From Banff, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route is the longest continuous off pavement bike trail in the world. It’s about to get longer with 400 miles of proposed trail additions.
In 1997, the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA) completed the longest mountain bike trail in the world. Crisscrossing the continental divide, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) measures roughly 2,700 miles.
It serves as a crowning achievement for adventure cyclists everywhere. And now, nearing its 20th anniversary, the Association wants to make the trail longer.
The ACA recently started a fundraising campaign in order to improve and extend the GDMBR. It proposes to make maps more user-friendly, add directions for northbound riders, and add nearly 400 new miles of trail.
The additional trail will extend the route from its current northern terminus in Banff through spectacular mountains. When completed, it will finish in Jasper National Park, about 100 miles to the north.
To connect to the ACA’s headquarters, the trail will also add a spur from the existing route down to Missoula, Montana.