Irena decided 3 days before the start, to go for the Iberica-Traversa. Irena is no stranger in bikpaking, she finished the Transam Bike Race 2016 as 4th woman and traveled with her bike all over the world. So she cycled through Siberia to China, Tibet and the Mount Everest base camp. After Irena climbed Kilimandscharo with here bike, the last several months she had not much possibilities to ride here bike.
2 weeks before the start, she rode first time a mountain bike and for the Iberica-Traversa, she borrowed all the gear, bike included. Luck of training and not perfectly fittet bike, Irena scratched after 400km and 7000 vertical meter in the morning of 3th day. She liked the route a lot and was surprised about the gorgeous scenery showing up behind every corner.
“The route is beautifully/perfectly crafted. It’s a dream for every bikepacker!”
We look forward to see Irena soon again at the start line in Sain-Jean-de-Luz and wondering what othe adventures she will showup next year.
Christian, 2020 Iberica-Traversa finisher, documented his ride trough Spain in a video. Thank you Christian! Enjoy…
Voici le montage video de ma récente traversée de l’Espagne à VTT. Avec des photos et des vidéos de sites magnifiques dans plusieurs parc nationaux.Avec l’ambiance de l’itinérance à vélo. J’espère que vous aimerez. Biz.
The movie of my Iberica Traversa 2020, onboard with me. It is a mix of photos and videos. There are many Spanish natural parks and a bit of the bikepacking lifestyle. Hope you enjoy it. xxxx
Christian is no stranger to bike packing adventures and this time he made a great journey participating in #it2020.He became a friend to wild boars and deers – night visitors at his bivy.
He slipped on a stone while crossing a small river and got soaking wet.
He was sleeping in the wild under the milky way and shooting stars.He didn’t think twice once a new obstacle appeared on the road – closed bridge – quickly took his shoes off, grabbed his bike and carried it across the river.
He did a total of 1713 km and nearly 30000 m climbing! Each and every day he kept saying how tough yet breathtaking the route is.
Despite rough conditions Christian still made time to take plenty of beautiful photos and videos and share them with family, friends and supporters! Christian’s story comes through posting cool/ funny short descriptions from each day of the Ibericatraversa 2020.
He completed #it2020 in an amazing time of 9 days 16 hours and 30 minutes!
He is dedicated to ultra endurance bikepacking adventures, actively participating and had finished several internationally well known bike events! He is a winner of last year #NorthCape4000.
For #ibericatraversa2020 he didn’t take sleeping gear and cut few pounds of equipement weight, instead he was having strategic power naps at random places he found on the route ( a bench in the middle of small town, abandoned sofa in the forest etc.) His bike including the entire gear was just 12 kg.
His relentless efforts brought him to the finish line in amazing time of only 7 days 6 hours 15 minutes!
Shortly after the finish ceremonies of Ibericatraversa 2020 he enjoyed fresh salad and left directly to the airport to be back to his beloved wife and three sons.
Despite 2 broken spokes, problem with the saddle, 2 crashes! his high spirits and instinct for adventure brought him to the finish line in Tarifa in an impressive time of 7 days 2 hours and 20 minutes. Aleksander described #ibericatraversa2020 bikepacking adventure “…. it’s tough! But it’s definitely the most beautiful route I’ve ever experienced!”