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It's time to stop.


October 4/2023

The End of the Alberta Rockies 700 Bikepacking Event


Dear Bikepacking Enthusiasts and Adventure Seekers,


With mixed emotions, I announce the end of a remarkable journey that has been a personal endeavour of mine to share with bikepacking enthusiasts for the past eight years. The Alberta Rockies 700 has been an unforgettable journey through the rugged wilderness of Canada’s Rocky Mountains and has now reached its finish line. While it's with a heavy heart that I bid farewell to this event, I also reflect on the unforgettable memories and community it has created.


A Look Back at Eight Years of Adventure


The AR700 began its journey in 2015 as an idea for a local route near home after I returned from completing the Oregon Outback Bikepacking event, it was not a new concept, as the much longer Great Divide/Tour Divide had been happening for a few years prior but nothing existed locally for aspiring bikepackers looking to get into something they could complete with a minimal time commitment. The original AR700 route was born, aiming to test the mettle of bikepackers and push the boundaries of adventure cycling. Over the years, it evolved into one of the many renowned bikepacking events in Canada, attracting riders from all over Canada and beyond.


Over the years riders took on either a 500 or 700-kilometer journey through some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes that Alberta and British Columbia has to offer. The route took them through towering mountain peaks, dense forests, and rugged backcountry terrain. It has always been a test of physical endurance and mental resilience.


Community and Camaraderie


One of the most remarkable aspects of the AR700 has been the sense of community it fostered. Strangers became friends, and competitors became allies as riders shared stories along the route, offered help when needed, and celebrated each other's achievements. The bonds formed on this epic journey were enduring and enriched the lives of all who participated.


The Decision to Say Goodbye


As much as it pains me to do so, the decision to conclude the AR700 was not made lightly. The event has faced numerous challenges over the years, from ever-changing trail conditions, forest fire re-routes, and logistical hurdles. As the event grew in popularity, so did the risk of organising an unofficial event such as this.


I believe that ending the event at this time is the responsible choice.


Gratitude and Acknowledgment


I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the participants and supporters who made the AR700 an unforgettable experience. Without your unwavering dedication and passion for adventure, this event would not have been possible.


I also want to express my deep appreciation for the landowners, communities, and Indigenous nations whose territories the event crossed. Your generosity and support were instrumental in the event's success.


Looking to the Future


While I bid farewell to the AR700, I remain committed to fostering a love for bikepacking, adventure, and the outdoors. I encourage all of you to continue exploring the incredible wilderness that Rockies have to offer, and to do so with the utmost respect for nature and the communities that call these lands home.


As one chapter comes to a close, another one begins. The memories, friendships, and experiences I’ve gained from the AR700 will continue to inspire me in my future adventures, wherever they may lead.


Thank you for being part of this incredible journey, and may your own bikepacking adventures be filled with joy, discovery, and a profound connection to the natural world.


Happy trails,


Jonathan Hayward

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