DUSTY WHEELS

Australian Geographic Outdoor - - Adventure -

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.

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