The Gibb River Road is one of Australia’s most iconic outback routes. Stretching 700-plus kilometres, it transects one of our country’s most rugged and remote regions: the Kimberley. With its access to waterholes and gorges and spectacular sandstone ranges, along with its famed rocks, its bulldust and – most significantly – its corrugations, the road has long been a magnet for four-wheel drivers. Cyclists, or at least a slightly lunatic fringe of them, have been similarly attracted to the usually two-week crossing of the GRR. Some do it on mountain bikes; others on tourers. Short on time though, I had to look at ways to speed things up. I decided to go fast, to go light and to do it a road bike. And then I contacted an old mate, Barts, who I thought might just be crazy enough to join me. Turned out, he was.