Bikepacking and gravel cycling adventures

By Sabina Knezevic and Robin Patijn.

adventure journal

Grand Bikepaking Journeys Annapurna Gestalten Farawayistan

Farawayistan x Gestalten – Grand Bikepacking Journeys

Print is cool! So it’s always nice when a new bikepacking magazine or book is released. Earlier this week Gestalten’s latest book ‘Grand Bikepacking Journeys’ dropped on our doormat. And the fact that two of our stories were included made us pretty proud.  Stefan Amato, creator of Pannier, asked us a while back if he…
Bikepacking Söderåsen Sweden Farawayistan

Bikepacking Routes Sweden – Söderåsen and Hallandsåsen

For this Swedish Bikepacking Route (more here and here), we share our micro-adventure bikepacking Söderåsen and Hallandsåsen. Should you travel to Sweden especially to ride this route? Probably not. But if you're looking for a bikepacking route near Malmö and Copenhagen, definitely keep on reading. The western part along the coast of Skåne isn’t exactly…
Bikepacking Banvallsleden gravel grus climb

Bikepacking the Banvallsleden with Dad

My father is the one who inspired me to take up cycling. Every year, we took a trip to a popular cycling destination. We traveled to Mallorca, Girona, and Flanders. This year, we chose bikepacking the Banvallsleden in Sweden. Perhaps you recall the family bikepacking journey down Denmark’s Haervejen last year. A few weeks ago…
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Farawayistan does Trans Balkan Race

It is almost race day. Our very first ultra bikepacking race, the Trans Balkan Race starts June 3rd at 8am sharp. We will cross four former Yugoslavian countries and cover 1.356 kilometres and 26.680 meters of elevation in the short period of 10 days.  We have trained for months, studied every meter of the route meticulously…
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Gravel cycling in Dalsland – Sweden in Miniature

When we moved to the south of Sweden, we set out to discover as much of the country as possible. Two years later, we are still discovering new places. This time we headed north to go gravel cycling in Dalsland, a province in Västra Götaland famous for its beautiful lakes and forests. Dalsland is known…
Dirty Halland gravel Sweden farawayistan

Ride report: The Dirty Halland gravel ride ’22 Grusfest

Sweden’s gravel calendar starts in March with the Dirty Halland: A 165 kilometre gravel ride, organised by Team CYKLAMERA. We rode the 2022 edition, and it was a day filled with sun, gravel and climbs: a success formula for a first-class gravel event. The organisers create a brand new route each year, and this year’s…
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Bikepacking and gravel videos – Part IV

In this fourth part of 'Bikepacking and gravel videos,' we present you with five cycling-related films we enjoyed very much lately. From inspiring footage of a bike-and-pack rafting expedition to a powerful message about mental health. From the almost endless gravel roads of the United States to the rugged mountains of Norway. So, sit back,…
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Winter bikepacking – A photo report plus 5 tips to help you survive the cold

Winter bikepacking takes a special breed of cyclist. You have to be willing to embrace the cold winds and snow. Yes, it can be cold. Very cold. But if you prepare, it can also be a liberating experience when the rest of the world is stuck indoors. Here are five tips to help you survive…
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N+1 – Mason InSearchOf, a bikepacking dream bike

Our latest addition to the bike park, The Mason InSearchOf has quickly proven to become the talk of the town. And the trails! This rigid steel drop bar mountain bike made for bikepacking catches everyone’s eye with its oversized tires and sleek look.  But why a new bike? Well, why not! Simply following the rule…
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Dealing with saddle sores – Every cyclists’ nightmare

Dealing with saddle sores can be a real pain. I know from experience! They easily result from hours on the bike and from a poor bike position. I share my personal advice on how to treat a saddle sore and how you can prevent them in the first place. There really is only one big…
Amazing gravel road near Girona

Gravel cycling in Girona – 12 cycling routes in Spain

Gravel cycling in Girona along peaceful roads and tracks in stunning scenery. On our two-week holiday we cycled around Girona and Banyoles with its stunning lakes, forests and rivers. Our 12 routes will show you quiet roads and tracks, quaint villages and ancient fortresses, churches, chapels and monasteries; we pedalled through nature parks full of…
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Bikepacking videos – Part III

It's getting chilly outside. Winter is rapidly approaching, we already went past the end of daylight saving last weekend. While some of you may be diehard bikepackers who prepare to go out in the snow and frigid temps, this may be the off-season for others. Wintertime, though, means relaxing with a hot chocolate in front…
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