Canada C2C 2017-18

~3500 miles (5500 km) from the north of Canada to the South, from the Arctic Ocean to the Pacific

When:

Part One: March-April 2017

Part Two: June-September 2018

 

Purpose: To cycle from the top to bottom of Canada, and from the Arctic Ocean to the Pacific. 

 

Overview:

Part One

Following a fantastic 1000-mile sled-hauling expedition in 2016, it was time to return to Canada for something new.  Knowing this was the final year of the ice road at the top of the Dempster Highway, between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, this was my last chance to travel on that fascinating road, carved out directly onto the Arctic Ocean.  I had driven the road before, when supporting an ultra-endurance race along the Dempster, and I had some familiarity with how brutal the conditions could become. 

My journey on the Sonder Vir Fortis fat bike began in early March on the Arctic Ocean.  A write-up of that part of the expedition can be found here.

It was the original plan to complete the full journey in one go rather than two, but, as it turns out, two is shaping-up to be best. A damaged rear derailleur had stunted progress during the Arctic and sub-Arctic sections, causing delays that would have been hard to catch-up on later. Because of time constraints I had a required average daily distance to complete, but the Yukon and Northwest Territories presented me with an alternative.

The hospitality, kindness and friendliness of people I met along the way gave me cause to switch-off the distance-driven mentality, and to hold back and enjoy the moments presented to me. I spent more time with old friends and new than I had anticipated, and it added an unexpected dimension to the journey. I could not compromise on maximising enjoyment of the moment for a distance orientated goal on a solo adventure. If I did, what would have been the point in coming here? So, I enjoyed the Arctic and sub-Arctic component of the adventure as much as I could, and I return in July 2018 for the summer leg between Whitehorse and Vancouver.

 

Part Two


The section from Whitehorse to Vancouver adds more than 2400 miles (3800 km) to the total journey, and takes me from the Yukon through the Rocky Mountains to the coast.  I expect this longest leg to take approximately two months.  My adventures will finish on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Vancouver, at the border with the U.S. 

An added benefit to splitting the journey is that now my partner will be joining me.  It will be the first time I have had company on a major expedition, and an incredible opportunity for us to experience some of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth.  

 

 

This expedition is made possible by the fantastic support and generosity of a number of sponsors.  First and foremost are Alpkit and Rab, who are fully supporting this journey and who have provided almost all of my clothing and most of my equipment.  Air North have supported this expedition and I am extremely proud to be working with them.  Air North is the Yukon's Airline, and has an excellent reputation for taking care of their customers and delivering unparalleled service.  One of the most important aspects of a big expedition, and one of the biggest expenses, is food.  I am hugely grateful to the support from Serengeti Trading in Canada, who have provided almost all of the food.  I am also grateful to the ongoing and kind support of all my other sponsors, and in particular Salomon, Suunto, Sena, Kovea / Mercator Gear, Bloc Eyewear and Overboard.  I would also like to thank Alpkit for the Sonder Vir Fortis and Camino Ti bikes, and all their help in getting the bikes set-up and prepared for this expedition.

 

My tracking device can be used to monitor my progress during the expedition (the link will only be live during the journey itself). 

 

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I am hugely grateful to all my sponsors for helping to make my adventures possible, and for supplying me with some the best equipment in the world.

 

 

I will add a link to my tracking device closer to the start of the expedition, where anyone can observe my progress along the trail.  Updates on the expedition can be found on my Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

Photo taken in a cabin near Indian River, Yukon Territory, approximately 50 miles from Dawson City.  Photograph taken by Yann Besrest-Butler.

I detailed my first adventure in the Yukon, including training, preparation and race experience, in my book on the 2009 trail race along part of the Quest route (~450 miles).  This was my first taste of adventuring in a sub-Arctic climate, and my first glimpse of the Yukon Quest trail.  Buying options for this and my other books are detailed below.


You can help support this expedition by purchasing my books, or by making a donation below.  I would ideally like to purchase photography equipment to create a book showing the incredible landscapes I will be enjoying along my journey.  Paperbacks can be purchased from MyRaceKit

 

 

I give lectures and courses around the UK on subjects relevant to endurance athletes, coaches, personal trainers and therapists.  Details of these can be found here.

 

 

The Books

 

My books are available from Amazon as ebooks:.

 

             

 

 

 

 

The content of this website is provided free of charge, and I hope it is of value to those reading it.  Anyone wishing to donate to help support me is welcome to do so here.  I am extremely grateful for any and all support received.

 

 

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