If you had big plans to conquer the Great Divide MTB trail that follows the Contiental Divide across Canada, the US and Mexico this summer, you might be in for some frustration when you get to Alberta. According to the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA)—which developed and maintains the route, flooding has made some parts of the Canadian section downright "perilous."
Read this article from Outdoor Magazine USA, for more details:
CANADIAN SECTION OF GREAT DIVIDE MOUNTAIN BIKE ROUTE PERILOUS DUE TO FLOODING ADVISES ADVENTURE CYCLING ASSOCIATION ON JULY 02 2013.
Missoula, Mont. – Cyclists planning to ride the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route in Canada this year have been advised by the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA)—which developed and maintains the route—to change their plans.
Reports have been coming in of washed-out bridges, destroyed roads and fast-moving rivers and creeks due to extensive flooding and flood damage throughout the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, making those sections of the route dangerous for cyclists, warns the ACA.
Cyclists still intent on traversing the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route are advised to remain on the nearly 2,500 miles of off-pavement riding available on the U.S. portion of the route—with the exception of two wildfire closures in New Mexico. For more information, maps and flood and wildfire alerts, cyclists can check the Great Divide Mountain Bike route on the ACA website.
Check out the feature film about the world's toughest MTB race on this route, Ride the Divide.
For great mountain bike tours in Canada, check out IMBA Destinations Partners, Big Mountain Bike Adventures, Boreale Mountain Biking, and H&I Adventures.