A epic challenge route designed for intermediate to advanced gravel riders. A variety of terrain ranging from gravel roads to gnarly unmaintained roads, single track and quiet country roads.
This is an adventure route that requires appropriate fitness, preparation and skill.
Total actual elevation is closer to 4000m rather than the lower value estimated by RWGPS.
Pack appropriate food, electrolytes, clothing layers, an extra pair of socks, 1 front & 2 back lights, a small power pack, tire patch, spare tube, levers, quick link, mini first aid and a paper shop towel ( More on that later), and possibly a tiny bathing suit etc. Expect lot’s of climbs and come prepared for a challenge.
The route is R rated for “Rad” but it’s about having fun along the way.
This route has been created by Thiago Varella-Cid.
- Unmaintained roads
- Quiet country roads
- Mono Cliffs
- Castle Glen ruins
- Blue Mountains
The Motherlode Gallery
The Motherlode was not created by the team at Bikepack Adventures. It being featured on this website is for informational purposes only and to give a full picture of the amazing rides in the region.
For more detailed information on this route, including the latest updates to the route, visit the The Motherlode RideWithGPS page.
Alternate route option
Cruising for a Brewsing!
CRUSING FOR A BREWSING is a challenging 191km adventure gravel route with over 2500 meters of climbing. It is a lighter version of the Motherlode which totals 260km and 4000m.
It can be ridden on a day by strong riders but is also a great route to break into two for an intermediate level bike packing trip.
The route is designed as a tour. The focus is more about fun than difficulty, so the level of challenge will depend on the riders fitness and pace.
The route starts in Creemore. Your mission should you choose to accept it is to start early and get back to Creemore Brewery before they close to sample a taster and buy brews to celebrate at home. Make sure you don’t do an FTP test the day before cause you’ll need your climbing legs right from the start.
As with most great climbs there are rewarding descents, and both are provided in abundance as the route showcases some of the best escarpment surfing over hilly gravel terrain in Southern Ontario. The character of the terrain ranges but includes plenty of gravel roads, some rougher unmaintained roads for which you’ll want a minimum of 40C tires, as well as some quality asphalt and scenic woodland singletrack.