BC Epic 1000
This is an offroad, unofficial, completely self-supported bikepacking group ride in the spirit the underground ‘Tour divide’ style and under the same rules. No registration, no support, no insurance, no prizes – those who choose to simply meet up for an informal group ride along a plotted route on public trails open to all at a suggest a time.. You show up and ride at your own risk. The BC Epic is a 1000km (1066 to be exact), 11 600m elevation traverse across South Central BC starting in Merritt and ending in Fernie (or vice versa if you choose) mostly along the Trans Canada Trail. The route is about 80% off road on mostly old decommissioned rail grades (Kettle Valley Railroad from Brookmere to Midway, Columbia Western from Midway to Castlegar and Great Northern from Salmo to Nelson), with a few sections of challenging singletrack and the rest mostly rough gravel forest service road and about 100km paved. It is spectacular ride crossing through a great diversity of terrain and ecosystems with remarkable scenery, trestles hundreds of feet high and multiple tunnels (longest almost a kilometre!) along the bed of some of the most expensive railway ever laid through the mountains.
This route was created by Leonard Pretorius.
The BC Epic 1000 was not created by the team at Bikepack Adventures. It’s sharing on this website is for informational purposes only. For more detailed information on this route, including the latest updates and POIs, visit the BC Epic website.
Alternate route options
The Buckshot is a grassroots, very unofficial/informal bikepacking ride/race out of Kamloops, BC – ideal for getting some good miles in the legs early in the season and seeing the great terrain and scenery offered by the Thompson, Nicola, North Shushwap and Southern Cariboo regions of BC. The only constant on this ride is that it happens on the May long weekend and starts and ends at Riverside Park in downtown Kamloops. A new route will be ridden ever year but in general it will be 400-500k with about 6000-8000m of climbing mostly on back country gravel, double track and forest service road. Live tracking via Trackleaders will be arranged for those interested, the link for which will be pinned to the BC Epic facebook page about a month prior to the Depart, the route is public on RideWithGPS (link below) and can be downloaded from there, riders can let it be known they will ride on the Buckshot Event on the BC Epic 1000 facebook page or just show up and ride.