Triple Crown of Bikepacking
The bikepacking triple crown informally refers to completing all three of the classic dirt bikepacking routes. These are:
- Arizona Trail – ~750 miles
- Great Divide Mountain Bike Route – ~2800 miles
- Colorado Trail – ~500 miles
All three routes have free and loosely organized events held annually, but completing the triple crown is not contingent on participating in any of them. This is a touring/completion feat similar to the Triple Crown of Hiking.
The only standards, for the purposes of bikepacking.net’s completion page, are the following:
- Cover at least 90% of the generally accepted bike routes for each
- Complete the routes under your own power, riding a continuous line
- No time limit
- Support is fine, but bikepackers are generally self-supported
The race routes for each year are a good rough guide for what is ‘generally accepted’ as the bike route. For the GDMBR, the Canadian section is optional, per ACA’s guidelines for completion at their register (this is also the source of the 90% standard).
Triple Crown Finishers
To submit your triple crown completion, simply comment with your name and the year you finished the last of the three below.
The Triple Crown Challenge
The triple crown challenge was dreamed up by bikepacker David Goldberg in 2012. It is to complete the three classic dirt bikepacking events in one calendar year: The Arizona Trail 750, Tour Divide and The Colorado Trail Race. This is a huge undertaking, both in terms of total time spent pedaling and especially managing the short recovery time between the events. Kurt Sandiforth was the first to complete the challenge in 2012 and set the benchmark for the fastest time.
It is understood that all efforts should be undertaken as a part of the Grand Depart of each event. ITTs of all three are respectable (and still happily documented here), but not considered a full triple crown challenge completion.
Background on the triple crown challenge: THE FIRST TRIPLE BIKEPACKING CROWN
Triple Crown Challenge Finishers
Jay Petervary (2015) – 7:20:03 / 14:11:48 / 5:10:42 / Total 27:18:33 (Current Record)
Dylan Taylor (2015) – 8:06:58 / 15:02:59 / 5:17:23 / Total 29:03:20
Robert Orr (2015) – 9:08:09 / 18:07:41 / 6:20:39 / Total 34:12:29
Alice Drobna (2015) – 9:13:53 / 19:22:04 / 6:18:59 / Total 36:06:56 (Current Record, also singlespeed record)
Mark Caminiti (2015) – 11:04:41 / 23:03:56 / 8:18:44 / Total 43:03:21
Kurt Sandiforth (2013) – 9:05:36 / 16:22:04 / 5:10:15 / Total 31:13:55
Forest Baker (2013) -10:14:45 / 18:11:51 / 7:13:51 / Total 35:40:27
Eric Foster (2013) – 10:11:15 / 23:11:50 / 6:23:00 / Total 39:46:05
Mark Caminiti (2014) – 11:12:38 / 27:10:25 / 8:08:56 / Total 46:31:59
Ian MacNab (2016) – 15:10:14 / 23:02:12 / 10:11:44 / Total 49:00:10
Please, if you have finished the challenge, submit your finish times (and total time) in the comments below to have them added to the finisher’s list.