-technical dirt roads (TEMBR: Dirt Road Version). And one that’s more demanding, a singletrack and hike-a-bike alternative linking ancient footpaths, horse trails and open páramo (TEMBER: Singletrack Version). Iohan chose the Singletrack edition and mentioned a few of his favorite and notable locations: El Angel Reserve, Pinan (and the lake), Cuicocha lake and Parque del Condor near Otavalo, Antisana Reserve via Ruta del Condor, Cotopaxi National Park and the Quilotoa crater lake.
What goes where?
Iohan has a pretty unique rear carrier system on his bikepacking rig. He stores a backpack on a rear rack with two drybags. Here are a few more tidbits about Iohan’s gear. You can find more info on his website too.
Drivetrain: SRAM GX1
Tires: 45Nrth Vanhelga 4″
Brakes: Shimano SLX, 180mm rotors
Rear cargo: Light Rear rack from Fatback
Cages: 3x blackburn cargo cages,
Top Tube Bag: Custom made bag
Stem Bag: Revelate Mountain Feed bag
Blackburn Handlebar Roll: food/stove/pot
Dry Bag (handlebar): has tent poles rolled in sleeping mat
Dry bag on fork: extra food, tarp, rain clothes
Blackburn Frame bag: tools, pump, electronics
Deuter Alpine 30L Backpack (mounted on rack): tent body, clothes, sleeping bag, extra food
Small bag near crank: emergency tools, spare chain, brake pads, sealant, etc.
About Iohan Gueorguiev
Iohan was raised in Bulgaria moved to Ontario, Canada when he was 15 years old. When he was 26 he got a chance to see the Rocky Mountains for the first time, and that’s when everything changed. Now he’s been on a bike for several years exploring the world and adding to his now massive video series. Follow Iohan on Instagram @iohangue or his website at bikewanderer.com.