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…

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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.

  • Iohan, Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route, Bikepacking
  • Iohan, Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route, Bikepacking

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.

Iohan, Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route, Bikepacking

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.

Bike: Fatback Rhino FLT
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.
Iohan Gueorguiev

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.

  • Rob Van Veen

    watching the start of the see the world series three years ago is what got me to start touring, 20,000kms later and i still love it more than anything.
    So thanks for inspiring me Iohan you are the best

  • James

    This is a video worth watching.

  • Rob Grey

    i stumbled upon iohan’s youtube channel at episode 7 or so and have been a fan ever since. he really has a knack for capturing the mediative side of touring, as well as the random little things along the way that really round out the texture of a place. plus his voice is quite soothing.

  • Philip nik

    He’s really into what’s he’s doing. I really like it, and follow every update he post’s.
    Still… I wonder.
    I do travel by bicycle, and I never been so light (kilograms of stuff) as he is.
    I usually get a trailer as well to carry all my stuff… It means I’m not going home for 1 or 3 months.
    And yes, when I see you guys, the bagpacking horde :)
    It makes me dream, to travel light.
    But I know that at the end I need some small comforts, bigger tent, comfy mat, warm sleepingbag, etc…(not to mention the cooking part…)

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