Impossible Routes: Gravel
Impossible Routes: Gravel
Impossible Routes: Gravel
Impossible Routes: Gravel

IMPOSSIBLE ROUTE

A quest to conquer a previously-thought “impossible route” on bicycles—761 miles over 47,488 feet of climbing through Death Valley.

THE MISSION:

Previously only achieved by motorcycle, watch two cyclists attempt a grueling 7-day expedition along the California Backcountry Discovery Route across the Mojave desert.

Gravel Ride in Death Valley

THE ROUTE:

Beginning in Yuma, Arizona, and ending 761 miles away in Bishop, California—it’s a hellish trudge through unrelenting sand and rock that traverses over 47,488 feet of climbing raw mountain ranges, across creeks, boulder fields and barren desert. Is it possible to complete on a bicycle in 7 days?

Gravel Ride in Death Valley

THE BIKE:


The Canyon Grail CF SLX gravel bike balances comfort, control, and stability—the perfect tool for all-day adventures.

Every contact point between rider and bike, as well as between bike and ground, absorb vibration:

  • Double Decker Bar offers four hand positions to stay fresh and a floating Flex Area to offer increased compliance
  • S15 VCLS 2.0 CF leaf-spring seatpost smooths out bumps
  • High-volume tires eliminate road and trail chatter

THE TEAM

  • Gravel Ride in Death Valley

    The Spearhead: Jeremiah Bishop—a multi-time national champion and instigator of the Impossible Route project.

  • Gravel Ride in Death Valley

    The Director: Tyler Pearce a.k.a. The Vegan Cyclist—an up-for-anything influencer, cyclist and full-life liver.

  • Gravel Ride in Death Valley

    The Chef: Biju Thomas—a celebrated chef bringing a balance of carbs and protein required to complete this arduous adventure.

  • Gravel Ride in Death Valley

    The Videographer: Ramy Khalf—an experienced filmmaker documenting the action from behind the lens.

  • Gravel Ride in Death Valley

    The Photographer: Jake Orness—a photographer by trade, cyclist by choice and lover of adventure in all forms.

  • Gravel Ride in Death Valley

    The All-Things: Dale Travers—a jack-of-all trades photographer, navigator and behind-the-scenes videographer.

  • Gravel Ride in Death Valley

    The Sandman: A Reality—and an ever-present force in the struggle for momentum across the desert’s surface.

  • Gravel Ride in Death Valley

    The Mechanic: Travis Longfellow—a bike mechanic and aspiring racer with endless energy, ready to support.

  • Gravel Ride in Death Valley

    Death Valley: 7 days, 761 miles, 47,488 feet of climb through the Mojave desert.

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