Idaho Backcountry Discovery Loop
Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route
Adventure Bike Ride Around the Best of The Idaho Mountains
Join us as we travel across Idaho on the famous Idaho BDR
This is a 7 day adventure bike ride making a big loop around the state. We will be staying in different hotels each night. Some riders may truck their bikes to the start of the ride and then leave their vehicles at the beginning of the ride for the week. We will be eating in restaurants during the week, so no need to bring cooking equipment or food. The riding should be intermediate and scenic, but some days may be long. There are some route choices for those that would like some more challenging options.
Come prepared for the possibility of wet and cold weather. While it is likely that the weather will be great, we will be exploring some high elevations and the weather can turn quickly during the day. Carry rain gear everyday.
Come prepared to have fun and meet great people!
Sorry Ride is Full
Do not sign up for this ride unless you are serious about coming. I take your signup very seriously and start planning for you the minute you sign up. If you need to cancel up to one month prior to the ride start date I will give you a full refund but I will keep $100 to cover the planning work. Sorry but I make non refundable commitments myself so it gets hard for me. "I hate this world of non refundable deals myself." If you need to cancel within one month of the ride I cannot give a refund unless I can find a replacement rider. In the case of finding a replacement rider, I will gladly give you the full refund minus the $100 to cover the planning work. In the event of ride cancellation, you will be given a full refund.
I know many of you also enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is the detail, enjoy!
View the ride on the Satellite Maps
OK since many of you like to study more detail about the ride, below are the ride maps.
I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride. At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool. If you start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail. I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride for each day, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!
The Blue lines are MAIN COBDR Routes
The Red lines are Hard Alternate Routes
The Green lines are Easy Alternate Routes
Black lines are Out and Backs to Gas and Towns
Zoom in to view the route in fine detail
Want to learn more about the route: Visit the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route webpage
How does the ride navigation work?
This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own. You are responsible for your own riding. You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit. People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together. You are not encouraged to ride alone. You are responsible for your own riding and yourself.
(see my ride Navigation Video)
Are you right for this ride?
When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help? You should be in the more likely to offer help camp. This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help. Additionally there is all the normal stuff, come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.
How do I make the GPS stuff so easy?
I develop very high quality ride maps custom for our ride. They come from much of what I and others have ridden. I take the best from all my rides and make new ones.
(See my Custom Ride Maps Video)
Note from me, gpsKevin
My goal for this ride is simple, great riding, so you can count on great routes and places to ride.
But in addition: the ride is about discovering new places, meeting new friends, seeing new parts of the Southwest.
Q:What will the weather be like this time of year?
A: In September, the weather is most often nice, could be a little hot in the lower deserts and it can be cold in the morning and in the mountains. But sometimes there can be rain. Wet and muddy routes can force us to change our routes. Come prepared with extra gear for cold and wet.
Q: Would this be a good ride for new riders?
A: No, this ride is for intermediate and experienced riders only. The riding has easy route choices and tough route options. Each evening we will study the following day's choices. You will find lots of supportive people at the ride.
Q: What are Motel room arrangements?
A: Rooms are double occupancy, meaning each rider shares a two queen bed room with another rider.
Q: What bikes are right for this ride?
A: Bikes including and in between the Suzuki Vstrom and the KTM990 all can do well by choosing the easy or hard route options.
Q; What do I do if I don't have a garmin gps?
A: Buy one, you need it, we will show you how to use it. You can get a great one for under $200 bucks. ( See gpsKevin's gps recommendations)
Q: Is the riding really on my own?
A: Yes, but almost everyone hooks up and rides with a friend, or a new friend or me.
Who is going on this ride?
Dan M, Rancho Cordova CA
Pedro, San Diego CA
Chas W, Truckee, CA
Micky P, Tulsa OK
Greg M, Penn Valley, CA
Richard S, Niles, MI
Douglas C, Caldwell ID
Stephen O, Orinda, CA
#2 Douglas C, Caldwell ID
Bill B, Mountain View, CA
2014 Suzuki Vstrom
Russell A, Caldwell ID
Steven M, Redwood City CA