Photos and Text by Taavi Rutishauser
English version to come…
Destination pour la longue fin de semaine : région de la centrale Toulnustouc, et de la rivière portant le même nom. Je me mets en mode exploration, question de voir s’il n’y a pas une façon de déterminer une route potentielle de bikepacking dans cette région. Je ne m’attendais pas à autant!
Ce sont d’immenses terres de la couronne, donc libres d’accès pour rouler et camper. Les superbes spots de camping abondent sur les bords de rivières et lacs. Attention aux présences soutenues d’ours, loups, lynx et autres…alors les mesures préventives (bangers/spray/nourriture) étaient de vigueur!
On doit aimer les côtes pour aller là, parce que ce sont de vraies montagnes russes avec des pentes de 8-16% sans répits! Nul doute que c’est spécial de rouler en territoire si isolé, sans croiser quiconque, à l’exception de 2 couples en quad, qui avaient l’air aussi surpris que moi de croiser quelqu’un!
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Gravel Bikes***We are now taking pre-orders for the complete Anticosti bike. The delivery is planned for end of June 2021. Framesets are currently available (Comes with the wheel axles. Headset and seat collar not included.). Frame color for 2021 is honey/yellow, brown is not available. Components shown on the photo differs from the actual build kit. Please refer to the component chart below. Any questions, please contact us.*** When you venture on the less traveled roads of the backcountry, sometimes, the beautiful road becomes much more bumpy than what was predicted. The asphalt becomes gravel, and the gravel literally becomes an off-road trail. It is for this kind of adventure that the Anticosti was created. The Anticosti bike is built with a bespoke selection of Reynolds 725 steel tubing, thinned where it is needed to reduce weight. A generous clearance allows you to install 27.5x2.1 or 700x50 tires with fenders. You will find all the necessary mounts to carry the equipment for a night in the tent, or for a more ambitious multi-day trip project. Do not let your current bike limit your desire to explore. Take the path you want with the Panorama Anticosti. Frameset: 1,699$ Complete Bike w/Rival buildkit and Hunt wheelset: 3,099$1,699$ – 3,099$ (CAD)
PartsAlways a good idea to have a spare derailleur hanger when venturing a little further than usual...25$ (CAD)
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PartsThru axle for the front wheel. Bolt-on type (no lever), install with 6mm hex key.40$ (CAD)
- Chic-Chocs: For 15x150mm hub. 184mm axle length. Thread pitch of 1.5.
- Torngat: For 15x150mm hub. 184mm axle length. Thread pitch of 1.5.
- Anticosti: For 12x100mm hub. 120mm axle length. Thread pitch of 1.5.
- Katahdin: For 12x100mm hub. 120mm axle length. Thread pitch of 1.5.
PartsAlways a good idea to have a spare derailleur hanger when venturing a little further than usual...40$ (CAD)
Clothing"S24O" (aka Sub 24h Overnighter) is, in the jargon of the bikepacker, an adventure of less than 24 hours including an overnight stay. The definition of micro-adventure!30$ (CAD)
PartsAlways a good idea to have a spare derailleur hanger when venturing a little further than usual...30$ (CAD)