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The Pannier Journal

TOASTING Life at 15KPH...

A collection of adventure cycling journeys, conversations, events and news stories that celebrate the spirit of travelling by bike...

Trips & Events | PEAK DISTRICT, UK

REPORT // PEAKLAND RAMBLE 2020

Pannier Rambles are our series of weekend bikepacking experiences. The Peakland Ramble sees us leave the centre of Manchester at 9.00am on a Saturday and ride an ace mixed-terrain route through the heart of the Peak District National Park, before finishing up in Sheffield around 4.00pm on a Sunday. It's a goodun...!

by PANNIER
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Journey | BOLIVIA

YUNGAS DUST

Zeger pedals off on a rollercoaster bikepacking adventure, looping from La Paz - Bolivia’s capital - through the Yungas jungle on the infamous Yungas Road. Expect stunning snaking dirt roads, smiles, lush landscapes, and alpacas...

by ZEGER DOX
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Journey | WESSEX, UK

WESSEX WANDERINGS: BIKEPACKING KING ALFRED’S WAY

Five Ride Out Of Covid-19 Lockdown, onto King Alfred's Way - a new 350km bikepacking route around the ancient kingdom of Wessex; across vast downlands that somehow echo the comfort of a countryside in which man has always been at home...

by STEF AMATO & DAVE SEAR
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Journey | SIERRAS DE CAZORLES NATIONAL PARK, SPAIN

THE WILDS OF SIERRAS DE CAZORLES

Valencia-dweller, Pedro, sets off on a five-day circular bikepacking route, from local-ish Elche de la Sierra, to explore the wilds, back roads, tracks, and trails of Sierras de Cazorles National Park by bike...

by Pedro Mecinas Martínez
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Journey | PEAK DISTRICT, UK

PEAKLAND 35MM

Liam is no stranger to bikepacking. Having finished the Transcontinental Race a couple of months prior he joined the 2019 Peakland Ramble, shooting a lovely roll of film on his trusty Yashica T4 camera, along our road & gravel Sheffield to Manchester route through the Peak District National Park...

by LIAM CLARKE
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Kit & Equipment | GRAVEL WILDS

WARBIRD – THE FLIGHT OF THE ‘OG’ ORIGINAL GRAVEL BIKE?

What makes a bike a gravel bike? Tom Hill heads back to 2008, and delves into the development of The Salsa Warbird - widely considered the original 'og' gravel bike - a genre-defining machine that has changed the perception of what is possible on drop-barred bicycles…

by PANNIER
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Journey | SOUTH DOWNS WAY, UK

FILM: BIKEPACKING THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY

Last summer, four friends rode the South Downs Way - an ancient 100-mile ridgeline that spans the southeast coast of England. From Winchester to Eastbourne the historic chalk path has over 3500m of climbing and not a car in sight; rolling steep hills as far as the eye can see - an ideal UK bikepacking playground...

by GEORGE MARSHALL, NEIL, ANNA, LIAM & SOPH
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INTERVIEW | FRENCH ALPS

A HIGHER CALLING // OPENING THE ‘HIGHEST ROAD’ IN EUROPE

While we’re locked down, work is going on in the Alps to clear the roads for another season’s cycling. Have you ever wondered how these majestical, treacherous alpine roads and passes are opened for us cyclists and bikepackers? Max Leonard transports us to the highest paved road in Europe...

by MAX LEONARD
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INTERVIEW | MID-OF-NOWHERE

THE GRAVEL-RIDING ADVENTURE-CYCLING BIKEPACKING CYCLE-TOURING ‘RULES’

Call it what you want: bikepacking; adventure cycling; gravel riding; cycle touring ... these are our lighthearted list of so-called 'rules' for you to check out, add to, and/or call out! Some more serious than others, obviously. See what you think...

by PANNIER
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Journey | PALESTINE

DOWN TO JERICHO

Cycle touring author, Julian Sayarer, released his latest work today - Fifty Miles Wide. A book / on his journey along the roads of Israel and occupied Palestine - a route that weaves from the ancient hills of Galilee, along blockaded walls of the Gaza Strip, and down to the Bedouin villages of the Naqab Desert. He shares a couple of extracts from the book...

by JULIAN SAYARER
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Journey | HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE

PANNIER LENS // PHOTO REVIEW: 1

Over the home-bound Easter Break we set a handful of regular Pannier Photographers a challenge: an Easter hunt, to seek-out six of their favourite photos from Pannier bikepacking days gone by...

by PANNIER
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Journey | ANGLO-SCOTTISH BORDER

LOST LANDS

The Frontier300 is a new UK coast-to-coast gravel route and event that weaves through the alluring Anglo-Scottish Borderlands, akin to the wailing westerlies. We head up to bikepack the 300-kilometre route and discover more about these lost lands, in the company of two world-record seekers...

by STEFAN AMATO & DUNCAN PHILPOTT
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Journey | Scottish Highlands

RAINSPOTTING / WATCH HERE

Our Rainspotting bikepacking feature film (17-minutes), the Rainspotting Outtakes (4-minutes), and the results of The Great Rainspotting Sketch Off all in one handy place...

by PANNIER
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Kit & Equipment | PANNIER HQ

PANNIER POCKET ZINE // 2020

Introducing our first pocket-sized compendium of all things Pannier, bikepacking and life at #15KPH...

by PANNIER
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Kit & Equipment | PANNIER BASECAMP

OUR BIKEPACKING / CYCLE TOUR & EXPEDITION KIT LISTS

What do you need to join one of our bikepacking tours or expeditions? We ride through the bike requirements, recommended kit list(s), what is available to hire from us, and frequently asked questions...

by PANNIER
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Journey | SNOWDONIA N.P. (WALES)

FURTHLINES

In the wake of Storm Dennis, we explore the roads, gravel tracks and infrastructure lines of Snowdonia National Park's Carneddau Mountains. As we ride up, into the snow-sprinkled shadows of two Furth peaks, we slowly unearth a very humbling story of human influence in the mountains...

by STEFAN AMATO & DUNCAN PHILPOTT
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Journey | THE GLOOMY GRAMPIANS

INTRODUCING OUR NEW FILM: RAINSPOTTING

Our new bikepacking film with Brother Cycles - tracks our 84-hour bikepacking ramble through Scotland's gloomy Grampians - IS OUT *09 APRIL 2020*. Watch the teaser, check the poster and join us on 25th March 2020 at 19.30GMT for our Watch Party...

by PANNIER
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Other | PEAK DISTRICT, UK

UNPAVED PODCAST: MAPS & APPS

Join us and the Second City Divide folks in the Peak District as we ride a local Dark Peak reservoir route and record episode two of the new Unpaved adventure cycling / bikepacking podcast...

by PANNIER
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Journey | KYRGYZSTAN

BEHIND THE SCENES I – PODCASTING THE SILK ROAD MOUNTAIN RACE

As Stefano heads to Morocco to document the inaugural Atlas Mountain Race, we chatted with him to understand more about his journey behind the scenes - what it's like, and what it takes, to tell the story of a bikepacking race...

by STEFANO NUCERA, ANTONIO ABREU & DANIL USMANOV
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Journey | CENTRAL HIGHLANDS, SCOTLAND

RAINSPOTTING

Six of us alight the sleeper train at Corrour - the highest, remotest station on the West Highland Line - and 'go for a w̶a̶l̶k̶ ride' through the wintry, gloomy Grampian Mountains of Scotland. We track the old-established north-south drove roads and, in true drover style, explore the alluring moorland voids in between...

by STEFAN AMATO & DAVID SEAR
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Kit & Equipment | PANNIER HQ

GOYT // BIKEPACKING KIT & GEAR OF THE YEAR, 2019

Not like us to do kit reviews, but following a big year of bikepacking - guiding, recce-ing and racing - we've introduced our annual Pannier.cc 'Gear of the Year' Selection. Welcome to Edition I...

by PANNIER
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Journey | Rhenigidale (Isle of Harris)

THE POSTMAN

Clinging to the frayed edges of the ragged shores of the Isle of Harris, a singletrack path navigates its way above cliffs, around bays. Three friends make the trip to ride the Postman’s Path to Rhenigidale, and find out more about its history...

by TOM HILL, SAM NEEDHAM & TRISTAN TINN
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Other | PEAK DISTRICT, UK

TRUE GRIT // THE PEAK 200

Neza and Cass escape into the Peak District National Park to ride the Peak 200 route, over three days. Slow, gritty travel at it's finest...

by NEZA PETERCA & CASS GILBERT
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Other | PEAK DISTRICT, UK

REPORT // PEAKLAND RAMBLE x RCC 2019

A couple of weekends back, we hosted the first edition of our 'Peakland Ramble' tour – an accessible one night, two day bikepacking weekender adventure through the Peak District National Park, between Manchester and Sheffield. This edition was in collaboration with the Rapha Cycling Club (RCC)...

by PANNIER
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Trips & Events | GERMANY

LtD GRAVEL RAID // ARE GRAVEL RACES AND EVENTS FOR ME?

Katherine takes a weekend off from dirt bikepacking, and heads to the LtD (Laurens ten Dam) Gravel Raid in the Eifel Region of Germany to find out if the rising number of gravel races and events are relevant and enjoyable for us 'slow' bikepackers...

by KATHERINE MOORE
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Journey | KYRGYZSTAN

19 MOMENTS // OUR SILK ROAD MOUNTAIN RACE

Dave tells the story of our Silk Road Mountain Race 2019 in Kyrgyzstan, through 19 photographs that he shot on a trusty disposable film camera...

by DAVID SEAR
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Journey | LAKE DISTRICT, UK

REPORT // LAKELAND PASS-STORMER 2019

The photo report from the first edition of our 'Lakeland Pass-Stormer' tour – a two night, two day bikepacking adventure designed to show off the beauty and challenge of riding and hike-a-biking in the Lake District National Park...

by PANNIER
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Journey | KYRGYZSTAN

EXTRAORDINARY WORLDS // THE SILK ROAD MOUNTAIN RACE 2019

In the early hours of August 30th, Pannier.cc Pair - Stef & Dave - crossed the finish line of the 2019 Silk Road Mountain Race. Stef shares his experience of the extraordinary worlds of: Kyrgyzstan and Racing one of the toughest bikepacking events going...

by STEFAN AMATO & DAVID SEAR
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Journey | BOSNIA

BOSNIA BIKEPACKING // RECCE TOUR

...the recce of our four-day Bosnia bikepacking tour, through the Dinaric Mountains. Expect remote roads, rakija, pita, ćejf, nomadic villages and huts, 1984 Olympic infrastructure, and a very modern history...

by STEFAN AMATO & JORDAN GIBBONS
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Journey | DOLOMITES, SOUTH TIROL

DASHED LINES // THE ROAD TO DOLOMITI SUPERBIKE

...four of us bikepack through the Zillertal Alps, and into the heart of the Dolomites, to ride the 25th Edition of the Dolomiti Superbike - Italy's biggest mountain bike race.

by STEFAN AMATO & DAVID SEAR
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Journey | VENETIAN ALPS, ITALY

REPORT // GRAPPA MASSIF TOUR I (2019)

...the photo essay from our Grappa Massif guided gravel hut-to-hut bikepacking tour in the Venetian Alps, with clothing brand PEdALED. Expect quiet mountain roads, gravel tracks, walled-towns and alpine rifugios

by PANNIER
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Kit & Equipment | BRISTOL, UK

BESPOKED 2019 // PANNIER.CC AWARD

Adeline heads to Bespoked Bristol - the UK handmade bike show that supports independent framebuilders - to judge the inaugural Pannier.cc 'Touring & Travel' bike award...

by ADELINE O'MOREAU
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Journey | SPAIN

EASTER WEEK // Montes Universales

...every Easter, Stefan makes time for a week-long bikepacking pilgrimage somewhere new. Somewhere empty and undiscovered. In previous years, these trips have seen him ride in Romania, Sierra de Cazorla and the hidden hills of Valencia. This year, he chose Montes Universales in Northern Spain...

by STEFAN ROHNER
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Journey | SLOVENIA

SOCA SPRINGLANDS

...bikepacking the mountain passes and gravel roads of Slovenia's Soča River Valley, Triglav National Park and Julian Alp lands, in the tracks of Slovene mountaineer/traveloguer Julius Kugy...

by STEFAN AMATO & DUNCAN PHILPOTT
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Trips & Events | NORTH WALES

WAYFARER CENTENARY

...we join the Rough Stuff Fellowship and Anfield Bicycle Club in the Berwyn Mountains of North Wales, to celebrate the first ride of what is now known as the 'Wayfarer' Pass, in 1919. Organised by cycling author and journalist, Jack Thurston....

by STEFAN AMATO
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