Photos from the Alaska-Divide 2023: Radislav and Bernarda at the Lead Dog Coffee in Willow, which is also part of the Iditarod trail. Continue on the route from Willow to Cantwell; traffic is minimal to none. If you see any vehicle, it’s most likely a truck transporting goods.
Radislav is the only solo rider who completed this year’s edition of the AD. He covered the last 350miles to the finish line using just one pedal! After the right pedal broke, he could stand on the axle only. He faced heavy rain near the Coldfoot area, which is the final resupply point for the next 240 miles. He encountered severe weather on the Atigun pass, with snowfall and strong headwinds. He reached Deadhorse after 10 days of riding.
Daniele and Nicola began as solo riders, but they finished the race together as a pair, cycling the entire route side by side. They mentioned, “We are good friends now.”
Unfortunately Bernarda was disqualified from the race because she received assistance from a third party during the course.
Irena had to withdraw from the adventure on the fourth day due to illness. She spent two days at the Yukon River camp dealing with a fever and breathing problems. She confidently stated, “I will definitely return again!”
The next edition start will be 18th of August 2024. Registration will open soon.
Bernarda and Irena are leading the adventure and having a race. While Bernarda was riding without stop 2 days, Irena was sleeping more then 5 hours at a lodge before heading to the Denali Hwy. At the end of day 2 both riders met almost the same time at the Tangle Lake Lodge. This morning they left North Pole and are currently on the Elliott Hwy and soon on the Dalton Hwy. No mobile connection, no internet, very limited services.
While Bernarda was cycling trough the first night, she had problems to find food on the route and since yesterday Irena is cycling with pain in the achilles tendon and fever.
Stuck in Anchorage. Bikes are missing. 4 Bike boxes on the same flight did not arrived in Anchorage and no information where they are. The system say: “We are searching for your luggage”. Exploring Anchorage by bike, checking the start section out of Anchorage by bike was the plan. Missing all the gear, bicycles, sleeping bag, tent… using a car instead of our bikes.
Fingers crossed the bike boxes will show up here today that we can start in 24 hours.
The registration for the Alaska-Divide is closing soon on the 1st of August.
The start of the second edition is on Sunday, the 13th of August. As of today, 10 riders have registered for this second edition. The route is the same as last year, with the finish line at Deadhorse, Prudhoe Bay. It may be the most remote, self-supported bikepacking event you can participate in.